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Wikidata GLAMs Campaign, Ghana
summaryThis proposal intends to achieve 3 objectives upon completion:
  • Create awareness and build capacity for Wikidata across Ghana
  • Deepen alliances with GLAM institutions in Ghana / create new partnerships where they do not already exist
  • Improve / create 10,000+ Wikidata items;
    • bibliographic data, and
    • Ghanaian parliamentarians
amount33,549 USD $20581.21 USD
contact• globalopeninitiative@gmail.com• ursulazage@gmail.com
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created on19:36, 20 February 2020 (UTC)

Project idea


What is the problem you're trying to solve?


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.

Wikimedia outreach in West Africa and many parts of the Global South has steadily gained ground over the years, and many internet users in those regions know about or use at least one Wikimedia project, i.e. Wikipedia, even if they are not fully aware of what Wikipedia means or stands for. The most common form of Wikimedia Foundation grants requested from these regions is the Rapid Grants, and if you look here at current and past Rapid Grants proposals, very few concern Wikidata. Among the many reasons to advocate for the promotion of Wikidata outreach in West Africa is that Wikidata has the potential to power small African-language Wikipedias (many of which are mostly inactive) and keep them up to date.

Wikimedia affiliates and volunteers on the ground will not be able to do this work alone however, and since GLAM institutions are one of the most capable groups that can truly help in this capacity, there is therefore the need to start forging alliances with them and create opportunities to demystify Wikidata so that it can be embraced in underrepresented communities too.

What is your solution to this problem?


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.

Our solution is multifaceted.

First, we'd want to embark on a nationwide campaign to create or increase awareness about Wikidata for the different GLAM institutions. There are at least 30 large public and academic libraries in Ghana. We will bring delegates from these libraries together at workshops to introduce them to Wikidata, and to help them develop pathways to reuse and integrate their collections onto Wikidata. This approach is based on successful models we have already experimented with, such as this. Similarly, we will organize Wikidata training workshops for Galleries, Archives, Libraries and Museums across the country.

These workshops will serve as means to create close meaningful relationships with these institutions in an atmosphere of trust and mutual alliance, allowing us to further expand outreach for Wikidata in different areas and with other kind of institutions.

Third, this proposed projects' solution to expanding Wikidata outreach in Ghana is to continue to grow the number of Wikidata editors in the country by engaging our existing local Wikimedia community in more Wikidata hands-on related activities. One of the very successful Wikidata engagement activities in Ghana has been the Parliament of Ghana Editathons, whose ultimate goal is to improve coverage of Ghanaian legislators from 1950 to date. We have already received 2 Wikimedia Foundation Rapid Grants to work on two out of the 13 parliamentary terms. (See [1] [2] & [3])

Finally, as part of our solutions to expanding Wikidata outreach in Ghana, we will be adding several thousands of open access bibliographic records from the University of Ghana digital records to Wikidata. There is the potential to conduct similar exercises in agreement with other universities in Ghana and in the West Africa sub-region.

Project goals


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1. We will use now til September 15 to reach out to institutions using emails and people already on the ground to sign MOU's with the individual institutions that sends a delegate to our training workshops.

2. As the above is happening, we'll galvanize our local community to engage in Wikidata related activities; i.e. organising series of contest about editing Wikidata items about Ghanaian parliamentarians similar to this, Parliament of Ghana Edit-a-thon and adding the open access bibliographic records provided by the University of Ghana digital archive.

3. After September 15, 2020, we will organize 16 total training workshops. We will devide the country Ghana into four zones, and organize 4 workshops in each of these zones. In each zone there will be workshop training for Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums.

Project impact


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  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.

Goals Impacts (outcomes) Result (measurement)
1 We will create awareness about Wikidata for GLAM institutions in Ghana 16 total workshops. Report will be written and published on Meta and on our blog
2 We will enter formal agreements with individual GLAM institutions that includes a plan/strategy for that institution's continuous engagement with Wikidata With an estimated attendance of 25 different institutions attending each event, we expect the 25% will sign an MOU with us.
3.1 Each Ghanaian MP from 1950 will have a Wikidata item with complete Position held (P39) property statement. These exercises will
  • Attract new editors
  • Increase skills for existing editors
  • Increase community engagement around Wikidata in Ghana
  • Improve technical skills for local contributors who will learn to work with QuickStatement and other batch upload tools
  • Increase WikiCite data
3.2 Add 10,000+ bibliographic records to Wikidata

Do you have any goals around participation or content?


