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GLAM-WIKI Training for Librarians and Archivist in Delta State
proposed start date2022-08-01
proposed end date2022-08-31
budget (local currency) 
budget (USD)0 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionunknown region
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Nosakhare Okuons
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details[edit]

Please provide your main Wikimedia Username.

Nosakhare Okuons

Please provide the Usernames of people related to this proposal.

User: Nosakhare Okuons, User: Omorodion1, User: InspirePhotos



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.

Yes, I am a member of Wikimedia Nigeria Usergroup, Nigerian Wikibrarian Group and Edo Wikimedia Hub, Wikimedia+Libraries Usergroup

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

GLAM-WIKI Training for Librarians and Archivist in Delta State

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.

1. What is the change that you are trying to bring about and why is this important.

Delta State is one of the Nine States in Niger Delta Region of Nigeria and it has rich cultural heritage that dates back to the pre-colonial era in what is today known as modern day Nigeria. Unfortunately, cultural information about the state and her people are scattered across the different information media and many of them are not in an open platform, thus making accessibility to the information difficult. The overall goal of this project is to introduce Librarians and Archivists in Delta State to GLAM-Wiki projects so they can help close the content gap about history and culture of the Deltan people which primarily consist of the Urhobos, Ukwanis, Isokos, Aniomas, Ijaws, Ikas, Aniocha-Oshimilis, Itsekiris and the Olukumi people. The project intends to create a fertile ground for partnership with cultural institutions in the state to document and digitize cultural materials for educational and preservation purposes.

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

I will be partnering with Admiralty University of Nigeria Library in Delta State to carryout awareness and training of Librarians and Archivists on GLAM and Wikipedia editing so they can be better positioned to contribute useful cultural content about Delta State to the World Largest Online Encyclopedia (Wikipedia). To achieve this goal, the partner Library will be providing the training space, projector, projector screen and power for the training. I believe training Librarians and Archivists on GLAM-Wiki will be effective in preserving the cultural history of Deltans because Librarians, as information expert, are better placed to have access to cultural information in different formats, while Archivists have access to valuable archival materials.

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

1. I will be organizing an awareness campaign prior to the training;

2. I intend to organize a physical training at Admiralty University of Nigeria, Delta State for Librarians and Archivists in the state.
3. I plan to also organize a physical edit-a-thon after the training so the participants will have the opportunity to put knowledge gained into practice.
4. I plan to create a virtual environment were online mentoring can continue after the physical training as it is not possible for the participants to learn everything in a single day.
5. I intend to prepare a list of cultural subjects and articles the participants can work so as to ease the task on the participants.
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.

Art+Feminism, Wiki Loves Africa

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

Yes, I have an experienced team to undertake this project.

    • User: Nosakhare Okuons (Project Lead) is an experienced Wikimedian and a Librarian.
    • User: Omorodion1 is an experienced Wikimedian who has organized and facilitated several Wikimedia events in Nigeria. He also led a Photowalk project in Edo State to document cultural places, buildings and structures with encyclopedic value in the Wikimedia Commons. His experience as a Wikimedian and Librarian will be very useful in this project.
    • User: InspirePhotos will also bring their experience to this project.
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.

Geography, Language, 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.

The project is focused on increasing GLAM-Wiki and Wikipedia editing awareness in an underrepresented region (Delta State, Nigeria) and it is aimed at bridging the content gap about the history and culture of the Delta peoples which include the Urhobos, Ukwanis, Isokos, Aniomas, Ijaws, Ikas, Aniocha-Oshimilis, Itsekiris and the Olukumi people.

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, Culture, heritage or GLAM , Advocacy

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

Geographic , Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background, Linguistic / Language

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 Librarians and Archivists in Delta State of Nigeria. Interested participants will be added to a Whatsapp group were onboarding information will be shared prior to the physical training. During the training and edit-a-thon, participants will be allowed to ask questions on areas not clear. At the end of the training and edit-a-thon, they will be introduced to the wider Wikimedia Nigeria Usergroup community and the Language Communities in Nigeria.

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

By being open and creating awareness about Wikimedia Foundation safe space policy.

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.

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?

If no:

12.1 What was the reason for you deciding NOT to develop a joint proposal? How will you guarantee coordination efforts to make sure that you are not duplicating efforts and that you can maximise your work and joint impact.
This project is targeted to be a partnership with Admiralty University of Nigeria Library and it is unique in itself in that, it aims to bring Librarians and Archivists in the state together for the purpose of learning how to document and preserve cultural and historical information about the Deltan people in an open platform like the Wikipedia. In addition, other members of this project are from the Edo Wikimedia Hub, the closest Wikimedia Hub to Delta State in Nigeria.
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.

As mentioned earlier, the project will be in partnership with Admiralty University of Nigeria Library because they are a GLAM institution and they are interested in making cultural information about Delta State open. Furthermore, they will be supporting this project by providing free training space, projector and projector screen and power. They will also help in mobilization of Librarians in the state for the Wikimedia event.

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.

Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Manage Internal Knowledge, Innovate in Free Knowledge

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

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
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants Total number of Participants for the event per day 40
Number of editors Total number of Editors in this project 40
Number of organizers Total number of organizers for this project. 3
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia Total number of Wikipedia articles to be created or improved 100
Wikimedia Commons Total Number of Photos to be uploaded on Wikimedia Commons 25
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.

I will use the Outreach 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.

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


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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