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Report accepted
This report for a Project and Event grant approved in FY 2014-15 has been reviewed and accepted by the Wikimedia Foundation.
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Project status[edit]

Are you complying with the requirements specified by WMF in the grant agreement?
Do you expect this project to be completed by the date specified in the approved grant submission?
Did you use any of the grant funds?

Activities and lessons learned[edit]


The first workshop for WFA 2015 participants in Cape Town, South Africa on the 25th May 2015. The event sought to show participants -mostly drone pilots- how to submit content to Wikimedia Commons and use it on Wikipedia.
  • Created partnership with FPV Fest to promote the competition amoungst the local drone community.
  • Conducted three workshops in April 2015 to show potential participants how to enter and add their entries to Wikipedia as well as clarify concerns around Creative Commons copyright issues.
  • Promote the competition in the general media, see media outreach.

Lessons learned[edit]

What lessons were learned that may help others succeed in similar projects, or that may change the way you are doing this project?
What went well, or is going well?
  • Be clearer about competition rules of entry. Because we were not clear in the stated rules about who could enter we had entries from around the world which could not be disqualified based on their geographical origion. In the future we will need to either clearly state that the competition is either open to entries from all over the world or that all entries must be taken within a particular geographical area. This lead to one of the winning entries (first prize for best video footage) not being from Africa.
  • Too local: although we had a few sumbissions from an indervidual in Switzerland the overwhelming majoritory of entries were of locations in the Western Cape area of South Africa and Cape Town in particular. If this event is to be repeated it would be avised to try and expand the area from which photographs are taken so as to broaden the nature of the content submitted thereby further increasing the likely usability of content on other Wiki projectes such as Wikipedia.
  • Under estimated catering costs of the workshop events. If this event is held again in the future either catering should be added to the budget upfront. A concious desicion to provide catering was only taken after the grant was accepted as participants were attending the workshops late in the day after work on week days when they would usally eat dinner. It was judged that not providing some catering to participants would have a significantly negative impact on the turnout to these after hours workshops.
  • Use 'number of pictures used on Wikis' as the main metric of success. Number of photographs submitted is a misleading number that produces a lot of media that has little use and makes it harder to measure the number of articles that submitted pictures are used on Wikipedia articles. Until a tool is developed to measure the number of Wiki pages media in a particular category are used on it is advised to have fewer high quality images so as to more easily measure Wikipedia usage rates.

Learning patterns[edit]

  1. A playful logo builds identity and invites interaction: We found that a good logo increased interest and advertised the event as being open to a boarder community than just the drone community.
  2. Partnering with like minded organisations to increase participation and multiply impact. We partnered with the organisers of a local/national drone festival who were already very well connected with the 1000+ strong drone community in South Africa. We found that the majority of participants, including most winners, learnt about this event through our partner organisations. Without their involvement we would not have been successful.

Outcomes and impact[edit]


Winning media
Best photograph. Currently used on two articles on en.Wikipedia, namely for Table Bay and Bloubergstrand
2nd best photograph. Currently used on three language Wikipedia's for the article on Pringle Bay and is "Most Valued" image for that category.
Best Video footage. Currently used on 3 Wikis.
2nd Best video footage. Currently used on 3 Wikis for the article on Rhodes Memorial. Was 'Media of the Day' on the 27 May 2015.
Best use on Wikipedia prize. Currently used on 6 Wikis, 3 on en.Wikipedia alone. Was 'Media of the Day' on 28 March 2015.
Provide the original project goal here.

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.

  • 50 videos submitted
  • 375 photographs submitted

Progress towards targets and goals[edit]

Project Metrics[edit]

Target Outcome Achieved Outcome Explanation
High rate of use on Wikipedia 43 submissions were used on 77 Wikipedia articles in 7 different languages One in three submissions were used on Wikipedia. This high rate of use illustrates the high level of 'usability' of low altitude aerial content on Wikipedia and can be judged as a successful outcome of the project
50 videos and 375 photographs submitted 13 videos and 117 photographs submitted About one third of the target number of submissions were achieved

The event was a moderate success. On one hand a high proportion of submissions were used to illustrate Wikipedia articles but on the other hand slightly less than one third of the target number of submissions were achieved.
  • 2 'Most Valued" images
  • 2 videos featured as 'media of the day' on Wikimedia Commons.
  • Total estimated value of donated content based on estimates in the grant proposal talk page: R11 565 or $957
  • 9 new editors/contributors to Commons
  • We increased reach of Wikimedia Commons in terms of coverage of new regions.
  • 77 Wikipedia pages improved
  • 130 submissions worth an estimated R11 565 (US$957) submitted
  • Quality of South African related articles improved
  • Awareness of Wikimedia and the concept of editing Wikipedia and/or contributing to commons raised amoungst the 1000 strong drone community in South Africa raised.
  • 9 first time editors/contributors to Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia, most of whom are from the Cape Town area.

