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Wiki Loves Butterfly - Phase V
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summaryThe overall purpose of Wiki Loves Butterfly project is to increase the amount of free license materials regarding the butterfly taxons available in eastern and north-eastern part of India along with enrichment of related content on different Wikimedia sites.
targetBengali and English Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata
amount17,418 USD
granteeAtuduSandipoutsider
advisorBodhisattwa
contact• ananyanutritionist(_AT_)gmail.com• sandipdasoutsider1969@gmail.com
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created on08:23, 19 January 2021 (UTC)


Project idea[edit]

What is the problem you're trying to solve?[edit]

What problem are you trying to solve by doing this project? This problem should be small enough that you expect it to be completely or mostly resolved by the end of this project. Remember to review the tutorial for tips on how to answer this question.

Area of activity of Wiki Loves Butterfly project from 2016 to 2020. Map generated from SPARQL query on 2 February 2021
Comparison between WLB Part-I, WLB Part-II, WLB-NEI and WLB-NEI-II (Total number of images)
Total No of Species, captured in WLB project till October 2020

Wiki Loves Butterfly (WLB) has been funded for the last 4 consecutive years by the Wikimedia Foundation through the Rapid Grants. The overall purpose of WLB is to increase the amount of free license materials regarding the butterfly taxon available in the eastern and north-eastern parts of India along with enrichment of related content on different Wikimedia sites. For the last 4 years, we have expanded our area of activity to deep forests and distant lands and gained considerable experience and expertise to plan and successfully execute the project. Under this project, we have field-documented live species of butterflies focusing mostly in West Bengal for the first 2 years (WLB West Bengal Part-I & II) and in North East India for the last 2 years (WLB NEI Part-I & II). Unfortunately, like many other offline activities from around the world, our project was also disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and countrywide total lock-down last year.

We have faced a few problems while covering and documenting in the vast, very distant, poorly communicated and hardly accessible regions in the North East Indian mountains and forests. During our butterfly field documentations at the hot-spots in different reserve forests, tiger reserves and national parks in North East India, we had to encounter practical problems like long train journeys, long-distance travels in the badly maintained hilly roadways with very poor and infrequent public transportation services, expensive travels, accommodations and food in remotely accessible places, frequent rain and climatic hazards, which all summed up to one great problem to our field-work documentation activities i.e, the loss of field-work days.

As we worked on low budget under Rapid Grants previously for the last 4 years, we were getting less time in the field because we had to depend on the above-mentioned transportation ways to reach the hot-spots. Some hilly provinces of North East India even don't have any train routes. Air travel and hired cars were too expensive for our previously applied budget. We also had to crunch the number of persons responsible for field-works and limit the number and vastness of the field-documentations.

Usually, we had to spend a minimum of 9-10 days on a home to home journey for a 4-days long field documentation activity, which even might get interrupted sometimes by massive rain and unfavorable weather conditions. The low budget also hindered our plan to send our teams to different field documentation zones simultaneously to take advantage of particular favorable seasons, thus giving us less window, scope and flexibility of work.

In spite of our high enthusiasm, this problem of fewer field-work days due to the various above-mentioned reasons resulted in generation of lesser content than our expectation, which largely affected the volume of contribution to the Wikimedia sites, thus affecting our sole motto to enrich and develop open knowledge on the subject through Wikimedia platforms.

We would also like to mention that, even if we had committed to document butterfly species in North East India only for the last 2 years, we still carried on new and followed-up field-documentations in hot-spots located in different parts of West Bengal to reduce data gaps in the area.

Our project attracted the attention of like-minded organizations, amateur butterfly-enthusiasts, and expert lepidopterists from all over the country, and some of them had actively worked along with us as a team. The growth of our team has given us the opportunity to expand our activities, but we could not exploit the growth to our advantage due to our very limited budget.

Our previous low budget also stopped us from getting at least one high-end camera and super macro lens for our team, which could help us to shoot high-resolution photographs of butterflies. Even with the existing entry-level photography gear of our team members, we have so far succeeded to produce 190 quality images on Wikimedia Commons.

For the reasons mentioned above, we felt that the Rapid Grants coverage, which we had applied for and received in the previous sessions of our WLB projects, is now proving to be insufficient for us to accommodate the expected extent and quality of our project.

