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[Wikimedia-l] Project Grants program will fund 11 community-led projects

Marti Johnson
Hi all,

In the latest round of Project Grants, 26 proposals were submitted for
review. The committee has recommended 11 projects for a total of $321,010
in funding. WMF has now approved all 11 grants. Here’s what we’re funding.

Software: seven projects funded


   Nigerian keyboard project
    At present, Wikimedian editors working in Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo have to
   cut and paste vowels simply to write sentences in their own languages.
   This project will support new keyboard layout software to improve editing
   experience, allow for searches of Wikipedia articles, and contribute to the
   development of an internet culture in these languages. [2]


   Feature improvements to Wikimedia Programs & Events Dashboard
    The Programs and Events Dashboard is the global Wikimedian community’s
   platform to organize projects like edit-a-thons and education programs,
   tracking all contributions by participants. This grant project will build
   specific new features and improve known shortcomings of the tool.  Among
   other improvements, it will extend access to the Dashboard by enhancing
   usability on mobile devices. [3]


   Wikipedia Cultural Diversity Observatory (WCDO)
    The content of each language edition of Wikipedia is skewed toward the
   cultural and geographic context associated with its own language.  WCDO
   aims to correct this underrepresentation, providing focused data and
   strategic recommendations for cross-language collaboration so that each
   language edition will have a truly international representation of the
   world’s knowledge. [4]


    Wikifundi expands the Kiwix offline reader experience to include an
   offline editing platform and a suite of training tools that allow educators
   to adopt the Wikipedia in the classroom program in schools without reliable
   internet access.  These improvements greatly expand the territory of this
   important educational initiative which teaches critical skills like
   research, digital and information literacy, and collaboration while
   training a new generation of Wikipedia readers and editors. [5]

   Kiwix/User Experience
    Though Kiwix is a widely used tool for bringing Wikimedia projects to
   areas with limited or nonexistent internet access, its desktop version has
   become increasingly buggy as the software has deprecated.  This project
   will revamp the user experience and architecture so that Kiwix can continue
   to serve users around the world for years to come. [6]


   Soweego <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Hjfocs/soweego>:
    Based out of the University of Trento, the highly trained soweego team
   will create a fully automatic robot that syncs giant volumes of external
   information with Wikidata.  This robot will directly connect Wikidata with
   a variety of large, reliable knowledge databases, so that Wikidata can
   serve as centralized, structured repository of open data. [7]


    For the past two years, LinguaLibre has been facilitating recordings of
   pronunciation audio files and encourage contributions in minority languages
   into Wikimedia projects.  This project will extend the impact of this
   successful project by improving user experience and storing rich and
   linguistically useful metadata using the Wikibase software. [8]

Online organizing: one project funded


   Community toolkit for Greater Diversity
    A team of experienced Wikimedians will develop tailored online and offline
   training modules to equip veteran volunteers to create a more inclusive,
   diverse editing community on Indic language Wikipedias.  The project aims
   to design and develop a community toolkit for recruiting, onboarding and
   retaining editors from underrepresented demographics. [9]

Offline outreach: three projects funded


   Les Classes Wikipedia (Wikipedia Classroom)
    This project will continue a successful pilot program in Abidjan, Côte
   d’Ivoire.  Teens and young adults will be trained to create and improve
   Wikipedia articles, focusing on the 100 most notable Ivorian writers. [10]


   Les sans pagEs
   <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Les_sans_pagEs>:  The
   “Les sans pages” groups will expand both its online and offline presence in
   Europe, engaging the francophone community to collaborate on reducing the
   gender gap on the French Wikipedia. [11]


   WikiDonne roadmap
    The WikiDonne team will continue to organize event coordinators across
   Italy to help promote more gender diversity in Italian Wikipedia.  The
   group aims to increase female biographies by writing at least 250 new
   articles. [12]

You can read more about this round on the Wikimedia Foundation blog

The open call for Project Grants 2018 Round One
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project> will launch on January 1,
2018, with applications due January 30, 2018. [14]

We are seeking new Project Grants Committee Members.  January 15 is the
deadline to submit candidacy for the next round.  If you or someone you
know might be interested in serving on the committee, please contact
projectgrants {{at}} wikimedia.org with questions or see our committee
eligibility page on Meta
In particular, we are seeking reviewers at this time who are qualified to
help us to develop a stronger process for evaluating research proposals.

A new Inspire Campaign
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Inspire> focused on
bringing in new readers—especially in countries where Wikimedia projects
are not well known—will begin in January 2018. [16]


















*Marti JohnsonProgram Officer*
*Individual Grants*
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