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Heritage GLAM 2020
summaryThis project will focus on Community growth by content generation, content integration and content readership; by documenting rare archives, books and artwork of historical and cultural importance to North India with no or little online presence by growing successful GLAM partnerships with government institutes; content integration on Wikisource and Wikidata via various Community campaigns and capacity building initiatives, guiding toolkits and documentation; powering readership for knowledge consumers via various initiatives including awareness videos, social media campaigning and educational partnerships.
targetPunjabi Wikisource, Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata
amount21570 USD
organizationOpen Heritage Foundation
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created on03:25, 17 February 2020 (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.

The current issues prevalent for knowledge management in most of the emerging communities is the lack of online sources for curating articles or research work. We don’t have the privilege to think about local Wikipedia articles unless we have our own primary sources for citation. Wikisource and Wikimedia Commons are two platforms that have helped us host these rich sources of local knowledge that can allow us to create Wikipedia articles in local languages and enrich them with reliable citations. There is not much information available online about North Indian literature or its authors, this makes it harder to analyze and do this work. These knowledge gaps for content needs to be addressed and most importantly, we need to understand and develop strategies on how we can include the knowledge inclusion via:

  • Content generation with GLAM Institutions and Partners
  • Content integration with Communities in Wikimedia Projects
  • Readership for Knowledge Consumers with content usability for various audiences

We will use our experience and work from the past two years to build upon these goals in a strategic way.

Content Generation and Community Growth

What we did with Wikisource project and community in the past two years:

Role of GLAM on Sum of Free Knowledge Punjabi Wikisource

From 2018-2019:
Growing from 1269 pages in October 2018 to 8320 pages in January 2019, over 6000 content pages were digitized and proofread by volunteers by the end of January, following which Punjabi Wikisource has become the fastest growing Wikimedia project in the world with 887.79% growth as compared to January 2018 and fastest growing community in India with 300% growth in terms of editor demographics from as compared to March 2018. (749% growth from July 2018-July 2019).

From 2019-2020:
Added over 17000 pages from old literature - first editions of classic literature, manuscripts, important works such as Lexicography book of Punjabi Sikh literature Mahakosh, Guru Granth Sahib, Pothi Panj Granthi Steek and more.

2019 Metrics:

  • By Feb 2020, Punjabi Wikisource has become number four in terms of integration of works via proofreading in South Asia from number nine from previous year.
  • Initially, when the pilot of this GLAM Wiki project started in October 2018, we had over 5000 pages on Punjabi Wikisource and only 1260 pages integrated via proofreading, after 16 months of persistent work, we have reached over 22085 pages transcribed via proofreading, seeing overall growth of 1752.79% in Punjabi Wikisource, out of which 17000 pages have been proofread in the last twelve months from March 2019 to March 2020. [1][2]
  • Punjabi Wikisource project is number 6th position among all Wikimedia projects and 2nd among all Wikisources with 177.34% growth compared to January 2019 due to consistent community retention and growth via outreach and training workshops.[3]
  • Added over 71 new editors with over 48 active editors retained from the last 12 months (Jan 2019 - Jan 2020) seeing over growth of 200.00 % in editor demographics.[4]
  • Last year, with our focused content generation, Punjabi Wikisource for the first time in the last four years since its creation, saw the readership growth of 110% with over 1.4 million page views from 12 thousand unique devices coming to this digital library in last 12 months from Feb 2019 - Feb 2020.

Open Access and Wikimedia Advocacy:

We have been working with the GLAM institutions of Punjab which have an excellent source of rich content of Punjab Culture, architecture and history but little or no such resources are available online. To establish good relations with Public institutions and establish a level of credibility about Wikipedia and its sister projects, we have been working in collaboration with important GLAM institutes of North India under Heritage GLAM project.

There is a severe content gap about medieval works that are not present on Commons or any other internet archive. Currently, there is little or no knowledge source about the important art and literature works on Wikipedia or Wikimedia Commons.

Similarly, important Hindi, English, Sanskrit and Punjabi books about Indian art, history, culture and rare medieval literature are missing from Commons and Wikisource. The work of Collaboration, GLAM staff education and active contribution in different Wiki projects (Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata), Art and Literature documentation, and digitization done would be an important milestone for the Wikimedia communities in North India.

In addition to that, to improve participation on Wikimedia movement in the North India region, so along with GLAM Heritage, one of the other motives has been to do awareness campaigns to recruit more volunteers who can become a part of the movement. Our previous mid point project report can be read from here and the final report which will be released near the end of our term on March 20 can be read here.

The strategic priorities will be the grounds on which this project would be implemented in capturing, sharing, and enabling access to free knowledge.