What is your solution to this problem?[edit]

For the problem you identified in the previous section, briefly describe your how you would like to address this problem. We recognize that there are many ways to solve a problem. We’d like to understand why you chose this particular solution, and why you think it is worth pursuing. Remember to review the tutorial for tips on how to answer this question.

The aforementioned problem of the low budget in our previous Wiki Loves Butterfly phases resulted in fewer field documentation days as explained in the previous sections. Project Grants will allow us to minimize our travel time to reach butterfly hot-spots located in remotest forests in North East India, increase the number, duration, and frequency of field-works, utilize the full capacity of our growing team in the field documentations, and take advantage of favorable seasons most suitable for butterfly photography. These optimal measures will enable us to acquire better field documentation data than now. Better photographic equipments will bring more detailed quality images of butterfly species to Wikimedia Commons. The increase in budget will also parallelly support us to carry out more vivid follow-up documentation in hot-spots of West Bengal too.

Project goals[edit]

What are your goals for this project? Your goals should describe the top two or three benefits that will come out of your project. These should be benefits to the Wikimedia projects or Wikimedia communities. They should not be benefits to you individually. Remember to review the tutorial for tips on how to answer this question.

The Phase V of WLB, for which we are applying for the Project Grants, is a thorough continuation of our previous 4 consecutive WLB projects. The proposed goal of this phase are as follows:

  1. Execute vast documentation programs in the remote areas of North East India as well as in the still unexplored areas of West Bengal.
  2. Document different butterfly species and subspecies in the said area, their life cycle, behavioral activities, nectaring plants, larva host plants etc.
  3. Create new articles and enrich the existing articles regarding butterfly species on both Bengali and English Wikipedia.
  4. Upload more quality and valued images on Wikimedia Commons with maximum possible reuse of all uploads on different Wikimedia sites.
  5. Enrich structured data on Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata and add relevant contents on Wikispecies.
  6. Plan and execute extensive outreach through recruitment of new volunteer contributors, collaboration of special interest groups, and participation and/or co-organization of regional and national level butterfly meets.

These shall continue to impact profoundly and bring more visibility to the Wikimedia movement and more interest in the local Wikimedia community. We can only just hope that our future work schedule shall not be affected and disturbed by COVID-19 Pandemic.

Project impact[edit]

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Life cycle of Melanitis leda documented through WLB project.

How will you know if you have met your goals?[edit]

For each of your goals, we’d like you to answer the following questions:

  1. During your project, what will you do to achieve this goal? (These are your outputs.)
  2. Once your project is over, how will it continue to positively impact the Wikimedia community or projects? (These are your outcomes.)

For each of your answers, think about how you will capture this information. Will you capture it with a survey? With a story? Will you measure it with a number? Remember, if you plan to measure a number, you will need to set a numeric target in your proposal (i.e. 45 people, 10 articles, 100 scanned documents). Remember to review the tutorial for tips on how to answer this question.

  • Execute vast documentation programs in the remote areas of North East India as well as in the still unexplored areas of West Bengal.
    • Field documentations in North East India and West Bengal
    • Photo-walks in West Bengal
  • Document different butterfly species and subspecies in the said area, their life cycle, behavioral activities, nectaring plants, larva host plants etc.
    • More documentation of related flora and fauna.
  • Create new articles and enrich the existing articles regarding butterfly species on both Bengali and English Wikipedia.
    • Work on field documentation data and content
    • Train interested persons to enrich Wikipedia contents
    • Organize Wikipedia edit-a-thons
  • Upload more quality and valued images on Wikimedia Commons with maximum possible reuse of all uploads on different Wikimedia sites.
    • Use of macro lens and better photographic gears
    • Train new team members to upload on Wikimedia Commons
  • Enrich structured data on Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata and add relevant contents on Wikispecies.
    • Train interested persons to work on butterfly related data.
    • Organize data-thons to enrich entity and lexicographical data on Wikidata related to butterflies.
  • Plan and execute extensive outreach through recruitment of new volunteer contributors, collaboration of special interest groups, and participation and/or co-organization of regional and national level butterfly meets.
    • Collaboration with butterfly experts
    • Co-organize butterfly meets

Do you have any goals around participation or content?[edit]

Are any of your goals related to increasing participation within the Wikimedia movement, or increasing/improving the content on Wikimedia projects? If so, we ask that you look through these three metrics, and include any that are relevant to your project. Please set a numeric target against the metrics, if applicable.

