Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Wiki Explores Sharjah Phase I (ID: 22072081)

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Wiki Explores Sharjah Phase I
proposed start date2023-04-03
proposed end date2023-06-18
grant start date2023-03-31T00:00:00Z
grant end date2023-05-31T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)3000 AED
budget (USD)915 USD
amount recommended (USD)915
grant typeIndividual
funding regionMENA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Akbarali
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.




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.

Wikimedians of Kerala

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Wiki Explores Sharjah Phase I

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.

Sharjah is known as the cultural capital of UAE . In Wikimedia commons there are no sufficient images of Sharjah Arts and culture. This wiki exploration phase 1 will help to increase the photo documents of Sharjah particularly light festival and Sharjah Biennial.

The objective of this event is to photo document the various heritage structures in this region.The Sharjah Light Festival is held annually in February in the third largest city in the UAE. During the festival, the city's iconic landmarks come to life with a vibrant display of colorful lights that are expertly choreographed to music. Both local and internationally renowned artists are showcased, making it a unique celebration of both cultural and artistic talent.

Starting from 2023-02-20, the Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) will bring together an impressive array of over 150 artists and collectives from more than 70 countries for the 15th edition and 30-year anniversary of the Sharjah Biennial. Curated by SAF's Director Hoor Al Qasimi and inspired by the late Okwui Enwezor's groundbreaking work, Sharjah Biennial 15: Thinking Historically in the Present will pay tribute to Enwezor's visionary impact on the contemporary art world, and his influence on institutions and biennials around the world, including the Sharjah Biennial.

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

This is a initiative to build up Wikimedia volunteers as well as this will enrich the wikimedia content particulary frokm this area.

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

1. Welcoming new volunteers

2. Introduction to Wikimedia Commons
3. Opportunity for photography
4. Creating of wikidata items
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?

We have been trying to develop a Wikimedia volunteering team here in the city. This event will be a starting point for the same.

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.


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.

Currently there is no Wikipedia article on Sharjah light festival. And there are only 2 images in Wikimedia Commons on it. Similarly many of the cultural and art related monuments are not added in Wikimedia Commons. So this Phase 1 event will reduce this gap.

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

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?

First target participants are teachers who teach in different schools in Sharjah, UAE. We will be creating a whatsapp group to communicate with this team where will share our programme ideas. During the activity group of teachers will be taking to different locations to capture the photos .Later they will be getting trinining on how to upload and creation of Wikidata items.

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

We will be following Universal Code of Conduct.

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.

We will be sharing this proposal and event pages using mailing list, Telegram and Whatsapp group.

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.

Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

How many new photos of underrepresented subjects were uploaded to wikimedia as a result of the photo walk? Did the photo walk increase community engagement with wikimedia and contribute to a more diverse pool of contributors? Was the photo walk able to increase the visibility and representation of underrepresented subjects on wikimedia? Did participants have a positive experience and gain new skills and knowledge through participating in the photo walk? Did the photo walk result in improved collaboration and networking among participants? Were participants motivated to continue contributing to wikimedia after the photo walk?

Data collected could include participant surveys, wikimedia upload statistics, and analysis of the photos uploaded.

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
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.

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.

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

3000 AED

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

915 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.


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  • 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.
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  • Analysing if the proposal is coherent in terms of the objectives, strategies, budget, and expected results (metrics).