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.

We have evolved as a registered non-profit organization in India in the last year and we hope that this will help us forming long-lasting collaborations with more institutions in the region. The following are the key areas in which we plan to work to solve the problems stated above.

Content Generation

Central State Library

Opened in 1955 and named after former chief minister and Sahitya Akademi Award winner Giani Gurmukh Singh Musafir, the library has more than 95,000 books including 15,000 that have archival value, besides 3,000 rare manuscripts and 100 volumes of collected works of Mahatma Gandhi.

Chandigarh Museum & Art Gallery

Designed by Le Corbusier, Chandigarh Museum and Art Gallery is the one of the leading museums of North India, it has centuries old collection to modern contemporary art collection. Some of the important collections are, Basholi, Kangra, Rajput and Mughal paintings, Gandhara sculptures, Pahari miniature painting and contemporary Indian art. Our team has been working with community volunteers and professionals to identify the works under public domain for digitizing the collections for Wikimedia Commons.

Municipal Public Library, Patiala

One of the eminent libraries of the 20th centuries with over 100000 collections, once a famous place inhabited by the research scholars, professors and students in late twentieth century, now it is a decaying library that desperately needs to be saved. Due to shortage of manpower, books are not removed for years from the shelves, as a result of which they are being eaten up by moths and termites. The place where the library is has been declared unfit and would be shut off, thus, making the books in the library a history. We have been working on digitizing their collections of rare manuscripts, first editions and important historic works identified by some of the scholars during the surveys we did in 2019.

Municipal Library Ludhiana

This is one of the public libraries in Ludhiana with we plan to collaborate and work along with libraries in Patiala to identify the priority literature from medieval period that is of high relevance to the Punjabi readers but is not available online or offline.

For the above mentioned institutions, our next endeavor would be to collaborate and continue our relationship with the government institutions. In the last half of the project from October to December, we plan to digitize the priority collections that are important to Punjabi knowledge consumers and the GLAM staff will support us in identifying the copyright free works. We will be digitizing and uploading at least 6000 pages from works of Gurmukhi Punjabi, Shahmukhi, Urdu, Sanskrit and Hindi languages from public domain collections including first editions, rare manuscripts and important historic books and other literature works from the above mentioned libraries. Along with that, we will upload the work donated from some of the prominent and famous Punjabi Authors who we will partner with during the project, that play a crucial role for knowledge consumers from different backgrounds. Earlier iteration we uploaded over 15700+ pages in Heritage GLAM last year after extensive research work for copyrights in Wikimedia Commons and Wikisource. The work has been integrated in Wikisource and Wikipedia with several edit-a-thons, online proofreading campaigns and integration campaigns such as 1lib1ref. Additionally, we have been working on curating the dataset for Sum of all painting and Wikiproject:Punjabi authors to be made available on Wikidata.

SEABA Educational Institution

This is one of the top 500 smart secondary education schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education. Our targeted students will be junior high and senior high school students of age group 14-18, who will learn and train under our online education curriculum for Wikisource. We have already done a pilot with the institute with two Wikisource workshops with consistent follow-up from the WiR and online Wikisource contest organized by us for the SEABA students, in which 20 users have proofread more than 500 pages. The program will aim for at least 100 new students in the curriculum certification. This course would run online via proper curriculum and support of online toolkits, video lessons and real-time Zoom workshops. The education institutions in India are going virtual in the ongoing scenario, with that in mind, we will be initiating weekly programs with the students with the support of the institution staff. The best part of our program is that is it is designed for mobile editing in mind, so students who do not have laptops or computer systems at home can easily follow up with their daily school education along with our activities and virtual pre-recorded and live sessions through mobile phone or tablets.

Copyright Research Work: Consistent copyright research work has been done while working with all our previous and current GLAM institutions. The research work for determining the copyright status will be one of the most crucial elements of the project. There is not much information available online about Punjabi and other South Asian literature, this makes it harder to analyze the status. It made us realize that there is a need to develop a centralized repository of Punjabi authors that would make the work of readers and researchers really easy. This is where Wikidata:Wikiproject Punjabi Authors came to life. We have been researching the old repositories for the project. The researched dataset will be uploaded via Open Refine on Wikidata. We have already scanned some rare offline repositories of ancient and medieval Punjabi works that we will use to build a database in Wikidata for bibliography data in Wikidata:Wikiproject Punjabi Authors for ease in the copyright research work for us and the academics.

Content Integration
Group photo of Wikisourcers after a proofread-a-thon in October 2019.


We will continue or start new project around these projects on Wikidata to integrate the content from Wikimedia Commons and Wikisource.

