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Building a knowledge repository for cultural heritage post-earthquake disaster in southeast Türkiye
proposed start date2023-12-04
proposed end date2024-04-04
grant start date2023-12-04T00:00:00Z
grant end date2024-04-04T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)154400 TRY
budget (USD)4963.56 USD
amount recommended (USD)4963.56
grant typeGroup of individuals not registered with an organization
funding regionCEECA
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Seraksin
organization (if applicable)• Dijital Kültürel Miras Ağı
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Applicant Details[edit]

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Dijital Kültürel Miras Ağı

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Main Proposal[edit]

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

Building a knowledge repository for cultural heritage post-earthquake disaster in southeast Türkiye

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

2023-12-04 - 2024-04-04

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)

Other (please specify) cultural heritage and natural disaster

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)

On February 6th, 2023 an earthquake struck Kahramanmaraş and surrounding cities in southeastern Turkey, including Adana, Adıyaman, Diyarbakır, Gaziantep, Hatay, Kilis, Malatya, Osmaniye, and Şanlıurfa. The earthquake also affected parts of Syria. This region is known for its rich historic and archaeological significance, as well as its tangible and intangible heritage elements. The earthquake damaged a large number of cultural heritage sites, monuments as well as historic buildings, libraries and museums. The earthquake was followed by a flood disaster on the 13th of March which further damaged the museum building in Urfa. This project first and foremost aims at collecting the knowledge resources related to the cultural heritage in the region including ancient sites, excavation sites, monuments, historic buildings (e.g. mosques, synagogues) and institutions (GLAM: Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums). In order to achieve that, we would like to work together with internet users including Wikimedians in order to gather data. The second aim of the project is to raise awareness on the significance of open knowledge for the people working in this field and encouraging them to contribute to Wiki projects using the sources in the repository through contributing to disaster relief. The knowledge of many of those cultural assets are not covered well in Wikimedia projects if they have been covered at all. To address this, we're creating a resource repository to help volunteers add missing information to Wikimedia projects especially in Turkish, particularly on Wikidata, Commons and Wikipedia. It also aims at training GLAM contributors about open knowledge and encouraging them to share their resources through Wikimedia projects. This project is especially important to increase awareness of Wikimedia projects and contributions among people in the GLAM field in Türkiye and create a platform in which knowledge on destroyed heritage values.

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.

Creating a repository of resources strategy involves following activities;

  • preparing list of organizations that will be contacted;
  • organizing online talks and in person visits to GLAM institutions
  • creating a list of assets, sites and libraries, museums in order to create and improve the

repository Wiki page.

  • preparing excel lists with relevant metadata information with the help of archivists.
  • organization and verification of information on cultural assets, sites, libraries and museums for the

region with the help of contacted stakeholders (e.g. the organizations mentioned in section 2. and one civil society from the region HAYAP (Hatay Yeniden Ayakta Platformu). Building skills in adding the relevant knowledge to Wikimedia projects involves four activities:

  • two online edit-a-thons
  • two in person edit-a-thons at Ankara and Istanbul.

We planned edit-a-thons as training activities followed by hands-on sessions for contributing to Wiki projects on the topic. The two cities where most of the organizations that will be contacted for the repository are based are Istanbul and Ankara therefore we planned in person activities in these cities. We also planned online activities which participants across the country could join. At the same time, we are thinking of doing these edit-a-thons, especially with university students. For example, we can do edit-a-thons with METU Graduate School of Social Sciences Settlement Archaeology students.

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.

User: seraksin (Project Management) Is an archaeologist and got a PhD from Information and Records Management Department at Ankara University. Has experience in the digital cultural heritage field for more than 20 years. Is a Wikipedian and has been adding and editing contents for archaeology and cultural heritage in Wikimedia. Has project management expertise too. Will be responsible for managing and coordinating this project. Is one of the founders of the Digital Cultural Heritage Network in Türkiye. User: Atreju.x (Project Administrator) Is a librarian and archaeologist. Worked on various European Union projects. At the same time, is writing a master’s thesis. The thesis focuses on Wikipedia and cultural heritage. Is a member of the Digital Cultural Heritage Network in Türkiye. User: Aslibtr (Event Trainer and Facilitator) Is an Information and Records Management graduate and works as a Project Coordinator in Erasmus+ projects. Has experience in coordination and organizing activities, events etc. Will help organize the meetings and editathons in this project. Will also work as an archivist in this project to create the preliminary data for editathons. This

