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Wikimedia Women Ambassadors Project (W2AP)
To increase gender diversity in Wikimedia projects both content and contribution wise will be the cardinal focus of this project.
amount39900 USD
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idea creator
HBUDDHA
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project manager
Aratrica
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community organizer
INDRANI BISWAS
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advisor
HBUDDHA
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Mchcopl
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created on20:29, 29 March 2015 (UTC)


Project idea[edit]

What is the problem you're trying to solve?[edit]

This project will address women’s lack of representation on online media in the field of science and technology. To address this, the focus will be on two areas a) absent or poorly recorded contribution made by female scientists,b) relationship of women and technology at different point of history.

What is your solution?[edit]

Wikimedia Women Ambassadors Project (W2AP) will bring together 200 women ambassadors to collect scientific literary works that already published by female scientists and to write articles about that in Wikipedia. Thus, this W2AP project will contribute articles about female scientists and progress of women in the domain of technology and science. These women ambassadors will be selected from technological institutes who would have a good understanding on the subject of their choice and who already have fair knowledge of writing articles for different journals. This pilot project addressing women’s lack of representation on online media in the field of science and technology will run in two South Asian countries (India and Bangladesh). Primarily, these contributions will be in English along with two different South Asian languages i.e. Bengali and Hindi. The project work will be carried out by successfully completing the following:

a) Conducting workshops at technical and other institutions and universities in Bangladesh and India. .

b) Connecting civil society organisations and ‘Think Tanks’ that promote science and technology and seeking their guidance on how to reach hitherto unavailable work of female scientists so that the team can use it.

c) Providing guidance to participants on how to promote offline material available in science libraries or at research institutions through Wikimedia.

d) Giving clear instructions to follow Wikimedia’s policy to look for ideas those are properly documented through well-known sources. A Dos and Don’ts will be prepared following Wikimedia’s policy and the same will be circulated among the participants so that they can follow it.

e) Verifying all sources of contributing articles.

f) Providing proper guidance to all participants to produce better quality articles.

Goals[edit]

To enrich Wikimedia projects by resourceful gender focused content and engaging women as major contributor in the realm of women, science and technology. Once the work of female scientists and their contributions are promoted, it will act as an impetus for women to enter male- dominated domain of science and technology. Moreover, it will also fill up the digital information gap related to women and their contribution in science and technology.

Get Involved[edit]

Participants[edit]

  • Advisor I would like to help this idea by giving advise to the project. HBUDDHA (talk) 21:00, 29 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Project manager Managing the project Aratrica (talk) 21:19, 29 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Volunteer I would like to participate in any way I can Mchcopl (talk) 00:50, 30 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Community organizer I would like to help this idea by mobilizing female scientists and scientific writes to the project. INDRANI BISWAS (talk) 12:41, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

Endorsements[edit]

  • I am supporting this idea as it would bring together female scientists and female scientific writes to contribute in wikimedia to minimize the gender gap. INDRANI BISWAS (talk) 12:45, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

Expand your idea[edit]

a) Technological institutes and organisations from different field will be contacted to become part of the project. b) Participants will go through a workshop if locally available and for online participants online forum like goggle hangout or Skype will be used. c) During such sessions participants will get a very good understanding about what they are supposed to do and how to proceed further. d) There will be continuous monitoring on their activities. e) On the basis of merit of their contribution some awards will be given. This token amount for their writing work will help contributors to work hard and to look for suitable references that can add value to existing resource base of Wikimedia.


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Project plan[edit]

Activities[edit]

Project Timeline: 12 Months

Activities:

1. Creation of database of individuals and organisations who can contribute in Wikemedia for this project.

2. Drafting and finalization of orientation mail to inform organisations and individuals about their service sought for.

3. Providing online/offline training for female ambassadors

4. Women scientist and women want to become a scientist will contribute in the portion of evolution of science and technology and changing role of women;

5. In case of institutions, student bodies will be contacted electronically so that they display the contributory message at a visible place.

6. Social media and available new technologies can be used to reach target group.

7. Based on the quality of contribution, female contributors will be ranked online automatically.

8. Top female contributors will be awarded at the annual meet for female contributors by the Wikimedia Foundation through W2AP Project.

