Grants:PEG/WM AM/2014

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This submission to the Project and Event Grants Program was funded in the fiscal year 2014-15. This is a grant to an organization.

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Basic information[edit]

Grant request details[edit]

Are you an organization, a group, or an individual?
Please provide your name, or the name of the group or organization requesting this grant.
Wikimedia Armenia
Please provide the name (or username) of the main contact for this grant request. You do not need to disclose your legal name publicly.
Susanna Mkrtchyan
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Zabel Vassilian
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Project details[edit]

Official project name
Annual Grant Application for 2014.
Project start date
This is the date you begin work on your project. Please include a month, day, and year. You must include a project start date.
15 August 2014
Project completion date
This is the date you finish work on your project. Please include a month, day, and year. You must include a project completion date.
14 July 2015 30 June 2015
Please describe the project in a few sentences
Wikimedia Armenia's annual plan is aimed to develop the Armenian Wikipedia and Wikisource in quantity and quality by a) continuing the work started last year through successful projects as digitization, educational, Wiki loves monuments, Wiki loves Earth and b) the initiation of projects such as Wiki clubs in main cities of Armenia (in addition to the WikiClubs already established in Yerevan and Gyumri ), GLAM, Wiki loves science and taking major steps towards the introduction of Wikipedia in Westen Armenian language, and the addition of Western Armenian literature and related cultural content in Wikipedia and Wikisource.

Financial details[edit]

Please request your grant in your local currency. WMF is able to grant funds in many currencies.

Amount and currency requested
17,570,000 AMD
Please provide an equivalent amount in US dollars using the exchange rate provided by Oanda on the date you open this request

For organizations only[edit]

This section only needs to be completed by organizations requesting grants. Individuals and groups that are not incorporated do not need to complete this section.

Are you an incorporated organization able to provide local proof of nonprofit status within your country? For-profit organizations are not eligible to receive grants through the PEG program.
Answer YES or NO.
Does your organization currently employ or engage any fulltime or part-time staff or contractors? If yes, please tell us how many staff or contractors you employ or engage, along with their functions or a link to your staff page. For example, "2 full time program managers and 1 part-time contractor accountant at 50% FTE each."

Goals and measures of success[edit]

Project goal[edit]

Please briefly describe what will be accomplished if the project is successful.

Project goal
The goal of the project is to digitize Armenian Encyclopedias and systemize digitization of historical bibliographical books and books that are in public domain or becoming public domain, currently. We are going enlarge amount of schools which are involved in educational project. The successful experience of Wiki club in Yerevan and Gyumri (middle level) to disseminate to other cities of Armenia. It will also grow the number of active editors in the Armenian Wikipedia and double membership in Wikimedia Armenia. In addition, it will take minor steps towards long term sustainability. It will extend active use of Wikipedia by the Armenians in the diaspora who look for content in Western Armenian.

Measures of success[edit]

Please provide a list of measurable criteria that will be used determine how successful the project is. You will need to report on the success of the project according to these measures after the project is completed.

Measures of success

P1 - Digitization

  • number of scanned books fully digitized on Armenian Wikisource - 14
  • 2 books recommended by the Wiki Loves Science project (P2)
  • 7 books recommended by the Education project (P5)
  • 2 books recommended by the Western Armenian project (P10)
  • 3 books recommended by the Wiki Club project (P4)
  • number of scanned books uploaded on Armenian Wikisource - 30
  • 7 books recommended by the Education project (P5)
  • 8 books recommended by the Wiki Club project (P4)
  • 15 books recommended by the Western Armenian project (P10)
  • number of rare books scanned and uploaded on Armenian Wikisource - 80

P2 - Wiki Loves Science

  • number of newly registered editors - 40
  • number of new members - 4
  • number of new articles - 500
  • number of articles created and expanded within projects and during events - 100
  • additional good and featured article in Armenian Wikipedia - 2
Please see updated metrics on the discussion page.

