We enjoy a large committee and do not run elections. Those who are determined to meet the criteria are invited to become members during an open call period each year. Membership is for a 1-year term, which may be renewable.
To be considered for membership:
1. Review the membership criteria and make sure you meet them.
2. Review the committee's tasks and make sure you're willing and able to fulfill them (we'll show you how!).
3. Add your name to the list of candidates. Please include a brief statement about your background and Wikimedia involvement, demonstrating how you meet the criteria.
1. Provide feedback on grant proposals: Check on new ideas, drafts and proposals, engaging in talk page discussions to help improve them and asking questions to ensure that sufficient information is provided and that goals and estimates are realistic.
2. Review finalized proposals: Read and research submissions, join a working group to score proposals according to rubric determined by selection criteria and give feedback to applicants.
3. Recommend proposals for funding: Recommend a shortlist of proposals for funding to WMF staff based on the available budget.
Experience with some aspect of Wikimedia programmatic or project-based work, e.g. editor engagement, WikiProjects or other on-wiki organizing processes, outreach, events, partnerships, research, education, gadget or bot-building, etc.
Ability to edit basic wiki-markup (grant proposal discussions are largely conducted on meta-wiki).
Reasonable facility with English, for reviewing and discussing grant proposals.
In good community- and legal- standing (not currently blocked or banned, involved in allegations of unethical financial behavior, etc).
Availability to actively engage in the selection process during the published schedule for that round (time commitment is about 3 hours per week, plus 1 extra day for scoring).
Experience leading, coordinating, or managing projects with an intended on-wiki or online impact.
Experience handling externally provided money and working within budgets, preferably in a non-profit context.
Experience applying for grants or working in grants programs (in the Wikimedia, academic, or wider non-profit world).
Ability to read and write in multiple languages.
Members may apply for an Individual Engagement Grant themselves, but they will recuse themselves from reviewing proposals in the same category as their own during that round.
Membership does not conflict with membership in other Wikimedia committees, including the Grant Advisory Committee or the Wikimania Scholarships Committee.
Would you like to join the committee? Add yourself to the list of candidates below!
Candidates, we'd like to get to know you! Please include a brief statement about yourself (like these), and answer the following 2 questions:
What experience from Wikimedia and/or other related projects can you bring to help this committee?
What kinds of projects would you like to see Individual Engagement Grants fund?
New members who are determined to meet the criteria will be added and notified according to the published schedule for each round.
Statement: I am Nurunnaby Chowdhury, from Bangladesh. I am active in Bengali Wikipedia, English Wikipedia, Simple English Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, Meta since 2008. Now i am a Sysop at Bengali Wikipedia. Beside that i am also Bangladesh Ambassador of Open Knowledge Foundation. I am an initiator of Wikimedia Bangladesh chapter. I've involved with online initiatives such as "Photo collection for Wikipedia by emails". Also involved with "Offline Wikipedia editing" programs. I've organize, conduct and coordinate many outreach programs such as workshops, meetups, seminar in differnt area of Bangladesh. I've successfully lead and coordinate the events on the occasion of "First Bengali Wikipedia Unconfernce" in Chittagong on 2012. I hope to help the IEG Committee to review the grant proposals and support new projects.
Answer 1: I've experience in open source community building and have relations with other similar communities like mozilla, open knowledge, open source network etc in Bangladesh. Also have experiences of working with non-profit organizations in Bangladesh. I involve with lot of projects related with Wikimedia movement. Those ideas was related with community, local and tech development of new ideas with low budget. As a non-english speaker and an active member in WM-BD , I helped to evaluate the local projects and trying to improve the goals of every idea and reviewing the budget of the communities. So I hope I can help IEG.
Answer 2: I prefer the Online, Offline initiatives, Outreach programs and community requests.
Statement:I am the oldest bureaucrat of Russian Wikipedia, I am also a sysop of Commons, OTRS-volunteer and member of Wikimedia Russia chapter. I am familiar with project-based work as in Wikipedia, as in my real life: in Wikipedia I implemented Article Wizard (editor engagement), unificated and formalized bot policy (bot building) and now I am working on the financial transparency and stability of Wikimedia Russia. I am the member of Wikipedia for 6,5 years and am quite familiar with wiki-markup :) I wasn't alleged in any improper behavior, am good at English (both written and spoken) and have desire to contribute my time into IEG process. I have experience in working with budgets - that's my professional sphere as I am working in finance sector; I am also responsible for financial reporting and analysis of performance of Wikimedia Russia (non-profit) - I prepare regular reports, analyze efficiency and work on effectiveness/economy/efficiency. I am also native Russian speaker and can understand Tatar though I would prefer not to write in it as I have too little practice.
