Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Wiki Loves Museums (ID: 22272310)

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Wiki Loves Museums
proposed start date2023-11-06
proposed end date2024-05-20
grant start date2023-11-06T00:00:00Z
grant end date2024-05-20T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)411800 INR
budget (USD)4982.24 USD
amount recommended (USD)4982.24
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Medhavigandhi
organization (if applicable)• N/A
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Applicant Details[edit]

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Main Proposal[edit]

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

Wiki Loves Museums

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

2023-11-06 - 2024-05-20

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)

Not applicable

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)

In the pilot edition of the Wiki Loves Museums fellowship last year, we had 4 fellows working on creating knowledge resources pertaining to Indian art and history. This year, we want to continue building on the fellowship, albeit with a thematic focus for better impact.

1. Currently, there are limited learning resources about Indian art, history in the public domain which has a direct implication on public knowledge about the arts, and inhibits interest in museums, and subsequently in the production of cultural scholarship. Through our fellowship, we hope to create knowledge resources on the theme 1950s focusing on post-colonial and post Independent India. The resource will chronicle the significant political, cultural and social events of the period that have shaped India’s present - through the lens of architecture, cinema, arts and photography. The resulting knowledge archive will trace the creation of a democratic republic including highlighting the debates around it -- a crucial teaching, research and public resource in today's time.
2. Wikipedia articles rely on citable sources and editors are often only able to access existing sources in the public domain. This means, a lot of Indian scholarship that is unfortunately resting within museums and libraries does not get referred to, and information in them is not represented on Wikipedia. Through our partnership with libraries and museums, we hope to be able to enrich existing articles. The resources expected to be developed by fellows can be in various formats - video, audio, written article, etc -- the research potential thus can inform different Wiki projects. All output will be uploaded to Wiki under the 1950s category.
3. Furthermore, this year's fellowship will give preference to research ideas and topics with a focus on South India and North East India to broaden a global public access to post-colonial histories & history of art from these regions.
4. This year, in addition to a presentation of resources, we hope that fellows can conduct their own editathons while presenting the resources.

Through Wiki Loves Museums, the aim is to create representation for India's museum collections on the world's largest free encyclopaedia, develop cultural knowledge resources & decolonize Indian art held in collections (museums / libraries) internationally by improving meta-data. This proposal aims at developing cultural knowledge resources.

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 Open Knowledge Fellowship will be a 5-month part time fellowship with a mixed cohort of experienced, emerging and undergraduate researchers.

A 4 months part time fellowship where a mixed cohort of experienced, emerging and undergraduate researchers will work to develop educational resources and Wikipedia articles under an open license. In the end, fellows present their work to different audience groups (students, teachers, etc.)

Our activities include:

[October ] Establishing internal team and mentorship framework. Update Outreach list and strategy for sourcing Fellowship applications.

[November] Releasing an Open Call for Applications where applicants submit a research idea.

[December] Fellowship Orientation

[December] Mentoring Fellows : Fellows will be mentored by The Heritage Lab team and experienced cultural practitioners to help develop their research methodology.

[Jan-April] Editing Wikipedia each fortnight based on the research (virtual editing)

[April-May] Publishing and Sharing the resources (if possible an IRL event)

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.

Medhavigandhi : (Lead, Volunteer) : founder of The Heritage Lab - a digital platform for exploring India's museums, art & cultural heritage, educational resources and more. Over the past decade she has worked at the intersection of public engagement with culture, social development and education. She has led inter-country exchanges and fellowships in collaboration with cultural bodies like the British Council; she has worked with partners across the US, UK, East Asia, Europe and Australia. She strongly advocates open-access to digital cultural heritage & is keen to explore the opportunities it presents for participation and co-creation. Co-founder of THL Open. Medhavi has been recognised and featured by Rolex Awards for Enterprise, DW-Women in Asia documentary series, Re:Think Asia Awards; contributed to academic journals on digital humanities; lectured and delivered keynotes at global platforms on digital participation and engagement with cultural heritage.

Role: Concept and building the partnership & mentor network for the fellowship; Program & Grant Management & Reporting

DesiBoy101 : Project Manager & Co-creator THL Open. an engineer with a keen interest in Indian arts, culture and heritage. He mainly creates and edits Wiki pages of Indian artists with a focus on Indian women artists. He actively engages with images on Commons to improve the visibility of the GLAM content from India. He has co-created THL Open which is a digital platform that aggregates openly licensed GLAM content related to India from Wikimedia Commons. He usually uses these openly available GLAM images along with open source tools to create his artworks (like GIFs!) as a hobbyist. Arunesh is an experienced Wikipedian and has led the Wiki Loves Museums program last year as well.

Role: Wiki trainings for fellows and hosting Editathons Meta Wiki Page design & update Wiki GLAM Newsletter, nominations, etc. Supervising Editorial Associate Talk Page interventions & FAQs Dashboards for all Wiki editathons

       Editing Task Lists & arranging research material

Aadrit28 : Alumni of the first Open Knowledge Fellows, and recent Wikipedian has expressed an interest to be part of the team as an Editorial Executive for the project. Role: Editing resources for final publishing & wikipedia pages for grammar, relevant categories and citations.

We also hope to include 3 cultural practitioners / historians & experts as mentors for the Fellows. Role : Guide Research Methodology through 5 meetings

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)

Our previous fellowship attracted applications from a wide range of cultural enthusiasts -- undergraduate and masters students of history, professors, curators, writers. We hope to reach researchers at emerging or established stages.

We engaged our past and hope to similarly engage the present cohort through our Trello-Board and Telegram.

After successful completion of the fellowship, participants will be encouraged to lead our other Wiki Loves Museums program : "Museum-Weekends" to establish links between GLAMs and Wiki volunteers.

10. Does your project involve work with children or youth? (required)


10.1. Please provide a link to your Youth Safety Policy. (required) If the proposal indicates direct contact with children or youth, you are required to outline compliance with international and local laws for working with children and youth, and provide a youth safety policy aligned with these laws. Read more here.


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.

We have shared our idea for this fellowship with our past alumni, and used their feedback to develop this proposal.

We have also had a consultation round of discussion with 8 Indian GLAMs on providing support to fellows.

We have also, in private, been able to discuss this proposal with experienced Wikipedians used to working with GLAMs (Tanveer Hasan has been an incredible support in helping imagine the scope of Wiki Loves Museums).

We are open to suggestions and ideas of the Grants Committee as well.

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)


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)


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[edit]

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

The Heritage Lab works on building connections between GLAMs and the public; this participatory and research driven approach to creating resources is also aimed at going beyond traditional forms of documentation. As publishers of open-access resources, we would hope to learn about :

> the impact of open access resource creation on researchers & their future motivation for contributions. We will do so by capturing reflections of researchers during and after their research.

> how does the chosen theme and open-access license speak to different sets of readers - scholars, educators, journalists, etc.

> the possibilities offered by the digital technology in reformulating art and historical research.

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 4 We are looking to work with 4 research fellows.
Number of editors 4
Number of organizers 10 Three core team-members and Three mentors; later 4 fellows will organise an editathon as part of their presentation.
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikipedia 60
Wikimedia Commons 40
Wikidata 80
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions or Abtsract 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)

Programs and Events Dashboard / THL Resource Views / Resource-presentation attendees

Financial proposal[edit]

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)

411800 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.

4982.24 USD

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