P3 – Support and Increase active WikiClubs:

  • Number of new wikiclubs created - 7, specifically one wikimedian in the cities Vanadzor, Yeghvard, Ashtarak, Talin, Aparan, Goris, Stepanakert (Artsakh)
  • number of newly registered editors - 40
  • number of new members - 7
  • number of new articles - 23,000
  • additional good and featured article in Armenian Wikipedia - 6

P4 - Educational Programs

  • number of new schools participating in Wikipedia Armenia Educational Programs: 8
  • maintain number of schools currently participating in Wikipedia Armenia Educational Programs: 7
  • number of newly registered editors - 40
  • number of new members - 2
  • number of new articles - 4,100


  • GLAM cooperation: Matenadaran (content material for 10 articles)- National Library of Armenia (5 digitized books, content material for 10 articles), Erebuni Museum (content material for 10 articles)
  • number of newly registered editors - 6
  • number of new members - 3
  • number of new articles - 30
  • additional good and featured article in Armenian Wikipedia - 6

P6 - Expand Wiki Commons

  • WLE 2015 in Armenia - 1600
  • Famous Armenians - Photo Depository - 200
  • Number of WLE photos used in articles within 3 months from the completion of WLE 2015: 160

P7 - International Projects

  • Bring back Ideas or provide ideas for implementation within Armenia and/or other countries from Wikimania 2014, WMСEE 2015, WMCON 2015, Education Conference: 1 / 1 / 1 / 2
  • number of participating countries in Wikipedia Armenia 2015 Conference - 8

P8 - General Wikimedia Office management

  • Move to new office space by July 15, 2015

P9 - Activities that lead to the introduction of Western Armenian as a language in Wikipedia

  • number of articles in Western Armenian: 1000
  • number of newly registered editors - 10
  • number of new members - 7
  • good and featured article in Wester Armenian Wikipedia - 2

Project scope and activities[edit]

This section describes what will happen if this project is funded. Who will do what, and when?

List of activities

P1 - Digitization: Digitization program: To have a significant part of the license-free compulsory Armenian literature in Wikisource. In 2014, we have digitized the Armenian Encyclopedia, and placed it in Wikisource. We are currently preparing a list of license-free Eastern-Armenian literature that needs to be digitized over the next 12 months. We will follow up to get access to the material, scan, pass it through OCR and place it in Wikisource.

  • Digitization of books currently becoming public domain
  • interface with different libraries to upload license-free Armenian literature in Wikisource
  • work with the appropriate authorities to allow putting in Wikisource, at a minimum, all educational materials published by the government.

P2 - Wiki Loves Science: Wiki loves science: We have often received feedback that articles on scientific topics are noticeably lacking in the Armenian Wikipedia. Through the Wiki Loves Science initiative, we hope to enrich Armenian Wikipedia on topics of science. This year, our concentration will be on Biology and Physics. Our goal is to add 300 new articles in Biology, and 100 articles in Physics.

  • Meeting with Young biologists association and chain of workshops
  • Workshops for all institutions related to physics.
  • Editing weekend for Young biologists
  • Editing weekend for physicists
  • Editing weekend for chemists
  • support efforts to enrich articles minimum in two fields of science by working with universities and the scientific community

P3 - Support and Increase active WikiClubs: In addition to the two existing WikiClubs in Yerevan and Gyumri, we will establish Wiki Clubs in 7 new cities, specifically in Vanadzor, Yeghvard, Ashtarak, Talin, Aparan, Goris, Stepanakert (Artsakh) - With the creation of active Clubs, we will expand our membership and spread the wiki culture among more communities (living in cities other than the capital). The expanded membership will allow us to implement GLAM and other projects outside of the capital over the next few years.

  • Each month, interact with the active editors in a selected major city and help establish a club in that city.
  • Maintain interactions with the clubs already established, and maintain enthusiasm to train and attract new comers

P4 - Educational Programs: Education program: Currently we have a Wiki Education program in 7 schools. We aim to add 8 more (2 a quarter). The goal of getting 8 additional schools (to make a total of 15 school) involved in the wiki education programs is to start building a population that is knowledgeable in the mechanics of becoming a wiki editor, and building up a community of future contributors to wiki. Our experience indicates that once the "wiki culture" penetrates a school, there is little needed by the Wikimedia volunteers to maintain the enthusiasm. The students and teacher staff sustain the program. After the initial training and the handholding during the first 6 months, the Wikimedia volunteers are involved solely in providing suggestion on what topics the students could write about - or topics they can translate from other languages, providing statistics on level of contributions in different schools, re-training teachers in the rare event that there is a turnover in teaching staff, informing students on further training provided in the schools or other central locations, about advanced topics in wiki.

