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This was a submission to the Project and Event Grants Program from an group, organization, or individual in 2013-14, but was withdrawn by that group, organization, or individual before a funding decision was delivered.

Legal name of organization or individual requesting this grant
Olaf Kosinsky
Grant contact name
Olaf Kosinsky
Grant contact username or email
Full project name
Photo-Project in the European Parliament in Strasbourg 1–4 July 2013.
Amount requested in USD or local currency (USD will be assumed if no other currency is specified)
17,410 EUR
Provisional target start date
November 2012
Provisional completion date
July 2013

Budget breakdown[edit]

Accommodation, meals and transportation for the organizer[edit]

A No Description Qty Unit Price (EUR) Total Price (EUR) Comment
1 Travel Brussels 4 300 1,200 Political groups and Secretariat of the European Parliament
2 Travel Strasbourg 3 350 1,050
3 Travel Luxembourg 1 300 300 Secretariat of the European Parliament
4 Accommodation 8 80 640
5 Meals 16 25 400
Subtotal 3,590

Material costs[edit]

B No Description Qty Unit Price (EUR) Total Price (EUR) Comment
1 Communication cost 6 30 180
2 Print and papers 1 100 100
Subtotal 280


C No Description Qty Unit Price (EUR) Total Price (EUR) Comment
1 transportation for the organizers 1 300 300
2 Accommodation for the organizers 2 80 160
3 Venue 1 500 500
4 Technical equipment 1 150 150
Subtotal 1,110

Traveling costs for participants/scholarships[edit]

D No Description Qty Unit Price (EUR) Total Price (EUR) Comment
1 Travel Strasbourg 6 1,000 6,000 Budget for six people; Travel:450€; Accommodation:500€; Miscellaneous expenses:50€
2 Travel Workshop 6 500 3,000
Subtotal 9,000

Note: Participants costs should be borne by the respective chapters. For participants from countries in which there is so far no Chapter, a budget is available.

Plenary session[edit]

E No Description Qty Unit Price (EUR) Total Price (EUR) Comment
1 Technical equipment 3 300 900 flash System
2 background 3 100 300
3 Name tags 1 30 30
4 leaflets 1 100 100
5 Makeup 1 100 100
6 Social event (Monday) 30 15 450
7 transportation for the organizers 1 350 350
8 Accommodation for the organizers 5 80 400
9 odds and ends 1 50 50
Subtotal 2,680

Miscellaneous expenses and administration[edit]

F No Description Qty Unit Price (EUR) Total Price (EUR) Comment
1 Miscellaneous expenses 1 250 250
2 Administration 1 500 500
Subtotal 750


Total A + B + C + D + E + F EUR 17,410

Project goal[edit]

In the course of a session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg in July 2013, we are going to invite the 754 members of parliament to photograph them for Wikipedia. Authors will be present to write articles about the parliamentary work of the MEPs. It is our aim that 30 Wikipedians from at least different 10 member states of the EU will participate in this project. Having an international wiki-team is particularly important to me.

Up to now most of the MEPs have no pictures at all on Wikipedia, or just pictures of poor quality (Examples: List of Members).

For comparison: Results from the Bavarian Parliament

We plan to also take pictures of the surroundings related to the parliament or Strasbourg respectively, e.g. the Strasbourg airport, Strasbourg cathedral, Strasbourg old city center etc.

Project scope and list of activities[edit]

  • October–December 2012/January–March 2013: As a preparation for the project we are going to contact the parliamentary administration and the eight parliamentary parties and personally explain the aims of our project. We are also going to contact the “chapters” in the member states in order to support our project (WMDE for example is going to provide technical equipment, background, lights, camera etc.)
  • January–March 2013: After this phase of preparation we are going to clarify organisational and other questions in further talks. Without knowing the contact persons and what the rooms of the parliament in Strasbourg are like such an appointment with more than 25 participants in 4 days is not possible. Besides the planning of the project itself (administration, parties and members of parliament) we are going to get in contact with all “chapters” existing in the 27 member states of the EU to present our project. First contacts have already been made during Wikimania in Washington this year where I have presented the project „Wikipedia in the German parliament”.
  • April–June 2013: As a preparation for our project we are going to organise and attend a preparatory photo-taking workshop in May or June 2013 for a weekend.
  • 1–4 July 2013: The actual project in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

I have already organised a similar project in 4 regional parliaments in Germany (e. g. the Bavarian parliament: 23 members of parliament in 3 days) and have given a presentation on these projects during Wikimania in Washington this year. I also have applied for carrying out such a project in 9 further local German parliaments. Moreover I currently assist WM AT and support the first project of that kind in Austria (Local Parliament of Salzburg) on 31 October.

