Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/International Open Access Week Edit-a-thon 2022 (ID: 21955916)

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statusNot funded
International Open Access Week Edit-a-thon 2022
proposed start date2022-10-15
proposed end date2022-11-15
grant start date2022-10-15T00:00:00Z
grant end date2022-11-15T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)1092348.29 NGN
budget (USD)2589 USD
amount recommended (USD)0
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Omorodion1
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details[edit]

Please provide your main Wikimedia Username.


Please provide the Usernames of people related to this proposal.

User: Omorodion1; User: Nosakhare Okuons and User: Nogheghase7



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:

1. Wikimedia Usergroup Nigeria
2. Wikimedia+Libraries Usergroup
3. Wikimedians for Sustainable Development
4. Edo Wikimedia Hub
5. Port Harcourt Wikimedia Hub
6. Nigerian Wikibrarian Community

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

International Open Access Week Edit-a-thon 2022

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.

There exists over three thousand ethnic groups in Africa, but only a few of these ethnic groups are (somewhat) properly documented in Wikipedia, leaving majority of the ethnic groups with less documentation. Although majority of the ethnic groups in the region are considered `minor` ethnic groups in their respective countries, they however, possess unique culture and tradition which is currently under threat of extinction as a result globalization and foreign influences in the African culture. Hence, there is need for urgent documentation of the culture and traditions of the different ethnic groups in Africa. This project therefore seek to address this content gap by leveraging on the International Open Access Week to organize an edit-a-thon for Librarians in Nigeria with the aim of closing the content gap about the different ethnic groups in Africa.

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

The main strategy for achieving the changes proposed in this project is to build the capacity of Librarians so they can be well positioned to write accurate and unbiased information about the different ethnic groups in Africa. I believe capacity building is one way to empower the people so they can tell their story without bias. I strongly believe this will work because, participants will have the opportunity to practice what has been taught when they participate in the edit-a-thon. Furthermore, Librarians, as information professionals, are better placed to provide accurate and reliable information to Wikipedia articles.

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

To ensure the success of the project, we will carry out the following activities: the following activities will be carried out:

1. A call for volunteers will be made on different networks and groups for Librarians in Nigeria.
2. Awareness and sensitization will be carried out on the use of Wikipedia and Sisters project to promote open knowledge with respect to the different ethnic groups in the African culture.
3. Organize an in-person Wikipedia training and edit-a-thon for Librarians.
4. Add recruited volunteers to the Edo Wikimedia Hub to ensure growth and sustainability
5. Create an outreach dashboard to monitor and track the participants` contributions and activities during the training and edit-a-thons
6. Create a project Whatsapp group for online/real-time mentoring
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, WikiGap

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

Yes, I have an experienced team to implement this project. They include:

User: Omorodion1 (Volunteer Project Coordinator and Facilitator) - He is an experienced Wikimedian and Librarian with a high level of Wikimedia events` coordination experience. User Omorodion1 has special interest in revitalization of African culture. In the past, he has organized an edit-a-thon where over 100 Edo related Wikipedia pages were created/improved.

User: Nosakhare Okuons (Volunteer Co-Facilitator) - He is an experienced Wikimedian with good knowledge of African history and culture. He will be the co-facilitator for this project.

User: Nogheghase7 (Volunteer - Publicity and other assigned task) - Nogheghase7 is an experienced Wikimedian who will also join 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.

I have organized several trainings and campaigns focused on the revitalization and documentation of African culture and Language.

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 , Diversity

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 for this project are Librarians from Nigeria. Many participants are expected to come from the Edo Wikibrarian Community, while others will come from outside the community. The participants will be engaged using the special Whatsapp group to be created for the project, as well as, the existing channels of communication for Librarians. Participants will also be followed up through this channel.

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

I always adopt the Wikimedia safe space and civility policies.

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.

I have announced this proposal in the Nigerian Wikibrarian Whatsapp group, Edo Wikibrarian Whatsapp group as well as on two on-wiki sites, including the discussion page of the Wikimedia Usergroup Nigeria and Edo Wikimedia Hub. See Links to the announcement below:

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.

Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement, Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Manage Internal Knowledge

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

More insights on the different ethnic groups and culture in Africa, as well as the factors affecting Librarians ability to continue to contribute to Wikimedia projects.

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
Number of event We plan to have 2 in-person events in-addition to some online training and follow-up. 2
Participating States Librarians are expected to participate from different states in Nigeria, especially since there will online training and follow-up 5
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants The total participants for this project is expected to be above 40. However, for the in-person events, provision will only be made for 40 persons. Out of which, atleast 15 will be new editors. 40
Number of editors This include the minimum number of editors for this project. 43
Number of organizers Total number of organizers for this project 3
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia This refers to the total number of articles to be created or improved during the project. 100
Wikimedia Commons Minimum number of upload on commons 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.


Financial Proposal[edit]

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

1092348.29 NGN

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

2589 USD

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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