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Wiki loves Onam
proposed start date2024-09-01
proposed end date2024-10-15
grant start date2024-09-01T00:00:00Z
grant end date2024-10-15T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)248300 INR
budget (USD)2975.05 USD
amount recommended (USD)3035.2
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Gnoeee
organization (if applicable)• N/A
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Applicant Details[edit]

Main Wikimedia username. (required)




If you are a group or organization leader, board member, president, executive director, or staff member at any Wikimedia group, affiliate, or Wikimedia Foundation, you are required to self-identify and present all roles. (required)


Describe all relevant roles with the name of the group or organization and description of the role. (required)

Main Proposal[edit]

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

Wiki loves Onam

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

2024-09-01 - 2024-10-15

4. Where will this proposal be implemented? (required)

International (more than one country across continents or regions) Onam is an annual harvest and cultural festival celebrated by the people of Kerala / Malayalis. Although the majority of the Malayalis are living in Kerala, the festival is celebrated in other regions where they have migrated.


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)

This campaign aims to enrich and document the diversity of the cultural festival Onam celebrated by the Malayalis all over the world. Currently the coverage of Onam related celebrations on Wikimedia projects is limited and often lacks depth. Through this campaign the cultural aspects, traditions, and other practices associated with this vibrant festival are documented in Wikimedia platforms. This initiative strives to ensure that the rich history and contemporary practices of Onam are comprehensively and accurately represented, accessible to a global audience, and preserved for future generations.

There are many cultural events in association with Onam which are underrepresented or missing and many key aspects of the festival are not updated in the Wikimedia projects. So through this campaign the gap between these informations are minimizzed by documenting and preserving those inofrmation with the help of other Wikimedians, NGOs and other individuals in Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata, Wikipedia and in other Wikimedia projects.

Last year with the support of UG we had done a pilot initiative and this year we are planning to a wider audience. This year the campaign aims to engage both new and existing contributors in Wikimedia projects through a series of events. By organising diverse activities this campaign intends to foster a vibrant community of editors and content creators. The goal is to enhance participation, encourage collaboration, and ensure the continuous growth and improvement of Wikimedia's vast repository of knowledge.

As part of this campaign, we are organizing a series of events to celebrate Onam and promote Wikimedia projects. These includes video documentation, photo competition, workshop & Edit-a-thon.

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.

As part of this campaign these following activities are planned:

Onam Celebration Documentation: Capture and document the rich traditions, rituals, and cultural practices associated with Onam. Experienced community members are encouraged to participate in this documentation process to record the videos, photographs, and multimedia content to Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia.

Photo Competition: This event will be organized on Wikimedia Commons, where participants can submit their best photographs depicting various elements of the Onam festival. The competition will cover topics related to Onam celebrations, such as traditional attire, decorations, food, rituals, and cultural performances. The submitted media will be used to enrich Wikipedia articles, providing more comprehensive and visually appealing information about the festival.

Workshop & Edit-a-thon: A 1/2 day workshop will be conducting to train new contributors and engage existing ones. These sessions will focus on editing techniques, improving the content related to Onam, and the importance of reliable sourcing. Participants will work collaboratively to expand and improve articles related to Onam and other relevant topics.

The events will be orgaisned with the support of Wikimedians of Kerala UG and Sahya Digital Conservation Foundation

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.
  • Jinoy Tom Jacob (User:Gnoeee) - Project coordination and Outreach (Volunteer)
  • Ranjith Sajeev (User:Ranjithsiji) - Training and Support (Volunteer)
  • Dr. P. Ranjith (User:Ranjitp) - Advisor
  • Joseph Lazer (User::Joseph Lazer) - Jury Photography
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)

The participants for the Wiki loves Onam campaign are mostly Malayali people who are living in different regions and also who celebrates it. The Malayalam Community, organizations, and individuals are engaged by various channels such as social media, email, and community forums.

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.

The community will be notified though the Village pump, Social media channels, Wikimedians of Kerala UG's talk page and mailing list. Before the start of the campaign, we plan to use various social media channels to raise awareness.

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[edit]

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

The idea behind this campaign is to bring awarness about the Wikimedia projects to the community and to bring the active contributors to Wikimedia projects through different campaigns. Through this campaign;

  • I would like to learn about the how comprehensive and accurate the documentation of Onam can be done
  • How many community members can be encouraged to actively participate in the campaign events (photo competitions, workshops, edit-a-thons)
  • How many images after the campaign can be reused in Wikimedia projects and how many articles are directly improved through the campaign
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 50
Number of editors 20
Number of organizers 3
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikipedia 20
Wikimedia Commons 250
Wikidata 30
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikibooks 10
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
Video Documentation on Commons Video Documentation Onam Celebrations in different places of Kerala 6
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)

Outreach Dashboard, Montage, Wikimedia and Xtools API

Financial proposal[edit]

21. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it. (required)

Proposed Wiki Loves Onam Rapid Fund Budget

22. and 22.1. What is the amount you are requesting for this proposal? Please provide the amount in your local currency. (required)

248300 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.

2975.05 USD

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