Answer 1:I would bring my non-profit experience from working with finance in Wikimedia RU chapter and all my knowledge from my professional sphere: I have skills of financial analysis, I know how to evaluate whether funds requested are reasonable and know how to evaluate future benefits received. I am fan of transparency and would try to make work of IEG committee transparent, clear and fair.
Answer 2:I am mostly interested in technical grants (that would make editing and participating in Wikipedia easier) and editors' engagement grants - I believe that we shouldn't support usual volunteer tasks (e.g. we shouldn't pay grants just for articles' creation) but we should pay for some specific skills and actions that are not usual and widely spread - for example, writing new gadgets, extensions, specific researchs, etc.)
Statement: I have written the weekly WikiProject Report for The Signpost for the past four years at the English Wikipedia. During that time, I have interviewed several hundred Wikipedians about the challenges of collaborating on articles, managing WikiProject resources, hosting backlog drives, creating unique initiatives, dealing with the shortcomings of the Wiki community, and a variety of other topics. I have also partnered with bilingual editors to conduct interviews with WikiProjects in other languages. I work in sales and have plenty of budgeting experience, although it is primarily from a business perspective.
Answer 1: I regularly keep a finger on the pulse of the English Wikipedia community and try to bring attention to the innovative ideas of others as I wander Wikipedia's vast network of WikiProject communities. I introduced "WikiWork" to a wider audience and it was adopted by the Version 1.0 Editorial Team shortly thereafter for assessment templates across the entire English Wikipedia. I helped the Guild of Copy Editors attract their largest turnout (103 editors) for a backlog elimination drive in 2010. I wrote a special report on neglected geographic areas last year and recently conducted an interview with a WikiProject that combats systemic bias in Wikipedia articles and within the community as a whole.
Answer 2: I would like to see development of the collaborative and social functionality of Wikimedia sites, better analytics for measuring and keeping track of the various Wiki communities, stronger ties between different languages of Wikipedia, better standardization of useful tools and templates, a greater abundance of unique initiatives and contests, efforts to improve coverage of underdeveloped topics and neglected geographic areas, plans to correct the movement's gender and cultural imbalances, and ways to make all Wikimedia sites more inviting for potential long-term contributors. Some of these wishes may be too ambitious for the Individual Engagement Grants to achieve, but progress only comes when people are willing to take a chance.
Statement: I'm Addis Wang, the editor and administrator from Chinese Wikipedia. I also a community coordinator, holding over 30 times offline or online activities in past four years, including the Wiki Loves Monuments in China last year. I was a grantee of IEG, for my social media project, which is a platform and pivot of the outreach for Wikimedia Movement in China. Except the endless works as an admin, I'm focusing on how to bring more readers to Wikipedia and enlarge the usage of Wikimedia projects in China.
Answer 1: I developed and helped other to build many kinds of projects to improve Wikipedia. Some of them are success, but most of them are failed. These experience make me be aware of the potential challenges or shortcuts on trying new things. As a grantee, I'd like to use my own experience on IEG, to help others.
Answer 2: projects focus on "diversity", "repeatability", "innovation" and with some "challenge".
Statement: I am contributing to commons. I wrote a python script for uploading photos to commons. [] I am one of the organizers of Tamil wikipedia 10th year anniversary events. I am training college students on contributing to wikipedia by articles, media and programming. Creating awareness on creative commons and encouraging writers and bloggers to release their works under creative commons. Publishing Free ebooks in creative commons license. http://FreeTamilEbooks.com
Answer 1: Wiki projects need more improvements to make the contributions. As I train wiki editing to more newbies, I feel the issues the newbies face. I will help the committe to select the projects that solve the issues for newbies and help the contributes to do the activities even easier.
Answer 2: Projects that make ease of the contributions, language tools, innovative projects using wikidata, innovations in commons media