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- Please provide your main Wikimedia Username.
- Please provide the Usernames of people related to this proposal.
1. Kingsley Nkem (Project lead and organizer)
- 2. Udehb (Wikidata facilitator)
- 3. Olugold (Wikipedia facilitator I)
- 4. Ngostary2k (Wikipedia facilitator II)
- 5. Iwuala Lucy (Wikicommons facilitator)
- 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.
I am a Member of Igbo Wikimedians User Group
- M. Please state the title of your proposal. This will also be the Meta-Wiki page title.
Outreach, awareness and edit a thon at Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Anambra State, Nigeria
- 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.
Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that provides various (if not all) types of information. But surprisingly most of our academic staff have made our students and sundry to believe that Wikipedia articles cannot be used for research works and projects because anybody can edit Wikipedia articles. In my faculty for instance, a student once complained that a lecturer did not approve her research work because she quoted some Wikipedia references which the lecturer termed unreliable. Also, some students and staff carry out their research works on Wikipedia, but know little or nothing about it or other Wikimedia sister projects. I also observed that most students do not know they can actually add to existing knowledge by participating in various Wikimedia events and activities. While interacting with some students and academic staff, I realized that some of them have ignorantly tried editing articles on Wikipedia and got blocked; thus as new users they were not encouraged to continue further editing. This project is therefore targeted towards carrying out a campaign and creating sensitization (physically and online through various university community communication channels) to students and staff of the University on how to properly search, edit, retrieve, use and improve information on Wikipedia. There will also be creation of awareness on the use of other Wikimedia projects such as Wikidata, Wikicommons etc. The staff and students will also be introduced to various user groups and other Wikimedia events/activities they can participate in. 80 targeted new editors will be guided on how to properly create a Wikimedia account and edit without being blocked.
- 2. Describe your main approaches or strategies to achieve these changes and why you think they will be effective.
My strategies in achieving these changes are:
- 1. Conducting an outreach/awareness creation which will include all facilitators, we will pay physical visits to the Deans of Faculty of Management Sciences, Mass Communication and Library Science.
- 2. Organize and carryout a one-day physical awareness campaign at the various Faculties in the University to kick-start the project.
- 3. Organize and carryout physical and online edit-a-thon trainings for participants on Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wikicommons respectively spanning a period of two months.
- 4. Apply the approach of using volunteer experienced editors in training of new editors and improving the skills of existing editors.
- 5. Make use of online communication channels in following up new editors and continue sensitization via the various university online communication channels.
These strategies will be effective because I am involved as a staff of the university and a member of the community who has access to the various university communication channels and platforms, also working with a team of well experienced Wikimedia editors.
- 3. What are the activities you will be developing and delivering as part of these approaches or strategies?
SENSITIZATION & OUTREACH:A week to the event, there will be an outreach during which other facilitators and I will pay physical visits to the Deans of Faculty of Management Sciences, Arts, Social Science, Mass Communication and Library Science to inform them on the need to get involved and let their students participate in our Wikimedia events. We will get their consent and possibly free lecture day(s) allocated for our event so as not to interfere with any university lectures/activities (participants won’t have to worry about missing classes, likewise staff). Physical awareness campaign at various Faculties to kick-start the project by putting up event posters, distributing flyers to students and staff while educating them on the Wikimedia movement and her projects. We will use online channels to distribute e-flyers and to pass information. An online form will be used to collect data of interested participants through various university communication channels. Participants will be split into groups with an experienced editor assisting each. EDITATHON 1 (1st Month) Day 1: Introduction to Wikimedia/Wiki projects, new users will learn what Wikipedia is all about. 1st training will be on how to properly search, edit, retrieve, use and improve information on Wikipedia. New editors will create Wikimedia accounts and make edits on Wikipedia as new users. Day 2: Introduction of Wikidata as a Wikimedia project, creating/editing items on Wikidata. Day 3: Introduction of Wikicommons, practical session of uploading culture related images & audio pronunciations. EDITATHON 2 (2nd month): There will be 3 online events on Wikipedia, Wikicommons and Wikidata. This will serve as a forum to retrain, guide, and follow up participants. It will also be meant for those who could not participate during the physical trainings. CONTEST: The event will end with an online Wiki contest. This contest will base on the 3 Wiki projects. Winners will emerge and certificates will be issued.
- 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.
- 5. Do you have the team that is needed to implement this proposal?
Yes, I have a team.
