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- Wikimedia Community Malta
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?
- Valletta Design Cluster
M. Do you have a fiscal sponsor?
M1. Fiscal organization name.
R. Where will this proposal be implemented?
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)
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?
To promote the uptake of Wikimedia activity amongst Maltese communities through the implementation of various Wikimedia activities, projects, training and outreach events, as well as to nurture the conservation of collective and cultural memory within Malta through wiki platforms.
2. What is the change that you are trying to bring about and why is this important?
- General community engagement (editor/contributor retention): this seems to be a general challenge across various parts of the global movement and we will continue to address this by being consistent in the delivery of an annual engagement activities program and events that encourage community engagement and growth.
- Engagement with mt.wikipedia towards growth on content available in Maltese language, both in terms of breadth of content and quality: Maltese is a small language (written/read by fewer than 0.5 million people around the world, however, we aim to engage more editors who can write good quality articles once they’ve received basic training through us.
- Broadening awareness of Wikimedia platforms in Malta: there have never been any systematic positive media stories about Wikipedia and related projects in Malta. We aim to partner up with a major news/media organisation in Malta to provide a way for more people in Malta to discover the great wealth of open knowledge and the great benefits of the ways it is gathered and shared.
- Encouraging institutional engagement with open knowledge: this is a similar situation to the previous point about public awareness, however, this is directed more at institutions, especially public institutions, who often have an active interest in such things and some resources to engage with them appropriately.
3. Describe your main approaches or strategies to achieve these changes and why you think they will be effective.
The main strategy is to continue being consistently active by producing activities to encourage participation and engagement. The main activities planned for this year are Wiki Loves Folklore (including Feminism & Folklore along with Art+Feminism), CEE Spring, WPWP, and Wiki Loves Monuments. We are also planning to organise a forum/WikiTown with the National Council for the Maltese Language to raise the profile of our activities among Maltese-language teachers across Malta.
4. What are the activities you will be developing and delivering as part of these approaches or strategies?
To continue producing activities to enable participation by Maltese Wikimedians in international activities eg. WLM, Art+Feminism, CEE Spring, and WPWP. We are aim to enhance other objectives that we have as an organisation, including our mission to promote Wikimedia in Malta. This lines up with WCM's raison d’etre since its inception and consistently demonstrated our ability to produce more engagement with Wikimedia projects from Malta then there were in the years before we became active.
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?
Yes, Wikimedia Community has an appropriate team to implement this proposal.
Tony Micallef, the Wikimedia Community User Group Malta President, chairs monthly meetings to ensure smooth strategic and operational procedures. Furthermore, along with the applicants (Toni Sant + Neville Borg) or we have a small number of active volunteers who work closely with us.
User:Mrjohncummings User:Dans User:EnriqueTabone
These three community members have worked directly with WCM over the past five years and continue to work with us to deliver and enhance our program of activities.
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.
Content Gender gap, Age (regency) , Geography, Language, Sexual Orientation
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.
Education, Culture, heritage or GLAM , Advocacy, Public Policy, Diversity
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.
Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Geographic , Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background, Disabilities, Linguistic / Language, Age
11. What are your strategies for engaging participants, particularly those that currently are non-Wikimedia?
Our target participants fall into four categories:
- 1. Wikimedians in/from Malta who have attended our events over the past five year and continue to participate on various projects.
- 2. Wikimedians in/from Malta who have attended out events over the past five year but have not engaged with Wikimedia projects beyond this initial expression of interest.
- 3. People in/from Malta interested in developing
- 4. Other interested parties keen to explore how they can contribute to Malta-related content on Wikimedia projects, both locally such as public bodies Heritage Malta, the Malta Tourism Authority, and the University of Malta, and internationally, such as CEE, with whom we have established a working relationship.