Global Metrics[edit]

We are trying to understand the overall outcomes of the work being funded across our grantees. In addition to the measures of success for your specific program (in above section), please use the table below to let us know how your project contributed to the Global Metrics. We know that not all projects will have results for each type of metric, so feel free to put "0" where necessary.

  1. Next to each required metric, list the actual outcome achieved through this project.
  2. Where necessary, explain the context behind your outcome. For example, if you were funded for an edit-a-thon which resulted in 0 new images, your explanation might be "This project focused solely on participation and articles written/improved, the goal was not to collect images."

For more information and a sample, see Global Metrics.

Metric Achieved outcome Explanation
1. # of active editors involved 2 The event organiser and initiator Discott (talk) 20:26, 9 August 2015 (UTC) was primarily involved with some support from the WMZA administrator.
2. # of new editors 9 Although the number of new editors was lower than hoped for or expected we were presently surprised by the high quality and usability of their submissions for Wikipedia. The Majority of new editors came to us through our event partners at FPV Fest and a large number of them attended the workshops we ran.
3. # of individuals involved 13 9 new editors + 2 active editors + the organiser of the event partner at FPV Fest were involved.
4. # of new images/media added to Wikimedia articles/pages 130 13 videos and 117 photographs submitted
5. # of articles added or improved on Wikimedia projects 78 43 submissions were used on 78 Wikipedia articles in 7 different languages (this is an updated figure)
6. Absolute value of bytes added to or deleted from Wikimedia projects No research has yet been done to ascertain this number.
Learning question
Did your work increase the motivation of contributors, and how do you know?
Our work increase a) awareness about editing Wikipedia and contributing to the commons amoungst a highly technically able group of people who have great potential to improve articles and b) increased their motivation to contribute due to this competition and accompanying workshops. We know it increased their motivation due to the excitement and possitive feedback it generated at the festerval and the direct feedback the event orgaisers received from the events participants. However unfortunately no new editors have yet made any serious contributions on a consistent basis since the conclusion of this event. A future learning for this event is to organise a post photograph submission edit-a-thon to prompt people to edit Wikipedia.


What impact did this project have on WMF's mission and the strategic priorities?

Option A: How did you increase participation in one or more Wikimedia projects?

Option B: How did you improve quality on one or more Wikimedia projects?

By producing high impact low altitude aerial photographs and media we were able to greatly enhance over 77 articles with these images. It is likely that this number will increase as more editors use these images to illustrate more articles as the userabilty of this media is so great.

Option C: How did you increase the reach (readership) of one or more Wikimedia projects?

Reporting and documentation of expenditures[edit]

Winner of the 'Best Photograph' prize for the Wiki From Above competition receiving his prize in Stellenbosch during the FPV Fest drone festal.

This section describes the grant's use of funds


Did you send documentation of all expenses paid with grant funds to grants at wikimedia dot org, according to the guidelines here? Answer "Yes" or "No".


Category Item Description Unit Nr of Units Actual Cost Per Unit Actual Total Budgeted Total Currency Notes
1 Prizes 6 Gift vouchers purchased from Action Gear 1 Various 9,500.00 9,500.00 ZAR We bought 6 prize vouchers from Action Gear for the following prize categories - Best photograph (R1500), 2nd best photograph (R1000), Best media/video footage (R2500), 2nd best media/video footage (R1500), Best use on Wikipedia (R3000)
2.1 Transport 1 1 500.00 500.00 500.00 ZAR Costs for traveling to and from workshop events and the award ceremony in Stellenbosch
2.2a Workshop Materials 1 1 249.50 249.50 249.50 ZAR Materials such as printed flyers explaining to workshop participants how to enter the competition
2.2b Stationery and Logistics for Prizes 1 year multiple items 499.90 499.90 450.00 ZAR Includes: R24.90 for voucher stationary such as letters to put the vouchers in, R30 printing of prize vouchers, R75 for tubes to put printed pictures of vouchers in (prints donated by ORMS), R370 for postal costs of vouchers and winning photographs

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 SurveilZone.com
1.4 2nd best media/video footage 1 R1500 $131 Voucher for SurveilZone.com
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]

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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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Total amount spent on this project (with currency)
10,500 ZAR
Total amount of WMF grant funds spent on this project (with currency)
10,500 ZAR

Remaining funds[edit]

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