  • High School Educational Programs - add two schools a quarter to the Wikipedia Education program.
  • Training programs for General Population - headed by the members in various WikiClubs

P5 – GLAM: - We have recently signed an agreement with the National Library of Armenia to provide digitized content to be added to WikiSource. - We aim to sign an agreement with Matenadaran, where they will provide digitized content in Armenian to be deposited in WikiSource, to serve as reference material to those editing in Armenian. - We aim to start discussions with Erebuni museum on areas of cooperation, and accordingly set up a plan, sign an agreement for providing digitized content and/or possibly photos. We will follow up with them, to organize working sessions to ensure the execution of the agreement, and to support them in overcoming difficulties they may encounter.

  • Meeting with Cultural institutions of Ministry of Culture.
  • Cooperation with Matenadaran: Sign agreement of cooperation in the first half of the year; coordinate the creation of at least 10 articles about the main collections of Matenadaran.
  • Cooperation with National Library: Sign agreement to use NL books and scanned books in order to upload digitized material to Wikisource.
  • Cooperation with Erebuni museum: Sign agreement of cooperation. Support writing of a minimum of 10 articles about the cultural heritage available in the museum.

P6 - Expand Wiki Commons:

  • Wiki Loves Earth (Budget for this project has been moved to the Wiki Loves Science project. Please see the discussion page for more details.)
  • Famous Armenians - Photo Depository. Combine famous Armenians list and organize meeting for taking pictures or sharing pictures.

P7 - International Projects:

  • Cooperation with Estonia
  • Wikimania 2014: Susanna Mkrtchyan and Mher Bekaryan will attend and share ideas and experiences.
  • WMCEE 2014: Susanna Mkrtchyan and Lilit Tarkhanyan will attend and share ideas and experiences.
  • WMCON 2015: Susanna Mkrtchyan and a colleague will attend and share ideas and experience.
  • Wikimedia Educational Conference: Susanna Mkrtchyan and a colleague will attend and share ideas and experience.

P8 - General Wikimedia Office management: *To set Wikimedia Armenia office. (Budget covered through sources outside of the budget request provided within this Grant Proposal). With the successful implementation of the project, for the next 25 years, we will not be dependent on outside sources for rental expenses of office space for Wikimedia Armenia. We will also have additional space that will also allow us to organize WikiClub Yerevan activities in parallel with Educational and organizational activities.

  • Support Computing Environment (internet cost, server room and server management, network management, PC support)
  • Acquire office space - free of rent for a period of 25 years
- We are waiting for the signing of documents by the prime minister about providing office space to Wikimedia Armenia.
- Hakob Hakobyan, the director of Intellectual Renaissance Foundation, will prepare the renovation project plan and associated cost and will present it to Artur Janibekyan, the president of Intellectual Renaissance, who will approve the budget. Mr. Hagopyan will oversee the renovation effort

P9 - Activities that lead to the introduction of Western Armenian as a language in Wikipedia: To open Wikipedia for Western Armenian language - No funding is requested for this effort. It is included in this plan for completeness of activities planned for the upcoming 12 months. The Armenian Wikipedia today has articles in Eastern Armenian. Western Armenian is the Armenian language that is the mother tongue of about 5,000,000 Armenians in the diaspora. Eastern Armenian is the language used by Armenians currently in Armenia and the X-Soviet Union. There are a lot of common words within the two languages, because they both originate from one common source - Medieval Armenian. However, the Eastern Armenian and Western Armenian languages differ extensively in grammar, vocabulary and dictation. We are currently engaging individuals to contribute in Western Armenian. Since most of those individuals live in the diaspora, we aim to use this year to gain some experience and gage expectations. So, you are correct in your assessment that "more people will edit Wikipedia in Western Armenia" is very obscure. It stems from our inexperience in how best to interact/train editors. We will use this year's experience to form an executable plan for next year with concrete and measurable goals.

  • interface with different libraries to upload license-free Armenian literature in Wikisource


Please provide a detailed breakdown of project expenses according to the instructions here.