Online activity metrics[edit]

Metrics Expected outcome
Participants Total 200
Newly registered Newly registered 100
New active contributors 15
Number of content pages created or improved, across all Wikimedia projects Wikimedia Commons 4,000 files
Wikipedia 150 articles
Other 1,500
Reused images across different Wikimedia projects 10-15%


Offline activity metrics[edit]

Metrics West Bengal North East India Note
Field-works 20 12 These are approximate values, might vary depending on COVID-19 situation.
Photo-walks 2 0
Butterfly meets 0 2
Wikimedia meet-ups 2 0
Edit-a-thons 1 0

Project plan[edit]

Activities[edit]

Tell us how you'll carry out your project. What will you and other organizers spend your time doing? What will you have done at the end of your project? How will you follow-up with people that are involved with your project?

A good number of volunteers, strong and well-organized teamwork, and proper task allocation are the strengths of WLB project. Our field documentation teams, manned by enthusiastic volunteers, shall operate in the butterfly hot-spots of different zones of North East India and West Bengal simultaneously in favorable seasons.

WLB team member Sandip Das photographing a caterpillar.

In a recent monthly meeting of WLB members, we have allocated the responsibilities among ourselves for handling different segments of the project viz. field documentation, identification of butterfly species, their host plants and nectar plants, content enrichment, promotion through social media and offline events, outreach management etc. For field documentation, our entire team will be divided into 3 - 4 sub-teams, each led by senior and highly experienced team members who shall assist and guide the comparatively junior or new field workers. For other segments, separate teams of 2 - 3 members will be there to carry on specific responsibilities.

We will bring back the field documentation data and enrich the contents on different Wikimedia sites. For this, we will organize offline edit-a-thon(s) on the subject, where we will try to create Wikipedia articles, develop existing ones, add citations and upload photographs on Wikimedia Commons. We also plan to organize a data-thon to enrich entity data and lexicographical data on Wikidata related to the subject.

Previously, WLB team has maintained close connections with resource persons, subject experts and lepidopterists from reputed scientific organizations from all over the country like Bombay Natural History Society, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Nature Mates etc. and has received their valuable suggestions and guidance when needed. In this proposed phase, we hope to effectively continue this tradition of collaboration.

Like previous years, we shall co-organize regional and national level butterfly meets along with reputed bodies and the forest departments of concerned areas. To fulfill our purpose to spread awareness about Wikimedia, pavilions and stalls will be set up, videos will be presented, school and college students will be invited in the field activities, webinars will be arranged, handouts and SWAG materials will be distributed. We will also train interested persons to create articles on Wikipedia, upload photographs on Wikimedia Commons, upload data on Wikidata etc. Environmental conservation issues always reside in our hearts and our activities will help spread awareness about the conservation and diversity of different flora and fauna.

We shall actively communicate with the West Bengal Wikimedians User Group, both online and physically, and take their valuable suggestions regarding our project from time to time.

We also hope to publish scholarly articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals on rare or new findings of butterfly species, which shall be documented from this phase.

As WLB is a continuous project and is running for the last consecutive 4 years, it will be natural for us to communicate with each other after this proposed phase is over and follow-up with the next phase. Our communication within the team members will continue through both online and offline means, which will help us to share knowledge and new ideas about the subject and plan for next activities accordingly. Furthermore, the team members of respective areas shall meet physically in respective local butterfly field documentations. Thus our strong connection and bonding shall lead us nicely to our future plans too.


Month-wise proposed field-work schedule (Liable to changes as per situation)
Month Area
June, 2021 - July, 2021 Sikkim Arunachal Pradesh
August, 2021 - September, 2021 West Bengal Butterfly Meet Nagaland
October, 2021 - November, 2021 Assam West Bengal Arunachal Pradesh West Bengal
December, 2021 - January, 2022 Local field-work (in respective zones by respective residing members) Photo-walk
February. 2022 Local field-work (in respective zones by respective residing members) Photo-walk
March, 2022 - April, 2022 Assam West Bengal Arunachal Pradesh Butterfly Meet
May, 2022 Sikkim Assam

Addition of learning pattern as per grants committee recommendation[edit]

We also intend to work on the learning pattern and develop modules and toolkit for other Wikimedians who will be willing to plan similar projects in near future. Through this toolkit, we will try to capture or document all kinds of issues in the process of planning and execution of this project and the steps to be taken to overcome them to manage the situation. It will not only provide enough information to help implement successful strategies for their projects and avoid common pitfalls for other Wikimedians opting for similar projects, but will also help us assess ourselves in a much objective way than before for our follow-up activities. The toolkit will be developed and published throughout the year.

