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Wiki Loves Monuments 2022 in Serbia
proposed start date2022-07-20
proposed end date2022-12-15
grant start date2022-07-20T00:00:00Z
grant end date2022-12-15T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)4670 EUR
budget (USD)5000 USD
amount recommended (USD)5000
grant typeIndividual
funding regionCEECA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Ivan25
organization (if applicable)• N/A
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Applicant Details[edit]

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Wikimedia Serbia

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Wiki Loves Monuments 2022 in Serbia

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.

Wiki Loves Monuments is an international photo contest for monuments, organized worldwide by Wikipedia community members. In Serbia, this competition has been organized four times, three times by the local Wikimedia Chapter, and once by an independent organization. The last time we had a WLM in Serbia in 2016 and after a five-year hiatus it is ready to be back! As a professor of geography and a passionate Wikipedian, I realized that there is space and need to reactivate this competition in Serbia. In the last year since its last realization, the number of protected monuments has increased significantly and many monuments have been reconstructed. Unfortunately, we lost some of them. The information on Wikipedia has not been updated for years and we do not have free photos of the new monuments. Also, new photographs of old monuments are very important in the segment of comparing the condition of monuments, but also in the update itself, in order to visually show the latest state of protected cultural assets. In addition, this idea of organizing the competition comes from outside the local branch, which is a great chance to connect the Wikimedia movement in Serbia and bring them closer to each other. In this way, we promote cooperation, support decentralization and develop new ideas in the Wikimedia movement in Serbia.

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

Although this is a project whose primary goal is to collect photographs of protected cultural assets, there are actually a few other secondary goals that are important for Wikimedia's mission and vision in Serbia. The key strategies for achieving the goals are:

  1. Content enrichment of Wikipedia & its sister projects
    1. Collecting media content by organizing WLM competitions
    2. Filling the gap in textual and visual content through the organization of an edit-a-thon
    3. Improving the quality of content by using new photos
  2. Increasing participation in Wikimedia projects and the volunteers’ diversity
    1. Attract new editors and participants to Wikimedia projects
    2. Increase the diversity of the community
  3. Supporting and developing the community of Wikimedia volunteers
    1. Support for individuals, informal groups and informal communities and their projects
    2. Cooperation between groups
    3. Increase the community's motivation and awareness
  4. Boosting awareness about WLM, Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and free knowlages
    1. Media promotion and support in traditional and new media and platforms
3. What are the activities you will be developing and delivering as part of these approaches or strategies?
  • Review and revise the entire database of existing monuments and compare them with new lists.
  • Updating lists and adding new monuments
  • Make statistics on the coverage of monuments on Wikipedia in the Serbian language. This can be useful for tracking the metrics of how many new monuments have received articles. Also, this information may be useful for one of the next CEE Spring projects, where articles would be translated into other languages.
  • Creating a website and entering all relevant information.
  • Creating guides and instructions with tips on how to take quality photos and how to upload them.
  • Looking for a local GLAM partner.
  • Editing and creating templates
  • Attracting the community
  • Organizing between 2 and 3 photo tours. (making lists and maps, finding sites, organizing tours, etc.)
  • Organization of taming during September and monitoring.
  • Providing technical support during sending.
  • View and select all submitted photos.
  • Selection and selection of jury members
  • Prepare tools for the jury
  • Selection of photos for the jury
  • Selection of top 10 photos.
  • Organizing two exhibitions. The first exhibition will be dedicated to the awarding of prizes and capacity development between wiki groups and between wiki groups and participants in the competition. The second exhibition will be the promotion of the project and the continuation of good practice for future projects and cooperation
  • Send a photo to an international selection.
  • Creating promotional material.
  • Running a PR campaign and cooperating with the media.
  • Regularly sending press clippings and running pages on social networks.
  • Organization of an edit-a-thon (creation of pages and events, monitoring, providing support, etc.)
  • Other ad hoc jobs
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.

