Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Wiki World Heritage User Group Annual Plan 2022

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Wiki World Heritage User Group Annual Plan 2022
start date2022-01-01T00:00:00Z
end date2023-12-31T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)44234 CHF
amount requested (USD)48208 USD
amount recommended (USD)50328
grant typeWikimedia Affiliate (chapter, thematic org., or user group)
funding regionNWE
decision fiscal year2021-22
funding program roundRound 1
applicant and people related to proposalUser:Nassima Chahboun / Nassima Chahboun (Chair of the board) User:Yamen / Yamen Bousrih (Treasurer)
organization (if applicable)Wiki World Heritage User Group
Midpoint Learning Report 
Final Learning Report

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Applicant details[edit]

Wikimedia username(s):

User:Nassima Chahboun / Nassima Chahboun (Chair of the board)

User:Yamen / Yamen Bousrih (Treasurer)


Wiki World Heritage User Group

G. Have you received grants from the Wikimedia Foundation before?

Applied previously and did receive a grant

H. Have you received grants from any non-wiki organization before?


H.1 Which organization(s) did you receive grants from?


M. Do you have a fiscal sponsor?


M1. Fiscal organization name.


Additional information[edit]

R. Where will this proposal be implemented?

Regional (more than one country in the same continent or region)

S. Please indicate whether your work will be focused on one country (local), more than one or several countries in your region (regional) or has a cross-regional (global) scope:


S1. If you have answered regional or international, please write the country names and any other information that is useful for understanding your proposal.

T. If you would like, please share any websites or social media accounts that your group or organization has. (optional)


Twitter: @WWH_UG Facebook: Meta: email:

M. Do you have a fiscal sponsor?


M1. Fiscal organization name.



1. What is the overall vision of your organization and how does this proposal contribute to this? How does this proposal connect to past work and learning?

Our mission is the collaborative creation of free online content about UNESCO WH (tangible and intangible),through designing and implementing creative projects that are based on participatory activities,and on the use of open projects in collaboration with local partners in different countries.We believe that WH is a potent tool for development and empowerment,that’s why we aim to make knowledge about it widely available and to engage local communities from a knowledge equity perspective.

2. What is the change that you are trying to bring about and why is this important?

Many countries with WH sites but with no affiliates: there are many countries in the world and in different regions with WH sites but with no affiliates. The coverage of World Heritage sites belonging to countries with no affiliates is poor and many sites do not even any Wikipedia article in any language. Through collaborating with local partners, we will ensure that the communities that are not yet part of Wikimedia movement are involved in the process of documenting their own heritage.

Affiliates priorities & choices: Huge disparities are witnessed also between countries with affiliates : Being multidimensional, many affiliates can have other priorities and fields of interest (sometimes for several years) and thus they may not implement the project quickly (or at all).

Emergency: Unlike many other thematic, the scope of World Heritage is quickly changing : Many parts of World Heritage sites are endangered and many are lost every year before being documented. Hence, the existence of activities around WH in danger will help tackle this problem.

We believe that World Heritage is a potent tool for development and empowerment, that’s why we aim to make knowledge about it widely available and to engage local communities in documenting their own heritage.

A successful documentation of World Heritage requires a good mastery of several Wikimedia projects, tools(such as Petscan, Wikidata Query Service)but also management and soft skills (e.g. project management, leadership skills, event management, team building) thus we will setup like we did for the previous year a capacity building program to equip our members and partners with these needed skills.

Documenting World Heritage requires also the use of the best formats to show the importance of our heritage and that 's why we are looking forward this proposal to collecting videos about UNESCO cultural heritage as we believe that this is the best format that can be used for documentation besides that fact that our wiki projects lacks video content.

Communication is a key factor and can help to drive sharing and collaborations around heritage documentation. Thus we are looking forward to announcing during the world heritage day (18th of April)the launch of the Wiki Heritage Hour,a monthly video podcast that aims to connect volunteer with Heritage professionals, promote the achievement of the wiki community in documenting the World Heritage and promote sharing ideas and developing collaboration.

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

Contents generation

  1. WHindangerː WH In Danger: Many parts of World Heritage sites are endangered (e.g. conflicts,Climate Change..)and many are lost every year before being documented. Hence, the importance to continue the project that we started last year (c.f. group report )and which helped documenting several sites especially in countries without affiliates like Libya (
  1. TOldCitiesː WH Cities:it consists in documenting the significant buildings of cities listed as World Heritage on Wikidata,Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons. Despite the cultural importance of WH cities,some of them are poorly documented on Wikimedia projects.
  1. Wiki Loves Dataviz:We live in a era of data and Wikidata is an amazing free base with millions of data items.Hence the importance of visualizing these data in a more comprehensible and intelligible way for the human mind. Dataviz provides a clear idea to interpret data and understand it. Bear in mind this importance we are looking forward to organizing 2 contests to collect dataviz around built and cultural heritage. These dataviz can be used in the Wikipedia articles to improve the quality of the content.
  1. WHintangible UNESCO Intangible cultural heritage: Intangible world heritage are very important as they are a representation of our traditions, ethnic lifestyles and culture. Despite this importance, they are less documented than tangible heritage and even when documented they are documented in a format that don't reflect a clear idea of it(mainly text).Our objective is to document this part of our heritage in more innovative way with a focus on video production and within countries located in the global south.
  1. WH2BE World Heritage To Be: a proactive project to document future WH sites listed on the UNESCO tentative list.

