Grants:PEG/Open Labs and Youth Center Borderless/OSCAL

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OSCAL (Open Source Conference Albania) is the first annual conference in Albania organized to promote software freedom, open source software, free culture and open knowledge, a global movement that originally started more than 25 years ago. The Conference will take place at 9 and 10 May 2015 in Tirana and will gather free libre open source technology users, developers, academics, governmental agencies and people who share the idea that software should be free and open for the local community and governments to develop and customize to its needs; that knowledge is a communal property and free and open to everyone.
targetGender Gap, GLAM-WIKI, Education Programm
strategic priorityIncrease awareness about open knowledge and in the same time expand the community of albanian wikipedians.
start date9th of May
start year2015
end date20th of May
end year2015
budget (local currency)97,797.0 ALL
budget (USD)775 USD
grant typeOrganization
non-profit statusYES
contact(s)• oscal[at]• info[at]
organization• Open Labs & Youth Center Borderless


OSCAL is the annual conference about open source technologies, open culture and open knowledge that is being organized for the second year in Albania. Our mission is educating Albanian youth, and not only, on Free and Open Source Software, its ideology and the great community behind it. Among other projects, we also promote Wikipedia and the great community behind it.



OSCAL is a two days conference promoting open source technologies, though the main activities will be focused on everything open source. Among other great speakers we have Kiril Simeonovski from Wikimedia Macedonia, as well as Ismet Azizi, one of a few administrators of the albanian wikipedia. For further information, the following link will provide you with any details regarding OSCAL's speakers: and OSCAL's agenda:

With over 15 influential speakers from Berlin, Skopje, Vienna, Athens, Thessalonniki, Zürich, Zagreb, Bern, Ohrid and more than 8 from Kosova, the presence at OSCAL will be highly diversified, turning OSCAL into a flagship regional conference about everything open source.


Target readership[edit]

Part of the talks at OSCAL will be Gender Gap issues, Education program, GLAM-wiki and competitions about wikipedia articles in the Albanian language with the aim of increasing the number of articles in Albanian and also increase the number of Wikimedians in our country. Apart from the Albanian Wikipedia, we will also put the articles related to Albania on the English Wikipedia.

Fit with strategy[edit]

  • Through an editathon during the conference we aim to increase participation in the Albanian Wikipedia from the participants.
  • Onboarding and educating new/existing editors through workshop, presentations, info-booth. All these activities during the weekend will maximase the exposure of the Wikipedia project in the local community.

Measures of success[edit]

Using Wiki Metrics, we'll measure:

  • Number of newly registered users: 20
  • Number of individuals involved: 50
  • Number of new images/media added to Wikimedia article pages: 20
  • Number of articles added or improved on Wikimedia projects: 15

Resources and risks[edit]


Open Labs members have organized more than 80 activities with average attendance of 15 people during two years on a low budget style. We are an active community with a good knowledge about the MediaWiki platform. Our community has started promoting Wikipedia in an organized way since November 2013, an experience that gives us confidence to continue the project in a more dynamic way.

One similiar successful project is Wikipedia Weekend, which was organized by Open Labs during the first weekend of November. We had speakers from abroad such as Thomas Levine, and Sanja Pavlovic from Wikimedia Serbia and others from Kosova, Macedonia. The following link reveals more details:



Project budget table
Number Category Item description Unit Number of units Cost per unit Total cost Currency Notes
1 Promotional Materials Stickers Pieces 500 0.18 90 EUR This is the most economical option we've found.
2 Promotional Materials T-Shirts Pieces 50 5 250 EUR For participants.
3 Promotional Materials Bags Pieces 50 1.5 75 EUR For participants.
4 Promotional Materials Posters Pieces 6 16.67 100 EUR To promote the project during meetups and conferences.
5 Promotional Materials Banner Piece 1 80 80 EUR To promote Wikimedia and its projects during both days of the conference, and other meetups.
6 Travel expensive Bus ticket for Ismet Azizi Piece 1 15 15 EUR He is one of the administrator of the Albanian Wikipedia. He will hold a speech during OSCAL and is travelling from Kosova.
7 Accommodation Accommodation for 1 person Per person 2 Nights 50 100 EUR Accommodation for Ismet Azizi.
Total cost of project
14,794.52 EUR
Total amount requested from the Project and Event Grants program
710 EUR
Additional sources of revenue that may fund part of this project, and amounts funded
  • Mozilla 3000 USD
  • Raiffeisen Bank 3000 USD
  • Norwegian Embassy 2500 EUR
  • Google 1500 USD
  • O'Reilly free books for participants with the cost of over 1000 EUR
  • FSFE, Fedora, LibreOffice, CartoDB,, sitepoint, GIZ all these have paid the round trip for some of the speakers who represent each one of them.

Non-financial requirements[edit]

There are no non-financial requirements from the organizers.


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  • As a member of the local community and an active Wikipedian in Albanian language I fully support this project. I will also get involved as a volunteer supporting the organizing team promoting Wikipedia. Leeturtle (talk) 22:53, 4 May 2015 (UTC)
  • Having helped with the grassroots efforts for kickstarting the local Wikipedia Community, I am happy to back this initiative which showcases perfectly the extensive amount of work put into volunteers of the local community in the past 2 years. It's a great opportunity which also I personally greatly support.Elioqoshi94 (talk) 07:34, 5 May 2015 (UTC)
  • The organizer of OSCAL, Open Labs is the only community which promotes Wikipedia in Albania and that has a project "WikiAkademia" only for this reason. Is the only community that gathers together wikpedians from all over Albania. All activities till now are organized and developed without any grant. As an active Wikipedian i fully support this project and i am exited about meeting Wikipedia Administrator and other Wikipedias from abroad that will be part of the conference. Margott (talk) 07:43, 5 May 2015 (UTC)
  • I strongly support the project as it has the potential of promoting our movement and its values in Albania. I will also participate in the conference as speaker and meet with the members of the community in order to deepen our future collaboration.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 08:32, 5 May 2015 (UTC)
  • I am also a speaker at OSCAL, although this time with a non-Wikipedia topic. I was excited to see that there would a competition running during the event, and I certainly hope to win that t-shirt ;). Jokes aside, the conference is a good opportunity to extend Wikipedia editing reach to a new audience that is primed for contribution to open projects. As a traveler, first thing I do in a new city it to check out Wikipedia and OSM to gauge the pulse of the FLOSS community. It's also fun to leave behind information for other people that will follow. During OSCAL I hope to discuss future joint projects related to Wikimedia and OSM so we can increase the presence of Albania-related knowledge in these communities. This grant proposal has my full endorsement. --Arianit (talk) 11:10, 5 May 2015 (UTC)--
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