Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Introduction of the Wikimedia movement and its projects at Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus (ID: 22444539)

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Introduction of the Wikimedia movement and its projects at Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus
proposed start date2024-03-17
proposed end date2024-06-15
grant start date2024-03-17T00:00:00Z
grant end date2024-06-15T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)121250 TRY
budget (USD)4197.68 USD
amount recommended (USD)4197.68
grant typeIndividual
funding regionCEECA
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• ToprakM
organization (if applicable)• N/A
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Applicant Details[edit]

Main Wikimedia username. (required)




If you are a group or organization leader, board member, president, executive director, or staff member at any Wikimedia group, affiliate, or Wikimedia Foundation, you are required to self-identify and present all roles. (required)


Describe all relevant roles with the name of the group or organization and description of the role. (required)

Main Proposal[edit]

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

Introduction of the Wikimedia movement and its projects at Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus

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

2024-03-17 - 2024-06-15

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

Regional (more than one country in the same continent or region) Northern Cyprus

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)

Our primary objective is to familiarize the students of the Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus with the Wikimedia movement and its projects. We aim to impart an understanding of the value of free knowledge and promote active learning by editing. Our focus will be on generating content about Northern Cyprus and the Turkish Cypriot community, as well as on participants' personal interests. To achieve this, we have planned a series of activities such as presentations, regular wikimarathons, seminars, and a photowalk.

During the last semester, we organized a seminar on our campus in collaboration with volunteers from the Wikimedia User Group Turkey about what Wikipedia is and how it works. It had a high participation, with about 80 people. At the conclusion of this event, it was possible to find new volunteers for the project. We noted the positive and negative feedback we received, and based on the interest we saw from the attendees, we are confident that our upcoming activities will be even more successful in encouraging participation and contribution to the Wikimedia projects.

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.

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.
  • User: ToprakM: I am an aerospace engineering student and the president of the society. As the only experienced Wikimedian on the team, I will manage wikimarathons and photowalks, assisting other team members in their Wikimedia-related efforts, as well as running seminars and presentations to promote knowledge sharing and community engagement.

  • User: Berkesecici: He is a computer engineering student and a society board member. He will be responsible for promoting events in all possible ways, including but not limited to social media, poster advertisements, and collaborations with relevant other societies. He will also be responsible for creating and developing all the necessary materials and designs for these events.

  • User: Pemav: She is a petroleum & natural gas engineering student and a society board member. She will be responsible for public relations and tasked with extending the reach and impact of society's communication efforts.

  • User: Yousif sarkhosh: He is an aerospace engineering student and a society board member. He will be responsible for considering all factors to determine the most fitting event date. He will also be in charge of selecting the ideal venue that meets the event's requirements and ensuring that the chosen location is accessible and convenient for all attendees. Additionally, he will coordinate all aspects of the event to ensure that everything runs smoothly and successfully.

  • User: Gokcne: She is a teaching English as a foreign language student and a society board member. Collaborating with Yousif, she is responsible for determining the ideal event venue. As part of her role, Gokcen will contribute to coordinating various aspects of the event, ensuring a well-executed and successful outcome.

  • User: Berayseray: He is a software engineering student and a society supervisory board president. He will be responsible for supervising, carrying out, and developing affairs in an orderly, efficient way.
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)

Our focus is on engaging university students while also extending a welcome to Cypriot Wikimedians beyond the university. To maximize awareness, we'll leverage our social media accounts, our WhatsApp group, our email list, Facebook groups of the university, and posters to spread the word at least one week prior to each event. After the event, we'll check in with participants via our WhatsApp group and surveys to gather feedback and ensure continued engagement.

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.

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.

Thanks to the encouragement of the Wikimedia User Group Turkey (WMTR), we have formed a society at our university. We have been discussing potential and most effective activities for the society at the bi-monthly WikiTuesday meetings of WMTR and communicating through Telegram channels. Additionally, we have connections with other Wikimedia-related clubs in Turkey, allowing us to exchange ideas and receive mutual support.

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)

Not applicable

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


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

Invest in Skills and Leadership Development

Learning and metrics[edit]

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

What strategies can be employed to incentivize interested people to increase their level of engagement and contribution? In what ways did our approach prove efficacious in promoting the value of open knowledge to our audience? Besides, what aspects of our plan failed to achieve the expected results? Have we provided clear and complete guidance to potential contributors on how they can actively contribute and improve their skills? What was the gender distribution of our events? The gender distribution of students at the campus is about 65% male and 35% female. Is it similar for the participants?

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 100 We expect to reach at least 100 participants in total for all activities, especially with the first seminar and the presentation. However, we assume at least half of them will only observe presentations and will not participate with us further in regular wikimarathons.
Number of editors 40 We expect to gain about 40 new editors by the end of the project.
Number of organizers 9 Six volunteer students, two speakers, and the advisor of the society.
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikipedia 180
Wikimedia Commons 200
Wikidata 500
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions or Abstract Wikipedia
Optional description for content contributions.


19. Do you have any other project targets in numbers (metrics)? (optional)


Main Open Metrics Data
Main Open Metrics Description Target
Time spent the team members as volunteers We will count the time each team member spent during the activities, including preparing and researching. (in hours) 60
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)

Most probably we going to use

Financial proposal[edit]

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)

121250 TRY

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.

4197.68 USD

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