Grants:PEG/Abbas Mahmood/Wikipedian in Residence at the Kenya National Archives
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- Abbas Mahmood
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- Wikipedian in Residence at the Kenya National Archives
- Amount requested in USD or local currency (USD will be assumed if no other currency is specified)
- EUR 9000
- Provisional target start date
- February 2013
- Provisional completion date
- August 2013
|Internet & Communication expenses||€10 (per week) x 24 weeks = EUR 240|
|Workshops||€100 x 12 workshops = €1200||Each workshop (once every fortnight) will cost approximately €100. This will be used to cover snacks/lunch; reimburse volunteer expenses (e.g. transport); print banners/merchandise, etc|
|Travel||€300 x 5 trips = €1500||The 300 Unit Cost is expected to cover the cost of travel, accommodation, and per diem. 5 trips will be split between going to the various Archive facilities countrywide and doing outreach at other cultural institutions.|
|Compensation (remainder)||€1000 x 6 months = €6000||To cover the Wikipedian in Residence's stipend.|
To freely share Kenyan content that's relevant to both the Kenya National Archives and Wikimedia
Project scope and list of activities
Background and context
For over a year now, I've been negotiating the possibility of a Wikipedian in Residence at the Kenya National Archives. The Kenya National Archives is a public, government institution whose mandate is to acquire, preserve and make accessible records and archives to the public. The Archives hosts millions of records in several facilities across the country, ranging from photo repositories depicting Kenyan/African culture, thousands of exclusive reference materials and significant historical documents. After numerous, tireless back-and-forth meetings, the Kenya National Archives is on the verge of signing an Agreement to host the first ever Wikipedian in Residence in an Archive in Sub-Saharan Africa.
From the start, it was made clear that the Kenya National Archives will not provide financial support for the project. This is because of a number of reasons:
- The Kenya National Archives (and the general cultural sector) is under-resourced;
- Getting funding from the government is usually a bureaucratic process. Budgets are usually reviewed annually, so the soonest this can be budgeted for (if at all it'll be approved) is in the 2013-14 year.
- Therefore, a financial investment in a Wikimedia partnership is a non-priority for the Archives. (Although we will receive in-kind support, such as the usage of a room to host workshops)
- The few African GLAMWiki parterships that I know of have gotten financial support from external sources, rather than the host institutions (e.g. Doulart Museum in Cameroon got funding for its Wikipedian in Residence from the Orange Foundation).
The Wikipedian in Residence will basically:
- Come up with a list of relevant articles that could be written on (English & Swahili) Wikipedia, using the Archive resources.
- Host regular editathons (together with the Researchers, Archives staff and Wikimedia volunteers).
- Organize regular backstage passes for the Wikimedia volunteers, to increase their awareness of the Archives (which will empower them to improve Archive-related content).
- Negotiate and organize image donation from the Archives repository to Wikimedia Commons, under a free licence.
- Identify various Archive facilities countrywide and explore any relevant material that could benefit this project.
- Conduct outreach activities at other cultural institutions.
- Closely work with the Research Department of the Archives to improve relevant content on Wikimedia.
Fit to strategy
- Increased participation - It is expected that through the regular editathons that will be undertaken, new editors will start contributing to Wikimedia.
- Increased quality of Kenyan/African content on Wikimedia projects.
- Increased awareness of Wikimedia projects.
Measures of success
- Successful digitization of the Murumbi Gallery (the centerpiece of the Kenya National Archives).
- Getting photos of notable Kenyan leaders/historians/politicians, etc.
- Ability to attract interest from other Kenyan cultural institutions to undertake a similar GLAM project with them too.
- Increased number of articles related to Kenya.
- Increased participation in Wikimedia projects, from the Kenyan cultural sector.
- Number of editing workshops/outreach efforts carried out.