Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/10th Wikidata Birthday in Apulia (ID: 21969392)

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10th Wikidata Birthday in Apulia
proposed start date2022-10-22
proposed end date2022-10-29
budget (local currency)2492.24 EUR
budget (USD)2492.24 USD
grant typeWikimedia Affiliate (chapter, thematic org., or user group)
funding regionNWE
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Ferdi2005
organization (if applicable)• Wikimedia Italia - Associazione per la diffusione della conoscenza libera APS

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Applicant Details[edit]

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Iladite Mickey83 Martelemar


Wikimedia Italia - Associazione per la diffusione della conoscenza libera APS

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.

Wikimedia Italy

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

10th Wikidata Birthday in Apulia

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.

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.

It has been a while since Wikimedia events were first organised in Apulia by local volunteers, members of Wikimedia Italy. However, more work should be done to improve the regional coverage by spreading more events even in towns that have been less considered and not only in the main city, Bari. Our intention is both to welcome participants from all over Apulia and to involve local enthusiasts and potential new volunteers in less-covered areas.

The 10th Birthday of Wikidata is approaching and we would like to celebrate it properly, having the aforementioned goal in mind.

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

Wikimedia Italy will be a partner in organising one of the most important tech events of Bari, Linux Day 2022, part of a huge nationwide series of events on October, 22th about free software and free culture. It has about 150 participants per year and it is an important opportunity to showcase Wikimedia projects to like-minded people. This will assure that Wikidata birthday is properly celebrated. This year the event will be hosted in a prestigious location on the main promenade of Bari.

In addition, we chose Trani, in the province of Barletta-Andria-Trani, to organise one of the first events outside Bari: a birthday party for Wikidata. It’s an important Apulian town, full of monuments and history, visited by many tourists and easily reachable by public means of transportation. Having two different events, we will maximise the potential of the celebration and reach a vast and diverse public.

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

Linux Day 2022 Bari, which is organised with funds from WMIT and other organisations, will host a workshop on Wikidata, during which participants will discover the potential of the project and have fun trying creating or editing some items related to Bari and technology. We will then distribute a part of the gadgets funded through this grant.

On the other hand, Wikidata will be the protagonist of the Trani event. Hosted in the local public library, it will see a detailed presentation of the project, a small editathon about Trani and related items for those who want to take part and then the most important part: the birthday celebration! We will have some food, drinks and obviously a cake. At the end we are going to distribute gadgets to participants. In order to make the event accessible from all over Apulia, we are also asking for travel grants to issue to people who want to reach the event by train from other towns in the region.

We are also going to seek to involve local GLAM institutions and the municipality of Trani, in order to let them know about Wikidata and how they can benefit from using it in their organisation. This will be a way also to discuss further ways for them to contribute to Wikimedia projects.

Leftover gadgets will be used throughout the various projects Wikimedia Italy organises in Apulia with schools, universities and local GLAM institutions, to further promote Wikidata.

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.

Wikipedia Birthday or Anniversary, Other (please specify)

Wikidata Birthday
5. Do you have the team that is needed to implement this proposal?
  • Ferdinando Traversa, user: Ferdi2005, volunteer local coordinator for Apulia at Wikimedia Italy, Wikimedian and Wikipedian since 2012. I’ve been organising events, projects with schools, universities and GLAM in Apulia for a while and I’m the main organiser of the regional edition of Wiki Loves Monuments
  • Michele Miglionico, user: Mickey83, active volunteer Wikipedian since 2011, member of the affiliate user group WikiDonne and its activities, a school teacher in the everyday life
  • Ilaria Di Terlizzi
  • Elena Martellotta
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.


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.

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.

Culture, heritage or GLAM , Diversity

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

Not applicable

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?

The target community will first and foremost be the Wikimedians and Wikidatians living in Trani and in Apulia (thanks to the travel grants we will issue). We will reach them through the ordinary Wikimedia channels (village pumps of Italian projects, meeting pages on Wikipedia and Wikidata, mailing lists and Telegram groups). We also seek to involve the most tech enthusiasts and citizens in Trani and the surroundings. We will do so mainly via social media promotion and advertising (Facebook), trying to have some article published on local press (thanks to Wikimedia Italy PR office) and On top of that, we will involve GLAM institutions in Trani and their representatives, officially inviting them and then trying to establish collaborations.

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

During the event, the staff will enforce the Universal Code of Conduct and the Wikimedia Italy Code of Conduct. The main organisers will be the official points of contact before, during and after the event. This is in force both for the Linux Day and the Wikidata event in Trani. We will issue small travel grants to make the main event accessible even for people living elsewhere in Apulia.

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.

We shared the proposal on the local mailing lists and Telegram groups of Apulian wikimedians and Wikipedians. We will create a meetup page on Italian Wikipedia.

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.

Other partners that will help with the Linux Day Bari are:

  • Italian Linux Society, the most important organisation for Linux and free software promotion in Italy, with a contribution of 1000 euros
  • Wikimedia Italy, with a contributions of 1000 euros.
  • local software houses that work with free software, which will provide donations and expertise for the event

The event in Trani will take place in the local library, one of the main places for cultural gatherings in Trani.

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.

Provide for Safety and Inclusion, Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Innovate in Free Knowledge

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

The event in Trani is one of the first events outside Bari, so we will have a lot to learn about involvement of local communities, enthusiasts and general public in the area. We will have the chance to fine-tune our approach and lay the foundations for a further expansion of activities in Trani and all over Apulia.

The Linux Day is a well established event, nonetheless it will be a learning opportunity for how to better involve in Wikidata and Wikimedia projects like-minded people.

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
Participants who successfully learn how to use or edit Wikidata N/A 70
Participants in Wikidata workshops Trani + Linux Day 80
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants 180
Number of editors 60
Number of organizers 5
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikidata Items created or edited 60
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.

We will survey the participants. We will collect usernames and monitor "Special:Contributions" pages or use herding sheep.

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

2492.24 EUR

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

2492.24 USD

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