Budget[edit]

How you will use the funds you are requesting? List bullet points for each expense. (You can create a table later if needed.) Don’t forget to include a total amount, and update this amount in the Probox at the top of your page too!

Expenses for covering field-works for two (2) persons, butterfly meets and photo-walks
# Category Item description No. of units Cost per unit

(INR)

Total cost

(INR)

Total cost

(USD)

Notes
1 Logistics Flight (Economy class) and train Up and Down fare
150,000
2,049.18
Might vary depending on situation.
2 Local Transportation by Car, Bus and Auto
170,000
2,322.40
3 Permission for entering the Reserve Forest (ILP), Camera charges, Butterfly Meet Participation cost
71,000
969.94
4 Food and Accommodations
130,000
1,775.95
Total 521,000 7,117.47
Photographic Gears
1 Infrastructure Camera Body (NIKON D 500) 1
134,799
1,841.51
DX-format Nikon DSLR is best choice. Heavier FX-format body is no real gainer for maximum focal length accruing helpful for butterfly shooting; lighter cropped body gives the real advantage in this respect. The item will be purchased as per availability in market.
2 Lens (SIGMA 150MM F/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO MACRO LENS (FOR NIKON)) 1
107,900
1,474.04
Lighter and easy handling super macro lens between entry level 90/105 mm macro and much heavier and hard handling 180 mm super macro is best choice in our case. Day long carrying in difficult postures of butterflying in dense forest or stony, hilly zones is a matter of real concern. Very heavy lens hinders 7-8 hours continuous field work for days. if not available in market by the time of purchase on receiving the grant money we may have to be shifted to Sigma 180mm F2.8 EX APO DG HSM OS Macro which is much heavier and costing amount is 1,46,900 INR
3 Flash gun (Nikon Speedlight SB-700) 1
24,400
333.33
This Flash Gun provides higher shutter speed for the camera to capture and freeze movement of butterfly.
4 Strap (Universal Heavy Duty Double Sling Strap for Two DSLRs Camera) 1
899
12.28
Useful to support shoulder and give relaxation to wrists and elbows, while using a total 2.5 kg (approximate) set up of camera+lens+flash gun. Double sling strap is advantageous for carrying another short zoom lens camera for documentation of habitat area, entire puddling site and making video clips.
5 Dry Cabinet (HINISO AD-30C 34 Liters Capacity Digital Display Dry) 1
7,290
99.59
An essential device to save camera and lens from extensive moisture in our humid and rain infested country. 34 liter cabinet with sufficient space to keep camera body, lens and flashgun and other related tit bits.
6 Memory Card (SanDisk Extreme SDXC, SDXVE 64GB, V30, U3, C10, UHS-I, 90MB/s R, 40MB/s W, for 4K Video) 2 1,050
2,100
28.69
This brand has all advantages to fit with our chosen camera body. Excellent performing and quick processing card.
Total 277,388 3789.44
Outreach and Promotion
1 Outreach Offline data-thon (room rent)
4,000
54.64
Might vary depending on situation.
2 Projector rent 1
2,000
27.32
3 Token of appreciation for volunteers (sweatshirt) 15
15,000
204.92
4 Design and printing of banners, SWAG materials etc.
5,000
68.31
5 Promotional video creation
8,000
109.29
Total 34,000 464.48
Project lead and co-ordination
1 Remuneration of Project Lead 12 months 30,000
360,000
4,918.02
See responsibility of Project lead.
Total 360,000 4,918.02
Others
1 Miscellaneous
82,612
1,128.58
Any other unforeseen expenditure
Total 82,612 1,128.58
Grand Total 1,275,000 17,418

Community engagement[edit]

How will you let others in your community know about your project? Why are you targeting a specific audience? How will you engage the community you’re aiming to serve at various points during your project? Community input and participation helps make projects successful.

