Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/HERitage Amplified:Women and Cultural Diversity on Wikipedia (ID: 22281380)/Final Report

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HERitage Amplified: Women and Cultural Diversity on Wikipedia
Rapid Fund Final Report

Report Status: Under review

Due date: 2024-04-01T00:00:00Z

Funding program: Rapid Fund

Report type: Final

Application

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General information[edit]

  • Applicant username: AProdromou
  • Organization name: N/A
  • Amount awarded: 4644.99
  • Amount spent: 4727.46 USD, 4392.45

Part 1: Project and impact[edit]

1. Describe the implemented activities and results achieved. Additionally, share which approaches were most effective in supporting you to achieve the results. (required)

The implemented activities included a Wikipedia Marathon edit-a-thon, a lively online discussion forum and collaborative editing session, and a final meetup on February 17th. These activities aimed to amplify the voices of Cypriot women on Wikipedia, overcome gender bias, and foster inclusivity in the online space.

The results achieved were significant, even though there was not a substantial increase in the number of articles created and enriched related to Cypriot women nevertheless the events provided a platform for participants to share experiences, insights, and challenges, fostering collaboration and ongoing learning.

One of the most effective approaches was the collaborative editing sessions, where participants worked together in real-time to create and improve articles. These sessions encouraged active participation, facilitated knowledge sharing, and provided immediate feedback, resulting in tangible contributions to Wikipedia. Additionally, the final meetup allowed for reflection on the impact of participants' efforts and provided an opportunity for celebration and recognition.

2. Documentation of your impact. Please use space below to share links that help tell your story, impact, and evaluation. (required)

Share links to:

  • Project page on Meta-Wiki or any other Wikimedia project
  • Dashboards and tools that you used to track contributions
  • Some photos or videos from your event. Remember to share access.

You can also share links to:

  • Important social media posts
  • Surveys and their results
  • Infographics and sound files
  • Examples of content edited on Wikimedia projects

Project page on Meta-Wiki or any other Wikimedia project HERitage Amplified - Meta (wikimedia.org) Dashboards and tools that you used to track contributions Outreach Dashboard link Some photos or videos from your event. Remember to share access. EVENT PHOTOS - Google Drive Commons category - 72 images

Important social media posts https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:7163763736338509824 https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:7160980870583959552 Surveys and their results (We haven’t done any surveys) Infographics and sound files (We don't have any) Examples of content edited on Wikimedia projects

Additionally, share the materials and resources that you used in the implementation of your project. (required)

For example:

  • Training materials and guides
  • Presentations and slides
  • Work processes and plans
  • Any other materials your team has created or adapted and can be shared with others

Training materials and guides Presentations and slides PRESENTATIONS - Google Drive File:Marios Magioladitis HERitage Amplified.pdf - Wikimedia Commons Work processes and plans Any other materials your team has created or adapted and can be shared with others INVITES - Google Drive INVITATION EMAILS - Google Drive

3. To what extent do you agree with the following statements regarding the work carried out with this Rapid Fund? You can choose “not applicable” if your work does not relate to these goals. Required. Select one option per question. (required)

Our efforts during the Fund period have helped to...
A. Bring in participants from underrepresented groups Agree
B. Create a more inclusive and connected culture in our community Agree
C. Develop content about underrepresented topics/groups Neither agree nor disagree
D. Develop content from underrepresented perspectives Neither agree nor disagree
E. Encourage the retention of editors Neither agree nor disagree
F. Encourage the retention of organizers Agree
G. Increased participants' feelings of belonging and connection to the movement Strongly agree
F. Other (optional)

Part 2: Learning[edit]

4. In your application, you outlined some learning questions. What did you learn from these learning questions when you implemented your project? How do you hope to use this learnings in the future? You can recall these learning questions below. (required)

You can recall these learning questions below: Learning Question 1: Where are we at the moment when it comes to gender participation? By analyzing the data collected through this project or proposal, we aim to gain a comprehensive understanding of the current state of gender participation within our Wikimedia community. Learning Question 2: How long will it take us to minimize the gap when it comes to local content? Through the implementation of this project or proposal, we seek to assess the progress made in minimizing the gender gap in local content creation. Learning Question 3: Why is minimizing the gender gap important? Understanding the importance of minimizing the gender gap is vital for guiding our efforts and advocating for change within the Wikimedia community.

Learning Question 1: Where are we at the moment when it comes to gender participation? We observed that there is still a significant gender gap in participation, with a higher representation of male contributors compared to female contributors. This understanding helped us tailor our strategies to address this gap more effectively in future projects.

Learning Question 2: How long will it take us to minimize the gap when it comes to local content? While small progress was made in increasing the representation of women in Wikipedia articles related to Cypriot women, we recognize that more sustained efforts are needed to fully address this gap. We aim to continue monitoring and evaluating our progress in future projects to ensure ongoing improvement.

Learning Question 3: Why is minimizing the gender gap important? Throughout our project, we reaffirmed the importance of minimizing the gender gap in Wikimedia participation. We observed that a more diverse contributor base leads to a richer and more comprehensive representation of knowledge on Wikipedia. By understanding the significance of this issue, we are better equipped to advocate for change within our Wikimedia community and prioritize initiatives aimed at promoting gender diversity and inclusivity.

Moving forward, we hope to use these learnings to inform the design and implementation of future projects aimed at addressing the gender gap in Wikimedia participation. We will continue to leverage data analysis, stakeholder engagement, and advocacy efforts to drive meaningful change and create a more inclusive and diverse Wikimedia community.

