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Wikimedia Community Malta Simple Annual Plan 2022
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.
start date1-Jan-2022
end date31-Dec-2022
budget (local currency)32,460.00 EUR
budget (USD)36664 USD
grant typeWikimedia Affiliate (chapter, thematic org., or user group)
applicant and people related to proposalToniSant Nevborg
organization (if applicable)Wikimedia Community Malta


This is an automatically generated page based on the applicant's application on the Wikimedia Foundation's Grantee Portal on Fluxx.

Overview[edit]

What is the main objective of your proposal?

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.

What are the main challenges you are trying to solve and your proposed solution?

  • 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.

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

Where will this proposal be implemented?

Malta

Do you want to apply for multi-year funding?

No

Project Proposal[edit]

Describe your main strategies to achieve the objective and the activities you will be developing as part of these strategies.

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.

What is your organization or group's mission?

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.

Indicate if it is a local, international, or regional proposal and if it involves several countries?

Local

Please state if you will be carrying out any of these activities within your programs? Select all that apply.

Organizing Meet-up online, Organizing Meet-up offline, Workshops, Edit-A-Thons, Photowalk, WikiCamp, Contest, Wikimedian-in-Residence, Photo/Media campaign, Wiki Loves campaign, WikiTown, Conference/Event Organizing, Media outreach campaign

Are you running any in-person events or activities?

Yes
https://deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/health-promotion/covid-19/Documents/mitigation-conditions-and-guidances/Guidance_For_Offices_And_Workspaces.pdf

Please state if your proposal aims to work to bridge any of the identified content knowledge gaps?

Content Gender gap, Age (regency), Geography, Language, Sexual Orientation

Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities? Select all categories that apply.

Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Geographic, Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background, Disabilities, Linguistic / Language, Age

Please state if your proposal includes any of these areas or thematic focus.

Education, Culture, heritage or GLAM, Advocacy, Public Policy, Diversity

Please tell us more about your target participants.

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.

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

Yes

Please tell us about these connections online and offline and how you have let Wikimedia communities know about this proposal.

Will you be working with other external, non-Wikimedian partners to implement this proposal? Please describe these partnerships.

Yes
  • 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.

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.

Have you received grants from the Wikimedia Foundation before?

Applied previously and did receive a grant

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

Yes
Valletta Design Cluster

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.

These include:

  • 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.

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. (optional)

No

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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.

Core Metrics[edit]

Enter a description of the metric and a number in the target field. If the metric does not apply to you, enter N/A for not applicable.

Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants
Number of editors
Number of organizers

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.


Additional Metrics[edit]

Enter a description of the metric and a number in the target field. If the metric does not apply to you, enter N/A for not applicable.

Additional Metrics Description Target
Number of editors that continue to participate/retained after activities
Number of organizers that continue to participate/retained after activities
Number of strategic partnerships that contribute to longer term growth, diversity and sustainability
Feedback from participants on effective strategies for attracting and retaining contributors
Diversity of participants brought in by grantees
Number of people reached through social media publications
Number of activities developed
Number of volunteer hours

What other information will you be collecting to learn about the impacts of your activities? (optional)

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.

How do you hope to share these results so that others can learn from them?

Create a video of our experience, Make a short presentation of the experience, Create a training workshop to show others what we learned, Share results on social media, Share results with our communities, Participate in one on one peer sharing session with other grantees, Share it on Meta-Wiki

Financial Proposal[edit]

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.

32,460 EUR

If you have calculated it, please provide an estimate of the year 2 or year 3 request.

N/A

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

36664 USD

Please share your budget for this proposal.

See attached budget plan in section 36.

What do you do to make sure there is a good management of funds?

Additional links[edit]

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


How will you contribute towards creating a supportive environment for participants using the UCOC and Friendly Space Policy?

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.

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.

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

Yes

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