Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Giving voices to the Quechua Puneño vocabulary on Wikimedia Commons (ID: 22450106)

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Giving voices to the Quechua Puneño vocabulary on Wikimedia Commons
proposed start date2024-04-01
proposed end date2024-06-30
grant start date2024-04-01T00:00:00Z
grant end date2024-06-30T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)4209.8 EUR
budget (USD)4625.05 USD
amount recommended (USD)4625.05
grant typeIndividual
funding regionLAC
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Elwinlhq
organization (if applicable)• N/A
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Applicant Details[edit]

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Main Proposal[edit]

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

Giving voices to the Quechua Puneño vocabulary on Wikimedia Commons

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

2024-04-01 - 2024-06-30

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)

The Quechua Puneño (que:Punu Qichwa), is a dialect of the Cuzco-Collao Quechua language, spoken in southern Peru, mainly in the Puno region, where the 40.6% of the population uses it as a first language. The Quechua Puneño is identified with the GlottologID puno1238 and the ISO 639-3 QXP. However, its use is only limited to oral communication. For instance, the Quechua language is not taught as a subject of instruction in education, and it is mainly used in agricultural and cultural contexts or chit-chat. That means that the language it is not written or read anywhere, and no resources are produced nor found accessible. The availability of linguistics resources is nowadays more urgent in order to save a language and its community.

To overcome the lack of resources and support a harmonization process of the Quechua language, we have created a structured knowledge base for the Quechua language, called Qichwabase (a Wikibase instance). It contains over 1 million statements about Quechua words and their usage, and translations of Quechua words into other languages, e.g. English, German, Italian, and Spanish. Besides, it contains over 20 Quechua variant vocabularies.

Our objective is to record the voices of the Quechua Collao vocabulary in various age ranges, and make the recordings available on Wikimedia Commons. So, the Quechua speakers, quechua learners, teachers, students, and ultimately scientists can build projects on top of it. For instance, the recordings can be used for the production of Open Educational Resources in mother tongues. In addition, we will run a workshop on how to contribute to Wikimedia Commons and its related projects to save minoritized languages.

The work will be carried on field, at the Nuñoa town, which is located at 4100 m.a.s.l. in the Puno region of Peru, where, the inhabitants speak mainly the Quechua Puneño variant. Our approach will follow the activities:

  • Filter the Quechua Puneño vocabulary from the Qichwabase
  • Create the lists of words to be recorded per day
  • Select speakers from various age ranges and genders
  • Record the lists of words by using the LinguaLibre tool
  • Make the recordings accessible on Wikimedia Commons
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.

Our main objectives and activities are:

By June 2024, at least ~6570 Quechua Puneño lexemes will have been recorded. The recordings will have been made accessible and reusable on Wikimedia Commons.

  • By April 2024, we will have:
    • made contact with potential partners for available spaces (e.g. High schools)
    • filtered the Quechua Collao vocabulary from Qichwabase.
    • created the lists of words to be recorded
    • acquired the equipment and materials
    • opened a call for participants
  • By May 2024, we will have:
    • selected the persons of different ages and genders (e.g., open call)
    • prepared the spaces where the recordings will take place
    • tested the equipments, tools, and materials
    • run a 1-day workshop on how to contribute on Wikimedia Commons
    • assisted the 4-day recording of the ~6570 Quechua Puneño lexemes
  • By June 2024, we will have:
    • made the recorded lexemes accessible and reusable on Wikimedia Commons
    • disseminated the results among social networks
    • reported to Wikimedia Foundation with a copy of the project outcomes
    • listed recommendations for future similar projects
    • trained 10 persons on the use of Qichwabase, LinguaLibre, and Wikimedia Commons.

A more detailed timeline of activities can be seen in the following document:

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.

Elwin Huaman (User:Elwinlhq)

Role (Project manager): In charge of planning the project, running the workshop and the recording sessions, establishing partnerships, facilitating the recording sessions for 10 participants together with the project-assistant. The project manager will stablish a working structure for the program staff in order to succeed from beginning to end of the program.

