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WM ZA/Wiki From Above 2015
Drone based photographic and video competition to increase content for use on Wikipedia.
targetWikimedia ZA
strategic priorityIncreasing Reach, Increasing Participation
start date1 March
start year2015
end date3 May 31 May
end year2015
budget (local currency)ZAR 10,500.00
budget (USD)USD 792
grant typeOrganisation
non-profit statusYES
contact(s)• douglas.i.scott(_AT_)• Theresa
organization• Wikimedia South Africa

Wiki From Above LOGO 2015


Wikimedia ZA has the unique opportunity to host a photographic and video media competition with the organisers of South Africa's first drone festival to be held in Cape Town on the 1-3 May 2015. This event would allow Wikimedia ZA to encourage the local drone community to contribute content to Wikimedia Commons for use on Wikipedia.

The festival is being organised by Alan Ball of Flying Robot.

  • Number of people festival organizers estimate will participate in competition: between 250 (max) ~ 20 (min)
  • Festival website: FPV Fest South Africa


Rough aerial footage of the old gun fortifications in Simon's Town, South Africa. Although this footage might be disqualified for not being in .ogg format it does effectively give a rough illustration of media that could be captured by a drone for use on Wikipedia.

The focus of this project is to increase the quantity and quality of aerial photographs and video media of important public landmarks in Africa. With a particular focus on content from drones.




February 2015

- Announce the competition

April 2015

- End of new submissions
- Select winning submissions
- Announce winners
- Send invites to prize giving event

May 2015

- Host prize giving event at Drone festival
- Further promote contributions to commons

Proposed judging formula[edit]

The judging formula has two objects, the first being to create media for as effective use on Wikipedia as possible, the second is to ensure that submitted media is of a high quality. With that in mind I am proposing the following scoring system:

Points will be awarded for the following:

  • Can be used on a Wikipedia page = +5 points
  • how effectively it illustrates the topic of that page = score out of 15 points
  • Aesthetic quality of the media = score out of 10 points
Refers to the overall aesthetic value of the submitted media.
  • Technical quality of the media = score out of 10 points
This refers to things like the steadiness of footage if video footage, the size of the uploaded file (High resolution preferred), and overall quality of the media image.


This pilot project aims to contribute high quality aerial media for use on Wikipedia. Particularly photographs and video footage of important public landmarks in South Africa as taken by air born systems most specifically drones. The competition will also be open to contributors wishing to contribute content from other air born platforms such as helicopters or planes.

Photographs and footage will need to be submitted on Commons using a similar system to that used by Wiki Loves Monuments. Content edited on Wikipedia will need to be proposed by the editor on a dedicated page on Wikipedia or Wikimedia Commons.


Fit with strategy[edit]

This project meets a number of mission targets for Wikimedia strategic plan (through 2015). They are outlined below:

Increasing reach[edit]

This project will connect Wikimedia ZA with the local drone community in South Africa. A technically adept community well placed to both contribute content to Wikipedia as well as Wikimedia Commons. Previously most of our previous projects have focused on connecting with people involved in cultural or educational activities such as heritage and libraries respectively. This will be the first project by Wikimedia ZA that will be fore a section of South Africa's population that has a strong technology background.


This project will increase the participation of drone enthusiasts in Africa at large and Cape Town in particular. A community with the capability to produce and contribute remarkable content, especially media content, that would likely be a great asset to Commons.


Wikimedia Commons suffers from a lack of both video footage as well as aerial photographs. It has a particular lack of these sorts of media of places in Africa. This competition would increase the number of aerial photographs and video footage of places in Africa and Cape Town in particular.


The involvement of the organisers of the Drone festival will give the organizers access to the Drone community in Cape Town and South Africa more broadly.


This project will benefit the following online communities
English Wikipedia
Afrikaans Wikipedia
Zulu Wikipedia
Xhosa Wikipedia
Sotho Wikipedia
Xitsonga Wikipedia
Setswana Wikipedia
Wikipedia Project Africa
Wikipedia Project South Africa
Wikimedia Commons

Encouraged categories[edit]

  • Towns, neighbourhoods, and settlements
  • Beaches & Parks
  • Monuments
  • Mountains, valleys, & natural landmarks

Measures of success[edit]

We will consider this project a success if we can:

  • Increase the number of quality of aerial photographs on Wikimedia Commons
  • Increase the number of quality of aerial footage on Wikimedia Commons
  • Increase the number of aerial media taken in Africa on Wikimedia Commons
  • Effective use of this media on Wikipedia
  • Promote editing and contributing content to Wikimedia projects in South Africa generally
  • Increase the profile of Wikimedia and Wikipedia amoungst this technologically savvy group of South African enthusiasts.

Resources and risks[edit]


Team members

Douglas Scott Discott
Alan Ball (festival organiser)

This grant is effectively an extension of: This grant is inspired by Wiki Loves Monuments and synergies exist between it and Wiki Loves Monuments 2015 in South Africa.


  • No one will participate or participation will be limited
  • Solution: work through the organisers of the festervil to promote the competition within the local drone community ahead of time.
  • Participants will find the entrance and submission of content procedures on Wikimedia Commons overly complex and therefore not enter.
  • Produce written guides and graphics illustrating the entry process. Setup a similar system to Wiki Loves Monuments to help streamline entrants is another option.
  • Participants might find the option of only submitting content in .ogg format reduces the quality of their images to such an extent they are not comfortable participating.
  • Open to suggestions on this one, if there is another video format that allows for higher quality submissions on commons that commons can accept then please tell me about it.
  • Privacy issues related to drones and aerial photography
  • This risk will be eliminated by only accepting or encouraging the submission of footage that is of public places that are of public interest and was taken in accordance with South African law. Any submitted content that is found to violate these rules will not be eligible to win a prize and will be nominated for deletion.


Description Requested Funds (ZAR) Requested Funds (USD)
Qty Rate Total (ZAR) Rate Total (USD) Notes
1 Prizes R9,500 $717
2 Logistics R1,000 $75
TOTAL BILL R10,500 $792

Budget breakdown[edit]


Description Requested Funds (ZAR) Requested Funds (USD)
Qty Rate Total (ZAR) Rate Total (USD) Notes
1.1 Best photograph 1 R1500 $113 Voucher from ORMS
1.2 2nd best photograph 1 R1000 $75 Voucher from ORMS
1.3 Best media/video footage 1 R2500 $189 Voucher for
1.4 2nd best media/video footage 1 R1500 $131 Voucher for
1.5 Best use on Wikipedia 1 R3000 $226 Voucher for FlightPro
TOTAL BILL R9,500 $717


Description Requested Funds (ZAR) Requested Funds (USD)
Qty Rate Total (ZAR) Rate Total (USD) Notes
2.1 Transport R500 $38
2.2 Miscellaneous or unforseen expenses R500 $38
TOTAL BILL R1,000 $75

Budget Summary[edit]

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

Total project budget
ZAR 10,500.00 or $792 on 01/23/2015 using latest exchange rates.
Total amount requested
ZAR 10,500.00 or $792 01/23/2015 using latest exchange rates.
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