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Mapa de acceso a Internet y uso de proyectos Wikimedia en comunidades indígenas de México
start and end datesJuly 2023 – July 2024
budget (USD)45,000 – 50,000 USD
fiscal year2022–23
applicant(s)• Jonathan Jimenez-Salazar and Juan D. Machin-Mastromatteo



Jonathan Jimenez-Salazar and Juan D. Machin-Mastromatteo

Affiliation or grant type

CETYS Universidad; Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua


Jonathan Jimenez-Salazar and Juan D. Machin-Mastromatteo

Wikimedia username(s)

GN1: Jonathan FN1: Jimenez-Salazar User: Bibliodrome

Project title

Mapa de acceso a Internet y uso de proyectos Wikimedia en comunidades indígenas de México

Research proposal


Description of the proposed project, including aims and approach. Be sure to clearly state the problem, why it is important, why previous approaches (if any) have been insufficient, and your methods to address it.

Mexico is a multicultural and multilingual country, with a great diversity of ethnic groups (there are 71 indigenous peoples and 68 languages in 20 states).

Despite the cultural heritage that indigenous communities represent, they are under serious social lag.

According to figures from CONEVAL (2022) 71% of indigenous people in Mexico suffer from poverty (8.3 million people).

In addition, the original peoples of Mexico lack basic universal rights (access to information, education, food, health and housing).

Discriminated against, marginalized and excluded. The indigenous communities of Mexico seek to perpetuate their culture, customs and traditions.


1. Mapping the indigenous communities of Mexico. This will make it possible to identify the indigenous group to which they belong (by state); What language do they speak: bilingual (Spanish and native language) or monolingual (only native language); If they have internet access (in case of not knowing the causes); From which device they connect (cell phone, LapTop or PC, Tablet, etc.); If they use Wikipedia or another sister project (identify reasons, causes, etc.) and identify their information needs (which will allow them to develop and be self-sustaining, without losing their autonomy, culture and traditions).

2. An interactive multimedia map will be created available from the Web (based on the information obtained), in which it will be possible to identify the indigenous communities of Mexico (population, language, level of marginalization, internet access, interaction with Wikimedia projects , information needs, etc.) as well as the design of development indicators (metrics) to be able to visualize the impact and benefit of the Wikimedia projects that are implemented in the region.

3. Courses and workshops will be designed based on the OpenEdX platform (depending on the identified needs) related to Wikimedia projects that have a positive impact on the community.

  • To creserve the culture, customs and traditions of the original peoples, based on the narration of history from their own worldview.
  • Preservation of the language of the original peoples (of 68 indigenous languages, 31 are at risk of disappearing).
  • Access to technology, information, and the media will enable indigenous communities to escape extreme poverty, breaking the cycle of marginalization, exclusion, and discrimination.



Approximate amount requested in USD.

45,000 – 50,000 USD

Budget Description

Briefly describe what you expect to spend money on (specific budgets and details are not necessary at this time).

1.- Salary of research advisors, field team to gather information, data analysts, data capturers, web designer [USD 15,000]

2.- Computer equipment, hardware and software (SPSS, ATLAS.ti, Wix) APC for Open Access publication [USD 15,000]

3.- Travel expenses (plane, bus, lodging and food[USD 10,000]

4.- Information sessions and workshops with community leaders and indigenous groups (space rental, sound equipment, tents, chairs, food, etc.) [USD 10,000]


Address the impact and relevance to the Wikimedia projects, including the degree to which the research will address the 2030 Wikimedia Strategic Direction and/or support the work of Wikimedia user groups, affiliates, and developer communities. If your work relates to knowledge gaps, please directly relate it to the knowledge gaps taxonomy.

Strategic objective 2030: Support “the knowledge and communities that have been left aside by the structures of power and privilege”. To meet this goal, we must understand how to serve audiences, groups, and cultures that today are under-represented on Wikipedia, Wikidata, Commons, and other Wikimedia Foundation projects, in terms of participation, access, representation, and coverage. Provide a map of the missing content in Wikimedia projects taking into account the needs and motivations of its readers, their geographical and cultural contexts, their access to technology and other sources of knowledge (Zia et al., 2019).


Plans for dissemination.

The results will allow the creation of a multimedia map, from which the project can be monitored and followed up. The experience will allow the creation of an application model, which can be implemented in other communities with similar ecosystems and characteristics.

Papers will be presented in various academic forums, and an article will be published in a journal that has metrics and quality indicators. The APC will be paid for its publication in Open Access.

Past Contributions

Prior contributions to related academic and/or research projects and/or the Wikimedia and free culture communities. If you do not have prior experience, please explain your planned contributions.

Jonathan Jiménez Salazar (Bibliodrome) is a certified facilitator of the Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom Program (RWCP). In 2022 he carried out his first implementation of the program at a University in Mexico (from April 22 to May 20 in Baja California: Tijuana, Ensenada, and Mexicali).

884 teachers had access to the contents of the program, of which 76 (42 women and 34 men) enrolled at all academic levels: high school, professional, and postgraduate. Of the 76 registered teachers, 19 opted for certification. Certificates: 19 (12 women and 7 men). Consult the final report at the following link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/ 13OHvzfvPzQglZH5uyP_yH7VBaITCEj1n?usp=sharing

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