Tasks (specific expected deliverables and responsibilities):

  • Distribute tasks and manage personnel and resources
  • Lead the project implementation
  • Plan the workshop and the recording sessions
  • Establishing partnerships
  • Leading the workshop for 10 participants
  • Establishing a working structure for the team members
  • Preparing final report

Skills and Experience (qualifications for this role):

  • He is a quechua, from Peru. Currently, he is pursing a PhD in Computer Science and Linguistics with the main goal of creating a knowledge base for the Quechua communities. Since 2019, he has been organizing datathons and workshops for quechua revitalization at scientific and non-scientific events. In 2023, he has run the project: Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom, where he and his team trained 50 teachers on the use of Wikipedia on their lessons.
  • Has experience leading community groups, organizations, or projects, and keeps it moving toward the program management.
  • Demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of training courses, e.g., support participants, gives feedback to participants.

Elena Musetti (User:Labellasdegnosa)

Role (Project assistant): She will support the planning, establish partnerships, and co-facilitating the workshop and recording sessions, answer messages and questions from participants during the participants process selection, and sub-delegating tasks and roles during the entire project.

Tasks (specific expected deliverables and responsibilities):

  • Co-Lead the program implementation
  • Help to plan of the workshop and recording sessions
  • Help on assisting the participants before and during the project running
  • Establishing and follow up of partnerships
  • Co-facilitating the workshop and recording sessions for 10 participants

Skills and Experience (qualifications for this role):

  • Has experience leading community groups, organizations, or projects. For instance, she helped to run the Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom program in Peru.
  • Has experience on accountancy along running of projects.
  • Demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of workshops and trainings, e.g., support participants, gives feedback to participants, and propose solutions to problems.
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)

We will establish partnership with various high school institutions, in order to encourage the importance of the recording and producing mother tongue material. Furthermore, we will run workshops on how to use tools for recording words in Quechua language. Moreover, our project needs of collaboration because quechua revitalization requires an iterative and community-driven process. For that, we propose engaging and supporting the quechua community (of different age ranges, skills, and mindsets) on how to record their voices in their mother tongue using various platforms. The communities in Nuñoa that will be involved are: 1) Warmikunarayku, 2) Pampas Verdes, and 3) Illariy.

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.

The importance of this project came from a quechua community meeting in 2023. We were running the Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom program in Puno, Peru, and the quechua speakers made a point to say: “It would be nice to have our quechua language vocabulary preserved somewhere, because the new generations are not speaking it any more, nor using it on school”. We discussed the fact of recording all quechua vocabulary, which is around 25 000 words according to Qichwabase. Therefore, we agreed with the community at the end of the program that it could be viable to start with one specific Quechua variant, in this case the Quechua Puneño with more than 6500 words.

More details and outcomes of the previous discussion with the quechua communities can be seen in this video: Bringing WikiProjects to the Andes

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)


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

Gender and diversity

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)

Provide for Safety and Inclusion

Learning and metrics[edit]

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

The approach we are proposing is certainly new to the Quechua Community, yet it takes advantage of the Wikimedia ecosystems and its tools. We have designed an approach that first, collects all quechua vocabularies on a Wikibase instance, then we select a specific quechua variant (e.g., Quechua Puneño), afterwards, we create lists of words to be recorder by quechua native speakers. Finally, the recordings are loaded ad presented on Wikimedia Commons. Some learning points are:

  • How this approach can be used for recording other quechua language variants
  • How this approach can help low-resource languages to overcome their lack of resources
  • How a community of quechua speaker can be empowered with tools so they can continue contributing to the Wikimedia ecosystem
  • How the recording can be used for creating Open Educational Resources
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 10
Number of editors 10
Number of organizers 2
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikimedia Commons 6570
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions or Abstract Wikipedia
Optional description for content contributions.

There will be an audio recording for each word in the Quechua Collao Vocabulary.

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)
  • We would request the amount of editing/contributions have been done by each user
  • We would also use some survey to get feedback from the participants

Financial proposal[edit]

21. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it. (required)

We are planning to cover some costs, e.g., we will acquire 1 Microphone Zoom H1N with accessories. However, we would like to ask for support from the Wikimedia Foundation, details of which can be found in the following document:

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

4209.8 EUR

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.

4625.05 USD

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