Eligibility confirmed, round 2 2017Edit
We've confirmed your proposal is eligible for round 2 2017 review. Please feel free to ask questions and make changes to this proposal as discussions continue during the community comments period, through 17 October 2017.
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I am anticipating a question that someone just asked us does these articles being written finally get merged to the online version of Wikipedia, or is the focus getting prospective contributors acquainted or to learn about the Wikipedia platform, allow trainings in very remote regions or places with critical access issues (no internet & electricity) and to build several soft skills (writing, research, etc.)”
- At the moment, the focus is the second and the third one : 1) getting prospective contributors acquainted with the platform as well as to allow training in regions or places or situations with access issues as well as 2) building soft skills (not necessarily meant for active short term recruitment). The experiments done in the South Africa schools at the moment, or the primary schools writing activities in Mali, Madagascar, Tunisia and Guinea do fall in those goals. In those cases, since projects are being run into schools, they involve facilitators who support the teachers in using the plateforme and in the content production. Obviously, getting content produced back on wikipedia right now is simply not so easy. But as a person who organized or participated to quite a few sessions of newbies training, I can say that little quality content is produced during training sessions anyway. On the contrary, some people might feel more confortable knowing that their first steps are actually not publicly recorded.
- However, we are thinking of finding a solution to get articles produced merged in the online version. It is not easy for a whole bunch of reasons. But this has been actively discussed during the Potsdam hackathon and a developer (Mark Hershberger, not to name him) has expressed interest to work on that point. Mark is working with Nasa with offline wikis and has a similar issue on how content produced could be collected back.
- Well, no tool ever developed in just a few days. Even Kiwix. WikiFundi is less than a year old. We think iterative mode for improvement is best. Anthere (talk) 14:42, 5 October 2017 (UTC)
I like this proposal although I have some concerns:
- I do not see a clear project plan with a timeline showing when all activities and milestones begin and end.
- Can you specify how the money will be distributed among participants and hired personal?
- You did not provide a list of participants.
Hello @user:Ruslik0. Good points.
I added the timeline. This is meant to be at a minimum 6 months. Release of the updated software should be ready before Wikimania in Cap Town. Communication elements (in particular explainer video) should be ready a bit earlier preferably. We expect to be meeting/talking with partners all along the project. Ideally report in August, after Wikimania (which is a good moment to get some feedback)
Aggregated feedback from the committee for WikiInAfrica/WikiFundiEdit
|(A) Impact potential
|(B) Community engagement
|(C) Ability to execute
|(D) Measures of success
|Additional comments from the Committee:
This proposal has been recommended for due diligence review.
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- Aggregated committee comments from the committee are posted above. Note that these comments may vary, or even contradict each other, since they reflect the conclusions of multiple individual committee members who independently reviewed this proposal. We recommend that you review all the feedback and post any responses, clarifications or questions on this talk page.
- Following due diligence review, a final funding decision will be announced on March 1st, 2019.
Round 2 2017 decisionEdit
Congratulations! Your proposal has been selected for a Project Grant.
The committee has recommended this proposal and WMF has approved funding for the full amount of your request, $23,500.00
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