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Showing networks of civil society organizations in Wikidata on Wikispore
proposed start date2022-10-22
proposed end date2022-12-10
grant start date2022-10-22T00:00:00Z
grant end date2022-12-31T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)3520 USD
budget (USD)3520 USD
amount recommended (USD)3520
grant typeIndividual
funding regionNA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• econterms
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.

econterms, ZBlace, pharos



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.

Wikimedia DC, WikiConference North America

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Showing networks of civil society organizations in Wikidata on Wikispore

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.

Croatia, United States

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.

We plan to prototype a Wikimedia system using the Wikispore platform which will bring in Wikidata information to display information about networks of nonprofit organizations, such as Wikimedia institutions themselves. Our aim is to display them counted on charts over timelines, maps, and perhaps in other types of network graphs according to different information criteria, that give insight about their work and their connections.

This would (1) illustrate how many such organizations there are in networks, (2) projects they have in common, and (3) rates of their growth or change. If done well, such visual displays communicate more quickly than lengthy paragraphs or tables. They can visually convey an understanding as to expansion, retraction, and shifts of geographical, lingual, thematic and other coverage of institutional networks.

In particular, we want to show Wikimedia Movement Strategy events in these ways. The Wikimedia affiliates cooperate on various projects (e.g. Hubs) and our system will be able to show reports listing affiliates who participate in particular projects or Hubs.

Wikidata:Tenth_Birthday is a milestone in the formation of a powerful data and querying resources; we seek to expand the possibilities of new generative content, by using the experimental Wikispore project to display relational information, drawing (we hope) directly from both Wikidata live and pre-made queries.

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

Wikidata for many years was the least understood project. our approach illustrates its usefulness in a visible, appealing, tangible way to participants in projects like Wikipedia and Commons.

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

We are inviting development in a Wikispore telegram group and have made progress creating Wikidata infoboxes there. We expect to demonstrate Wikispore at events including WikiConference North America and Wikimedia CEE Meeting. Wikidata's tenth birthday falls on 29 October 2022, between those two events.

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.

Wikipedia Birthday or Anniversary, Other (please specify)

Wikidata 10th birthday

Movement Strategy

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

Yes. We have content developers, listed as organizers above. Several tech experts need to update software on Wikispore, notably so that it can bring in snapshots of data from Wikidata. We can fill in copies of data from Wikidata in the short run. We will depend on the Cargo, Page Forms, and Data Transfer extensions, possibly needing to update them. Volunteers are doing some of this. Yaron Koren has been helping. User:Pharos has been guiding the effort to include Movement Strategy examples.

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.

Not applicable

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.

It will help show language neutral and multi-lingual information from Wikidata, and add some relations among entities, hopefully with easy-to-understand visual displays and potentially even interactive displays. Movement Strategy activities will be made plain if we are successful.

Pages on Movement Strategy have been added by Pharos and Yaron Koren. These can be wikilinked to and from the pages about affiliates. See recent edits on Wikispore e.g. in the navigation entry for Underlying tables.

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.

Culture, heritage or GLAM , Open Technology

8. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities?


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?

It is a research and development activity, designed to prototype new capabilities in a site which feeds off of Wikidata information.

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

The Friendly Space Policy from Wikimedia technical and online events (like WikiConference North America) applies. We may update it by consensus.

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.

Recent Wikispore meetings, on Wiki discussions and in Telegram groups + WM Chat channels. Many pages on Wikispore ; we're trying to show that is a good R&D platform. One such page: https://wikispore.wmflabs.org/wiki/Greenhouse#Convergence_of_non-profit_sector_efforts

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.

Improve User Experience, Manage Internal Knowledge, Innovate in Free Knowledge

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

We want to show that we can understand and display information about networks of Wikimedia and cultural organizations better using information already available on Wikidata, adding value to our secondary site Wikispore and perhaps updating and adapting some of the curated information on Wikidata. We want to permanently improve Wikispore by advancing technical efforts with upgrading and testing its capabilities, including a live connection to Wikidata. We want to make Movement Strategy activites easier to understand overall.

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
Data records filled in from Wikidata about Croatian cultural institutions Number of such records 60
Data records filled in from Wikidata about Wikimedia organizations Number of such records 60
Count of projects associated with Croatian cultural institutions Number 100
Count of Wikimedia projects, notably Movement Strategy efforts Number 50
Count of locations associated with either kind of organization Number 100
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants
Number of editors
Number of organizers
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
17.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.

This is qualitative and experimental research, development and prototyping work. We are not trying to maximize participation but to create something new, with multiple case studies in multiple languages. Main Open Metrics / Description / Target Kinds of display of information (e.g. timelines, charts, maps) / Number / 3

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.

Wikispore pages linked or visible in the same online report.

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

3520 USD

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

3520 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.


Endorsements and Feedback[edit]

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Community members are invited to share meaningful feedback on the proposal and include reasons why they endorse the proposal. Consider the following:

  • Stating why the proposal is important for the communities involved and why they think the strategies chosen will achieve the results that are expected.
  • Highlighting any aspects they think are particularly well developed: for instance, the strategies and activities proposed, the levels of community engagement, outreach to underrepresented groups, addressing knowledge gaps, partnerships, the overall budget and learning and evaluation section of the proposal, etc.
  • Highlighting if the proposal focuses on any interesting research, learning or innovation, etc. Also if it builds on learning from past proposals developed by the individual or organization, or other Wikimedia communities.
  • Analyzing if the proposal is going to contribute in any way to important developments around specific Wikimedia projects or Movement Strategy.
  • Analysing if the proposal is coherent in terms of the objectives, strategies, budget, and expected results (metrics).