  • Sum of all Paintings - The WikiProject sum of all paintings is a WikiProject to get an item for every notable artwork. The metadata collection will be created manually by us for the museum we will be doing the collaboration with.
  • Wikiproject Punjabi Books - This Wikiproject will be producing the list of the books with Wikidata items created by us for all the digitized works.
  • Wikiproject Punjabi Authors - This is Wikiproject for the Punjabi authors with the list of the Wikidata items curated by community. We will add Wikidata items for the authors whose works will be digitized and integrated on Commons and Wikisource.
  • Development of Mbabel Tool in Punjabi - We will create a list of articles via Mbabel from the Wikidata items.
  • Development of Wikidatrix tool- For Wikisource and Wikidata integration for the works already on the Wikisource without Wikidata items.


This year we plan to introduce some quality metrics along with quantitative metrics we have been working on. We will ensure proofreading for at least 3000 pages which will amount to around 40 works. Punjabi Wikisource had 1200 proofread pages in October 2018 and by February 2020, has grown with more than 19500 pages proofread by over 100 editors in the last year. For the fall period, we will be organizing dedicated online training workshops, proofreading and validation edit-a-thons on Wikisource, campaigns, meetups, (all organized virtually with our current active community).

Wikisource Virtual Program

Students and Wikimedians after a workshop at SEAB school in January 2020.

We are converting our Wikicamp to set of virtual weekly programs for the keeping the consistency of our community work on Wikisource, advanced and basic training sessions for old and new editors, proofreading edit-a-thons, basic sessions for new editors, with our academic volunteer base - assessment of books per academic syllabi, categorization of books present in Punjabi Wikisource per genre, type and subject like English and Italian Wikisource, transcribing the books, training on advance Wikisource tools, techniques and work for bringing more quality into Wikisource, including, transcribing books, interface and adminship tasks, conceptualizing of the works to connect them with Wikipedia articles and Wiktionary. For this work, we already did a small pilot with Wikisource-Wikipedia integration in #1Lib1Ref online campaign and training sessions explained ahead.

The aim of these endeavors is to create quality + quantity outcomes on Wikisource along with leadership and mentorship of editors to become admins, interface admins and also to do outreach activities. We will start introducing these sessions and activities on weekly basis with our community with fun programs on Zoom and other social media channels we use for communicating with them, including Facebook, Whatsapp and Hangouts. Regular office hours will be conducted to ensure there are no issues for this program with our old and new editors.

Education Program via a Wiki Club

SEABA Education Institution

This is one of the top 500 smart secondary education schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education. Our targeted students will be junior high and senior high school students of age group 14-18, who will learn and train under our education curriculum for Wikisource. We have already done a pilot with the institute with two wikisource workshops with consistent follow-up from the WiR and online Wikisource contest organized by us for the SEABA students, in which 22 users have proofread more than 500 pages. The program will aim for at least 25 new students in the curriculum certification. With the support of the institution staff, this program will be completely virtual and well planned with weekly activities:

A still from SEABA wikisource workshop January 2020

Curriculum of the Certification Program

  • Orientation of students to project and account creation
  • Identify books (literature or academic subjects)
  • Basics to Wikisource
  • Distribute Index pages
  • Proofreading
  • Basic templates
  • Review
  • Tasks - Proofread
  • Peer-Review - validation
  • Complex templates and annotation (such as hws)
  • Tasks
  • Peer-Review - validation
  • Transclusion
  • Audio Recording for the work
  • Community Review
  • Feedback
Wikimedia Statistics Punjabi Wikisource Jan 2019-2020

Certification requirements:

Proofread, transclude and audio record assigned book


We organized #1Lib1Ref 1lib1ref online campaign from 15 Jan-5 Feb for Wikipedia integration as a pilot to use the citations from books from Wikisource digital library in the local Wikipedia articles on Wikipedia. This was a success model on how we can integrate our local cultural heritage and the indigenous knowledge systems in Wikipedia. We will advance and expand on this with a longer campaign to create strategies, how and where can citations be created and utilized in the encyclopedia articles from the relevant index pages of Wikisource

Open GLAM Partnerships

Prior to this, we have been doing this project for the last one and half years at Municipal Library, Patiala, a 19th century library from the British Raj with WiR for educating the staff about the importance of Wikimedia values, practices and teaching them via workshop and daily interactions about digitization techniques. We have also been engaging in digitizing works of Punjabi Literature from Central Library which is a 20th century library, one of the most important institutions in Patiala. We have also done a lot of advocacy work with Government Museum & Art Gallery staff about the Wikimedia movement and its projects and policies. In addition to that, we have been engaging in identification of public domain collections for digitizing the art collection from Government Museum & Art Gallery and the Natural History Museum. The third most important institution we partnered with was Punjab Lalit Kala Akademy, that is a department under the ministry of culture for access to arts conference. We also formed alliances with artist Diwan Manna a famous conceptual Punjabi artist. He has donated two works from his famous collection, Shores of the Unknown. We have also started collaborating with modern authors, including, famous Punjabi historian Harish Puri.

