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Hatch-A-Wiki Project 2023
proposed start date2023-05-15
proposed end date2023-07-15
grant start date2023-05-15T00:00:00Z
grant end date2023-09-15T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)271500 PHP
budget (USD)4973.28 USD
amount recommended (USD)4840
grant typeIndividual
funding regionESEAP
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• MaroBos
organization (if applicable)• N/A
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Applicant Details[edit]

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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.

Wiki Advocates Philippines User Group

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Hatch-A-Wiki Project 2023

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.

Hatch-A-Wiki Project has been a success since its pilot program in 2021. It successfully jump started the development of three local language wikiprojects in the Philippines. For the past couple of years, related activities under the Rapid Grants program have been working on these three wikiprojects under incubator. And it greatly helped the development of Incubator projects.

However, since those rapid grants are almost always under a certain campaign, driven by a focus on certain topics like gender representation, climate and human rights advocacies and language preservation, it seems that the technical side of developing these wikiprojects have been put aside for a while. I am hoping that by leading this project, the team will be able to work and focus more on these technical errors and improve the user-experience of our new editors.

The sustainability of these wikiprojects rely on both new and experienced editors. On wiki user experience is very important in engaging new contributors and directly impacts user retention. Initially, when we launched the Hatch-A-Wiki project in 2021, we aimed to develop both the content and the front-end coding of these wikiprojects to make contributing easy and relatable to our community. We may have failed to address on improving the technical side of this project, but we are aware that there's still more work that needs to be done.

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

This year, we are looking at involving communities with technical expertise in front-end coding or engage potential editors that has interest in this field. We will build connection with schools offering technical courses to pursue the possibility of using open access platforms in enhancing the skills of their students.

In the past years, we have centered on engaging communities on developing content. Or have networked with stakeholder focus on improving articles. We have neglected to also build the community on the technical side. With these approach we know that we can make our community more sustainable, and will be able to promote other types of contribution on wiki.

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

Edit-a-thons with focus on improving templates

We will conduct edit-a-thon that will focus on creating, improving and updating wiki templates on Bikol Wiksyunaryo and Wikisambit. We are also going to check modules that have been missing and/or was translated verbatim that causes some templates to work or create conflict with other functions.

Build a unified coding / translation agreed by the community

We are going to start conversations with the active editing community on what is the best way to handle translations for modules and templates to avoid further technical errors. We are going to unify the translations to all the wikiprojects under Hatch-A-Wiki Project, through a guide that can be used by the present and future editors.

Train potential editors on front-end coding

We will host training for basic HTML coding for editors with potential interest in this field to help build a more sustainable editing community. We are also going to train active editors on how to become wikiproject administrators and encourage to be more proactive in holding roles like this to help manage our local wikis.

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, Other

Not necessarily related to any movement campaigns but we are inspired by the different hack-a-thons happening around the movement.
5. Do you have the team that is needed to implement this proposal?

I will run this project as an individual, but I will invite interested Wiki Advocates editors to participate in the training for our team's sustainability. I am also hoping to hire a trainer for some of the sessions if there is a need for upskilling.

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), Not applicable

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.

This project has obvious but indirect impact on knowledge equity. We are looking at addressing this problem not by focusing on direct solutions but on the process of achieving the desired outcome. We believe that if contributing on wiki is much easier, user-friendly, and more inclusive, we can engage more editors to improve the content gap we are trying to address.

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.

Open Technology

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

Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Digital Access

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?

For this year, we will network with schools offering technical courses. We will also engage current editors that has interest in coding and improving user-experience on wiki. We will connect with programmers that are also interested contributing to wikiprojects but doesn't know where to start.

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

We will observe the Universal Code of Conduct and Friendly Space Policy all through out the project. We will dedicate some time to discuss this to participants and will directly address abuse that will happen on the 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.

For this project, we will utilize the community portals of Central Bikol Wiktionary, Central Bikol and Tagalog Wikiquote and their respective social media channels.

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.

Improve User Experience, 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?

For our local wikis:

  - Is there a technical gap in the current state our local wikiprojects? 
  - Are the incorrect translations of modules and templates contribute to the efficiency of the wikis?

For our community

   - Is it worth creating or maintaining a group of technical contributors?
   - Does improving user-experience increase the possibility of user retention?
   - Does a unified translation for modules and templates help better in managing these local wikis?
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
Technical gap in local wikiprojects This will measure the technical difficulty of contributing and maintaining local language wikis 15
Unified translation for technical terms This will measure how a community-approved unified terminologies for modules and templates help in sustainability of wikiprojects. 15
Improved on wiki user-experience This will measure the direct impact of improved user-experience on user-retention of editors. 15
Opportunities for technical contributions This will measure the opportunities for creating an avenue for technical contributions. 15
Networking with technical contributors This will measure the need for maintaining a pool of technical contributors in maintaining wikis effectively. 15
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants Participants will include number of students enrolled in technical courses trained to contribute on improving templates and front-end structures of the three local wikiprojects. 30
Number of editors Number of technical editors retained after the training. 10
Number of organizers There two groups of organizers, the trainers and the event planners. 10
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wiktionary For Central Bikol Wiktionary, this is the number of improved templates, modules and newly drafted front-end structures for user-experience. 30
Wikiquote For Central Bikol Wikiquote, this is the number of improved templates, modules and newly drafted front-end structures for user-experience. 30
Wikiquote For Tagalog Wikiquote, this is the number of improved templates, modules and newly drafted front-end structures for user-experience. 30
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.

We will use Wikimedia Hashtag tool and third-party platforms for surveys.

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

271500 PHP

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

4973.28 USD

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