Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Mala Project Audio project (ID: 22216346)

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Mala Project Audio project
proposed start date2023-07-30
proposed end date2023-10-07
budget (local currency)147715 INR
budget (USD)1800 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Akbarali
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details[edit]

Main Wikimedia username. (required)




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Main Proposal[edit]

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

Mala Project Audio project

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

2023-07-30 - 2023-10-07

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


5. Are your activities part of a Wikimedia movement campaign, project, or event? If so, please select the relevant project or campaign. (required)

Wiki Loves Folklore

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)

This is an initiative to collect and preserve the lyrics of Malayalam malas, which are traditional songs of praise sung by Muslims in Kerala. Malas are a rich part of Kerala's cultural heritage, and they provide a unique way to learn about the history and traditions of the region. The Malayalam Mala Project is part of the GLAM project in Kerala, which is a larger initiative to digitize and preserve Kerala's cultural heritage. The Malayalam Mala Project will collect lyrics from published works which do completed the copyright period.The lyrics will be scanned and upload in wikimedia commons then transcribed into Unicode using wikisource , where they will be freely available to anyone who wants to read. Later this mala will be singing by volunteers , record and upload them in to wikimedia commons.By leveraging the collaborative nature of the Wikimedia movement, the project contributes to the preservation and promotion of Malayalam literature, expanding its reach and availability.

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.Project introduction and basic awareness programme on wikimedia platforms

2. Content Selection: Identify a diverse range of Mala literary works which do not have copy right.
3. Content Digitalisation: Need to scan and upload them into wikisource. Then it has to typed into malayalam language.
4. Recording Sessions: Organize recording sessions with volunteers who have access to appropriate recording equipment and a quiet environment. 5.Volunteers will be provided with guidelines and resources for recording high-quality audio.
6.Editing and Quality Control: Perform necessary editing and quality control checks on recorded audio to ensure clarity, consistency, and adherence to project guidelines.
7. Uploading and Cataloging: Upload the finalized audios to Wikimedia Commons, following established categorization and tagging conventions.

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.

1.User:Erfanebrahimsait - salaried

2.User:Luqmankvk - salaried
3.User: Akbarali- Salaried
4. Sufyanmdr - volunteers
5. AdilakvS -volunteers
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)

Target participants are mainly from malayalam community who knows the Arabic-Malayalam language to read and upload.Once this transcibed into malayalam language, all malayalam community will get the benefit. So all malayalam language communities are the target.

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


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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.

Malayalam community can let know about this proposal, purpose and goals from Wikipedia:ml.wikisource_pump_(proposals). Link as followsവിക്കിഗ്രന്ഥശാല:വിക്കി_പഞ്ചായത്ത്_(നിർദ്ദേശങ്ങൾ)#മലയാള_മാല_പദ്ധതി Here community can ensure that they have the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions.

In addition to this, an event page has been made as follows

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)

Culture, heritage or GLAM

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

Linguistic / Language

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

Innovate in Free Knowledge

Learning and metrics[edit]

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

1. What are the different types of Malayalam malas, and what distinguishes them from one another?

2. How can I accurately transcribe and convert Malayalam mala lyrics into Unicode?
3. What are the various sources of Malayalam mala lyrics, and how can I access and document them effectively?
4. What are the best practices for recording and sharing audio renditions of Malayalam malas to ensure high quality and accessibility?
5. How can I engage and collaborate with local volunteers to encourage their participation in the project?
6. What are the Arabic-Malayalam languages currently in use, and how can I accurately translate mala lyrics into these languages?
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 10 New participant: 6

Returning participant: 4

Number of editors 10 Newly Registered User: 6

Returning editors: 4

Number of organizers 2
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikimedia Commons 10
Wikidata 10
Wikisource 50
Wikimedia Incubator
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
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)

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)

147715 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.

1800 USD

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