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Wikimedia Community Ireland/2015 Outreach
The Wikimedia Community Ireland has an ambitious outreach program planned for this year. We plan on hosting at least 7 edit-a-thons over the next 12 months, 2 of which are confirmed; members of our team are scheduled to speak at 2 conferences about Wikimedia over the next 12 months, we also reaching out to several GLAM organisations to start building relationships with Wikimedia. We are not a chapter yet, so we have no funds to facilitate these activities. We would like to request that the remaining funds from our WLM grant be put towards these activities.
targetWikipedia, possibly Commons and Vicipéid
strategic priorityOur activities will increase the reach of Wikipedia in Ireland and should increase the number of Irish editors. In order to do that we have several edit-a-thons scheduled, where we will introduce new users to Wikipedia and improve articles on Wikipedia. Several of our members will be speaking at conferences about Wikipedia and how it can be used in the classroom and as a crowd-sourcing tool. We will also explore ways to engage with other open source groups such as Open Data and Open Knowledge to increase our reach in the community and recruit for our User Group.
start date28 February
start year2015
end date31 December
end year2015
budget (local currency)€2694.67
budget (USD)3,071 USD
grant typeGroup
non-profit statusNo
creator• [[User:Sameichel (talk) 15:32, 12 February 2015 (UTC)|Sameichel (talk) 15:32, 12 February 2015 (UTC)]]
contact(s)• sam.eichelberger@gmail.comRebecca O'Neill


The goal of the activities in 2015 is to grow the Wikimedia Community Ireland User Group by adding volunteers; recruit more Wikipedia editors in Ireland, specifically women and Irish speakers; and to create relationships with GLAM organisations and schools/universities in Ireland.



28 February-Three members of the group are attending the Computers in Education Society of Ireland (CESI) Annual Conference where one will be presenting a talk on the use of Wikipedia and other Wikimedia Projects in Education.

  • Outreach into the education community.

March-We are working with the Women’s Museum of Ireland to co-host an event during this month.

  • Create and expand articles on Irish Women in History.
  • Have 10 participants.
  • Create or expand 5 articles on Irish Women.
  • Have 50% of participants contributing 6 months after the event.
  • Create a relationship with the Women’s Museum of Ireland.

March-We will be holding 2 events in conjunction with the Writing Centre at National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). The first event will be a training event on how to use and edit Wikipedia. The second event will be an edit-a-thon to assist the students with creating and editing articles in Wikipedia. The theme will be Women in Irish History.

  • Create and expand articles on Irish Women in History.
  • Have at least 15 participants, with at least 5 teachers.
  • Create or improve at least 10 articles on Irish Women.
  • Have at least 60% of participants still contributing after 6 months.
  • Continue to foster relationship with NUIG and expansion of the volunteer base there.

April-We are working with the National Museum of Ireland (NMI) to hold two edit-a-thons during this month.

  • Foster relationship with NMI.

23-24 April-Cochrane Symposium-We are hosting a Master class on editing Wikipedia for this event.

  • Work on articles in Wikipedia:WikiProject_Medicine ;create or improve at least 10 articles.
  • Have at least 15 participants.
  • Reach out to medical community in Ireland.

29-30 May-At least one member will be attending the EdTech conference. We plan on submitting a proposal to present a talk.

25-26 June-We have submitted a proposal to present a paper on crowdsourcing using our 2014 Wiki Loves Monuments competition as a case study.

  • Promote User Group and Wiki Loves Monuments competition

June, July, August-We hope to plan 3 edit-a-thons over the summer with the National Museum and Women’s Museum

  • Continue to build relationship with NMI and Women’s Museum

December-A separate group is organising an edit-a-thon focused on the Year in Irish Design in Limerick. We have reached out to the group to see if they need our assistance.

