Grants:IdeaLab/"Sapere aude!"/Report

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This is a draft of a grant report for a grant funded for fiscal year 2017-18. Please do not respond or comment on it just yet
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Did you meet your goals? Are you happy with how the project went?

The overall goal of improving the quality of Commons and the italian Wikiversity, Wikipedia, Wikisource, specifically historical content, was not met.

Almost all the activities were fragmented but one long-term goal, a better coordination of users interested in the topic, was met. The goal of networking was in fact quite successful.


Please report on your original project targets.

All the small event led to long-term results.

The Wiki Loves Monuments event in September 2017 ended up with User:Alexmar983 being more involved to the regional competition, and in 2018 thanks to such coordination the region of Tuscany jumped from 1000 to 11000 files [link]. It became the leading region in Italy with almost 38% of the national upload and as a results we also introduced with one of the user involved, User:Giaccai, a new series of wikidata literacy event for cultural heritage that were even presented to another chapter in Portugal in June 2019 at the Wikidata Days 2019

  • The event in Sicily was the first one organized in a school there. The original plan was to fly there in the spring to go further but because of the personal situation I could not do so. It was however a useful mean to break the ice. Sicily is one of the most populated region in Italy and never had an organized activity in a school. I had to create the categorization system

In May 2018 I attended the Certamen in Ponticulo Herae in Pontedera at the local classical high school. In June when the grant was over I helped to organize an event in the same classical high school in Pontedera it was good because the new guy who wanted to become regional coordinator of Tuscany was there so he could learn, so it was another fruitful event on the long term. Another event in a classical high school was finally completed in June 2019.

A possible third event in Basilicata was never done but the person I put in contact there with WMI was involved in more activities so I consider this also something partially catalyzed by this grant on the long term

Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation


Projects do not always go according to plan. Sharing what you learned can help you and others plan similar projects in the future. Help the movement learn from your experience by answering the following questions:

  • What worked well?

The potential of the topic to catalyze results was clear. The need of cross-platform coordination emerged so strongly, we ended up creating a new user group as a spin off. The group is active, and one of his first accomplishment is the social media communication, with a growing twitter account that we are using to encourage mostly wikidata literacy.

  • What did not work so well?
  • What would you do differently next time?

The grant was written to help a user to build a project, the grantee found himself more involved than originally planned. If there is a lesson is that grant should be requested only when all the people involved are claerly motivated. We had a plan B on some aspects, but many personal circumstances could not be imagined at the beginning of the grant. Plan B can be better prepared if the goal are more focused.


Grant funds spent[edit]

Please describe how much grant money you spent for approved expenses, and tell us what you spent it on.

  • 2017-05, Pontedera: presentation of grant at Museo Piaggio to AICC members and high school students, brief introductions to Wikimedia Commons. Cost: 0.00 EUR
  • 2017-09-06, Pontedera: presentation at Villa Crastan of Wikimedia Commons and Wiki Loves Monument 2017, including a formal invitation of the local citizenship, two expert wikimedians as teacher and a council member. (main organizer: User:NC51) More than 120 people attended. Two wiki-excursions in the area for WLM have been organized, with specific additional lesson hosted by their local authorities (main organizer: User:Kaspo). Cost: 330.30 EUR.
  • 2017-09-24 and 2017-09-30: presentation of WLM and wiki-excursions in Lajatico and Montopoli Val d'Arno, two town close to Pontedera. Cost: 0.00 EUR.
  • 2017-09-29, Messina: first lesson at a local high school. Cost:69.60 EUR (*)
Regional train tickets: 12,80 € (29/09(2017 Palermo-Messina, Trenitalia train n. 3776) + 12,80 € (30/09/2017 Messina-Palermo, Trenitalia train n. 3775)
Hotel Touring, 44.00 €
Total: 69.60 €
(*) Michele Sebastiano Ferulla did not ask for reimbursement for his small trip
  • 2017-09-14: first lesson at computer in Pontedera, centro poliedro. Cost: 20.00 EUR
  • 2017-09-15, Pisa, Scottish pub: Presentation to the grant during the 17th Wikipedia birthday. Cost: 50.00 EUR
  • 2018-04-15: Meeting in Chiavari with local AICC User:Mizardellorsa. I could not attend because of a bad mouth infection, so i did not spend anything. We created some contact for the future in any case. Cost: 0.00 EUR
  • 2018-05-14: Unione Valdera, Wikisource meeting.
271.40 EUR room rental the whole day.
train ticket 2.60*2 EUR for expert wikidata use Epìdosis, 48.50+2.60+34.90+2.60 EUR for Camelia.Boban, expert Wikidonne, 6.90*2 for Susanna Giaccai, expert Wikisource. Cost for travel 107.60 EUR
Cost for lunch: 26.00 EUR, cost for snack 4,29 EUR

Remaining funds[edit]

Do you have any remaining grant funds? Yes.

Anything else[edit]

Anything else you want to share about your project? I did not send any message to the general mailing list but all the current memebrs of the WikiClassics User Group should be aware this grant, I will link this report in the talk page.