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.

Total participants (Awareness campaigns) 250
Total participants (editing activities) 100
Number of newly registered users (editing activities) 50
Number of content pages created or improved,

across all Wikimedia projects


Project plan




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?

After September 15, 2020, Organize 16 total training workshop and sign MOU's with the individual institutions

We will organize training workshops for GLAM representative in 4 zones of Ghana. In each zone there will be four workshops targeted at 4 groups of professionals, separately; i.e. from Galleries, Libraries, Archival bodies and Museums. At each session, containing a small group of 25 participants, delegates will

  • Be introduced to Wikidata, they'll also learn
    • How Wikidata triple statements are organized
    • and use that knowledge to create / contribute to items related to their area, be it bibliographic, a collection or a record
  • Learn to write basic SPARQL queries (examples will concern their respective areas)
  • Learn how to use tools built on top of Wikidata, e.g Scholia as a tool for visualizing WikiCite data for librarians.

Parliament of Ghana Online Contests

Team members + some students of Madina Institute of Science and Technology, taken at Parliament of Ghana Wikipedia and Wikidata Editathon organised by Global Open Initiative in Ghana on February 23, 2019

For the 6th and 7th parliament of the 4th republic of Ghana, we relied on data from the GhanaMPs.com and EveryPolitician. The main parliament of Ghana website scraps old content whenever a new parliamentary session begins, and so there is no old records of previous MPs on it. MySociety has discontinued organizing data about politicians and the folks at GhanaMPs are no longer adding MP'd data to their website earlier than the 6th parliament of the 4th republic of Ghana. We have enquired from the parliament of Ghana and they say they do not have data about MP's in a structured format that they can give us, but they are however open to having us come over and use their public records library. We will send a Wikipedian-in-Residence to search and gather the following properties about the MP's:

The research activity about the MP's will be followed by 11 onsite editathon session including contests that will allow people to contribute from remote and win prizes.

Add bibliographic records provided by the University of Ghana digital archive

This will involve organizing and preparing the university of Ghana bibliographic records to be batch uploaded using QuickStatements. This activity will also involve a workshop to demonstrate a Wikidata tool, specifically dedicated to providing training for community members about making mass edits to Wikidata.



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!

We have taken out offline events and broken down the budget to make things more clearer as requested.

Item Details Total GHS
16 total awareness workshops for GLAM institutions across the breadth of Ghana This will include a team of volunteers and may involve venue rentals, traveling and lodging to some of the locations 80000
Paper work and Communication around signing of MOUs n/a 1000
Wikidatian-in-Residence at Parliament of Ghana library This person(s) will be tasked to research and prepare information about the MPs from 11 previoius parliaments in structured format 38500
11 total editathons or contest to create/update Wikipedia and Wikidata entries about MPs from previous parliaments n/a 44000
Prepare batch upload of bibliographic records to Wikidata n/a 10000
1 QuickStatements Technical n/a 4000
Miscellaneous n/a 2000
Total GHS 179500
Total USD (Oanda, 20 February 2020) 33549

Table 1

Item Details Unit Ghc Quantity Total (Ghc)
Six Online Parliament of Ghana Contests: Table 1
Social Media Advertising Boost competition on social media 200 6 1200
Data allowance for graphic designing provide internet data allowance to aid graphic designing work 150 6 900
Mobile data allowance for participants Divide amount among the number of participants (estimating 20) 400 6 2400
Team Management online team meetings, calls, online support for participants, etc 1200 6 7200
Jury Meetings and Review internet data usage Internet data allowance to aid jury work and online meetings 800 6 4800
Prizes Prizes for winners in top 5 categories (For a further breakdown please refer to the prizes table below) 4800 6 28800
Total 45300
Notes:The purpose of these contest is to engage our community in wikidata activities especially during these times that most of them are restricted to stay home as often as possible

Table 2

Role Description No of Days Total No of hours Rate/hour in Ghc No of Events Total in Ghc
Wikidatians-in-Residence: Table 2
Wikidatian-in-Residence at Parliament of Ghana Library (Six different people will play this role. We will divide the parliamentary sitting amongst six different people) Gather data about Ghanaian MP’s and present them in a spreadsheet.
Organise reference for this information.
5 days * 5 hours a day 25 140 11 38500
Wikidatian-in-Residence at University of Ghana will prepare records for batch upload of bibliographic records to Wikidata We may not be provided with a single database by university as the various departments have different systems of organising their records. 72 140 1 10080
1 QuickStatements Technical Modelling of data and running the QuickStatement batches 30 140 5 4200
Total 52570
Note: We're positioning Wikidatian-in-Residence at both the Parliament of Ghana Library and University of Ghana.

