WikiCred has been a community of practice and incubator of projects related to credibility on the wikis, since 2019.
We support research and software projects, Wikimedia events, as well as small-production, high-scale initiatives around the world, which focus on improving and information literacy and credibility on the internet and beyond.
We aim to improve Wikimedia projects by ensuring higher quality of information and better conversation around how accuracy is determined. We want to serve as a home for initiatives and work related to credibility.
In addition to being editors, we organize convenings and activities related to credibility and raise funds from major donors, companies and foundations to support these activities. Our efforts include incubating tracks on credibility at existing Wikipedia events (Wikiconference North America 2019, aka Wikicredcon) and supporting and sending members and users to global events related to Wikipedia credibility.
Our primary project this year has been the second round of WikiCred microgrants, which offers support for individuals and groups supporting the Wikimedia community’s role in the larger information ecosystem.
We value inclusivity, and would like to reach out especially to projects that have the potential to reach out and onboard new and diverse members to the Wikimedia movement and efforts to support credibility and information trust around subjects such as climate science data and information, health information as well as policy and political media.
The first round of grants started in 2020, supported by Craig Newmark and growing out of WCNA 2019.
The second round started in 2022, supported by Craig Newmark and a WMF grant.
WikiCred grants have been made available through a collaboration between Hacks/Hackers (fiscal sponsor and administrator), and members of Wikimedia DC and the New England Wikimedians.
Hacks/Hackers is an international, grassroots journalist organization whose mission is to create a network of journalists (“hacks”) and technologists (“hackers”) who rethink the future of news and information.