preliminary data will be the basis for Wikidata creation and editing tasks. Is a member of the Digital Cultural Heritage Network in Türkiye. Both Atreju.x and Aslibtr are also responsible for social media studies and project coordination, i.e. social media announcements, event posters, communication organization etc. User: ArchaeoData. Is Wikipedian for a long time and has expertise in the digital cultural heritage field, will help to create queries in Wikidata. User: Akdoganzeynep is Wikipedian and got a Phd in the information and records management field. Also has experience organizing events and project management. Will support event and meeting organization and project administrative work. In the Digital Cultural Heritage Network (Dijital Kültürel Miras Ağı-DKM) several members will contribute to this project for dissemination and organization of activities. Most of the members are also connected with universities and NGO’s so they will also help to communicate with the relevant stakeholders. Digital Cultural Heritage Network will also communicate with WMTR and WMTR will provide trainer support for editathons. CC TR is another important community for open access in Türkiye and they will also come and give information about open access and CC license in this project.

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)

Target participants are GLAM professionals and relevant stakeholders, university students across Türkiye and cultural heritage professionals. Our team consists of members of Dijital Kültürel Miras Ağı (Digital Cultural Heritage Network)* and includes some volunteers, experts and students working on recording and protecting digital cultural heritage. The group will contact the target groups using their connections from vocational and student associations. With this project we will be able to reach students, women and volunteers who are working for the cultural sector. The organizations mentioned in section 2, NGO’s representatives will also benefit from this project. During the project we will organize online and in person meetings and edit-a-thons to engage with partners and visit several institutes. After the activities with this project we can also continue to organize online meetings and continue to discuss. Our volunteers can continue to add and edit content to Wikimedia and we can make announcements via our social media in order to continue to interact between participants.

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


10.1. Please provide a link to your Youth Safety Policy. (required) If the proposal indicates direct contact with children or youth, you are required to outline compliance with international and local laws for working with children and youth, and provide a youth safety policy aligned with these laws. Read more here.


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.

First we discussed the idea in our group. We have regular online meetings and one of the meeting we discussed the idea. After that we shared our idea with other stakeholders. WMTR: Wikimedia Community User Group Turkey: To get training and organize edit-a-thons. MUZEDER: Museum Association: Communication and reach museum professionals CCTR: For Copyrights: To get training. HAYAP: Hatay Yeniden Ayakta Platformu: For Hatay region cultural inventory information ÜNAK: University and Research Librarians’ Association: That will assist in accessing library data in the region and communication with librarians. METU: Graduate School of Social Sciences Settlement Archaeology: To get communicating with students.

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)

Other Important Topics (topics considered to be of impact or important in the specific context)

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)

Not applicable

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

Identify Topics for Impact

Learning and metrics[edit]

17. What do you hope to learn from your work in this project or proposal? (required)
  • Increase our group capacity about communication and Wikimedia: We would like to increase our

group capacity in order to make collaboration with GLAM institutions and several NGO’s in Türkiye working for cultural heritage.

  • Increase communication and open knowledge btw GLAM organizations & NGO’s: It would be

better to share our expertise for cultural heritage and information management for digital cultural heritage and also increase awareness about open data, Wikimedia and CC/copyrights.

  • Improve education for GLAM sector: We would like to sustain education or lifelong learning for

cultural heritage professionals

  • Increase new editors and contributors: We would like to increase the possibility of further

collaborations and earning new contributions. Existing Wikimedians will be trainer for this project and and cultural heritage related people will learn about new skills e.g. Wikimedians.

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 40 We think that will reach 40 editors with online and in-person edit-a-thons. In addition we think that the Wikipedia awareness of 15 cultural heritage-memory institutions will be created in the two meetings to be held with the institutions.
Number of editors 47 40 person within the scope of edit-a-thons; in addition we will reach 47 person with coordinators, trainers and facilitators.
Number of organizers 7 2 coordinator , 3 trainers, 2 facilitators
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikipedia 200
Wikimedia Commons 250
Wikidata 400
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions or Abtsract Wikipedia
Optional description for content contributions.


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)

After the meetings and edit-a-thons we will make online meetings with the GLAM and NGOS participants and in order to learn their opinion after events;

  • Number of participants to edit-a-thons
  • We will disseminate the results and events via social media and use relevant hashtags. Queries

will be prepared to measure the Wikidata entries for GLAM sector e.g. Gaziantep Libraries. We will have a list for cultural heritage for the region. We can check wikicommons image numbers after the project and we can measure the impact of the project.

Financial proposal[edit]

21. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it. (required)
22. and 22.1. What is the amount you are requesting for this proposal? Please provide the amount in your local currency. (required)

154400 TRY

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.

4963.56 USD

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