Grantees are subject to line-item scrutiny of expenses. Changes to the approved budget beyond 10% in any category must be approved in advance.

Project budget table
Activity Amount
Amount requested (USD) other sources (AMD) other sources (USD) Notes
P1 - Digitization 600,000 1,471 598,250 1,467
Digitalization 300,000 736 among other costs, includes purchase cost for books (30 books at an average of 10,000 AMD) / literary magazines that need to be digitized
Scanner 300,000 734 598,250 1,467 A must for the digitization effort - Plustek Opticbook A300 book scanner, А3 - 898,250 AMD
P2 - Wiki Loves Science 1,200,000 2,942 0 0
Wiki Loves Science Event organization Target minimum of 100 good articles
Stationary, Memorabilia & Prizes for competitions 400,000 981 Shirts, diplomas, cups, pens, paper bags and some original stuff.
Editing weekend for young scientists 800,000 1,961 10 biologists+10 phycisists+5 chemists+15 other scientists
P3 - Support and Increase active WikiClubs 3,070,000 7,526 0 0
7 laptops 2,100,000 5,148 Two laptops will be provided to support increased participation during training sessions. Eight laptops are needed to equip the newly created "WIKI CLUB -YEREVAN (WCY)" section in our new office (to replace the laptops currently . The WCY will allow groups of individuals with interests in a specific topic to gather and discuss quality of the articles, and plans for improvement.
Meetups in WikiClub Yerevan 480,000 1,177 Every Saturday we have collaborative editing and discussion
Opening ceremony in 7 cities 490,000 1,201 Transportation and Wikipedia outreach materials
P4 - Education Programs 1,100,000 2,697 0 0
Education 600,000 1,471 Add 8 high schools participating in the educational program; Challenge cup to best Wiki school and prizes for best wiki students of current year (within 15 schools) and awards ceremony.
Stationary, Memorabilia & Prizes for competitions 500,000 1,226 Shirts, diplomas, cups, pens, paper bags and some original stuff.
P5 - GLAM 800,000 1,961 0 0
Collaboration with institutions under Ministry of Culture 200,000 490 Presentation and chain of workshops for GLAM institutions within Ministry of Culture:
Residents in Matenadaran and Erebuni museum 600,000 1,471 for weekend resident in Matenadaran and Erebuni museum
P6 - Expand Wiki Commons 1,400,000 3,432 0 0
Wiki Loves Earth 1,000,000 2,452 Minimum of three expeditions - Includes transportation, prizes for winners, et. al.
P7 - International Projects 8,200,000 20,103 0 0
Collaboration with Estonia 500,000 1,226 Exchange of contributor - Prize for winner
Wikimania 2014 1,200,000 2,942 Two participants
WMCEE 2014 800,000 1,961 Two participants
Wikimedia Conference 2015 1,200,000 2,942 Two participants,
Wikimedia Educational Conference 500,000 1,226 One participant
Wikipedia conference 4,000,000 9,806 Wikipedia annual conference Yerevan 2014 (10th anniversary of Armenian Wikipedia)
P8 - General Wikimedia Armenia Office management 900 000 2,206 25,000,000 61,290
Office Renovation costs 0 0 25,000,000 61,290 Capital renovation and furniture needed for the 150 sq m provided by the Armenian Government to Wikimedia Armenia for 25 years - rent free, for the purposes of office space and conference rooms .
Monthly Internet Costs 600,000 1,471 Internet connectivity for the Wikimedia office. Currently every Saturday to our office come 10-20 wiki editors and newcomers in order to improve Wikipedia collaboratively, we hope that this number will increase and also hope that collaborative editing will become a habit in Wiki clubs too.
P9 - Activities that lead to the introduction of Western Armenian as a language in Wikipedia 0 0 0 0
Create work plan Based on work plan, organize execution and look for funding sources if needed
Start execution on the work plan
Unforeseen expenses 1,000,000 2,452
Total 17,570,000 43,062 25,598,250 62,756
Total cost of project
43,368,250 AMD
Total amount requested from the Project and Event Grants program
17,570,000 AMD/43,062 USD
Additional sources of revenue that may fund part of this project, and amounts funded
25,598,250 AMD - Received verbal agreement to renovation the new office space; Final approval expected within a month.

