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Creating A Unified Editing Community at Montana State University
start date2024-01-24
end date2024-01-25
budget (local currency)1374 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionunknown region
decision fiscal year2023-24
funding program roundundefined round
applicant and people related to proposalJamieF

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Applicant information[edit]

Organization name or Wikimedia Username for individuals. (required)
Do you have any approved General Support Fund requests? (required)
No, it is my first time applying for a General Support Fund
You are applying as a(n). (required)
Are your group or organization legally registered in your country? (required)
Do you have a fiscal sponsor?
Fiscal organization name.

Main proposal[edit]

1. Please state the title of your proposal. This will also be a title for the Meta-Wiki page. (required)
Creating A Unified Editing Community at Montana State University
2. Do you want to apply for the multi-year funding or renewal process? (required)
2.1. For how many years of multi-year funding are you applying? (required)
2.2. Provide a brief overview of Year 2 and Year 3 of the proposed plan and how this relates to the current proposal and your strategic plan? (required)


3. Proposed start date. (required)
4. Proposed end date. (required)
5. Does your organization or group have an Affiliate or Organizational Annual Plan that can help us understand your proposal? If yes, please provide it. (required)
6. Does your affiliate, organization or group have a Strategic Plan that can help us understand your proposal? If yes, please provide it. (required)
7. Where will this proposal be implemented? (required)
United States of America
8. What are your programs, approaches, and strategies? What are the challenges that you are trying to address and how will your strategies support you in addressing these challenges? (required)

We are requesting funds to support travel and accommodation costs associated with a new editor training to be held at Montana State University (MSU). Two experienced Wikipedian program leaders will travel to facilitate this event that is being organized in coordination with MSU library staff.

Background: Montana State University has sporadic engagement in Wikipedia across campus and the Montana State University Library is seeking to unify editing efforts and opportunities and facilitate engagement with all platforms of Wikipedia by students and faculty at MSU.

Jamie Flood met with MSU librarians (Melissa Pomeroy and Doralynn Rossman (recently selected as Dean of the library)) at the Tribal College Librarians Institute in Bozeman in May of 2023. Through this connection, Jamie has been working with Melissa and other librarians to facilitate planning and training at the library that will cumulate in an event on January 24, 2024. Jamie has shared training and tools with MSU librarians around editing, training, setting up events, expectations, setting up a dashboard, etc. They have joined Jamie at events at NAL and the January event will be the first event of this partnership. The focus of the event is to involve students and faculty in Wikipedia, particularly those who support or identify as women, Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC), and LGBTQ+ individuals. We are specifically reaching out to the American Indian and LGBTQ+ populations at the university to improve coverage on important, related topics, and to engage students in making Wikipedia more representative and equitable. The editing event will center around topics of health equity and health information access and will feature students talking about issues on campus and resources for accessing information.

9. What categories are your main programs and related activities under? Please select all that apply. (required)
Category Yes/No
Education Yes
Culture, heritage or GLAM Yes
Gender and diversity Yes
Community support and engagement Yes
Participation in campaigns and contests No
Public policy advocacy No
Other No


9.1.1. Select all your programs and activities for Education. (required)
Editing Wikipedia Training, Wikidata programs, Wikimedia Commons programs
Other programs and activities if any: N/A
9.1.2. Select all relevant audience groups for Education. (required)
Vocational, tertiary, or higher education, Teachers or professors
Other groups if any: N/A

Culture, heritage or GLAM

9.2. Select all your programs and activities for Culture, heritage or GLAM. (required)
Supporting institutions to open up their collections, data, metadata, and research, Supporting GLAM professionals to incorporate use of Wikimedia in their work, through documentation, training, or Wikimedian in Residence programs
Other programs and activities if any: N/A

Gender and diversity

9.3. Select all your programs and activities for Gender and diversity.
Bringing in women and/or gender diverse participants and editors, Focusing on creating content about marginalized (underrepresented) communities and their knowledge
Other programs and activities if any: N/A

Community support and engagement

9.4. Select all your programs and activities for Community support and engagement.
On-wiki training of community members, Organizing meetups, conferences, and community events, Supporting community members' participation in events and conferences
Other programs and activities if any: N/A
10. Please include a link to or upload a timeline (operational calendar) for your programs and activities. (required)
We have been meeting every two weeks on Wednesdays to train and plan for the event that will take place on January 24th. We will continue our bi-weekly meetings until the time of the event. We will be completing our Wikipedia event page in the coming weeks and have created registration links and Zoom links in preparation for the event (it will be a hybrid event to increase access and participation). We will be creating a Dashboard to document editors and track the outcome of the event. We will be including more about the event and outcomes in This Month in GLAM, and on USDA and similar blogging platforms.
11. Describe your team. (required)

Jamie Flood is the Senior Wikipedian and Outreach Specialist at the United States Department of Agriculture National Agriculture Library she it the primary person and point of contact for this proposal and main operator - she has been working with Montana State University Library to organize the event, put together the work list, and will conduct the training for the event. Dominic Byrd-McDevitt (User:Dominic) will come as DPLA and data expert to chat more about the DPLA Wikipedia Project, and issues related to rights statements, metadata, and Commons uploads.