5. Did anything unexpected or surprising happen when implementing your activities? This can include both positive and negative situations. What did you learn from those experiences? (required)

Yes, several unexpected and surprising situations arose during the implementation of our activities, both positive and negative:

Positive: Unexpectedly high turnout - We were pleasantly surprised by the high turnout of participants for our Wikipedia Marathon edit-a-thon and other events. The level of interest and enthusiasm exceeded our expectations, demonstrating a strong desire within the community to contribute to the project's goals. This reinforced the importance of the project and motivated us to further engage and support participants.

Positive: Unexpected collaboration opportunities - Throughout the project, we encountered unexpected opportunities for collaboration with other organizations and community groups. These collaborations will allow us to expand our reach, access additional resources, and leverage diverse expertise to enhance the project's impact. We learned the value of being open to collaboration and seizing opportunities as they arise.

Negative: Technical difficulties - We experienced unexpected blocking of users during the event which disrupted the flow of the events and caused frustration among participants. However, we learned the importance of having contingency plans in place and we quickly addressed the issue to minimize disruption and maintain engagement.

Negative: Limited participation from certain groups - Despite our efforts to promote inclusivity and diversity, we encountered challenges in engaging Turkish Cypriots and people from the Latin and the Armenian Communities.

Overall, these unexpected situations provided valuable learning experiences and insights into the dynamics of community engagement and project implementation. We learned the importance of flexibility, adaptability, and proactive problem-solving in navigating unexpected challenges and maximizing the impact of our activities.

6. What is your plan to share your project learnings and results with other community members? If you have already done it, describe how. (required)

Our plan to share our project learnings and results with other community members involves multiple strategies aimed at maximizing dissemination and impact:

Presentation at community events: We intend to present our project learnings and results at relevant community events, such as Wikimedia meetups, and workshops. These presentations will provide an opportunity to share insights, best practices, and key takeaways with a wider audience of community members.

Publication in online platforms: We will publish updates about our project in online platforms frequented by Wikimedia community members. This will allow us to reach a broad audience and spark discussions around project outcomes and implications.

Social media and online engagement: We will leverage social media platforms and online engagement strategies to disseminate project updates, share success stories, and encourage dialogue among community members. This will help amplify the reach of our project and foster collaboration and knowledge sharing within the Wikimedia community.

Collaboration with partner organizations: We will collaborate with partner organizations and stakeholders involved in similar initiatives to share learnings, exchange insights, and explore opportunities for mutual support and collaboration. This collaborative approach will enhance the dissemination of project learnings and results across diverse networks and communities.

By employing these strategies, we aim to ensure that our project learnings and results reach a wide and diverse audience within the Wikimedia community, fostering learning, collaboration, and collective impact.

Part 3: Metrics[edit]

7. Wikimedia Metrics results. (required)

In your application, you set some Wikimedia targets in numbers (Wikimedia metrics). In this section, you will describe the achieved results and provide links to the tools used.

Target Results Comments and tools used
Number of participants 50 60 outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org
Number of editors 3 30 outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org
Number of organizers 3 5
Wikimedia project Target Result - Number of created pages Result - Number of improved pages
Wikipedia 200 5 105
Wikimedia Commons 77 0
Wikidata
Wiktionary
Wikisource
Wikimedia Incubator
Translatewiki
MediaWiki
Wikiquote
Wikivoyage
Wikibooks
Wikiversity
Wikinews
Wikispecies
Wikifunctions or Abstract Wikipedia

8. Other Metrics results.

In your proposal, you could also set Other Metrics targets. Please describe the achieved results and provide links to the tools used if you set Other Metrics in your application.

Other Metrics name Metrics Description Target Result Tools and comments
An increase in editors 12 outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org
More articles to be added
Articles to be edited

9. Did you have any difficulties collecting data to measure your results? (required)

No

9.1. Please state what difficulties you had. How do you hope to overcome these challenges in the future? Do you have any recommendations for the Foundation to support you in addressing these challenges? (required)


Part 4: Financial reporting[edit]

10. Please state the total amount spent in your local currency. (required)

4392.45

11. Please state the total amount spent in US dollars. (required)

4727.46

12. Report the funds spent in the currency of your fund. (required)

Upload the financial report


12.2. If you have not already done so in your financial spending report, please provide information on changes in the budget in relation to your original proposal. (optional)

Yes there were changes in the budget in relation to our original proposal. Mainly the catering was more costly but we manage to secure a venue for free. Also there were staff related expenses of 119.00 EURO that concerned having a photographer at the event. These changes were needed in order to succesfully implement the project.

13. Do you have any unspent funds from the Fund?

Yes

13.1. Please list the amount and currency you did not use and explain why.

7.55

13.2. What are you planning to do with the underspent funds?

B. Propose to use them to partially or fully fund a new/future grant request with PO approval

13.3. Please provide details of hope to spend these funds.

We consider the amount of uspent fund insignificant. If needed we can return it back.

14.1. Are you in compliance with the terms outlined in the fund agreement?

Yes Your response to the review feedback. 14.2. Are you in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations as outlined in the grant agreement?

Yes

14.3. Are you in compliance with provisions of the United States Internal Revenue Code (“Code”), and with relevant tax laws and regulations restricting the use of the Funds as outlined in the grant agreement? In summary, this is to confirm that the funds were used in alignment with the WMF mission and for charitable/nonprofit/educational purposes.

Yes

15. If you have additional recommendations or reflections that don’t fit into the above sections, please write them here. (optional)


Review notes[edit]

Review notes from Program Officer:

N/A

Applicant's response to the review feedback.

N/A