Non-financial requirements[edit]

We kindly ask for a letter of recommendation by the Wikipedia Foundation to the president of the European Parliament.

Fit to strategy[edit]

This project supports the key organizational objectives of:

  1. Supporting volunteers: The promotion of already active wikipedians is an important aim. The project is particularly aimed at wikipedians who actively participate in the work of photo-taking and writing.
  2. Gaining new authors: The gaining of new staff is another important part of the project. The project is not only aimed at photographers – a lot of different forms of participation are possible. We don’t think that prospective participants will have a lot of inhibitions of not taking part. New participants will be part of the team and will immediately be provided all necessary information. The number of new members who could be won over to Wikipedia by this project could be a measurable indicator.
  3. Public image: In the course of the project wikipedians will be present in the European Parliament and will be in the focus of the members of parliament and others.
  4. Gender: This project particularly aims at female wikipedians. Especially for the cosmetic work (make-up etc.) we need female helpers. The number of women participating in this project could also be a measurable indicator.

Other benefits[edit]

The slogan of our project is: "Giving a face to Wikipedia". On the one hand members of parliament, parliamentary parties and parliamentary administration are going to have wikipedia contact partners after the project and will be informed about Wikipedia projects offering free knowledge. On the other hand wikipedians will have contact partners for all topics relating the European parliament in the future. This will make it easier to write new articles on these subjects.

The project is open to all active wikipedians of the wiki-projects. We don’t only require photographers but also authors and technicians accompanying the project and being available as contact persons, e.g. in case of questions concerning the further usage of wikipedia-contents. Having in mind the projects about the German local parliaments we are going to need wikipedians for the following tasks:

  • Photographers
  • Authors for revising texts
  • contact persons in case of questions concerning the further usage of wiki-contents
  • Cosmeticians/beauticians
  • Participants contacting and talking to members of parliament directly
  • Reception staff (welcoming/ receiving members of parliament, explaining the project aims)
  • Technical staff: downloading photos, revising articles, dealing with project pages etc.
  • Staff and helpers for all other tasks

Measures of success[edit]

  • 30 participants from more than 10 countries.
  • Portrait photos of at least 60% of the members of European parliament who didn’t have a picture on Wikipedia yet
  • At least 50 revised or altered articles about members of parliament
  • Reports on our projects concerning the European parliament in the media
  • Gaining contact persons in the parliamentary administration and the parliamentary parties

Team members (optional)[edit]

Olaf Kosinsky

Member state of the EU with a chapter[edit]

Name Name in native language Code Chapter
1. Belgium België/Belgique/Belgien BE
2. Bulgaria България BG
3. Denmark Danmark DK
4. Germany Deutschland DE
5. Estonia Eesti EE
6. Finland Suomi/Finland FI
7. France France FR
8. Greece Ελλάδα, Ελλάς GR
9. Ireland Éire/Ireland IE
10. Italy Italia IT
11. Latvia Latvija LV
12. Lithuania Lietuva LT
13. Luxembourg Lëtzebuerg/Luxemburg/
14. Malta Malta MT
15. Netherlands Nederland NL
16. Austria Österreich AT
17. Poland Polska PL
18. Portugal Portugal PT
19. Romania România RO
20. Sweden Sverige SE
21. Slovakia Slovensko SK
22. Slovenia Slovenija SI
23. Spain España ES
24. Czech Republic Česko CZ
25. Hungary Magyarország HU
26. United Kingdom United Kingdom GB
27. Cyprus Κύπρος/Kıbrıs CY