Wiki Loves Monuments

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

Ivan Matejić (Ivan25) - main coordinator and organizer, M.Sc in Geography Nikola Terzić (Nter25) - tech support Darko Gajić (Vanilica) - Wiki community member and long-time Wikipedian Nevena Matejić (NenaMat) - photo walk-tour coordinator WMRS office - media and press coverage and promotion

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.

Geography, Language, 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.

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 , Diversity

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

Not applicable

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?

Bearing in mind that this project has several main goals and layers, the target groups differ. To collect photos: Target users are photography lovers and admirers of cultural heritage. They don't have to be Wikimedians. It is enough that they like the idea of WLM and that they want to participate in the competition. They can be professionals or amateurs who come from different spheres. The target group for the edit-a-thon are existing and new users of Wikipedia in the Serbian language who are willing to write about monuments. For capacity development and strengthening of the movement: Target participants are members of the existing local chapter and other Wikimedians who are not members of chapter but participate in some of the projects and are interested for better connection. The way we will get in touch with all of them is direct communication; sending an email or leaving a message on a talk page, writing on wiki lists: running a media campaign; running a campaign on social media.

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

During the project, we will place special emphasis on security: Both the monument and the participants. Many monuments are located in inaccessible places or are in fragile condition, so we will write instructions for behavior and treatment of the site being photographed. Some monuments are used for housing or government purposes, so it is important to respect people's privacy. During the photo tours and exhibitions we will take care about COVID19 safe instruction, WMF FSP, and the Universal CoC

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.

The idea of the organization was presented on the internal list of Wikimedia projects in Serbia and was announced to the local chapter, where it was well received. Also, the Wikipedia community in Serbian language is informed, as well as in the groups of Wikipedians in an informal conversations. In a short time, the idea was well received and there are a few months left until the competition, so additional support is expected in the upcoming period.

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.

We will try to provide a GLAM partner for our edit-a-thon. Although cooperation with GLAM institutions is not the primary goal of this project, we will try to use our capacities and project activities to expand the scope of the project to cooperate with others. We will also try to find a partner for a photo walk in order to develop mutual connections and promote the project.

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, Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Identify Topics for Impact

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

The goal of monitoring the implementation of the project is to continuously evaluate activities, collect data and use resources to improve Wikimedia projects, but also volunteer commitment and involvement. Some of the issues to be addressed are:

  1. Can the project be successfully implemented after the hiatus of several years? How did the hiatus affect the old participants and whether they will start new ones.
  2. Is this project effective for encouraging Wikipedia volunteers to update and improve existing articles which do not fall into the most popular topics.
  3. Is this project effective to identify and attract other members who are not official and active members or local Wikimedia chapters but are interesting to organize and participate in some Wiki project.
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
Number of participants in photo competition N/A 80
Number of participants in edit-a-thon N/A 20
Number of photos N/A 1500
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants Number of participants in photo competition: 80

Number of participants in edit-a-thon: 20

Number of editors Number of participants in edit-a-thon: 20 20
Number of organizers
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikimedia Commons Number of uplodaded photos. 1700
Wikipedia Number of new/imporved articles. 50
Wikinews Number of news on Wikinews. 10
17.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.
  • Number of participants in photo competition 80
  • Number of participants in edit-a-thon 20
  • Number of photos 1500
  • Number of used photos <10%
  • Number of new/improved articles 50
  • Number of exhibitions 2
  • Number of GLAM cooperation 1
  • Number of participants in the awards ceremony and capacity building meetup 40
  • Number of media releases 20
  • Number of photo tours 3
  • Number of edit-a-thon 1
  • % of images used in the first two months 15%
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.

We will use one of the jury voting tools, but it has not yet been decided which one. We also intend to use Wikimetrics and Programs and Events Dashboard tools for the editorial marathon and other tools such as GLAMorous for category monitoring and tracking image usage.

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

4670 EUR

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

5000 USD

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