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statusNot funded
proposed start date2023-10-26
proposed end date2024-01-09
budget (local currency)133250 TRY
budget (USD)4989.81 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionCEECA
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Egezort
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Main Proposal

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


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

2023-10-26 - 2024-01-09

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)

Not applicable

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)

Before I start the answer of this question, I want to mention that I am aware of the eligibility question due to me having an open project, “Wiki Takes Curious Steps”. I intend to complete the report of that project before the review process for this cycle ends.

CIP stands for Civic Involvement Projects, and it is our university's department that runs volunteer projects. Every student has to pass the CIP101 course at least once. Sabancı University has hundreds of students enrolling in the CIP101 course every term. CIP focuses on gender equality, disability awareness, ageism, environmentalism, human rights, and many other such subjects.

Right now, CIP doesn’t have a set program that is intended at fostering digital literacy. The need for this is recognised by the office, and there have been CIP seminars about online disinformation, fact-checking etc. but these aren’t full programs with their own supervisor crew. I believe that Wikipedia (and more broadly, open culture through Creative Commons) is a great way to lay the foundation for such a program.

Some other changes necessary are:

  • CIP’s current system allows for many conversations to happen, but those conversations only reach a broader base if individual initiatives are taken. With the CIP program incorporating Wikipedia into its curriculum, it will help the information that was talked about in the lessons to be contributed to Wikipedia and to start transforming the conversations into a cumulative effort, with more accessible information each term.
  • There will be a more solid understanding of how Wikipedia has the power to affect the world positively and how that connection can be formed. This will have the mutual effect of NGO’s seeing Wikipedia’s value, and Wikipedia receiving more attention from activists.

Before I start laying out the approaches, I need to give context as to what I had done last term. I ran a pilot project related to Wikipedia with a group of 7 people. Since schools were working with a hybrid (online-physical) system, the outcomes of the project were even lower than the modest aims I had. However, that project did help in realizing some things, which I have incorporated into my approach.

The way to make the changes described above is to have a few Wikipedia projects within the CIP program, and to create syllabuses and resources for the next terms in order to make this project sustainable. Another thing to consider, that I didn’t last term, is to incorporate Wikipedia into every CIP function that we can access. While last term, the only activities were one CIPs seminar that I hosted, and one class that I and my co-supervisor had supervised for 7-8 lessons, I am planning to join the CIP fair that CIP runs every term, host more seminars, and run more projects in more classes.

Each project is intended to have 5 normal and 5 field work lessons. This will probably not be fully realized for each project due to national holidays, but they will be almost entirely realized. I have included my plan and my timeline in the question below.

Note: This grant proposal is a revised version of the “CIP101 Wikipedia Project” proposal that I had submitted before. Therefore, much of the things written there stand. (If there is any mismatch between the answers here and the answers in that proposal, it’s due to the changing nature of the CIP program.)

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.

Beside the projects themselves, I am planning to have one or two CIPs seminars (given out by students) and one CIPs Academy event (given out by professionals). I am planning to host some club events related to Wikipedia too, whether or not these will count as the fieldwork lessons is not yet certain.

There are two types of lessons in CIP, one of them is the usual lesson, and the other one is “fieldwork”. The fieldwork may or may not include going outside of the school premises. (Major transport costs will be covered by CIP)

The way I decided to run the usual lessons (which are 1.5 hours each) is through this formula:

Presentation: The first half hour of the lesson will be a presentation that I make. I will record the presentations to be uploaded on Commons (and also on Youtube with a CC license) for future use both by CIP and by others. I will also upload the slides. Since I’m planning to be a supervisor to an international group, the slides and the presentations will be both in Turkish and in English.

Activity: After the presentation, we will all start doing our edits, I will try to help anyone who has questions during that period. There will be cases in which we utilize the usual CIP resources and contribute related information. (I had demonstrated this, for example, for animal rights after watching with the group a 10 minute documentary about a related event in Turkey’s history.)

Free time: After the 1.5 hours ends, I will stay in the class for around half an hour, and show interesting features about Wikimedia. This section will be optional and attendance won’t be taken. The students who stay for these will be learning more extensively about Wikimedia contributions.

