Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Alliances Fund/Rapid Fund/Advancing wiki-ecosystems to support Wiki-editors and Researchers (ID: 21982228)

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Advancing wiki-ecosystems to support Wiki-editors and Researchers
proposed start date2022-12-01
proposed end date2023-02-28
budget (local currency)6697.84 AUD
budget (USD)4320 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionunknown region
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Fpa1981
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details[edit]

Please provide your main Wikimedia Username.


Please provide the Usernames of people related to this proposal.




Are you a member of any Wikimedia affiliate or group, including informal groups like Wiki Fan Clubs, emerging language communities, not recognized Wikimedia groups etc.? Please list them all.

I am in a non-official relationship with researchers developing and with people from the GLAMs at University of Sao Paulo.

Grant Proposal[edit]

M. Please state the title of your proposal. This will also be the Meta-Wiki page title.

Advancing wiki-ecosystems to support Wiki-editors and Researchers

Q. Indicate if it is a local, international, or regional proposal and if it involves several countries? (optional)


Q2. If you have answered regional or international, please write the country names and any other information that is useful for understanding your proposal.

Four platforms that cluster information about specific quality aspects of scientific articles are planed to be improved in this project. These platforms, under the spirit of wiki-ecosystem, can be readily used for checking references used in a Wikipedia articles (e.g. Wiki-editors generating or updating Wikipedia articles) and in scientific papers (e.g. Researchers writing papers). Having said that, this work is meant to be boundless regarding geographic locations.

R. If you would like, please share any websites or social media accounts that your group or organization has.

1. What is the change that you are trying to bring about and why is this important.

Planed change and its relevance

Wikipedia's articles built upon science would largely benefit from scientific publication that are better checked. Similarly, science would largely benefit from using information concerning quality aspect of publications during the production stage of scientific articles, so that the paper's foundation becomes sound. We are proposing to improve wiki-ecosystems (,,, and, currently in developing stage, which can largely support the monitoring of quality aspects of scientific publication.

WikiRetracted A wiki-ecosystem monitoring articles that have been retracted (i.e. retractions).

WikiCitingRetracted A wiki-ecosystem monitoring articles that have cited retractions, so maybe compromised to an unclear degree.

WikiComments A wiki-ecosystem monitoring full peer-reviewed work about another article. Full comments can be very important but often lost in search engines.

WikiErratum (or WikiCorrigendum) A wiki-ecosystem to support minor corrections to the level of thesis and papers. This databases is also available to receive corrections regarding rectifications of citations within articles.

What are the main challenges or problems you are trying to solve?

We hope to properly integrate databases that can provide information concerning quality aspects of scientific publications. Furthermore, such information can benefit both wiki-editors and researchers in a very transparent manner via wiki-systems.

How has the importance of this change been assessed?

WMF has often cared about improving the quality of Wikipedia's articles in general, and these articles may represent roughly 10-20 % of Wikipedia's content.

2. Describe your main approaches or strategies to achieve these changes and why you think they will be effective.

The technology is currently available (MediaWiki codes) and tested in a number of environments (i.e. Wikipedia). However, wiki-ecosystems demand minimum infrastructure, such as servers (CPUs and RAM) meeting requirements from both codes and databases. Currently, the four wiki-ecosystems planed to be improved are running over the exact same limited server, and so query results are very much negatively affected. The proposed approach is very simple, because it requires the purchase of additional modest (not dedicated) but effective individual Virtual Private Servers (VPS) to handle these wiki-ecosystems. These changes can be very effective regarding components intrinsic to Agile Software Methods ( and Scrum (, which connects to delivering good experience on achieving fast query results.

3. What are the activities you will be developing and delivering as part of these approaches or strategies?

Current codes from,, and will be transferred into Virtual Private Servers so that code implementation is possible.

4. Are your activities part of a Wikimedia movement campaign or event? If so, please select the relevant campaign below. If so, please select all the relevant campaigns from the list below. If "other", please state which.

