Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Combing Wikidata Items (ID: 21983586)

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statusNot funded
Combing Wikidata Items
proposed start date2022-11-01
proposed end date2023-03-01
budget (local currency)871508.96 NGN
budget (USD)2012.53 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• JosefAnthony
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.




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.

Hausa Wikimedians User Group

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Combing Wikidata Items

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 change am trying to bring about is to improve items on Wikidata as most items are lacking information and also, to ensure that items on Wikidata are having the right and relevant information to them, by combing existing items (checking and removing errors), removing unreliable sources, adding reliable sources, checking and removing grammar/spelling errors, removing duplicate items and also ensuring properties are having the correct values to them etc. The primary purpose is to improve the quality, reliability, and credibility of Wikidata items lacking information as we are having a lot of items with no relevant information nor sources (reference) for information accuracy.

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

My first approach is, I will be providing a list of Wikidata items lacking information so editors can go on to improve the items with relevant information. This approach or strategy will not only improve the quality and credibility of an item but will also help experience editors to gain new knowledge and also rekindle what they already know, i.e. it will refresh their minds on what they have already learnt. Another approach I will deploy during the course of the training is to organize a contest whereby participant will search/comb for items lacking information and improve them.

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

Part of the activities I will be developing is to organize an in-person and a virtual event that will rekindle the skill of experience editors and to increase participation of already existing hubs.

  • They in-person workshop will comprise of both new and experience participants to edit Wikidata items wanting relevant information.
  • They online event will focus on increasing the participation and skills of members of existing WhatsApp group from previous successful project
  • There will be a contest to award those participants with the highest number of items edited wanting relevant information.
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.

Not applicable

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

JosefAnthony - Experienced wiki trainer

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.

Other global topics for impact (topics considered to be of global importance)

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.

The primary purpose is to improve the quality, reliability, and credibility of Wikidata items lacking information

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, 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 participants are members of the Wikimedia community who create, contribute and improve content on Wikidata. These participants are members of existing WhatsApp groups from previous successful project (recruited members from my past events).

  • This project will further engage participants within Nasarawa state and those outside Nasarawa state.
10. In what ways are you actively seeking to contribute towards creating a safer, supportive, more equitable environment for participants?

The Wikimedia friendly space policy and universal code of conduct will be strictly adhered during the in-person and the online event.

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 communities i belong are well informed about the project, and are looking forward to it

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.

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, Improve User Experience, Provide for Safety and Inclusion, Manage Internal Knowledge

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

I look forward to seeing most items on wikidata improved and having relevant information for information accuracy.

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
in-person event number of participants including experienced editors 30
wikidata items created/improved Total number of wikidata items created/improved 150
virtual event number of participants expected 30
wikidata items created/improved Total number of wikidata items created/improved 150
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants Total number of participants expected in both event 60
Number of editors Total number of editors expected in both event 40
Number of organizers
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikidata Total number of items created/improved during the in-person event 150
Wikidata Total number of items created/improved during the online event 150
Wikimedia Commons pictures taken and uploaded from both event 10
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. will be used to track edit made by participants.

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

871508.96 NGN

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

2012.53 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.


Endorsements and Feedback[edit]

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Community members are invited to share meaningful feedback on the proposal and include reasons why they endorse the proposal. Consider the following:

  • Stating why the proposal is important for the communities involved and why they think the strategies chosen will achieve the results that are expected.
  • Highlighting any aspects they think are particularly well developed: for instance, the strategies and activities proposed, the levels of community engagement, outreach to underrepresented groups, addressing knowledge gaps, partnerships, the overall budget and learning and evaluation section of the proposal, etc.
  • Highlighting if the proposal focuses on any interesting research, learning or innovation, etc. Also if it builds on learning from past proposals developed by the individual or organization, or other Wikimedia communities.
  • Analyzing if the proposal is going to contribute in any way to important developments around specific Wikimedia projects or Movement Strategy.
  • Analysing if the proposal is coherent in terms of the objectives, strategies, budget, and expected results (metrics).