For 2022,the scope of the activities will focus on at least 10 countries(50% without a Wikimedia affiliates)and will includes the following Key activitiesː

  • co-organizing editathons with local partners (Wikipedia and Wikivoyage)
  • campaign on commons with a photo contest for each country
  • enhancing content on Wikidata and
  • a webinar with Heritage professional to discuss the impact of Climate Change on World Heritage to be coordinated with the Wikimedians for Sustainable Development User Group.

Capacity Building,community support and volunteers recruitment

  1. Training Sessions
  2. Wiki Heritage Hour: promote the achievement of the wiki community in documenting WH

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

To achieve the main mission of the Wiki World Heritage User Group, the main objective of our proposal is:

Ensuring the thorough documentation of WH, especially in countries with no affiliates, Ensuring the optimal use of the created content on Wikimedia projects. Fostering collaboration with local affiliates and with Heritage institutions. Ensuring through a capacity building plan the reinforcement of capacities and skills of the group' members.

5. Do you want to apply for multi-year funding?      


5.1 If yes, provide a brief overview of Year 2 and Year 3 of the proposed plan and how this relates to the current proposal and your strategic plan?


6. Please include a timeline (operational calendar) for your proposal.

7. Do you have the team that is needed to implement this proposal?

Name: Nassima Chahboun Username: User:Nassima Chahboun Role: Chair (unpaid staff) Responsibility: Preparation of the annual action plan, Building partnerships, Designing Capacity Building program

Name: Benoit Soubeyran Username: User:Mazuritz Role: Vice Chair (unpaid staff) Responsibility: Preparation of the annual action plan, Building partnerships, external communication in French.

Name: Habib Mhenni Username: User:Dyolf77 Role: Secretary (unpaid staff) Responsibility: meetings reports and annual report.

Name: Yamen Bousrih Username: User:Yamen Role: Treasurer (unpaid staff) Responsibility: Keeping financial records up to date

Name: Imelda Brazal Username: User:Brazal.dang Role: Members liaison (unpaid staff) Responsibility: Managing membership applications, Internal communication (mailing list), Supervising external communication in English.

Name: To be hired from the community Username: TBD Role: Whintangible coordinator (paid staff) Responsibility: coordination, design, and oversight the execution of the contests and the organisation of the editathons

Name: To be hired from the community Username: TBD Role: Wiki Heritage Hour host facilitator (paid staff) Responsibility: prepare the vodcast content, liaise with the guests and host it.

Name: To be hired from the community Username: TBD Role: Group coordinator (paid staff) Responsibility: promoting events, update websites, write blog post, assist in report writing and coordinate volunteer activities, learning and evaluation.

Name: Nassima Chahboun (being the coordinator of Whindanger last year and taking into account the similarity between the 2 projects) Username: User:Nassima Chahboun Role: Whindanger and Told Cities coordinator (paid staff) Responsibility: coordination, design, oversight the execution of the two projects, provide training, source partners in countries without affiliates, coordinate content creation (templates, categories, graphic material, dashboard...), assistance of the jury ...

8. 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, Language, Important Topics (topics considered to be of impact or important in the specific context), Cultural background, ethnicity, religion, racial

8.1 In a few sentences, explain how your work is specifically addressing this content gap (or Knowledge inequity) to ensure a greater representation of knowledge.

9. 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.

Advocacy, Climate Change and sustainability, Culture, heritage or GLAM

10. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities? Please note, we had previously asked about inclusion and diversity in terms of CONTENTS, in this question we are asking about the diversity of PARTICIPANTS. Select up to THREE that most apply to your work.

Geographic , Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background, Linguistic / Language, Digital Access

11. What are your strategies for engaging participants, particularly those that currently are non-Wikimedia?

The Wiki World Heritage is an international open movement accessible for anyone interested in documenting the Tangible and Intangible world heritage. This proposal has no discrimination on the basis of age, gender, color, geographic location, sexual orientation.

12. In what ways are you actively seeking to contribute towards creating a safer, supportive, more equitable environment for participants and promoting the UCOC and Friendly Space Policy, and/or equivalent local policies and processes?

All our activities are subject to the UCOC and the friendly space policy. We will make sure to remind participants during our meetings and activities about these policies.

13. Do you have plans to work with Wikimedia communities, groups, or affiliates in your country, or in other countries, to implement this proposal?


13.1 If yes, please tell us about these connections online and offline and how you have let Wikimedia communities know about this proposal.

Like we did in 2021, we are planning to collaborate with existing Wikimedia Communities. For 2022, we are looking forward to collaborating with the following communities: Wikimedia Uganda, Wikimedia Egypt, North-West Russia Wiki-Historians User Group, Wikimedia Tunisia, Wikimedians of Democratic Republic of Congo User Group, Wikimedians for Sustainable Development User Group and Wikisource Community User Group.