Wiki Loves Butterfly team shall use Wikimedia Commons, Indian Wikimedia community, Bengali Wikipedia and West Bengal Wikimedia community mailing lists for communication and project update. We shall also inform and update the community through Wikimedia Commons and Bengali Wikipedia village pumps along with WikiProject India, WikiProject Biology and WikiProject Taxonomy noticeboards on Wikidata. We shall also use our social media pages to grab the attention and curiosity of the general audience beyond Wikimedia communities. We have plans to periodically post blogs on Diff too. We shall also present our project in different online and in-person events such as WikiConferences, Wikimania etc.

Get involved[edit]

Participants[edit]

Please use this section to tell us more about who is working on this project. For each member of the team, please describe any project-related skills, experience, or other background you have that might help contribute to making this idea a success.

Team[edit]

Name Image Profile
Quality Images
Valued images
Ananya Mondal
Ananya Mondal Talks - West Bengal Wikimedians Strategy Meetup - Kolkata 2017-08-06 1669.JPG
  • Successfully executed 4 Rapid Grants projects of WLB for last 4 years as Project lead.
  • Wikimedia volunteer for last 5 years. See global contribution.
  • Amateur butterfly photographer.
9 12
Sandip Das
Sandip Das IMG 20160425 162648.jpg
  • Amateur and assignment photographer from West Bengal with 27 years of experience.
  • Special area of interest in macro photography.
  • Associated with WLB Project for last 4 years.
56 32
Subhendu Khan
Subhendu Khan IMG 8529 1.jpg
  • Amateur butterfly photographer from West Bengal.
  • Associated with WLB Project for last 4 years.
  • See Researchgate profile.
36 18
Tamaghna Sengupta
Tamaghna Sengupta WLB IMG 0499pxt.jpg
10 15
Dipanjali Biswas
WLB Team Member Dipanjali Biswas.jpg
  • Masters in Zoology from Gauhati University, Assam residing in the same state.
  • Special area of interest in butterfly gardening.
5 1
Gayatri Dutta
Gayatri Dutta New Contributor.jpg
3
Rahul Biswas
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  • Professional photographer and videographer with special interest in butterflies residing in West Bengal.
14
Bias Chakraborty
Beas Chakraborty.jpg
  • Masters in Zoology from Vidyasagar University residing in West Bengal.
  • Special area of interest in larva host plant.
Sourabh Biswas
Sourabh Biswas in fieldwork BTR̠IMG 1841 (1).jpg
14 1
Souvick Mukherjee
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  • Special area of interest in wildlife photography and host plant of butterflies.
6
Sandex P Varghese
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  • Naturalist having special interest in host plant of butterflies.
Mahesh Baruah
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  • Professional photographer having special interest in butterflies residing in Assam.
10 3
Sarpita Bose
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4
Rajib Dey
Rajib Dey.jpg
  • Amateur photographer with special interest in life cycle and host plants of butterflies, residing in West Bengal.
  • Has few scholarly publications on butterflies. See Researchgate profile.
1 1
Ruksha Limbu
Ruksha Limbu WLB-NEI.jpg

Advisory Members[edit]

Responsibilities of Project Lead[edit]

The Project lead will be responsible for the following tasks:

Field Documentation

  • Overall planning of the field documentations through analysis of data gap, seasonal availability of butterflies etc.
  • Coordination with local resource persons to arrange for necessary logistics.
  • Selection of team members for field works and butterfly meets.
  • Maintenance and allocation of funds.
  • Provide logistical support to the team.
  • Coordination with the team and distribution of tasks.
  • Coordination with subject advisors for identification of butterfly species and subspecies.

Outreach and Promotion

  • Collaboration with other like-minded organizations and subject experts throughout the year.
  • Identification and communication with potential new members.
  • Planning and organization of photo-walks, meet-ups and edit-a-thons.
  • Creation of promotional videos, posters etc.

Community notification[edit]

You are responsible for notifying relevant communities of your proposal, so that they can help you! Depending on your project, notification may be most appropriate on a Village Pump, talk page, mailing list, etc.--> Please paste links below to where relevant communities have been notified of your proposal, and to any other relevant community discussions. Need notification tips?

Endorsements[edit]

Do you think this project should be selected for a Project Grant? Please add your name and rationale for endorsing this project below! (Other constructive feedback is welcome on the discussion page).

  • Symbol strong support vote.svg Strong support to the project. I heard the idea about WLB when it was not started but I can see an idea has became a successful project. It achieved its goals with a well organised team. I believe it should run ahead for more content, collaborations and achievements. -- —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Nitesh Gill (talk)