Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/15th Bikol Wikipedia Anniversary Celebration (ID: 21990595)

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15th Bikol Wikipedia Anniversary Celebration
proposed start date2023-07-01
proposed end date2023-09-30
grant start date2023-06-01T00:00:00Z
grant end date2023-10-31T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)282000 PHP
budget (USD)4774.26 USD
amount recommended (USD)5000
grant typeIndividual
funding regionESEAP
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Filipinayzd
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.

Filipinayzd Ringer Ralffralff



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.

We are part of the Bikol Wikipedia Community, which supports and maintains the Bikol Wikipedia project. I am part of Commons Photographers User Group while Ralff and Ringer are part of the PhilWiki Community User Group.

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

15th Bikol Wikipedia Anniversary Celebration

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.

The main challenge of Bikol Wikipedia Community is establishing and maintaining Bikol Wikipedia as the main resource of knowledge in the local language by its over 2,500,000 native speakers and 3,500,000 second language speakers.

Launched in 2007, the Bikol Wikipedia has become a useful online resource, both of local and global knowledge. From 8,862 articles with a depth of only 7.0 last 5 March 2019, the project has now grown to 12,514 articles to date with a depth of 20.71. On 14 November 2021, the WikiDepth Project was launched by Filipino Wikipedians focusing on the Depth of Philippine language-based Wikipedia projects. The initiative project is led by Ralff Nestor Nacor, former president of Philippine Wikimedia Community (PH-WC) with the main objective of improving the Depth of selected Wikipedia editions. The project serves as a tool for depth monitoring and thus provide data analysis to the trends.

Several posters, magazines, websites, books, and even public school textbooks have utilized the knowledge from the Bikol Wikipedia, with or without proper attribution, which proves that even small projects can make such a big impact. However, there have been relatively limited exposure of the project and the community behind Bikol Wikipedia, as well as low awareness and participation of different stakeholders, i.e. the academe, local government and the private sector.

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

Conducting an in-person event participated by the local Wikipedians and people from the academe will reach and spur interest of the stakeholders. The activities will further bring Bikol Wikipedia closer to its readers, and involve the public in the conversation on free and open knowledge, in general.

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

Conducting a three-day conference, a weekly radio program for a period of 2 months, and awarding of recognition to organizations and institutions for their valuable support to the promotion of Bikol Wikipedia as the activities for the 15th Bikol Wikipedia anniversary celebration will raise and deepen the awareness of Bikol Wikipedia and related topics, among the stakeholders.

Bikol Wikipedia contributors and public school teachers in the Schools Division of Camarines Sur are the target participants in the conference focusing on the Philippine indigenous languages and translation thru discussion on indigenous languages revitalization, orthography, and translation. The particpants will also gain experience in actual translation assisted by an artificial intelligence through the Wikipedia content translation tool in Central Bikol. In 2012 and 2017, the Bikol Wikipedia Community led by Irvin Sto. Tomas spearheaded the Bikol Wikipedia anniversary celebrations thru workshops and conferences.

Media promotion of Wikipedia in radio programs has proven to reach a wider audience and created interest among its listeners. Irvin Sto. Tomas and Ramon Olaño Jr. have appeared in a number of local media outfits since 2012 as guests to discuss various topics i.e. Bikol Wikipedia, Wikimedia movement, Bikol language, culture, language policy, literature, among others.

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, WikiGap, Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos, 1Lib1Ref

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

Ralff Nestor Nacor (User:Ralffralff) - Bikol Wikipedia admin and contributor Ramon Olaño Jr. (User:Ringer) - Bikol Wikipedia Community leader and contributor

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.

Content Gender gap, Language, Other global topics for impact (topics considered to be of global importance), Cultural background, ethnicity, religion, racial

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.

Topics to be discussed in the conference and radio program focus on the local knowledge, local culture, history and relevant issues, and language of a minority ethnolinguistic group in the Philippines. The conference will also utilize the Wikipedia content translation tool focusing on other regional Philippine languages to bridge gender and knowledge gaps.

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.

Education, Advocacy, Human Rights, Public Policy, Climate Change and sustainability, Culture, heritage or GLAM , Open Technology, Diversity

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

Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Geographic , Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background

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 participants of the 2-day conference are Bikol Wikipedia Community, and public school teachers which 90% is women per statistics. Whereas the topics and invited guests in the radio program will be diverse. The medium in the radio program is Central Bikol, the lingua franca in the region, to reach the general public with different backgrounds and orientations, including non-Wikipedia consumers.

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

Friendly Space Policy and UCoC will be observed in in-person activities and online sessions.

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.

The proposal will be shared with community members in the Community Portal talk page, and on Bikol Wikipedia Community social media group.

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.

We will be working with the Schools Division of Camarines Sur, and different individuals who will serve as invited guests in the radio program.

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.

Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement, Coordinate Across Stakeholders, Identify Topics for Impact

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

We hope that the readership and contributors on Bikol Wikipedia will increase dramatically thru these activities, and that the articles on the local knowledge increase both in quantity and quality. We hope that thru these activities, the Wikipedia community with the support of the stakeholders in the Bicol region will continue to thrive for another 15 years.

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
Conference participants The number of active participants 30
Radio program episodes The number of 1-hour radio programs on Wikipedia and relevant issues 8
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants Conference participants, and radio program guests 40
Number of editors New editors as a result of the conference and radio program 100
Number of organizers Team members and other individuals other than conference participants and radio program guests implementing the activities 10
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
17.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.

50 articles created or improved as an output of the conference participants, and over-all very satisfactory rating from the respondents in activities relevant to the anniversary celebration

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.

Programs & Events Dashboard

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

282000 PHP

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

4774.26 USD

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

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


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