Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/General Support Fund/Growing the wiki spirit in Türkiye, 2024

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statusUnder review
Growing the wiki spirit in Türkiye, 2024
start date2024-07-01
end date2025-06-30
budget (local currency)2258029.7 TRY
amount requested (USD)72911.78 USD [note 1]
grant typeWikimedia Affiliate (chapter, thematic org., or user group)
funding regionCEECA
decision fiscal year2023-24
funding program roundRound 2
organization (if applicable)Dijital Bilgi Derneği

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Applicant information[edit]

Organization name or Wikimedia Username for individuals. (required)
Dijital Bilgi Derneği
Do you have any approved General Support Fund requests? (required)
Yes, I have already applied and received a General Support Fund
You are applying as a(n). (required)
Wikimedia Affiliate (chapter, thematic org., or user group)
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)
Growing the wiki spirit in Türkiye, 2024
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)
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)

The yearly activities focus on the healthy growth of Turkish language wiki projects and the wiki community in Türkiye. We have a two-fold approach: First is building connections between and strengthening the active contributors of Wikimedia projects in the country; second is growing the wiki community by adding new contributors from different backgrounds. We plan to group our activities in these two lines.

The first line of strategies and activities are those employed to increase the motivation of active wiki contributors in contributing to Wikimedia both as editors and also as participants and organizers of off-wiki events. Historically, the local wiki community highly values anonymity; the ongoing efforts in making off-wiki meetings and collaborating in other ways than on wiki-editing has been received suspiciously from some part of the wiki community. We would like to overcome this challenge; build trust between members and create a positive atmosphere at on-wiki and off-wiki. The activities planned to achieve those goals include organizing regular online bi-weekly meetings as well as in -person meetings in different cities; bringing members at events held for occasions such as Wikipedia Day, organizing Wiki campaigns and contests which both active members and newbies who introduced with wiki projects through off-wiki events join ; motivate and support members in participating regional and global Wikimedia events. In addition to all, the plan includes supporting the community members who are organizing inter-community friendship projects. This was included in the yearly plan as a response to interest observed last year in such projects and as a way of motivating new community members to become organizers. A great novelty of this year will be the new office in Istanbul. The group previously had a small office-space rented because of the legal requirement and used to provide official address for the authorities; this year starts using a real office place in Istanbul which will be used as a venue to bring wiki contributors together.

The second line, aims at growing and diversifying the wiki community in Türkiye; and requires partnering with other organizations. Our plan includes two types of partnerships. First, building and maintaining partnerships with education organizations including universities and secondary schools for raising their students as contributors and informed readers of Wikimedia projects. Our general approach has been first communicating with and motivating with instructors. This year we plan to more actively cooperate with Wikipedia Student Clubs when working at universities and observe how effective it is to see their students involved in Wikimedia activities in motivating the school administrators at developing a positive attitude for Wikimedia projects and the idea of integrating editing Wikimedia projects in the courses. Another novelty planned for this year is organizing a wiki camp for students in cooperation with one of the educational organizations we are partnering with.

Another type of partnerships are those with civil society organizations and local governments; and aim at bringing contributors from different age groups, knowledge in different fields of study, as well as perspectives of different parts of the society, and encouraging organizations to share their knowledge under free licenses. We observe that while Turkish Wikimedia projects grow in certain topics such as popular culture, many other topics are undercovered. The partnerships with other organisations aim at bringing their knowledge to the projects to to overcome this challenge. Activities include co-organising edit-a-thons including Art&Feminism edit-a-thons, giving talks, presentations at academic and non-academic events; as well as organizing basic Wikipedia and Wikidata workshops. We plan to support the partnership building efforts and increase the visibility of the events by having dedicated part-time people to work on partnerships and communications.

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 Yes
Public policy advocacy No
Other No


9.1.1. Select all your programs and activities for Education. (required)
Wiki Club, Wiki Camp, Editing Wikipedia Training, Wikidata programs
Other programs and activities if any: N/A
9.1.2. Select all relevant audience groups for Education. (required)
Secondary school students, 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, Partnering with institutions, professional associations, and allied organizations to raise awareness of open culture, ethical sharing, and related issues
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 women and/or gender diverse groups, including biographies, intersectional topic areas and/or adding images, Sensitize and educate for gender perspective among Wikimedia projects stewards and editors
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.
Organizing meetups, conferences, and community events, Supporting community members' participation in events and conferences
Other programs and activities if any: N/A

Participation in campaigns and contests

9.5. Select all campaigns that apply. (required)
Art+Feminism, CEE Spring, Wiki Loves Earth, WikiGap, Wikipedia Birthday or Anniversary
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)
11. Describe your team. (required)