We will continue copyright relicense work with modern authors and artists, identifying important works that are relevant priorities taking in mind the readership and editors from Literature departments and make that work available on Commons, Wikisource and Wikidata.

Community Growth

We have been onboarding many new members to the Wikisource community in the past years and they have been participating in events, edit-a-thons and contests focused on creating transcriptions of works digitized at the Municipal and the Central Library in Patiala. Last year, Punjabi Wikisource became the fastest growing community in South Asia and fourth fastest in the world in terms of editors and were the fastest growing Wikimedia Project in the world in terms of content in January 2019. This year we have maintained consistency and have grown with 189% growth from January 2019 till January 2020. We also came to the top 4 (4) project of South Asia in terms of number of pages proofread and validated. Our endeavor by the end of the project will be to be among the top three Wikisource communities from South Asia.

And with the experience from this project and partnerships and to facilitate the future partnerships, we will create resources, including, learning patterns, GLAM WIKI Case study on forming partnerships with GLAM government Institutes in Indian Subcontinent and ways to get them to collaborate with Wikimedia projects.

Wiki Edu Club for our Education program at SEABA School. We have a dedicated WiR hired by the institution. Our team will be supporting the Wikisource project by devising the Wikisource online coarse that will establish a strong volunteer editor base in that institution along with content integration of the already digitized books in the form of transcribed books in pdf, epub, etc. to expand our user base from diverse backgrounds with inclusion, innovation and user experience with multiple audiences.

  • Content generation
  • Content integration via Community engagement
  • Readership for knowledge consumers

Editor Retention and Growth:

In the last annual year, we brought over 80+ new editors join in the previous year and currently the total number of the active editors stand around 50. This year we plan to have:

  • Number of new editors: 50+
  • Number of new active editors by the end of the project: 20+

Online and offline events organized under project Heritage GLAM have been documented here.

We are supporting the Wiki Loves Folklore project coordinated by Wikimedia Commons community that aims to document the local cultural heritage of different regions with the theme of folklore in the international photography contest at Wikimedia Commons. Images, videos and audios representing different forms of folk cultures, including but not limited to folk dances, folk music, folk activities, folk games, folk cuisine, folk wear, folklore and tradition, ballads, folktales, fairy tales, myths, legends, traditional song and dance, folk plays, games, folk arts, folk religion, mythology and more along with new forms of heritage that haven’t otherwise been documented so far are welcome submissions in Wiki Loves Folklore.

Access to Arts Conference (30 July 2019)

Access to Arts conference was a Summit about the open access movement with the artists of North India at Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi Gallery in Chandigarh district. The event is powered by Punjab Lalit Kala Akademy, Punjab Arts Council, the Open Heritage Foundation and the Wikimedia Commons community group. The conference featured tracks on Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons licenses and open access partnerships done throughout Wikimedia movement globally. There was a panel talking about Indian and US Copyright law and how artists can release their work with creative commons licenses and why they should provide open access to their work. The artists got an open opportunity to interact with the panel. Members from the field of arts and GLAM Staff were invited. This conference initiated an open dialogue with contemporary artists and art lovers and presented an opportunity to broaden their horizons about the big Open movement in India and the respective role that the Wikimedia and Creative Commons Community plays in it.

Wikicite Conference (delayed till Fall)

This conference is planned to happen in the Fall in collaboration with Wikimedia Community for:

  • Wikisource + Wikidata: Analysis and report around Integrating information about authors and their works already present in Wikisource and Wikipedia, use of bibliographic data in Wikimedia projects in South Asian languages.
  • Proposal of tool/script as a solution for simplifying and enabling Wikisource + Wikidata integration after the discussion and detailed analysis from this workshop.
  • Discussions around strategies to take offline bibliographic information on a large scale.