Table 3

Item Description Unit Ghc Quantity Total
Training for Six Wikidatain in Residence and team Members: Table 3
Internet data for online meetups A Community member with experience with this kind of project will be invited to assist in training the team and the Wikidatatians in residence 400 2 800
Note:The purpose of this training is to well equip and prepare the team and the wikidatians in residence

Table 4

Item Description Unit Ghc Quantity Total
8 Virtual Wikidata Workhops for 4 GLAMS: Table 4
Gound work (includes paper work) one representative closer to the respective institutions will be in charge of paying occasional visits to the institutions to meet with authorities 800 8 6400
Team management online team meetings arrangement, calls, online support for participants, etc 1200 8 9600
Certificate for Participation (digital) Designing of 20 certificates 100 8 800
Internet data allowance for participants Divide amount among number of participants 500 8 4000
Total 20800
Note: Instead of 16 in-person workshops described in our proposal, we're doing 8 virtual workshops in the north and south of Ghana

Further Breakdown of Prizes for Online Contest The prices listed in this table are the equivalent in Shoprite gift cards we shall award. The competition will not award winners any physical cash.

Project Category Prize Ghc
Wikipedia Highest edit count First 300
Second 200
Third 100
Destubbed Wikipedia articles First 600
Second 400
Third 200
Wikidata Highest edit count First 300
Second 200
Third 100
Added statement Qualifiers per MP:

Educated at (P69)

Academic degree (P512)

Academic major (P812)

Religion (P140), and

Occupation (P106)

First 600
Second 400
Third 200
Other; (only applies if there is no female in the Wikipedia winning categories) Top Female contributor First 300
Second 200
Third 100
Other; (only applies if there is no female in the Wikidata winning categories) Top Female contributor First 300
Second 200
Third 100
Total (Ghc) 4800

Final Table

Table Amount (Ghc) Amount (USD)
Table 1 45300 7803.87
Table 2 52570 9056.28
Table 3 800 137.82
Table 4 20800 3583.24
Grand Total 119470 20581.21
Note: (Oanda Exchange, 15 May 2020): 1 USD = Ghc 5.80481

COVID-19 Planning Section


There are three major activities we will be doing for this project which is: adding bibliographic records provided by the University of Ghana digital archive, creating Wikidata items for Ghanaian legislators from 1950 to date through online contest and organising 16 total awareness workshops for GLAM institutions across the breadth of Ghana. With the first two activities we can engage our existing community online while most of them are now restricted to stay at home. We already have experience in organising online contest of this sort, for instance this recent contest,Wikipedia:WikiProject Ghana/Parliament of Ghana/Members of the 6th Parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana/Contest. The 16 workshops which we hope to organise for GLAM institutions will be postponed until the World Health Organization declares the COVID-19 pandemic over.

Community engagement


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.

We will create a mailing list and a page on meta to inform people who sign up to follow the project's progress. The page will also allow us to seek input from the community along the way. We have an active social media presence and instant messaging platforms including WhatsApp and Telegram where we will disseminate information from time to time. We believe that via these social media platforms, we will find allies who may be affiliated in some way to the GLAM institutions we intend to visit. Through these folks we may be able to better connect with those institutions.

Get involved




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.

