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This was a submission to the Project and Event Grants Program from an organization in 2013-14, but was withdrawn by that organization before a funding decision was delivered.

Basic information


Grant request details

Are you an organization, a group, or an individual?
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Wikimedia Philippines, Inc.
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Johnny Alegre <johnny dot alegre dot wikimedia dot org dot ph> (WMPH President)
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Project details

Martin Tinio Jr. at the Wikipedia Philippine Cultural Heritage Mapping conference
Official project name
Digitization of Philippine cultural heritage photographs
Project start date
3 November 2014
Project completion date
30 April 2015
Please describe the project in a few sentences
The chapter intends to digitize and upload to Wikimedia Commons over 70,000 pictures of heritage sites in the Philippines (some of which are no longer existing) taken by Martin "Sonny" Imperial Tinio, Jr., a writer, author, historian, fellow Wikipedian, and authority in Philippine history and cultural heritage. Sonny Tinio has taken photographs worth over 50 years of cultural heritage research work before the digital era.

Financial details


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Amount and currency requested
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For organizations only


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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.
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Goals and measures of success


Project goal

Envelopes containing thousands of photos by Martin Imperial Tinio, Jr.
More envelopes by Martin Imperial Tinio, Jr.

Pictures of Boljoon cemetery gate photos by Martin Imperial Tinio, Jr.

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

Project goal
The goal of the project is to digitize and upload to Wikimedia Commons under a free license over 70,000 images of 50+ years of heritage work of Martin "Sonny" Imperial Tinio Jr. Sonny has casually agreed that these be made available to Wikipedia, however a large private museum in the Philippines has been attempting to obtain and convince Mr. Tinio to exclusively release these photos to them, and if that happens these photographs would unlikely be freely available.

Measures of success


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Measures of success

Project scope and activities


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List of activities
  • Enter into a memorandum of agreement with Martin Tinio Jr. on the release of his images under a CC-BY-SA 3.0 license.
  • Canvass for the cheapest contractor that will be able deliver the output requirements for the scanning of over 70,000 images.
  • Uploading of images either by a hired contractor or by volunteers who must be taught of Wikimedia Commons.



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