New Program:

We will organize two major programs under this Project Grant:

WikiEduClub at SEABA Educational Institution

  • Teaching the high school students about Wikisource, wiki commons, and other sister projects. Running online campaigns, contests and edit-a-thons and training sessions via virtual sessions

Wikisource Club events:

  • Meetups, training Wikisource workshops and contests, campaigns, Digital education and skill development workshops - Proofreading, translation, photography and editing. Total 12-15 (or more as needed on demand by community) virtual sessions and events.
  • Assessment of books - Validation workflow
  • Integrating Wikisource content with other Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia and Wikidata


We have created a Learning pattern of Vicuna tool and added into existing learning pattern of Pattypan tool for batch uploading of files on Wikimedia Commons and other sisters along with the Midpoint project grant report. Along with that, we did documentation of all the events organized under project grant. We have also created learning pattern for OpenRefine and Community Growth via capacity building along with other resources that can be checked from our final report of previous grant.

Group photo from 2020 1Lib1Ref event in Patiala. Community members added references from Wikisource to Wikipedia articles.

For this project grant, we will create:

  • Technical tools for Wikimedia projects - the tool will be identified from WikiCite conference from April 2020 for Wikisource + Wikidata integration and MBabel in Punjabi
  • GLAM and community growth case study (1)
  • Learning patterns - copyright and digitization (1-2)
  • Tutorials - Wikisource editing learning resources in different visual format(2-3)
  • Blogs of success stories, interviews from artists, research scholars, glam staff
  • Interview blog posts of artists and authors (1-2 blog posts)
  • Social media blasts via Awareness videos (one each month - total 6)
  • Audio poems (5-10)

Tools developed under Heritage GLAM

  • Wikisource User Edit Stats - This tool states stats of South Asian Wikisource communities.
  • Wikisource Contest Tool - This tool allows us to have stats of the Wikisource contest for the number and usernames of editors, index pages edited, books, number of pages proofread and number of pages validated.

Tools to be created under the project grant( June- December 2020) Our Technical Developer Jay Prakash will be working with us as our team to create these tools in the project period.

Wikidatrix: Wikisource-Wikidata Integration tool

Punjabi version Mbabel tool - for creating local encyclopedia article lists from Wikidata in Punjabi language.

This is a critical time for our project. The gains we made and the structural development we achieved over the course of the last year is significant. And the relationships we have begun with institutions, GLAM Partners, and Wikimedians are significant but developing them further (into something lasting) is contingent on receiving support to continue this work and take advantage of the unique opportunities within our reach.

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.

We have three Key Qualitative and Quantitative Goals

Content Generation: Via digitization of important works relevant to our local cultural heritage with digitization using our GLAM Collaborations as base. (Target 12000 pages digitized and uploaded and at least 100 artwork digitized and added to Commons via our GLAM Partnerships).

Currently, we are missing many important works from Indian authors from medieval, and postmodern period. Those works are nowhere on the internet and our projects lack the relevant knowledge sources to curate the local encyclopedia articles. We aim to bring these works on Commons and Wikisource and make them available in transcribe form for readers and editors alike who need citations for academic research and encyclopedic articles.

We will aim to form long-lasting partnerships with the following GLAM institutes described in detail along with endeavor for documentation & digitization of their content with different Wiki Programs, ensuring active staff involvement from each heritage institute. The rare books, archives and documented photographs present at these institutes are at risk because of neglect, lack of resources and represent a special historical value for Punjab and India a whole.

There are rare artifacts, letters, maps, manuscripts, archives from 13th century to the time of Partition of India, along with important literature of Punjab, Shahmukhi, Hindi, Sanskrit and Urdu. There is no presence of the above mentioned content online with scanned layers and the only way to protect these rare Indian art, literature and archives is to digitize and document them and make their content available online via free licenses.

With the ongoing work at the Municipal Library and Central Library, we have been able to explore, number of rare books. The challenges that are encountered in this project are unavailability of repository of Punjabi authors that died sixty years ago according to Indian Copyright but were able to find some rare treasures, such as Mahankosh Part 1 and 2 book, Old edition of Guru Granth Sahib, and several first editions and manuscripts of classical Punjabi, Sanskrit and Persian literature.

Content Integration via Community Engagement and Tools: Through virtual workshops, education program we will work on integration of the data in Wikimedia Commons, Wikisource, Wikidata and Wikipedia for atleast 3000 pages proofread and integrate content from Wikisource and Commons in Wikipedia - 30-40%. We will also be introducing MBabel in Punjabi, which is a tool that creates skeleton Wikipedia articles by providing a simplified outline, automatically generated from data present in Wikidata. These newly created articles can be improved by users on their own sandbox page before migrating content to the main domain, where Wikipedia articles are located, and should strive for the minimum quality level of an article. This tool will be helpful in integrating the content we upload on the Commons and Wikisource with their relevant Wikidata items containing their related metadata.