- 1. User:Kingsley Nkem, Project lead and organizer. I am a Lecturer in Nnamdi Azikiwe University and have facilitated various Wiki in-person and online trainings/events.
- 2.User: Udehb, Wikidata facilitator. Benedict Nnaemeka Udeh is an experienced Wikimedian and facilitator. He has organized and facilitated several Wiki events including Wiki Mentor Africa. Udeh has a background in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. He is the coordinator, Ig Wikidata Hub coordinator.
- 3. User: Ngostary2k, Wikipedia facilitator. Ngozi Perpetua Osuchukwu PhD is a Librarian and a Lecturer. She is a Certified Wikimedia Trainer and a WikiAfLibs Alumni. She is an experienced Wikimedian. She belongs to Nigerian Wikimedia Group; Ig User Group, GLAM. Ngozi has participated in #WPWP, #WikiLovesAfrica #1lb1ref, Aka oru ndi Igbo, #WikiLovesWomen, #WikiSanta etc.
Ngozi has also published papers and is passionate about adding authentic and accurate sources on Wikipedia
- 4. User: Olugold, Wikipedia facilitator. Goodness Ignatius is an experienced Wikimedian, the coordinator, Ig Wiki Librarians Hub. And also a Certified Librarian of Nigeria. She has facilitated several Wiki trainings and editathons.
- 5. User: Iwuala Lucy, Wikicommons facilitator. Iwuala Lucy is a Freelance editor cum photographer and a Graphic Designer. Iwuala loves participating in movements that contributes to the digitalization of various indigenous languages. She is the coordinator, Igbo Wiki Fan Club, Alvan.
The participants will be spilt into groups. Each group will have an experienced editor to assist them during the training. For registration, participants will register individually at home days before the event. I will also write to the administrators informing them of the event to avoid IP block challenges.
- 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.
Content Gender gap, Language, Socioeconomic Status, Other global topics for impact (topics considered to be of global importance), 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.
The work will expose participants to knowledge of Wikimedia movement and projects. It will also correct some existing impression they have about Wikipedia articles and sources. Also creating new articles and improving already existing articles.
- 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 , Advocacy, Diversity
- 8. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities?
Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background, Linguistic / Language, Age
- 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 will be staff and students of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Anambra State. Information will be passed through the various university communication and messaging channels of students and staff, to inform, remind, and send updates. Posters, E-flyer and hardcopy flyer will be disseminated before the event. Participants will be sent an online form to get their data and for registration. During the event, participants will be guided on creating accounts on Meta-Wiki, training, and editathon. After the events, participants will join as members in User groups, this will keep them updated and encourage participation during wiki events. Participants will be added to the existing messaging channel for follow-up, updates, questions, etc. These participants would also be invited to future events.
- 10. In what ways are you actively seeking to contribute towards creating a safer, supportive, more equitable environment for participants?
We will adhere to the Wikimedia friendly space policy during the event. The Wikimedia friendly space policy and UCoC will be distributed to participants before the event starts. The event premises will be safe and conducive.
- 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 let my community know about the planned activity by informing them through the discussion page.
- 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?
- 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, Improve User Experience, Provide for Safety and Inclusion, Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Identify Topics for Impact, Innovate in Free Knowledge, Evaluate, Iterate, and Adapt
Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation
- 15. What do you hope to learn from your work in this fund proposal?
It will expose me to different individuals and their level of understanding Wikimedia projects.
The level of awareness created about Wikimedia projects to the staff and the students of Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Did participants follow instructions to continue practicing what they were taught about editing Wikimedia projects?
Which of the Wikimedia projects had more contributions from participants?
- 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
|Number of edits
|The total number of edits by participants and various projects edited
|Online and physical awareness creation to staff and students in various departments
|The tracking dashboard and xtool will be used to check future contributions of participants
|Wikimedia project with most participation
|Dashboard and Xtool will be used for traking
- 17. Core quantitative metrics.
|Number of participants
|New paticipant: 80
Returning participants: 20
|Number of editors
|This will include 5 facilitators and 5 experienced returning participants
|Number of organizers
|The other facilitators and I will organize
|Number of articles to be created or edited
|Number of audio or pictures to be uploaded
|Number of items created or edited
- 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.
The Wikimedia Foundation dashboard and Xtool will be used to measure each metric
- 19. & 19.1 What is the amount you are requesting from Wikimedia Foundation? Please provide this amount in your local currency.
- 19.2 What is this amount in US Currency (to the best of your knowledge)?
- 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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