Non-financial requirements[edit]

See a description of non financial assistance available. Please inform Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) of any requirements for non-financial assistance now.

Requests for non-financial assistance
Attendance during the 10 year Anniversary - Wikipedia Armenia celebration from Wikimedia Foundation and various Wikimedia Chapters.

Resources and Risks[edit]


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Consider including the following information:

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  • Onwiki evidence of community support (such as a project about this discussion):
  • Endorsements from community members or movement groups:
  • Special skills or qualifications this potential grantee or project lead brings to this project:
  • Evidence of past success in executing similar projects:
Wikimedia Armenia board
* Susanna Mkrtchyan --SusikMkr (talk) 06:07, 24 June 2014 (UTC)
* Mher Bekaryan --Beko
* Lilit Tarkhanyan --Lilitik22
* Vachagan Gratyan --Vacio
* Avetik Yessayan --Owner of Shirak Technologies
* Aleksey Chalabyan --Xelgen
P1 - Digitization
* Yura Mkrtchyan (Western Armenian digitization)--GeoO
* Davit Saroyan --Davit Saroyan
P2 - Wiki Loves Science
* Davit Saroyan (Wiki Loves Science)--Davit Saroyan
* Arsen Harutyunyan (training workshops, media coordinator)--Արագի մեջ
* Vahram Mkhitaryan --Vahram Mkhitaryan
* Merujan Karapetyan --Merujan Karapetyan
* Davit Minasyan ----Dminasyan]
P3 – Support active WikiClubs:
* Mher Bekaryan (Wiki Club)
* Arsen Harutyunyan --Արագի մեջ
P4 - Educational Programs
* Lilit Tarkhanyan (Education) Lilitik22
* Davit Saroyan
* Davit Eloyan
* Susanna Mkrtchyan --SusikMkr (talk) 06:07, 24 June 2014 (UTC)
* Karine Minassyan
* Mher Bekaryan --Beko
* Armine Aghayan (GLAM)--Armineaghayan
* Tigran Zargaryan --Tigranzargaryan
* Ara Khzmalyan (GLAM)-- of Matenadaran
P6 - Expand Wiki Commons
* Mher Bekaryan (Wiki Club)
* Melkon Minasyan
* Hambarsum Minasyan
* David Minasyan
P7 - International Projects
* Susanna Mkrtchyan --SusikMkr (talk) 06:07, 24 June 2014 (UTC)
* Mher Bekaryan --Beko
* Lilit Tarkhanyan --Lilitik22
P8 - General Wikimedia Armenia Office management
* Hakob Hakobyan (renovation coordinator)--Hakob Hakobyan
* Avetik Yessayan (networking, PC maintenance, Hosting)
P9 - Activities that lead to the introduction of Western Armenian as a language in Wikipedia
* Merujan Karapetyan --Merujan Karapetyan
* Yura Mkrtchyan (Western Armenian digitization)--GeoO
* Zabel Vassilian (Western Armenian)--Zvassilian (talk) 08:49, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

This section is used to identify key risks or threats that would prevent you from achieving your project goals and how you would mitigate those risks and threats.

Articles related to various fields of science and education don't exist in Armenian Wikipedia or are very poor. Moreover there aren't books in Armenian for university students. It would be very hard to grow Armenian Wikipedia on these topics. That's why we need to do most effort to succeed.
Difficulty in working with GLAM staff. Will be expanded.


In the sections below, please describe how the project is related to the Wikimedia mission and Wikimedia's strategic priorities.