For field work, I don’t have a set plan but more of a general idea. I am planning to do 3 field works and 2 edit-a-thons afterwards in which the students do their contributions related to the field works they did. Since I am planning to supervise 5 groups, that makes 15 field work activities and 10 edit-a-thons (which won’t be fully realized due to national holidays, but again, most will be realized). For the 3 field work activities, I want one to be a speech from someone knowledgeable in a given field that relates to our activities, one to be an activity that we do on campus, and one to be a project we do outside. This is a tentative program and can change. The field work activities will probably be elective, attendance will still be taken, however for people who can’t/don’t want to participate in the field work activities will have the option to opt-out of them and instead do a certain number of contributions on a Wikimedia project to get the equivalent amount of points. Since these field work activities are mere ideas at this point, the timeline isn’t strict with them, and some field work activities can be repeated instead of doing separate activities.

A more detailed breakdown is given in the following spreadsheet.

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:Egezort I have been a CIP supervisor since early 2020 and I have overseen many projects within CIP, the most recent one being a Wikipedia project. I am experienced from my activities in university clubs in running workshops. I have experience, both from lessons and extracurricular activities, of simplifying subjects and giving out presentations. I am well-versed in the terminology of progressive activism, especially in the field of gender and sexual orientation, which will help me in leading the social awareness part of the projects.

My co-supervisors The way CIP’s supervisor system works is, if they have enough supervisors they assign two supervisors to the same project, usually they’re either both inexperienced or only one of them is experienced. This helps raise the next generation of supervisors.

With this project, (and the current plan) I will have 4 Turkish speaking and 1 international co-supervisors. In the following years, the ones among them who wish to continue, and new supervisors (some having been CIP101 students from this project) will continue the project.

The CIP Office

The CIP Office, who have always been very supportive of the work that I’ve been doing, will help me with running this project. They will help with logistics for the field activities, reaching out to different organizations, grading the students’ attendance etc.

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)

Our target participants are CIP101 students. CIP101 is a lesson that every student has to pass once, and the passing grade is determined by attendance. The current plan is that I will be supervising 4 groups of Turkish speaking students, and 1 group of international students. Since this project is aiming to set up a syllabus for repeating this project in the future, one of the ways to keep the former CIP101 students is to set up a community around Wikipedia in our campus. Since supervisors for CIP also come from former CIP101 students, this project is intended to lead to more supervisors who are skilled in Wikipedia activities.

I plan to have all members of our project include a user info box in their profile showing that they have participated in the CIP project. If they continue on Wikipedia, there will be ample opportunities to get them involved with future activities.

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.

I have talked extensively with the people in the CIP office about this project and we have many tentative plans for different scenarios.

I notified the WMTR Telegram group about this proposal, because of the negative response I received there, I didn’t do much discussion about the proposal with the Turkish Wikipedia community. Due to the nature of this project, I know that there won’t be any scheduling/participation conflict.

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)

Not applicable

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


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)

Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement

Learning and metrics

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

What Wikipedia subjects can be delved deeply into in the span of a university course?

How do activist groups and organizations view Wikipedia?

Would people be convinced that editing Wikipedia is a way of furthering social progress?

What are the specific actions that can be taken to ensure that the barriers of entry of Wikipedia can be lowered?

Is it possible to make a sustainable course for Wikipedia? Will the next generation of supervisors be able to continue?

How many of the students will be encouraged to continue editing after they pass the course?

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 Beside the students, who will be editors, there will be people attending the activities in the fair, or the activities in school clubs. I will probably get them to create Wikipedia accounts, but I don't necessarily intend on them becoming editors.
Number of editors 50 The students in each of the projects will become editors
Number of organizers 10 Me, my co-supervisors, and the people from the CIP office who'll help me amount to around 10 people
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikipedia 250
Wikimedia Commons 100
Wikidata 200
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions or Abtsract Wikipedia
Optional description for content contributions.

There will probably be contributions to other Wikimedia Projects such as Wikispecies, but since that plan is not certain yet, I haven't marked them.

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


Main Open Metrics Data
Main Open Metrics Description Target
Lesson videos in Turkish Lesson videos from each of the presentations I do in the lessons 5
Lesson videos in English Lesson videos I do with the International group. They won't be direct translations of the Turkish ones, but separate lessons that use the translation of the same slide 5
Outside field projects I want to do at least 5 events that are outside of our schools campus 5
Wikimedia or Creative Commons related seminars Seminars given out by other people about Wikipedia and Creative Commons that will be recorded 5
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 use SparQL to calculate the contributions, I plan to have a user box that CIP students will use so that it’s easy to keep track of all the students.

Financial proposal

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)

133250 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.

4989.81 USD

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