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Wikimedia Commons Workshop in Kano State
proposed start date2024-08-01
proposed end date2024-08-31
budget (local currency) 
budget (USD) USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionunknown region
decision fiscal year2023-24
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.

Wikimedia Commons Workshop in Kano State

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

2024-08-01 - 2024-08-31

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)

The Change

The primary change we are to bring is to empower and enable the Wikimedian editors in Kano State to actively contribute to the Wikimedia Commons project. By organizing the first-ever Wikimedia Commons Workshop in Kano State, we will provide editors with the necessary skills and knowledge to upload and curate media files, thereby enriching the Wikimedia Commons repository with diverse and high-quality content from the region.

The Main Challenges or Problems

  • Lack of Awareness and Skills: Although there are several Wikimedian editors in Kano State, many are not familiar with how to contribute to the Wikimedia Commons project. This lack of awareness and skill set prevents them from participating effectively in the project.
  • Underrepresentation of Local Content: Kano State, with its rich cultural heritage and significant events, is underrepresented on Wikimedia Commons. There is a scarcity of locally sourced media content that accurately represents the region's diversity and heritage.
  • Community Engagement and Support: There is a need for a stronger sense of community among Wikimedian editors in Kano State, along with better support systems for those who wish to contribute to Wikimedia Commons.

Main Approaches to be Achieved'

To address these challenges, the following approaches will be undertaken:

  • Organizing the Workshop: The core of the initiative will be a hands-on workshop specifically designed for Wikimedian editors in Kano State. This workshop will cover the basics of contributing to Wikimedia Commons, including how to upload media files, categorize them, and understand licensing requirements.
  • Training and Mentorship: The workshop will include training sessions led by experienced Wikimedians. These sessions will not only provide practical skills but also offer ongoing mentorship to participants, helping them navigate any challenges they encounter post-workshop.
  • Outreach and Engagement: We will conduct outreach activities to attract a diverse group of participants from different backgrounds within Kano State. This will ensure that the content uploaded to Wikimedia Commons represents a broad spectrum of the region’s culture and heritage.
  • Creating Support Networks: Establishing a local network of Wikimedia Commons contributors who can support each other and share best practices will be a priority. This network will also facilitate continuous learning and collaboration among the participants.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation: To ensure the effectiveness of the workshop, we will implement a monitoring and evaluation plan. This will help track participants' progress, gather feedback, and make necessary adjustments to future workshops.

By addressing these challenges through structured training and community support, we aim to significantly increase the contributions from Kano State to Wikimedia Commons, thereby enhancing the representation of the region’s unique culture and heritage on a global project.

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.

Planned Activities

Day 1: Physical Workshop

  • Introduction and Registration
  • Welcome participants and provide an overview of the workshop.
  • Registration and distribution of workshop materials.
  • Introduction to Wikimedia Commons
  • Presentation on the importance of Wikimedia Commons.
  • Overview of its role in the Wikimedia ecosystem.
  • Account Creation and Navigation
  • Guide participants through creating Wikimedia Commons accounts.
  • Hands-on session on navigating the interface.
  • Uploading Media Files
  • Practical session on how to upload images, videos, and audio files.
  • Guidelines on acceptable content and quality standards.
  • Categorization and Metadata
  • Training on how to properly categorize uploads.
  • Adding relevant metadata for better searchability.
  • Interactive Q&A and Troubleshooting
  • Open floor for participants to ask questions.
  • Provide personalized assistance with any issues encountered during the day.

Day 2: Physical Workshop

  • Recap and Feedback from Day 1
  • Brief recap of the previous day's activities.
  • Collect initial feedback from participants.
  • Licensing and Copyright
  • Explanation of licensing requirements for media on Wikimedia Commons.
  • How to select appropriate licenses for uploads.
  • Advanced Upload Techniques
  • Training on batch uploads and using upload tools.
  • Tips for high-quality media contributions.
  • Engaging with the Community
  • Introduction to Wikimedia Commons community guidelines.
  • How to participate in community discussions and collaborations.
  • Interactive Project Work
  • Group activities and projects to apply what has been learned.
  • Create and upload a series of media files collaboratively.
  • Final Q&A and Workshop Conclusion
  • Final Q&A session to address any remaining questions.
  • Summary of key takeaways and next steps.
  • Distribution of certificates and closing remarks.

Day 3: Online Event The online event will recap the physical workshop, covering advanced Wikimedia Commons features and tools. Participants will engage in mentorship and networking sessions with experienced Wikimedians. The event will include collaborative projects and challenges to reinforce learning, followed by feedback collection and discussions on future engagement and support opportunities.

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.

Team Description

  • Wikimedia Username: A

Role: Project Lead Details: I'm the Project Lead and will oversee the planning, execution, and evaluation of the Wikimedia Commons Workshop in Kano State. Responsibilities include coordinating with facilitators, managing logistics, and ensuring the project meets its objectives. This role is voluntary.

Wikimedia Username: G Role: Facilitator - Introduction and Navigation Details: This facilitator, an administrator on Hausa Wikipedia, will lead sessions on the introduction to Wikimedia Commons, account creation, and navigation of the platform. He will ensure participants understand the basics and can comfortably navigate Wikimedia Commons. This role is voluntary.

Wikimedia Username: M Role: Facilitator - Uploading and Metadata Details: This facilitator, also an administrator on Hausa Wikipedia, will focus on teaching participants how to upload media files, categorize them properly, and add relevant metadata. He will provide practical training and assist with any technical issues during these sessions. This role is voluntary.

Wikimedia Username: In Role: Facilitator - Licensing and Advanced Techniques Details: This facilitator will lead sessions on licensing and copyright, ensuring participants understand the legal aspects of contributing to Wikimedia Commons. He will also cover advanced upload techniques and tools to enhance contributions. This role is voluntary.

Wikimedia Username: M B Role: Facilitator - Community Engagement and Support Details: This facilitator will focus on engaging participants with the Wikimedia Commons community, teaching community guidelines, and encouraging collaborative projects. He will provide mentorship and ongoing support through the online event and beyond. This role is voluntary.

Wikimedia Username: A'i Role: Facilitator - Outreach and Participant Support Details: This female facilitator will handle outreach activities to attract participants from diverse backgrounds and provide ongoing support to them during and after the workshop. She will assist in managing the support network and ensuring participants stay engaged. This role is voluntary.

Additional Information All team members are experienced Wikimedian editors and are volunteering their time and expertise for this project. They are aware of their involvement in the grant application and are committed to the success of the Wikimedia Commons Workshop in Kano State.

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)

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

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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.

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)

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)

Learning and metrics[edit]

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

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
Number of editors
Number of organizers
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions or Abstract Wikipedia
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19. Do you have any other project targets in numbers (metrics)? (optional)


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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)

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.


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