Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Wiki Loves Monuments Latvia 2022 (ID: 21917543)

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Wiki Loves Monuments Latvia 2022
proposed start date2022-09-01
proposed end date2022-12-31
grant start date2022-10-03T00:00:00Z
grant end date2023-01-15T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)1165 EUR
budget (USD)1166.96 USD
amount recommended (USD)1166.96
grant typeWikimedia Affiliate (chapter, thematic org., or user group)
funding regionCEECA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Papuass
organization (if applicable)• Wikimedians of Latvia User Group

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Applicant Details[edit]

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Wikimedians of Latvia User Group

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 Latvia User Group

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Wiki Loves Monuments Latvia 2022

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.

Our goal is to increase the amount of freely licensed images of Latvian cultural monuments so that they are preserved for future generations. As we have seen quite recently, cultural heritage can be destroyed by authoritarian regimes, military conflicts and natural disasters.

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

We want to organise a photo contest in a proven format within the framework of Wiki Loves Monuments. Our past experience in organising 7 Wiki Loves X format contests lets us be confident that we can set realistic goals and meet them.

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

We will run the photo contest during September along with other Wiki Loves Monuments contests. We will judge the images during October and will submit the winners to the international contest afterwards. If the COVID situation will allow it, we will hold an award ceremony. Otherwise, we will organize an online video call or similar.

We will have minor additional activities that will improve Wikipedia & Wikidata content related to cultural heritage objects that will be photographed with smaller prizes.

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?

Our volunteer team consists of me (User:Papuass) with experience in organizing 3 WLM and 4 WLE contests. Users Voll and Edgars2007 have helped before with technical support and Wikidata improvements. We have established a framework with interactive monuments map and Wikipedia page structure that will be reused.

I am capable of helping with most of the technical tasks.

We have a support network in CEE region to help with cross-promotion and technical help.

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, Other global topics for impact (topics considered to be of global importance)

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 cultural heritage of Latvia has been underrepresented in Wikimedia projects with small country disadvantages (under 2 million people). A systemic approach with a proven background and help from the international community is a great way to tackle the issue.

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

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?

The target participants are several groups:

  • Amateur photographer community
  • People loving outdoor activities (this group is included because of the mass availability of good smartphone cameras, a change from 10 years ago)
  • Local & international Wikimedia community members
  • Other small interest groups like the ancient hillfort community which have their own active free knowledge project
10. In what ways are you actively seeking to contribute towards creating a safer, supportive, more equitable environment for participants?

We have planned to improve the experience of newcomers by having a communication strategy for them to make sure they feel welcome in the community.

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.

This project has been discussed with the community in Telegram and Skype group. The last WLM contest was run in 2018 and plans to revive it was well received. We have indicated out intention to participate to the WLM international community

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.

There is an agreement to cooperate with European Heritage Days as cooperation between several countries with Wikimedia and cultural heritage organizations as partners.

The cooperation will include a cross-promotion of the event and a special prize for "Sustainable Heritage". Additional details will be worked out in the following months.

We are ready to run the contest without the additional activities if there are any difficulties with the cooperation.

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.

Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Innovate in Free Knowledge

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

I would like to benchmark the capacity of my community to run a contest of this scale. There has been a break in our activities and my wish is to improve the capacity of our group.

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
newly registered participants Newly registered participants to upload a photo 25
Media mentions Mentions in different noteworthy websites related to the contest 2
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants Number of participants uploading a photo 50
Number of editors
Number of organizers Number of organizers performing a significant task during the contest 3
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikimedia Commons Photos uploaded during the contest 2000
Wikipedia % of photos used in Wikipedia articles 10
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.

1165 EUR

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

1166.96 USD

20. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it.

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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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  • 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).