Readership for Knowledge Consumers: Bringing new readership to our projects with various initiatives, such as, social media campaigns, and collaboration with education partners, conceptualization and identification of the present works and the existing gaps as per the requirements of the users. Last year, with our focussed content generation, Punjabi Wikisource for the first time in the last four years since its creation, saw the readership growth of 113.83% with over 1.4 million views coming to this digital library in last 12 months from Feb 2019 - Feb 2020.

Along with the below mentioned individuals, active involvement of new volunteers recruited during the project and active old editors involvement at various levels of workshop and event facilitation would be there to support new recruits for effective contribution.  

Project impact[edit]

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.

This project would be considered successful if

  • Long lasting collaborations with at-least 2 GLAM institutions
  • At least 12000 6000 pages of books and manuscripts digitized
  • At least 3000 4000 pages proofread on Wikisource
  • 2 New tools created for Wikidata, Wikisource and Wikipedia integration
  • At least 15% of uploaded files integrated in new or existing articles
  • 20 new active editors and while retaining existing active editors

Once the project is over, the GLAM institutions will remain our partners for any future work. The content uploaded will become a resource for the community. Along with that, we will create project resources, such as, video tutorials, learning pattern and case study, blogpost for project programs and achievements, activating and advancing the Wikimedia movement in North India at a larger scale. And the increase in growth of community along with retention of old editors.

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.

    • Planned collaborations with 3 government GLAM institutions and continuation in Municipal library, Patiala for digitization and Wikisource. Open access collaboration with authors and artists for content relicensing for Commons
    • Resource creation-Two tools Wikidatrix and Punjabi Mbabel; Toolkits for copyrights and digitization; Videos for readers; A comprehensive Wikisource Guide and tutorials for Punjabi Editors, Interview blogpost with Artists and authors and case study of GLAM project
    • Total pages uploaded will be over 12000 6000 and with 3000 4000 of those pages being proofread on Wikisource. We aim to bring in 20+ new active editors.

Project plan[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?

  • Disclaimer:All the below mentioned activities are virtual except digitization, which will be done by the digitization professional from October to December.
    • 3 Meetups cum educational training sessions with education institution staff
    • ~12 workshops and meetups related to Wikisource and integration with other projects
    • Bibliographical data and metadata about museum paintings in Wikidata
    • Lasting relationship with the GLAM institutions
    • Collaborations with at-least 2 new institutions
    • At-least 30% of the editors will be women and this will help to improve gender gap in editor demographics
    • Documentation of museums to bridge the content gap related to history, culture and art via different programs.
    • Integration of content on (Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia) about artists, paintings and sculptures using Mbabel tool. What will you have done at the end of your project?
    • Partnerships and good relations with Wikimedia Community with atleast 2 GLAM Institutions.
    • List of copyright free Punjabi books on Wikidata present in the library to be created after verification from online archives and directories and consultation with copyright experts. This process would be complicated since information about old Indic authors is not documented online and would involve a database curation from various online and scanned archives and directories.
    • Work with GLAM staff to contribute to Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata and teach them scanning techniques and co-ordination of the digitization of 12,000 pages of copyright free books and other sources of different sizes of delicate archives and historical documents, uploaded from 2 libraries present in two different cities.
    • Organize online edit-a-thons, campaigns and contests to get minimum 3000 4000 pages proofread on Wikisource.
    • Wikiproject: Sum of all Paintings - Make meta data of 100 paintings/sculptures on Wikidata and at least 100 authors/books under Wiki Project:Punjabi Authors.
    • SEBA School education program (Wikimedia curriculum program certification course)
    • Wikisource club for Punjabi Wikisource community
    • Establishment of Wikisource club with at least 30 active editors
    • Advocacy and open access campaign with at least 2-3 celebrated modern authors/artists for donation of their work under free license.
    • Community Engagement/ Events WikiEduClub at SEABA Educational Institution
    • Teaching the high school students about Wikisource, wiki commons, and other sister projects. Running online campaigns, contests and edit-a-thons and training sessions via virtual sessions Wikisource Club events:
    • Teaching community for advanced Wikisource techniques, including, admin training, outreach workshops, transcription of books and other advanced work such as categorization and conceptualization of Wikisource works. Other
  • Meetups, training wikisource workshops and contests, campaigns, Digital education and skill development workshops - Proofreading, translation of books, photography and editing (12-15 events).
  • Assessment of books - Validation workflow
  • Integrating Wikisource content with other Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia and Wikidata via online campaigns Teaching the school staff and the high school students about Wikisource, wiki commons, and other sister projects. Running edit-a-thons and training sessions
  • Resources developed/communications/Awareness campaigns:
    1. Technical tool for Wikimedia projects -by Jay Prakash for Wikisource + Wikidata integration
    2. GLAM Wiki case study (1)
    3. Learning patterns - copyright and digitization (1-2)
    4. Tutorials and toolkits- Wikisource editing learning resources in different visual formats (2-5)
    5. Blogs of success stories, interviews from artists, research scholars, glam staff (2-3 blog posts)
    6. Social media blasts via Awareness video (one each month - total 6)
    7. Audio poems (5-10)

We will follow up with the participants involved with a dedicated telegram group and a mailing list for this project.


