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Wikipedia workshops on Breton culture & heritage
proposed start date2024-07-22
proposed end date2025-06-27
grant start date2024-07-22T00:00:00Z
grant end date2025-06-27T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)4425 EUR
budget (USD)4786.88 USD
amount recommended (USD)2739.29
grant typeNonprofit organization with Wikimedia mission
funding regionNWE
decision fiscal year2023-24
organization (if applicable)• Fonds de dotation Bretagne numérique
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Applicant Details[edit]

Main Wikimedia username. (required)



Fonds de dotation Bretagne numérique

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Main Proposal[edit]

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

Wikipedia workshops on Breton culture & heritage

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

2024-07-22 - 2025-06-27

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)

Other (please specify) Culture, language, heritage and GLAM

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)

We are applying for the Rapid Fund grant to initiate a series of workshops aimed at kickstarting a larger program dedicated to enhancing the digital presence of Breton culture, heritage and language.

The change we seek to bring about is the increased representation and preservation of Breton culture in the digital realm, particularly within the Wikimedia ecosystem. The digital preservation and promotion of Breton culture, heritage and language face a crucial challenge.

Breton language, spoken by more than 200 000 people (http://www.bretagne.bzh/jcms/prod_435654/fr/enquete-socio-linguistique-qui-parle-les-langues-de-bretagne-aujourd-hui?lg=fr), has been listed by UNESCO in its Atlas of the world's languages in danger, published in 2010 (https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000187026/PDF/187026eng.pdf.multi).

The limited visibility and representation within the vast expanses of the digital realm are especially significant on platforms like Wikimedia (https://stats.wikimedia.org/#/br.wikipedia.org/contributing/new-registered-users/normal%7Cbar%7Call%7C~total%7Cmonthly).

The scarcity of content and contributors not only hinders the global recognition of our rich heritage but also affects the diversity of the digital knowledge ecosystem.

Our proposal aims to bridge this gap by fostering a vibrant local participation group in Quimper, dedicated to amplifying the digital presence of Breton culture, language and heritage on Wikimedia ecosystems.

Our project is not merely about increasing content volume; it's about ensuring the survival and thriving of Breton culture in the digital age. By integrating it into such open content online tools, we aim to safeguard our heritage for future generations. This initiative will facilitate a broader global understanding and appreciation of our unique cultural identity, promoting cultural diversity and inclusivity on a global scale. The successful implementation of this proposal will enable the Breton community to share its rich cultural narratives and linguistic heritage with the world, fostering a deeper intercultural dialogue and mutual respect among diverse global communities.

These approaches were selected based on a thorough analysis of the challenges facing the digital representation of minority cultures and languages. Evidence from similar initiatives has shown that community engagement and partnerships are critical to success. Our strategy leverages the strength of local knowledge and a combination that has been effective in other contexts in preserving and promoting linguistic diversity.

A distinctive aspect of our proposal is the focus on multimodal (image, text, audio, video) and multilanguage contributions. This innovation is grounded in research indicating that rich, diverse content types enhance the learning and appreciation of cultural and linguistic nuances. By adopting this comprehensive approach, we aim to create a more engaging and informative digital presence for the Breton culture, heritage and language, setting a precedent for similar initiatives worldwide.

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.

Quimper, the prefecture of Finistère, one of Brittany's departments where Breton is the most spoken, is home to the University of Western Brittany (UBO standing for Université de Bretagne Occidentale) Art History and Heritage program. The city's proximity to museums like the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Quimper, the Musée Départemental Breton and the Musée de Pont-Aven, as well as the network of local libraries, makes it a perfect testbed to enlarge the project to a wider area in Brittany.

With this dedicated local participation group in Quimper, we plan to organize workshops with the support of experienced Wikimedians Nicolas VIGNERON and Lucas LÉVÊQUE, dedicated to beginners, new editors, and contributors, empowering community members with the skills needed to contribute effectively. We will also collaborate with local cultural institutions such as museums and universities to source authentic materials and content, like our Wikimedians did previously in the context of GLAM with Musée des Champs Libres and Ecole du Louvre with the support of Wikimedians.

The project aims to improve the quantity and quality of content related to Breton culture, language, and heritage on Wikimedia platforms by involving various actors, including the UBO, museums of the city of Quimper, and its network of libraries. The UBO will act as a leader and pioneer in this initiative, leveraging its expertise in the field of history, art, and cultural heritage.

The planned activities include:

  • Collaborating with UBO's Parcours Histoire de l'art et Patrimoine program to integrate Wikimedia projects into the curriculum, providing students with the opportunity to contribute to the improvement of content related to Brittany's culture and heritage on Wikimedia platforms.
  • Organizing training sessions and workshops for UBO faculty and students to equip them with the necessary skills to create and improve high-quality content on Wikimedia platforms.
  • Engaging professionals of mediation from the city, museums, and the network of libraries in Quimper to reach a larger public and increase the impact of the initiative.
  • Developing partnerships with local cultural institutions to facilitate access to resources and materials related to Breton culture and language, and to promote the creation of new content on Wikimedia platforms.
  • Implementing a quality control process to ensure the accuracy and reliability of content related to Breton culture and language on Wikimedia platforms, involving experts from UBO, cultural institutions, and Breton language learning associations.
  • Encouraging the use of multimedia and multilingual content to enrich the digital representation of Breton culture, language, and heritage, and to promote intercultural dialogue and mutual respect.