  • Expand reach of User Group


Target readership[edit]

Wikipedia, possibly Commons and Vicipéid

Fit with strategy[edit]

What crucial thing will the project try to change or benefit in the Wikimedia movement? Please select the Wikimedia strategic priority(ies) that your project most directly aims to impact and explain how your project fits. Most projects fit all strategic priorities. However, we would like project managers to focus their efforts on impacting 1–2 strategic priorities. Examples of strategic priorities can be found here.

Increasing Reach-We are confirmed to present at two conferences and have proposals in for two additional conferences. We will present talks on how Wikipedia and other Wikimedia Projects can be used in the classroom and how Wikimedia projects can be used for crowd-sourcing, using Wiki Loves Monuments as a case study. We will also reach out to other open source communities in Ireland to present talks at their meetings.
Increasing Participation-We want to improve editor diversity by running events that will target female editors in an attempt to recruit more. There might also an opportunity to recruit more Irish speaking users to edit Vicipéid through our volunteer group at NUIG.

Measures of success[edit]

Please provide a list of both quantitative and qualitative criteria that will be used to 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. See the PEG program resources for suggested measures of success.

  1. Run at least 6 events with a turnout of at least 200 people. This will include edit-a-thons and talks given by members of the group.
  2. Increase the volunteer base of the Wikimedia Community Ireland User Group by 5.
  3. Create or expand at least 15 articles on Women in Irish history. Have at least 5 of those articles featured in the Did You Know section.
  4. Create or expand at least 10 articles on Wikipedia:WikiProject_Medicine.
  5. Create and improve relationships with at least 3 GLAM organisations or Open Knowledge groups.
  6. Individual event goals listed next to each event.

Note: In addition to your project-specific measures of success, you will also be asked to report on some global metrics at the end of your final report. Please keep this in mind as you plan, and we'll support you as you begin your project.

Resources and risks[edit]


Wikimedia Community Ireland Working Group
Some of our successful events from 2014:
Two of our members have been certified by the Wikimedia UK train the Trainers program. These members will carry out the bulk of the training events and attend most of the edit-a-thons.



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

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
Number Category Item description Unit Number of units Cost per unit Total cost Currency Notes
1 Office Supplies Laptop Stickers 200 2 80 160 EUR Stickers to give out at our various events to promote the group.
2 Office Supplies Printing Costs 200 EUR Printed materials for our events (flyers, reference guides, ect).
3 Technology Chromebook Laptops 1 4 400 1600 EUR We plan on running at least 7 edit-a-thons this year. We would like to have laptops available for participants to use. These would also be useful to members of our group who will be presenting at conferences.
4 Technology 4G WiFi Boxes 1 2 180 360 EUR Several of our venues do not have WiFi, specifically the National Museum which plan on hosting four events for us. We would like to have 4G WiFi boxes to use for these and future events.
5 Travel Costs 1 3 75 300 EUR Several of our group are giving presentations at conferences throughout Ireland.
6 Miscellaneous 74.67 EUR These funds would be used for any extra costs that occur over the next year.
Total cost of project
Total amount requested from the Project and Event Grants program
€0-Funds are remaining from WLM Grant Grants:PEG/Wikimedia_Ireland_Community/Wiki_Loves_Monuments_Ireland_2014/Report
Additional sources of revenue that may fund part of this project, and amounts funded

Non-financial requirements[edit]

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

Requests for non-financial assistance, if any


Community notification[edit]

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  • These resources will give us increased flexibility when it comes to the range and format of events we can run. Smirkybec (talk) 16:36, 12 February 2015 (UTC)
  • The resources listed will allow the group to extend the excellent work that has already been achieved, opening up more possibilities and creating further flexibility. Sharonlflynn (talk) 09:56, 18 February 2015 (UTC)
  • This project will enable events at many venues which do not have infrastructure to access the Internet. Geichel (talk) 19:08, 18 February 2015 (UTC)
  • Watching how Wikimedia Community Ireland has really made great steps forward in 2014, this looks like an excellent proposal to take that momentum forward for 2014, and should be supported. Fabian Tompsett (WMUK) (talk) 14:49, 20 February 2015 (UTC)
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