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Grants:PEG/WM US-NYC/Wikipedia Takes Manhattan

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This submission to the Wikimedia Foundation Grants Program was funded in the fiscal year 2009-10. This is a grant to an organization.

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Legal name of chapter
Wikimedia New York City
Grant contact name
Richard Knipel
Grant contact user-name or e-mail
Grant contact title (position)
Project lead name
Richard Knipel
Project lead user-name or e-mail
Full project name
Wikipedia Takes Manhattan / Wikis Take Manhattan (3)
Amount requested (in USD)
Provisional target start date
September 1, 2009
Provisional completion date
October 1, 2009

Project scope[edit]

Wikimedia NYC would like to repeat its Wikipedia Takes Manhattan project on a larger scale, and to establish it as an annual event, in collaboration again with The Open Planning Project and the Students For Free Culture groups at Columbia University and NYU. Funding for this project will go toward the logistic preparation for the event day, such as advertising, printed materials, food and party expenses, and prizes for the winners.

Project goal[edit]

The goal of this project is to expand the archive of images on Wikimedia Commons of photography targets in the New York City region, and to spread the notion of contributing free images in a socially engaging and fun way to the general public.

Non-financial requirements[edit]

We would like to get the OK to use the logos for this event, as we did for the previous events.

Assistance with a press release, and getting the word out to media outlets beforehand would also be helpful if possible.

Fit to strategy[edit]

The project will reach out to a large number of new people (in our previous experience 90% of participants were non-Wikimedians) who will contribute valuable images to the project, and will be more inclined to contribute images on their own in future.

Other benefits[edit]

This model of photo scavenger hunts has been adopted by us and others in several cities and diverse contexts, and this iteration should also bring new improvements that will be useful to others adopting this model.

The project is an exciting and colorful event that has the potential for good media coverage.

Firmly establishing this project as an annual event for us will increase our credibility as an organization, and further our ability for long-term planning with partners.

Measures of success[edit]

We will consider this project a success if we significantly improve on the number of participants and quality photographs contributed over the previous events.