After the successful implementation of the project in Quimper, we plan to deploy it to other universities in Brittany and beyond, leveraging the expertise and partnerships established in Quimper to expand the impact of the initiative.

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.

Our team consists of the following members:

  • David LE MEUR - Bretagne numérique Digital Project Coordinator (user page : https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:DavJap%26Bzh). David is employed by Bretagne numérique, responsible for the overall coordination of the project, connecting with partners, managing the budget, and ensuring the successful delivery of project outcomes. He has extensive experience in digital project management and has worked on several digital and cultural heritage projects in Brittany.
  • Nicolas VIGNERON - Wikimedia Expert (Wikimedia username: Nicolas VIGNERON, https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:VIGNERON) Nicolas is a Wikimedian who is very well known in the breton wikipedia community especially in Rennes and Brest. He has been in residence at the Musée de Bretagne and has extensive experience in working with cultural institutions to improve their presence on Wikimedia projects. He will be responsible for training new editors, providing support to contributors, and ensuring the quality of content created during the project.
  • Lucas LÉVÊQUE - Wikimedia Expert (Wikimedia username: Lucas Léveque) Lucas is a Wikimedian at the origin of Wikimedia projects such as Wiktionnaire and Lingua Libre with experience in organizing editing events and working with cultural institutions like Ecole du Louvre. He will be responsible for organizing training events, providing technical support to contributors, and collaborating with Nicolas and local cultural institutions to source authentic materials and content.

Nicolas and Lucas will be working as consultants and contractors in the project.

Together, our team brings a diverse range of skills and expertise to the project, including digital project management, Wikimedia editing and training, art history and cultural heritage, academic support, cultural policy, museum collections management, and digital culture. We are committed to working collaboratively to achieve the project's goals and promote the preservation and promotion of Breton culture and language on Wikimedia projects.

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 target participants for the project are students, researchers, cultural professionals and members of the general public who are interested in Breton culture, language and heritage. The project aims to engage participants from the local community in Quimper at first and then from a broader Wikimedia community in Brittany and beyond.

To engage participants before the activities, the project team will use a variety of strategies, including:

  • Promoting the project through social media, email lists and other communication channels
  • Reaching out to local cultural institutions, universities, and community organizations to identify potential partners and participants
  • Organizing information sessions and workshops to introduce participants to Wikimedia projects and the goals of the project
  • Providing online resources and tutorials to help participants develop the skills they need to contribute to Wikimedia projects

During the activities, the project team will use a range of engagement strategies, including:

  • Providing hands-on training and support to participants
  • Encouraging collaboration and peer-to-peer learning among participants
  • Organizing events and activities that are relevant and interesting to the target community
  • Recognizing and celebrating the contributions of participants, for example by highlighting their work on social media or in project reports

After the activities, the project team will follow up with participants to ensure that they continue to engage with Wikimedia projects:

  • Providing ongoing support and mentorship to participants who want to continue contributing to Wikimedia projects
  • Encouraging participants to share their experiences and knowledge with others in their community
  • Organizing follow-up events and activities to build on the momentum generated by the project
  • Evaluating the impact of the project and using the insights gained to improve future initiatives aimed at promoting Breton culture and language on Wikimedia projects.
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 project team started discussions in October 2023, using both Wikimedia and non-Wikimedia platforms. Engaging community, relevant groups, and institutions such as University of West Brittany (UBO Université de Bretagne Occidentale), the city of Quimper, museums, libraries and Wikimedians from the local and broader community.

The team is united in their goal to collaborate and align their activities with other ongoing Wikimedia projects focused on minority languages, heritage, and cultures. The proposal provides an overview of their engagement efforts, which can be a valuable resource for other project teams looking to effectively involve their communities.

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)


14. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities? Select one option that most apply to your work. (required)

Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background

15. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select one that most applies. (required)

Evaluate, Iterate, and Adapt

Learning and metrics[edit]

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

Through the project, we aim to learn about effective strategies for editor engagement, content improvement through institutional collaborations, the impact on the broader Wikimedia movement, challenges in minority language on Wikipedia and skill development through workshops and events.

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 70 News participants : 60 students from University of Western Brittany (UBO), 10 from museum and the city
Number of editors 70 New editors ; 60 students from UBO, 10 from museum and the city
Number of organizers 3 As previously described in section 8 our team of organizers is composed of :
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikipedia 60
Wikimedia Commons 120
Wikidata 180
Wikimedia Incubator
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
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 Participants: students lists for UBO participants + lists for museum and city people

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)

4425 EUR

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.

4786.88 USD

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