Our strategy to retain participants revolves around the following points:
- 1. Regularly organise events aligned with Wikimedia activities (such as Wiki Loves Monuments, Art+Feminism, CEE Spring etc.) to entice Wikimedians in/from Malta to participate in Wikimedia projects
- 2. Follow-up with participants (ensuring GDPR compliance) to support them in engaging with Wikimedia projects more regularly
- 3. Reach out to new audiences who may be interested Wikimedia projects but often don’t really know how to get involved, providing them with training workshop and other opportunities to engage
- 4. Partner up with a small number of key institutions (mainly in the GLAM and Education sectors) to explore ways they can get more directly involved in Wikimedia projects
- 5. Organise trainings and participation in international events, such as Celtic Knot/Arctic Knot and the CEE Meeting.
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?
We aim to have the UCOC and Friendly Space Policy translated into Maltese and referred to regularly throughout the year as we present our activities.
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.
- CEE / CEE Spring - see http://wikimalta.org/wiki/CEE + https://mt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedija:Rebbieg%C4%A7a_CEE_2021 + https://mt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedija:Rebbieg%C4%A7a_CEE_2021
- WPWP - see http://wikimalta.org/wiki/WPWP
- Wiki Loves Monuments - see http://wikimalta.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Monuments
- Art+Feminism - see http://wikimalta.org/wiki/Art%2BFeminism
- Wiki World Heritage User Group - see https://mt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kategorija:Siti_ta%27_Wirt_Dinji, which through WCM efforts is by far one of the most populated categories on mt.wikipedia
- Wiki Loves Folklore - we’re planning to engage in this international photo contest for the first time in 2022 following up with the organisers from previous years
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.
- Valletta Design Cluster - where we’ve established a Wikipedian in Residence program since 2020. We received a grant from them to cover some administrative costs associated with running this program in 2020/21.
- Spazju Kreattiv - with whom we have a standing collaboration agreement to make use of resources, especially in terms of spaces for public-facing events. All contributions are in kind and there are no monetary transactions.
- Times of Malta - where we’re developing a WiR arrangement for 2022.
- M3P Foundation - with whom we have a standing collaboration agreement based on joint aims relating to MediaWiki use in Malta. We are now exploring ways to make a financial contributions towards the resources that they’ve largely offered to us in kind between 2015 and 2021 - i.e. we aim to continue getting internet service and office space through them while making a reasonable financial contribution towards these services, which evidently involve 3rd party costs.
15. How do you hope to sustain or expand the work carried out in this proposal after the grant?
The Wikipedian in Residence model we’ve established can provide a baseline financial turnover to help us cover our administrative costs to run the program, as long as we’re able to continue offering a program of associated activities, such as the ones we seek to fund largely through this grant. This also means, that we will remain dependent on similar grants in the future to continue operating as a Wikimedia-affiliated user group and possibly develop this activity into a Malta chapter.
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.
Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement, Improve User Experience, Provide for Safety and Inclusion, Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Manage Internal Knowledge, Innovate in Free Knowledge
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.
Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation
19. What do you hope to learn from your work in this fund proposal?
We are hoping to learn how to develop a successful chapter and scale up our user group activities accordingly.
Significantly we need help understanding and implementing core metrics, ideally through appropriate support that makes for realistic targets rather than random numbers.
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.
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.
|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||N/A||N/A|
|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||N/A||N/A|
|Number of activities developed||N/A||N/A|
|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.
|Number of participants||N/A||N/A|
|Number of editors||N/A||N/A|
|Number of organizers||N/A||N/A|
21.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.
We need some guidance on handling this section appropriately. Meanwhile we're uploading our metrics from previous activities as an additional document in section 39.
22. What tools would you use to measure each metric selected?
We will primarily continue to use the Outreach Dashboard: https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/campaigns/wikimedia_community_malta/programs
We will also continue to use Montage for WLM judging.
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.
- 32460 EUR
23.2 What is this amount in US Currency (to the best of your knowledge)?
- 36664 USD
23.3 Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it.
- See attached budget plan in section 36.
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):
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