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Wiki Exploration Program 2024-25
proposed start date2024-07-01
proposed end date2024-06-30
grant start date2024-07-01T00:00:00Z
grant end date2025-06-30T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)416425 INR
budget (USD)5000 USD
amount recommended (USD)5100
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Amitabha Gupta
organization (if applicable)• N/A
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Applicant Details

Main Wikimedia username. (required)

Amitabha Gupta



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Main Proposal

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

Wiki Exploration Program 2024-25

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

2024-07-01 - 2024-06-30

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)

Other (please specify) Wiki Exploration Program

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)

Wiki Exploration is an initiative taken by West Bengal Wikimedians User Group to document archaeological and built heritage sites in different parts of the state of West Bengal, India, even in the remote areas in a cost-effective way in different phases. At present we are conducting further phases in other States as well.

Under this grant proposal we intend to document built heritage sites located in Nadia and Cooch Behar district of West Bengal, Aurangabad district of Maharashtra and Northern part of Sikkim.

The main challenge to photo document these heritage sites are that they are not covered well in Wikimedia Commons because many of them are located in remote part of India. Even the UNESCO heritage sites located in prominent locations are not systematically documented on Wikimedia sites.

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.

The project will have four phases

     1.  Wiki Explores Nadia, Phase III  (Field work in November 2024, 5 days)
     2.  Wiki Explores Aurangabad, Phase I (Field work in January 2025, 15 days)
     3.  Wiki Explores Sikkim Phase II (Field work in September-October 2024, 10 days)
     4.  Wiki Explores Coochbehar, Phase II  (Field work in February 2025, 6 days)

From July to September, we will do background research to cover the places which our team will visit in the field trips as mentioned in the time line above. During the field trip, a small team of professional photographers, videographer and possibly a drone operator will assemble to document the heritage sites. The media files will be uploaded in Wikimedia Commons subsequently during the grant period.

I will conduct two workshops for the participants as well as with prospective contributors for better understanding of documentation procedures of built heritage sites.

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.

My team members are as follows :

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)

My target participants are photographers and heritage community of Wikimedia Commons as well as Independent heritage and culture researchers. I will engage them during background research and execution part of the project and share my learnings with them in the form of blogs, reports, newspaper articles and presentation during and after completion of project. We will try to onboard potential contributors for such projects in future through our training workshops.

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.

I have placed a list of possible heritage sites which we will document in this four phases to West Bengal Wikimedians User Group here.

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)

Other Important Topics (topics considered to be of impact or important in the specific context)

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)

Not applicable

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

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

Through this project I and my team members will have a better understanding on field documentation, photographic technique and optimal use of drone. We will also have better knowledge about current conditions of the heritage sites.

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 15 .
Number of editors 10
Number of organizers 2
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikimedia Commons 17000
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
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)

I will not require any specific tool to measure my metrics.

Financial proposal

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)

416425 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.

5000 USD

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