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In-person Edit-a-thon in Tamil Wikipedia and Strategic Meet
proposed start date2024-07-21
proposed end date2025-03-31
grant start date2024-07-21T00:00:00Z
grant end date2025-03-31T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)415242 INR
budget (USD)4979.42 USD
amount recommended (USD)4987
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Selvasivagurunathan m
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details

Main Wikimedia username. (required)

Selvasivagurunathan m



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Main Proposal

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

In-person Edit-a-thon in Tamil Wikipedia and Strategic Meet

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

2024-07-21 - 2025-03-31

4. Where will this proposal be implemented? (required)

Regional (more than one country in the same continent or region) Some tamil wikipedians living in Sri Lanka who have been contributing to Tamil Wikipedia. Hence, we will invite one user from Sri Lanka for this edit-a-thon event.

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)

Tamil Wikipedia was started in 2003 and had gradual and consistent growth over the years. As a regular practise, Tamil wikipedians contributed for improvement of existing articles, expansion of articles, curation and clean-up activities. Starting from the year 2022, Tamil Wikipedia community is executing all these tasks in an organised way through projects.

We have prioritised actions to improve the quality of articles and involving users through online drives. We observe 'Speical Month', 'Special Quarter' on a partcular topic of articles. But, only 8 to 10 members are actively participating to contribute. This may be because of not having interest or lack of understanding.

Similar to other language wikipedias, Tamil community also focusing on creating new articles rather improving existing ones which is the biggest challenge for Tamil Wikipedia. Through this event, we will try to deal with this challenge.

Approach: 1) Conduct an 'in-person edit-a-thon' event to bring active wikipedians together. 2) Derive strategy and apply in execution during the event. 2.1) We are trying to bring female Tamil wikipedians in strategic discussions. 3) Proceed online drives based on learnings from the event.

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.

1) 2-day Edit-a-thon event (in-person) on September 28 & 29, 2024 2) Wiki-marathon event (online) on October 6, 2024 3) Special Quarter drive (online) in the 4th quarter of 2024 4) Special Quarter drive (online) in the 1st quarter of 2025

Project page in Tamil Wikipedia: https://ta.wikipedia.org/s/cmuj

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.

The core team consists of 7 members including me. All members are Tamil Wikipedia contributors and most of them are administrators in Tamil Wikipedia. We will share responsibilities among us to conduct in-person and online events for this project.

Team List: 1. Selvasivagurunathan Madasamy (User:Selvasivagurunathan m) - Co-ordinator 2. S. Balasubramanian (User:Balu1967) - Logistics co-ordinator 3. Pitchaimuthu Mariappan (User:சத்திரத்தான்) - Program Design 4. Sridhar G (User:Sridhar G) - Program Design, Scholarship Team 5. N. R. Mahalingam (User:TNSE Mahalingam VNR) - Co-ordination during the event 6. K. Murthy (User:கி .மூர்த்தி) - Communication and Promotion 7. Arularasan. G (User:Arularasan. G) - Scholarship Team

In addition, CIS-A2K supported designing this proposal. After this, CIS-A2K will involve in designing program, helping in selection criteria for the scholarship and documentation.

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)

Participants will be Tamil wikipedians.

Before the event: We will post all details related to the project when publishing official notice for the event. We will organise one or two calls for Tamil Wikipedians to engage all and to provide details and information regarding the event and subsequent online drives.

During the event: 1) Presentation will be given to the participants on both days of the edit-a-thon event to explain progress so far and expectations moving forward 2) Strategy to handle the articles will be derived with inputs from all participants 3) Required support will be provided to the participants by other colleagues during the event

Follow up after the event: 1) All participants will be invited to participate in planned online drives:- Wiki-marathon on October 6, Special Quarter in the 4th quarter of this year, Special Quarter in the 1st quarter of 2025. 2) Invite for the participation will be sent to email IDs and through a notice in their Talk Page of Tamil Wikipedia 3) Notice will be published in Village Pump page, saying that all users can participate in online drives to follow the strategic criteria.

10. Does your project involve work with children or youth? (required)


10.1. Please provide a link to your Youth Safety Policy. (required) If the proposal indicates direct contact with children or youth, you are required to outline compliance with international and local laws for working with children and youth, and provide a youth safety policy aligned with these laws. Read more here.

As of now, we do not have Youth Safety Policy in Tamil Wikipedia. We are working on this policy as per the given link and we also contacting Punjabi community to help us out in this regard. They already worked on this policy.

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.

Steps involved: 1) User:Selvasivagurunathan m created a project page and posted the initial proposal in the project talk page on March 16th. Tamil Wikpedia link: https://ta.wikipedia.org/s/cmxq 2) Notice published by User:Selvasivagurunathan m in the Village pump (idea lab) page of Tamil Wikipedia. Link: https://ta.wikipedia.org/s/585p Please check topic #5 in the page. 3) 8 users endorsed this proposal in the village pump page and discussions were continued in the project talk page. 4) Event planning was done through separate online meetings and arrived final project plan. Tamil Wikipedia link: https://ta.wikipedia.org/s/d5hf 5) This project was discussed during monthly online meetings also. Suggestions from users were analysed and incorporated in the project plan. Tamil Wikipedia link: https://ta.wikipedia.org/s/d5hf 6) Approached CIS-A2K and had a call to discuss this project and asked them to provide suggestions on the proposal.

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)

Not applicable

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

Not applicable

14. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities? Select one option that most apply to your work. (required)

Not applicable

15. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select one that most applies. (required)

Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement

Learning and metrics

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

We have identified there are 6,000 articles, which do not have References. The learnings will be: 1. Deriving a good strategy to enhance content quality 2. How to increase participation of users in improvement of articles 3. Outcome of In-person meet will provide guidance to plan similar events for other important tasks. 4. Knowledge / Experience sharing with other Indic language communities (We will come to know how to deal with similar challanges)

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 25 Users living in India = 22

Users living in Sril Lanka = 1 Representatives from CIS-A2K = 2

Number of editors 23 These editors will work on articles which needs to be improved and will also add relevant references in the articles.
Number of organizers 8 Organizers are subset of editors and at least one from CIS-A2K
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikipedia 1904
Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions or Abstract Wikipedia
Optional description for content contributions.

No new articles will be created.

Below are the split of articles will be improved:

Improvement of articles created through 'Google Translate' = 322 Adding references to unreferenced articles = 1,684

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 already have exclusive project pages for related category of articles. Hence, project outcome can be measured through already implemented tracking method.

In addition, we are planning to use the tool: outreachdashboard. We have subject matter expert, User:Neechalkaran to support us.

Financial proposal

21. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it. (required)
22. and 22.1. What is the amount you are requesting for this proposal? Please provide the amount in your local currency. (required)

415242 INR

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.

4979.42 USD

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