Budget[edit]

1. W2AP Project Advisor (1): USD 1000x12x1= 12000

2. W2AP Project manager (1): USD 1000x12x1= 12000

3. W2AP Community organizer (1): USD 700x12x1=8400

4. W2AP award at every month – ( 10 awards worth USD 50 = USD 500) : USD 500 X 12= 6000

5. W2AP related costs for workshops and web meetings: USD 1500

Community engagement[edit]

1. Institutions – women polytechnics, research centres, universities and colleges

2. Independent Women Researchers in the field of technology

3. Women active on-line and successfully running blogs in technical field

4. Women Journalists

Sustainability[edit]

Once the institutions and people will start contributing gradually they will develop the habit of writing similar topics and uploading the same on Wikimedia. Particularly, when the team members will come across similar topic they will try to get some time off to contribute the newly found piece to a larger audience. Contributing online is more of a habit that people develop over time once they find the technology easier to use. Same applies for accessing online documents. Hence, once participants know how to contribute, majority of them would feel like using that again.

Measures of success[edit]

By end of the Project:

1. Wikimedia Women Ambassadors trained: 200 (offline 50, online 150)

2. Posts created by Wikimedia Women Ambassadors: 1000

Project team[edit]

Project team comprises of -

1. One Project Advisor

2. One Project Manager

3. One Community Organiser

Community notification[edit]

Please paste links below to where relevant communities have been notified of your proposal, and to any other relevant community discussions. Need notification tips?

Project plan[edit]

Activities[edit]

Project Timeline: 12 Months

1. Creation of database of individuals and organisations who can contribute in Wikemedia for this project.

2. Drafting and finalization of orientation mail to inform organisations and individuals about their service sought for.

3. Provide online/offline training for female ambassadors

4. Women scientist and women want to become a scientist will contribute in the portion of evolution of science and technology and changing role of women

5. In case of institutions, student bodies will be contacted electronically so that they display the contributory message at a visible place.

6. Social media and available new technologies can be used to reach target group.

7. Based on the quality of contribution, female contributors will be ranked online automatically.

8. Top female contributors will be awarded by the Wikimedia Foundation through W2AP Project.

9. W2AP Project will arrange annual meet for female contributors.

Budget[edit]

1. W2AP Project Advisor (1): USD 1000x12x1= 12000

2. W2AP Project manager (1): USD 1000x12x1= 12000

3. W2AP Community organizer (1): USD 700x12x1=8400

4. W2AP award at every month – ( 10 awards worth USD 50 = USD 500) : USD 500 X 12= 6000

5. W2AP related costs for workshops and web meetings: USD 1500

Community engagement[edit]

By promoting, by inviting and by involving the following target women groups:

1. Institutions – women polytechnics, research centres, universities and colleges

2. Independent Women Researchers in the field of technology

3. Women active on-line and successfully running blogs in technical field

4. Women Journalists

Sustainability[edit]

Once the institutions and people will start contributing gradually they will develop the habit of writing similar topics and uploading the same on Wikimedia. Particularly, when the team members will come across similar topic they will try to get some time off to contribute the newly found piece to a larger audience. Contributing online is more of a habit that people develop over time once they find the technology easier to use. Same applies for accessing online documents. Hence, once participants know how to contribute, majority of them would feel like using that again.

Measures of success[edit]

By end of the Project:

1. Wikimedia Women Ambassadors trained: 200 (offline 50, online 150)

2. Posts created by Wikimedia Women Ambassadors: 1000

Project team[edit]

1. HBUDDHA (Buddha Halder)- Buddha Halder is doing PhD in ICT and Law, worked as an Online Communities Officer and Advocacy Consultant for the International Secretariat of Amnesty International. He is skilled in online / offline training planning, module / curriculum development and Online volunteer organising and Online to Offline organising. He is also skilled in e-marketing, evaluation, documentation, reporting and dissemination and he has comprehensive knowledge on program formulation, designing, implementation and evaluation. He has the excellent capability of generating innovative idea and designing, implementing and managing projects. His other skills include: developing data collection tools, design questionnaire, monitoring and supervision of data collection both of qualitative and quantitative research.

2. Aratrica( U. Roy) - Aratrica has graduated from London School of Economics with a Masters in “Social Policy and Development” and a MBA in HRM from Jadavpur University, backed by 12 years of extensive experience in various aspects of social development. She has the ability to conduct research, combining my theoretical knowledge with practical understanding of various developmental issues and translate that into solutions on policy issues. She regularly conducts training workshops, research/evaluation studies in the realms of livelihood, gender, child protection and project planning and implementation (Logical Framework) in different reputed organizations.

Community notification[edit]

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