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!

Number Category Item description Unit Number of units Cost per unit Total cost Currency Notes
1 Laptop MacbookPro for professional work by volunteers (developer) 1 1 2800 2800 USD Expense of supporting equipment
2 Expenses for program Swag, t-shirts, merchandize, vouchers and gift coupans, internet stipends, internet dongals, Zoom professional subscription 1 6 250 1500 USD Budget for the campaigns, internet stipends and videoconferencing services
3 Scanning Personnel for GLAM Institutions 1 scanning personnel 1 3 400 1200 USD Minimum wage for scanning personnel (oct - dec)
4 Program Manager Monthly expenses and taxes for program officer 1 6 1000 6000 USD Manager and Resource person for the project - program planning, execution and documentation
5 Program Assistant Monthly expenses and taxes for project assistant 1 6 500 3000 USD Assistant for the overall project
6 Micro Grants for communities Support for micro grant for other communities for Bibliographic work/Wikisource campaigns and contests 1 5 100 500 USD Micro-grant support for Wikimedia communities for GLAM related activities (online vouchers, internet expense, etc.)
7 Readership Awareness- Online promotion and documentation Social Media promotion 1 1 2500 2500 USD Cost for professional videographer, designer and paid campaigning
8 Accounting Expense Cost of book keeping and accounts 1 1 1000 1000 USD Cost of book keeping and accounts
9 Insurance and Government permission Government permissions, security and legal Insurance 1 5 1000 1000 USD Cost for government permission
10 Miscellaneous Contingency cost (10% of total cost) 1 1 2070 2070 USD Contingency

Total - 21570 USD

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.

Target: Government GLAM Institute collaboration and building a relation from Wiki Community, GLAM Staff, Punjabi Wikisource community, Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons project. Our team participation would involve multiple elements:
We will be responsible for:

  • Liaising between the Wiki community and the government institution to ensure all legalities and licensing requirements are understood by government institution to the agreement.
  • Build credibility with Punjab Government institutes about Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikisource project. We will be making endevours to expand the footmarks of the GLAM partnerships geographically.
  • Organize events, Wikimedia commons, Wikipedia and Wikisource workshops, proofreading edit-a-thons and contests for the Punjabi community.
  • Identifying and building a list of books present in these government libraries that are already in the Public Domain. We will identify and build a list of authors and their books whose death happened 60 years back. Copyright laws in India and Pakistan will be kept in mind, the time period and place were published along with keeping in mind US Copyright Laws.
  • We will continue the Wikiproject:Punjabi authors and books after searching and reaching with the online repositories and offline archives. This task becomes hard due to the non availability of information about old books, authors and year of publications online.
  • Organize various proofreading contests, events and workshops to proofread at least 3000 pages scanned during this project.
  • Will also continue working on finding books to be scanned as a layer for 100 texts taken from internet sources Punjabi Wikisource that we still don't yet have a scan.
  • Create Wikidatrix tool for Wikidata and Wikisource integration and MBabel tool version for Punjabi language for Wikidata and Wikipedia integration.
  • Bring Wikimedians on-site to work with staff on content creation and improvements.
  • Organize Wikisource Summer Camp and Wiki Edu Camp with Punjabi Wikisource community and SEABA Student wiki community.
  • Partner with 2-3 modern authors/artists for donation of their copyrights to free licenses and integrate their donated work on Wikimedia Common.

GLAM Staff: Will be responsible for (scanning by R.V.D.J. Municipal Library staff), uploading books on Commons or Wikisource and we will coordinate and oversee the process and teach them how to correctly scan the different variants of sizes of copyright free books, selected prior by us with different equipment, the techniques, the lighting, and processing.

Volunteers will be responsible for proofreading, indexing, validation, and Wikisource task, Wikidata items, Wikimedia Commons uploads, facilitation as instructors and speakers in Wiki events.

Copyright consultants: We have copyrights advisors for the copyright issues and its challenges in India. They would advise us for verification of books and commons licenses for the listing of books.

Experts of Literature and art, Punjabi research scholars will help in the final verification about author and bibliographical data for Public declaration.