Fit to strategy[edit]

How will this project support the key organizational objectives of
  • increasing reach (more people will access or contribute to Wikipedia or our other projects),
By opening WikiClubs in 8 new cities in Armenia, Wikimedia Armenia will be able to train new contributors to Wikipedia, and gain experience with the talent the active editors have, and create a set of resources through which we can launch further educational and awareness programs in future years.
  • participation (more people actually contributing),
Through our outreach programs to GLAMS and those who speak in Western Armenian, and through our Education programs, and via the events we organize, we expect to increase the number of people contributing.
  • quality (more content, more useful content, or higher-quality content),
* Events like Wiki loves science, our activities with GLAMS, the training programs, education programs, western Armenian effort will simulate the creation of more content.
* Wikimedia Armenia staff will monitor what topics are being accessed most, and will publish on its main page the top 10 useful articles of the month.
* Wikimedia Armenia will publish (on its main page) the Subject of one article a month that will be targeted for higher-quality content.
  • credibility (more trust in our projects),
Media coverage with high profile individuals supporting Wikimedia Armenia will be used as a means of gaining credibility for the activities of Wikimedia Armenia. Individuals from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Defense, GLAM administrators, respected educators, businessmen and cultural figures will air their promise to write articles, or share the fact that they have individually contributed
  • organizational maturity and effectiveness (how it will move you or the Wikimedia community forward),
* By hiring one individual who will support the activities of the various projects that we have, we aim to put some formality around the administration of the events, so we will not be totally dependent on our volunteers in the knowledge of plans, contacts, progress, program knowledge, etc.
* By the creation of WikiClubs in 8 new cities, we aim to involve more people in spreading the wiki culture among the population - a must that will allow us to share the burden of the effort from a few to many
* By increasing membership, thus increasing the number of people who will take ownership of program execution, we aim to grow a young population of leaders who will understand the culture of contributing to the community and will, by example, spread the culture of sharing information and reaching out to others with their knowledge and expertise.
  • financial sustainability (how it will help you achieve more in the long run)?
This will be a challenge to plan for. We hope to carry discussions on the topic with our members and look for input and ideas from other countries. For now, we are concentrating on achievements that are pre-requisites to attaining financial sustainability; mainly:
* increase in active contributors
* increase in good articles
* increase in types of topics (scientific et al)
* the spread of the wiki culture within the country
This statement should address at least one of the strategic priorities listed here specifically. See Project and Event Grants program criteria for decision making.

All of the projects in this grant, whether educational, organizational, GLAM related or related to the creation WikiClubs, are activities that will ensure sustainability of impact beyond the duration of the grant. They all aim at spreading the wiki culture in the country, increasing participation and membership, and improving quality and quantity of contributions. We are confident the effort will keep on giving, and the digitization effort, as well as the growth in people infrastructure will fuel later work.


If the project will benefit a specific online community, please tell us.
During this period will increase the number of editors in regions and will be enriched the
  • Users of Eastern Armenian Wikipedia for articles and media content.
  • Users of English, Russian, Arabic, Ukranian, Estonian Wikipedias for article content
  • Users of Wikimedia Commons for photo and media content.
  • User of Eastern Armenian Wikisource for textual content.
  • Users of Western Armenian Wikipedia for articles and media content.

Please provide a brief statement about how the project is related to other work in the Wikimedia movement. For example, does the project fit into a work area such as GLAM, education, organizational development, editor retention, or outreach?
The main focus of this project is Outreach since it will be aimed at recruiting and supporting new editors, building strong relationships with cultural and educational institutions. Particular programs fit into GLAM (in particular, partnership with museums and libraries), education (collaboration with schools), organizational development (purchasing equipment that will be used by organization members in wikiClubs).We are also reaching out to the segments of the 5 Million Armenians whose heritage uses Western Armenian as a language.
If successful, will the project have the potential to be replicated successfully by other individuals, groups, or organizations? Please explain how in 1–2 sentences.
Wikimedia Armenia's activities aimed at creating a wiki-minded community of users that continue to grow and contribute in an accelerated mode can serve as a resource to other communities that are being introduced to the wiki culture.
Please list other benefits to the movement here.
* Increase in the presence of free knowledge groups within Armenia
* Improvement in quality of articles over time - High school students who are active contributors, having internalized the culture of being free knowledge contributors, will continue to contribute as they become more educated, and pursue their careers, hence gradually improving the quality of the articles they contribute.
* Increase in Armenian related topics in languages other than Armenian - Once Western Armenian editors are trained in contributing to Western Armenian Wikipedia, they will also, with a high probability of likelihood, contributor Armenia related topics in the language of the country they reside in, or are citizens of. This will lead to an increase of free knowledge contributions of Armenia/Armenian related information in other languages.
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