  1. Zita Ursula Zage - Main Focal Point - Zita has made over 100,000 contributions on Wikidata. She has facilitated a lot of Wikipedia and Wikidata workshops in Ghana. The documentation of the most recent Wikidata workshop she helped organise and facilitate can be found here, Wikidata:Events/FindingGLAMs: Wikidata, Librarians and Linked Open Data.
  2. Sadik Shahadu - Projects Manager - Sadik has volunteered in organizing and facilitating several Wikidata workshops in Ghana and was a participant and a volunteer for WikidataCon 2019 in Berlin, Germany.
  3. Emmanuel Yeboah - Communications, Partnerships
  4. Mustapha Olasunkanmi - Graphics Designer
  5. Harriet Henry Bayel - Logistics, Events
  6. Gabriel Amuzu - Photographer
  7. Gereon Kalkuhl - Advisor
  8. Greg McVerry - Advisor
  9. Mohammed Sadat Abdulai - Advisor - Mohammed was the Wikidata resource person at the second iteration of the Africa Open data conference in 2017. He has since organised or facilitated other Wikidata related activities and events in his home country Ghana.
  10. Franklin Oduro - Support
  11. Terese Baidoo - Support

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  • Strong support Strong support I endorse this project and the team who are working on it. JKlein (WMF) (talk) 14:57, 5 March 2020 (UTC)
  • I endorse this project because it offered me the opportunity to meet great minds and i believe continuing with it will educate others to attain full potential in their Wikimedia endeavors.
  • Strong support Strong support I endorse this project Sunkanmi12 (talk) 22:38, 2 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Strong support Strong support I endorse because it will go a very long way to educate people about wikidata and also teach them how to add edits to wikidata. Amuzujoe (talk) 23:28, 2 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Strong support Strong support most of the projects organised in the Global south focus mainly on getting editors and content unto Wikipedia but very few are centred on Wikidata and we want to change that with this project. Since Wikidata is the future of Wikipedia, I believe this project will play a vital role in the establishment of new partnerships, deepening alliances with GLAM institutions and create awareness while building capacity for Wikidata across Ghana. Celestinesucess (talk) 23:38, 2 March 2020 (UTC) (as one of the grant proposers, you shouldn't also be endorsing the proposal.)
  • Strong support Strong support I surely endorse this project
  • Strong support Strong support Only few people have interest in contributing to Wikidata from Africa. That is why I strongly endorse this project. Shahadusadik (talk) 00:01, 3 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Strong support Strong support I fully support this project.Jemima2019 (talk) 10:47, 3 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Strong support Strong support I endorse this project because it is going to help educate more individuals on how to edit on wikidata. Nana yaa series (talk) 11:19, 3 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Strong support Strong support I am a strong fun of Wikipedia since and I do go there for a lot of information, so as GOI educate me about Wikipedia and wikidata I think is a must for me to help put credible information here so as I endorsed this program it may reach to a lot of people out there who will also love to join the community and with that wikimedia will be great. Darkemperror (talk) 15:04, 3 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Strong support Strong support I know from their excellent, prior, related work that the people behind this proposal will match or exceed its worthy goals. Nateangell (talk) 18:05, 3 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Strong support Strong support I believe this project is going to increase the number of consumers and Contributors of wikidata.Mwintirew (talk) 12:11, 4 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Strong support Strong support I endorse this project. I am an advisor to the Global Open Initiative Foundation and was a Mozilla Open Leader X Fellow along with Sadik. We are currently running a 10 week training program to build the leadership skills and networking abilities of activist across Ghana. Thoughout my year serving the the GOIF Team I have seen them organize numerous events, conduct fundraising campaigns, and inspire hundreds through their editathons. The Team has the capacity to meet the goals of the grant and the experience to share their learning with the world Jgmac1106 (talk) 12:14, 4 March 2020 (UTC)* striking my endorsement seeing I was listed as an advisor on the grant based on the removal of other endorsements
  • Strong support Strong support I believe this project will not only go a long way to improve Wikidata contributions from Ghana, but also increase the awareness of Wikidata in the country. Kinvidia (talk) 16:20, 4 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Seems like a nice thing to do LewisCowles1986 (talk) 14:19, 4 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Strong support Strong support Adongo1 (talk) 15:35, 4 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Strong support Strong support - Mohammed Galib Hasan (talk) 07:17, 5 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Strong support Strong support -Yupik (talk) 15:58, 5 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Strong support Strong supportOladipupo193 (talk) 10:07, 7 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Strong support Strong support I am in support of this project.Warmglow (talk) 15:02, 7 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Support Support I endorse this project and the team working on it. Note: I have no specific opinion on the budget, I simply consider 1) the project seems solid, 2) I trust the team behind it, 3) women power 4) africa on the move 5) awareness of wikidata Anthere (talk)
  • I fully Support this project and will put in all my efforts to support it. 12:12, 31 May 2020 (UTC)