Adem Ünsal (User:Adem)- Actively involved in partnership search and contest design (Paid staff). Başak Tosun (User:Basak) – Education and Partnerships Program Officer. Execution of Students Edit Wiki Projects and Open Culture Partnerships program. (Paid staff) C.Ö (User:Kurmanbek) - Design visual material for the group's activities, meaning group’s social media accounts, organisint events (Paid staff). User:Flanoz- organizing Women in Red activities User:HakanIST: Organizing wikidata events, supporting wiki camp organisations. İsna Sevinç - Lead activities of the Wikipedia Student Club in her university (Volunteer). Koray Özbal (User:Pragdon) - Assist in organizing edit-a-thons (Volunteer) User:Piyanist- Lead activities of Wikipedia Student Club in his university Selman Utku (User:Selman_Utku)- Support community activities in Istanbul (Volunteer) User:ToprakM - Lead activities of Wikipedia Student Club in his university Yağmur Yıldırım (User:Yagmurkozmik) - Support Wikipedia Education program in Kadir Has University and organize Art&Fem event (Volunteer) Zafer Batık (User:Zafer) – Community and Outreach Program Officer. Execution of Stronger Community and Grow the Content program. Organizing the contests (Paid staff)

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)

We work with two groups of partners. One is Education Partners. This group includes universities and secondary schools together with which we work to organize the Wikipedia Education Program. The number of Education partners is expected to be 10 in each semester. One example is our partnership with Kadir Has University. We have a protocol with this university. Our group gives training on Wikimedia projects in English and Turkish for the required KHAS 110 Civic Responsibility Project Course for all first year students.

Second group of partners are the civil society organizations we organize edit-a-thons with. Some examples are Women's Library and Information Center Foundation together with which we organize Art&Feminism event, Association for Migration Studies together with which we organize edit-a-thon about refugee rights. We will also continue our partnership efforts with Association of Museology and British Institute Ankara in training GLAM professionals about Wikimedia projects, particularly in Wikidata.

13. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select all that apply. (required)
Provide for Safety and Inclusion, Coordinate Across Stakeholders, Identify Topics for Impact, Innovate in Free Knowledge


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 1600 Participants of education activities and edit-a-thons + participants of wiki-campaigns
Number of all editors 1250 800 students + 200 edit-a-thon particpants + 200 photo uploaders of photo contests
Number of new editors 1200
Number of retained editors 100
Number of all organizers 10 N/A
Number of new organizers 3
14.2. Number of new content contributions to Wikimedia projects. (recommended)
Contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Created Edited or improved
Wikipedia 300 700
Wikimedia Commons 2200
Wikidata 500 500
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions / Abstract Wikipedia
Description for Wikimedia projects contributions metrics. (optional)

WP articles edited/created: 300 from education partnerships + 100 edits from edit-at-hons + 300 edits from contests + 300 edits from campaigns Wikimedia Commons edited/created: 2000 from photo contests, 200 from photo upload related activities of university clubs. Wikidata items created/edited: edit-a-hons and partnership work with muselogists.

Other Metrics[edit]

15. Do you have other quantitative and qualitative targets for your project (other metrics)? (required)
Other Metrics Description Target
Filling the gender gap Number of woman biographies edited in Art&Feminism, Wiki Gap and year round Women in Red edit-a-thons 100


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)

Akbank, British Institute at Ankara, Sivil Düşün

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)
2258029.7 TRY
Multi-year funding request summary
Year Amount (local currency)
Year 1 N/A TRY
Year 2 N/A TRY
Year 3 N/A TRY
Requested amount in USD
72911.78 USD [note 1]
Multi-year funding request summary in USD
Year Amount USD [note 1]
Year 1 N/A USD
Year 2 N/A USD
Year 3 N/A USD
  1. a b c The following amount in US dollars was calculated by Wikimedia Foundation staff using the fixed currency rates. This amount is approximate and may not reflect the actual currency exchange rates on the day of submission or distribution. If the application is funded, the funding will be sent in the recipient’s local currency.
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.

2 full time, 2 half time staff
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.

3 FTEs
19.3. Describe any staff or contractor changes compared to the current year / ongoing General Support Fund if any. (required only for returning grantees)
Existing two staff members continue their work; the proposed budget includes two part time staff working as Communications Support Officer and Partnerships Support Officer.
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 contractor costs 1596657 TRY
Operational costs 336986 TRY
Programmatic costs 77790 TRY
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)

The budget categories above (section 20) and the budget is submitted in US dollars because of the hyper inflation in the country. Because of hyper inflation in Türkiye, in case approved, we would request payment in USD, not local currency.

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