Not applicable

5. Do you have the team that is needed to implement this proposal?

Fernando Andutta DSc, PhD, MSc, BSc-honours (username: Fpa1981), Post-doctorate in the Department of Computational Linguistic at University of Sao Paulo (FFLCH) will transfer the databases into new and individual servers and install needed codes.

6. Please state if your proposal aims to work to bridge any of the identified CONTENT knowledge gaps (Knowledge Inequity)? Select up to THREE that most apply to your work.

Not applicable

6.1 In a few sentences, explain how your work is specifically addressing this content gap (or Knowledge inequity) to ensure a greater representation of knowledge.

The current and very few platforms concerned with quality aspects of science and information in general are often scattered and difficult to find on the Web. Worth stating that a good fraction of Wikipedia's contents rely upon scientific information ( This work supports advancing wiki-sci-bridges for quality checking information which can benefit both the wiki-community and the scientific community.

7. Please state if your proposal includes any of these areas or THEMATIC focus. Select up to THREE that most apply to your work and explain the rationale for identifying these themes.

Other, Open Technology

Open Access Information
8. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities?

Digital Access

9. Who are the target participants and from which community? How will you engage participants before and during the activities? How will you follow up with participants after the activities?

Wiki-editors and researchers are offered full access to all wiki-ecosystems supported in this project. Furthermore, there is the plan to keep providing explanation about these wiki-ecosystem through conferences and a number of other events, for example:

10. In what ways are you actively seeking to contribute towards creating a safer, supportive, more equitable environment for participants?


11. Please tell us about how you have let your Wikimedia communities know about the planned activities and this proposal. Use this space to describe the processes you carried out to make the community more involved in planning this proposal. Please link the on-wiki community discussion(s) around the proposals.

This proposal relates to a number of complementary ideas displayed to the scientific and wiki-community.

12. Are you aware of other Rapid Fund proposals in your local group, community, or region that are being submitted and that align with your proposed project?


If yes:

12.1 Did you explore the possibility of doing a joint proposal with other leaders in your group?
12.2 How will this joint proposal allow you to have better results?
13. Will you be working with other external, non-Wikimedia partners to implement this proposal? Required.


13.1 Please describe these partnerships and what motivates the potential partner to be part of the proposal and how they add value to your work.

14. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select a maximum of THREE options that most apply.

Improve User Experience, Manage Internal Knowledge, Innovate in Free Knowledge

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

15. What do you hope to learn from your work in this fund proposal?

This work will be used to provide databases that can support wiki-editors and researchers.

16. Based on these learning questions, what is the information or data you need to collect to answer these questions? Please register this information (as metric description) in the following spaces provided.
Main Open Metrics Data
Main Open Metrics Description Target
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants N/A
Number of editors N/A
Number of organizers N/A
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia This work is to provide support to wiki-editors generating and updating wikipedia's article based on science. N/A
17.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.


18. What tools would you use to measure each metric selected? Please refer to the guide for a list of tools. You can also write that you are not sure and need support.


Financial Proposal[edit]

19. & 19.1 What is the amount you are requesting from Wikimedia Foundation? Please provide this amount in your local currency.

6697.84 AUD

19.2 What is this amount in US Currency (to the best of your knowledge)?

4320 USD

20. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it.

4 individual servers at Enhanced VPS (each $ USD 1,080.00, and total $ USD 4,320.00) ENHANCED, Save 50%$29.99/mo*, 36/mo term Top Features, 2 Cores, 60 GB SSD Storage, 4 GB RAM, 2 TB Bandwidth, 2 IP Addresses

We/I have read the Application Privacy Statement, WMF Friendly Space Policy and Universal Code of Conduct.


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  • Stating why the proposal is important for the communities involved and why they think the strategies chosen will achieve the results that are expected.
  • Highlighting any aspects they think are particularly well developed: for instance, the strategies and activities proposed, the levels of community engagement, outreach to underrepresented groups, addressing knowledge gaps, partnerships, the overall budget and learning and evaluation section of the proposal, etc.
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  • Analyzing if the proposal is going to contribute in any way to important developments around specific Wikimedia projects or Movement Strategy.
  • Analysing if the proposal is coherent in terms of the objectives, strategies, budget, and expected results (metrics).