Worth-noting that the approach of our group is not to bypass the local affiliates, but to provide them with help and necessary tools and skills in order to ensure a successful implementation of projects.

14. Will you be working with other external, non-Wikimedian partners to implement this proposal?


14.1 Please describe these partnerships and what motivates the potential partner to be part of the proposal and how they add value to your work.

Yes we are planning to collaborate with external non wikimedian partners in the same way we did in Libya, Yemen and Afghanistan. We are planning projects in 5 countries without affiliates and we are sourcing possible NGOs / universities that we can collaborate together.

15. How do you hope to sustain or expand the work carried out in this proposal after the grant?

In the Wiki World Heritage we hope to sustain our work by:

  • Fostering and catalyzing the creation of new communities in countries without affiliates and support them until the transition to a mature stage and the creation of their own affiliate. We hope for the next year to see a new affiliate in Libya for instance.
  • Expand the core team of the group and achieve more goals.
  • Evaluate, iterate and adapt for better execution of our strategic plan.

16. What kind of risks do you anticipate and how would you mitigate these. This can include factors such as external/contextual issues that may affect implementation, as well as internal issues, such as governance/leadership changes.

17. 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, Manage Internal Knowledge, Identify Topics for Impact, Innovate in Free Knowledge, Evaluate, Iterate, and Adapt

18. Please state if your organization or group has a Strategic Plan that can help us further understand your proposal. You can also upload it here.  

Upload Strategic Plan

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

-What is the best strategy to build partnerships in countries without affiliate?

  • What is the best strategy and approach to recruit new editors and how to retain them?
  • Did we meet our objective? if yes what worked well and if not what didn't work ?
  • What new comers think about the wiki movement ?
  • What are the skills needed by our members that we need to address in our capacity building plan?
  • How Heritage Professional interact with the Wiki Projects and what skills and information they need to facilitate collaboration with local communities?
  • How to sustain our activities and our network ?
  • What is the best way to share our story with the larger wiki community?

20. 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 space provided.

Main Metrics Description Target

Here are some additional metrics that you can use if they are relevant to your work. Please note that this is just an optional list, mostly of quantitative metrics. They may complement the qualitative metrics you have defined in the previous boxes.

Additional Metrics Description Target
Number of editors that continue to participate/retained after activities N/A N/A
Number of organizers that continue to participate/retained after activities N/A N/A
Number of strategic partnerships that contribute to longer term growth, diversity and sustainability Number of partnerships 10
Feedback from participants on effective strategies for attracting and retaining contributors N/A N/A
Diversity of participants brought in by grantees N/A N/A
Number of people reached through social media publications number of followers on social media accounts: Increase of 100% 100
Number of activities developed number of activities (photo contest, edithatons, training sessions, Wikisource contest, vodcast and webinar) 40
Number of volunteer hours N/A N/A

21. Additional core quantitative metrics. These core metrics will not tell the whole story about your work, but they are important for measuring some Movement-wide changes. Please try to include these core metrics if they are relevant to your work. If they are not, please use the space provided to explain why they are not relevant or why you can not capture this data. Your explanation will help us review our core metrics and make sure we are using the best ones for the movement as a whole.

Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants Participants from at least 10 countries will benefit from our activities.

We target about 340 participants throughout the year. more than 50% new participants

Number of editors The number of editors in all activities throughout the year with the objective to have more than 50% new accounts created. 200
Number of organizers Total number of organizers including group core members and organizers from local affiliates/partners. 30
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia Wikipedia articles created or improved throughout the year 500
Wikimedia Commons number of photos uploaded and categorized throughout the year 6000

number of videos uploaded 100

Wikisource number of documents digitized and integrated in Wikisource. 50
Wikidata Wikidata items created or improved throughout the year 1000
Wikivoyage Wikivoyage articles created or improved throughout the year 100

21.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.


22. What tools would you use to measure each metric selected?

Hidden categories on Commons for photos uploaded via campaigns.

Hashtags for Wikipedia updates that will be tracked via the hashtag tool

Google forms to register participants

The property P5008 to help organize and track items via Wikidata query Service

Wikimedia Outrach Dashboard will be used to track other contributions (

Financial Proposal[edit]

23. & 23.1 What is the amount you are requesting from WMF? Please provide this amount in your local currency. If you are thinking about a multi-year fund, please provide the amount for the first year.

44234 CHF

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

48208 USD

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

Please refer to the following budget details:

23.4 Please include any additional observations or comments you would like to include about your budget.


Please use this optional space to upload any documents that you feel are important for further understanding your proposal.

Other public document(s):

Final Message[edit]

By submitting your proposal/funding request you agree that you are in agreement with the Application Privacy Statement, WMF Friendly Space Policy and the Universal Code of Conduct.

We/I have read the Application Privacy Statement, WMF Friendly Space Policy and Universal Code of Conduct.