Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Acquisition of the missing pages and books of Tamil Nadu Nationalised books for Tamil Wikisource - Phase 2 (ID: 22291834)

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Acquisition of the missing pages and books of Tamil Nadu Nationalised books for Tamil Wikisource - Phase 2
proposed start date2024-03-16
proposed end date2024-06-15
grant start date2024-03-16T00:00:00Z
grant end date2024-06-15T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)144300 INR
budget (USD)1735.03 USD
amount recommended (USD)1764
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Info-farmer
organization (if applicable)• N/A
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Main Proposal[edit]

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

Acquisition of the missing pages and books of Tamil Nadu Nationalised books for Tamil Wikisource - Phase 2

2. and 3. Proposed start and end dates for the proposal.

2024-03-16 - 2024-06-15

4. Where will this proposal be implemented? (required)


5. Are your activities part of a Wikimedia movement campaign, project, or event? If so, please select the relevant project or campaign. (required)


6. What is the change you are trying to bring? What are the main challenges or problems you are trying to solve? Describe this change or challenges, as well as main approaches to achieve it. (required)
What is the main objective of your proposal?
  • To identify the incomplete and unuploaded books among the ones nationalized by the government of Tamil Nadu.
  • To acquire the missing pages of the books by physically visiting libraries in Chennai and six other cities in Tamil Nadu.
  • To repair the incomplete books and upload them to Tamil Wikisource through proofreading reading edithathons.
  • To check, proofread and upload nationalized books that are already complete to Tamil Wikisource during the edithathons.
What are the main challenges you are trying to solve and your proposed solution?

The government of Tamil Nadu ( a state in India) has a book nationalization program with an annual budget. It acquires the copyrights of a certain number of books every year and releases them to the public domain. Over the years, Tamil Wikimedians have uploaded 2217 of these books to Commons. Of these, many are incomplete and have either missing pages or poorly scanned pages that prevent them from being transcribed and published in Wikisource.

During Phase 1 of this project, we repaired 183 such books and uploaded them to Tamil Wikisource after sourcing their missing pages from libraries around Tamil Nadu. Since then, we have identified more books with missing pages and this year more books have been nationalized by the government.

In this phase, we propose to acquire missing pages of 200 incomplete books (~40,000 pages) and upload them Tamil Wikisource. We also propose to upload 200 (~40,000 pages) of other complete nationalized books during this project.

7. What are the planned activities? (required) Please provide a list of main activities. You can also add a link to the public page for your project where details about your project can be found. Alternatively, you can upload a timeline document. When the activities include partnerships, include details about your partners and planned partnerships.
Please describe the main activities that will be developing to achieve your objective.
  • We will update the existing list of missing pages by reviewing the updated corpus of books nationalized by the Government of Tamil Nadu. I will visit libraries around Tamil Nadu to find the exact editions of the books required, scan or transcribe the missing pages. The classification and organization system in a lot of TN libraries is not proper. Most of the libraries are following an 'open access system' and running with few bookkeepers - patrons misplace books in unsorted shelves and so finding them in any given library is extremely difficult. The rarer or older the book, the more difficult is to source it. We have to search in different areas and towns.
  • In parallel, we will be running editathons for proofreading where Tamil Wikimedians will proofread the newly completed books and other existing books and upload them to Wikisource. We will use the tutorials and screencasts developed for Phase 1 for training any new volunteers during Phase 2. I will be using the hardware acquired during Phase 1 for Phase 2. So no, new hardware are required for this phase.

As per the feedback received for Phase 1, I have decided to focus solely on the acquisition of missing pages and uploading of books for Phase 2. I am not targeting other results such as organizational partnerships, technology development and outreach opportunities and if they happen they will be considered as additional benefits. By this approach, I aim to exceed the outcomes achieved in Phase 1 at half the expense and half the time taken for Phase 1.

8. Describe your team. Please provide their roles, Wikimedia Usernames and other details. (required) Include more details of the team, including their roles, usernames, Wikimedia group, and whether they are salaried, volunteers, consultants/contractors, etc. Team members involved in the grant application need to be aware of their involvement in the project.

I am the only one applicant not having the team to complete this project. It is the field work in various parts of Tamil Nadu public libraries.

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? (required)

Mainly focusing on college women contributors by organizing Meet-up online, Online and offline workshops

10. Does your project involve work with children or youth? (required)


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11. How did you discuss the idea of your project with your community members and/or any relevant groups? Please describe steps taken and provide links to any on-wiki community discussion(s) about the proposal. (required) You need to inform the community and/or group, discuss the project with them, and involve them in planning this proposal. You also need to align the activities with other projects happening in the planned area of implementation to ensure collaboration within the community.
Please describe how you have let Wikimedia communities know about this proposal.

Yes. Tamil Wikisource village pump has been notified.

12. Does your proposal aim to work to bridge any of the content knowledge gaps (Knowledge Inequity)? Select one option that most apply to your work. (required)

Cultural background, ethnicity, religion, racial

13. Does your proposal include any of these areas or thematic focus? Select one option that most applies to your work. (required)

Culture, heritage or GLAM

14. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities? Select one option that most apply to your work. (required)

Linguistic / Language

15. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select one that most applies. (required)

Innovate in Free Knowledge

Learning and metrics[edit]

17. What do you hope to learn from your work in this project or proposal? (required)

| class='wikitable sortable' |+Summary !Core Metrics !Description !Target |- | Incomplete books completed || Books with missing pages and poorly scanned pages completed by acquiring the pages with issues and uploaded to Tamil Wikisource. || 200 books or 40,000 pages |- |Completed books uploaded || Books that are in complete condition, rechecked, proofread, and uploaded to Ta Wikisource. || 200 books or 40,000 pages |- |Editathons conducted || Existing Tamil Wikisource volunteers and any new volunteers will make a focused push to check, proofread and upload the books to Tamil Wikisource || 6 |- |}

18. What are your Wikimedia project targets in numbers (metrics)? (required)
Number of participants, editors, and organizers
Other Metrics Target Optional description
Number of participants 100 College girls
Number of editors 100 They will edit Tamil wikisource
Number of organizers 1 info-farmer with college staffs
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikimedia Commons
Wikisource 40000
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions or Abstract Wikipedia
Optional description for content contributions.

200 missed pages of existing Tamil wikisource books and nearly 40,000 new pages will be uploaded at Commons with Open source license.

19. Do you have any other project targets in numbers (metrics)? (optional)


Main Open Metrics Data
Main Open Metrics Description Target
20. What tools would you use to measure each metrics? Please refer to the guide for a list of tools. You can also write that you are not sure and need support. (required)

i will create new category for the missed pages and 40, 000 new pages with time line.

Financial proposal[edit]

21. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it. (required)
Work ground expenses
Serial number Item Amount ₹ Explanation
1 Project-related intercity travels 1,800
2 Daily transport during project 3,200 Intra city travel
3 Internet connectivity 1,100
4 City room 10,000
5 Food 12,000
6 On ground work remuneration 20,000 working 45 hrs/week
7 Total expenses for a month 48,100
8 Total expenses for three months 1,44,300 3 X 48,100 = 1,44,300
9 Grand total for this project 1,44,300 1,735.13 (The converter)

22. and 22.1. What is the amount you are requesting for this proposal? Please provide the amount in your local currency. (required)

144300 INR

22.2. Convert the amount requested into USD using the Oanda converter. This is done only to help you assess the USD equivalent of the requested amount. Your request should be between 500 - 5,000 USD.

1735.03 USD

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