12. Will you be working with any internal (Wikimedia) or external partners? Describe the characteristics of these partnerships and bring a few examples of the most significant partnerships. (required)

Jamie will be working with Montana State University Library. They have done some editing on campus, but have not put together a campus wide event, or tried to bring their efforts together to create a sustainable community of practice. This proposal will support that work and encourage new/young editors, particularly under-represented individuals (women, BIPOC individuals, LGBTQ+ individuals) - the focus of the event is on health equity and access to health information.

13. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select all that apply. (required)
Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement, Provide for Safety and Inclusion


Wikimedia Metrics[edit]

14. Please select and fill out Wikimedia Metrics for your proposal. (recommended)
14.1. Number of participants, editors, and organizers.

All metrics provided are optional, please fill them out if they are aligned with your programs and activities.

Participants, editors, and organizers
Metrics name Target Description
Number of all participants 6 There are currently two existing editors and 4 new editors - we will report back on additional editors that attend the event.
Number of all editors 5 One of the MSU staff has already been editing and increased their editing during the course of planning. The other three staff members have begun and will hopefully continue to edit. We hope to report after the event.
Number of new editors 3
Number of retained editors N/A
Number of all organizers 2 Wikimedia organizers: Jamie Flood (User:JamieF of USDA National Agricultural Library and Wikimedians of Indiana User Group) Dominic Byrd-McDevitt (User:Dominic of Digital Public Library of America and Wikimedians of Indiana User Group)

New organizers: Montana State University Library staff: Melissa Pomeroy melissa.pomeroy@montana.edu Emily O'Brien emily.obrien@montana.edu Jason Clark jaclark@montana.edu Barbara do Amaral barbara.doamaral@montana.edu

Number of new organizers 4
14.2. Number of new content contributions to Wikimedia projects. (recommended)
Contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Created Edited or improved
Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions / Abstract Wikipedia
Description for Wikimedia projects contributions metrics. (optional)

Our intention is to focus on editing, contributing to Commons, and making edits/writing new items on Wikipedia and Wikidata - these are the platforms of the most interest to the folks that will be participating. There may be interest to edit in other languages - particularly indigenous American languages and Spanish.

Other Metrics[edit]

15. Do you have other quantitative and qualitative targets for your project (other metrics)? (required)
Other Metrics Description Target


16. Will you have any other revenue sources when implementing this proposal (e.g. other funding, membership contributions, donations)? (required)
16.1. List other revenue sources. (required)

MSU is able to cover most of the event costs - space rental/usage, snacks/swag etc. But are unable to help with travel accommodation and requested in-person assistance.

16.2. Approximately how much revenue will you have from other sources in your local currency? (required)
17. Your local currency. (required)
18. What is the total requested amount in your local currency? (required)
1374 USD
Multi-year funding request summary
Year Amount (local currency)
Year 1 N/A USD
Year 2 N/A USD
Year 3 N/A USD
19. Does this proposal include compensation for staff or contractors? (required)
19.1. How many paid staff members do you plan to have? (required)

Include the number of staff and contractors during the proposal period. If you have short-term contractors or staff, please include them separately and mention their terms.

19.2. How many FTEs (full-time equivalents) in total? (required)

Include the total FTE of staff and contractors during the proposal period. If you have short-term contractors or staff, please include their FTEs with the terms separately.

19.3. Describe any staff or contractor changes compared to the current year / ongoing General Support Fund if any. (required only for returning grantees)
20. Please provide an overview of your overall budget categories in your local currency. The budget breakdown should include only the amount requested with this General Support Fund (required).
Budget category Amount in local currency
Staff and contactor costs 0 USD
Operational costs 1374 USD
Programmatic costs 0 USD
21. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it. (required)

Additional information[edit]

22. In this optional space you can add any other additional information about your proposal or organization that you think can help us when reviewing your proposal. (optional)

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