Existing Resources in Patiala[edit]

  • 1 Portable Scanner
  • 1 DIY Scanner
  • 1 Asus Laptop
  • 1 External Hard Drive
  • 1 Tripod
  • Tripod with Bag

We would require an additional scanner for a GLAM institution in another city.

Get involved[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.

Apart from the professional hired program officer manager, digitizing professionals and project assistant, we have a team of volunteers who will be supporting and working on the project in different capacities.

Some of the key volunteer team members are:

Wikilover90 - Wikilover90 is a long term Wikimedian who has been volunteering for Wikimedia Projects since 2014 and is the co-founder of Punjabi Wikimedians User Group, which is the first Foundation recognized User Group in India and Wikipedia Asian Month User Group. This user founded the project Heritage GLAM and was the Wikimedian-in-residence and project manager for the Project grant in 2019. Some of the major Wiki projects user has contributed for over the years are, Project coordinator and Director of Animation movie, ‘Wikipedia Tales - A Trip To Lahore’, for promotion of Punjabi and English Wikipedia on social media, Wiki Loves Food edit-a-thon in partnership with World Heritage Cuisine Summit & Food Festival 2018, established Chandigarh Wiki Club, was in local Organizing Team of Wiki Conference India, organized Wikidata Workshop Chandigarh, Wikipedia Workshop MM Modi College, National Jury in Supporting Indian Language Wikipedias Program and organizer from Punjabi Wikipedia in Project Tiger, organizing team of Wikipedia Asian Month 2018 and is the Coordinator of upcoming international commons contest Wiki Loves Love. In addition to that, Wikilover90 is actively collaborating with Wikimedians from different Affiliates, including Wikimedians of Levant, Wikimedia France, Wikimedia Deutschland, Wikimedia Belgium. In addition to that, Wikilover90 has formed active collaborations with Wikimedians with participation in Wikimania and Wikimedia Conference 2018. Apart from these, have organized many workshops, edit-a-thons and meetups during these past 4 years. Additionally, Wikilover90 has done GLAM collaborations with Rajindra Victoria Diamond Silver Jubilee Municipal Public Library and Panjab Digital Library. Wikilover90 is currently collaborating with different Indic communities for different projects and Heritage GLAM project would take the government partnerships in India and digitization for rare archives and literature to another level and will be project manager for the Heritage GLAM project. The user is the chief coordinator of Wiki Loves Love 2019, an international photography contest for documenting cultural heritage around themes, festivals and ceremonies in different cultures. This user founded Wiki Loves Women India in 2019 in which over twelve Indic languages took part to create articles on bridging gender gap in the month of February and March. This year, this user is co-ordinating Wiki Loves Folklore 2020, an international photography contest for documenting global folk culture at Wikimedia Commons and a simultaneous Wikipedia article writing campaign that connects gender with Folklore. The special part of this project is that it is international, it is inclusive - involving voices and knowledge from underrepresented, marginalized and indigenous communities along for their cultures, their people and it is a collaboration between atleast 20 affiliates of the world. This year, the user has founded Wiki Loves Women South Asia, an expansion of Wiki Loves Women India, to include communities from other languages and regions of South Asia in which over 16 language communities are taking part.

Charan Gill - Charan Gill is a free knowledge activist and long time Wikimedian based in Patiala, Punjab. He has been involved with various projects to promote Punjabi language on the internet such as the Wikimedia movement and Global Voices. He assisted in the last Project as copyrights consultant for authors, and has supported as resource person for the Wikisource events. He will be active in this project as one of the resource people for Open Access advocacy with modern authors and trainers in Wikisource events. Besides this, he is the highest contributor on Punjabi Wikipedia.

KCVelaga - KC is strategic advisor for Open Heritage Foundation. He is a long time Wikimedian and is a member of Communications Committee of WMF. He has previously been a University Innovation Fellow with Stanford University. His efforts with various programs and initiatives like the Graphics Bootcamp, The Wikipedia Library and Opencon have led Indic communities to develop the open movement progressively.

Hardarshan Benipal - Hardarshan Benipal will the volunteer Wikisource advisor and social media operator for this project. His role will be to support community engagement via social media, onsite support and technical support as interface admin on Wikisource.

Jagseer S Sidhu - Jagseer Sidhu is already working as a Wikimedian in Residence at SEABA school in Lehragaga. He will lead the daily activities of Education program under our Wiki Edu Club for high school students for the certification program for Wikisource project. Apart from this, the students will also be acquainted with other sister projects in some classes and our summer camp with the students.

Gill jassu - Jassu Gill will be engaging different community members for Wikisource project via outreach and training workshops and will be supporting as mentor and Wikisource officer for the community at large. She is the largest contributor on Wikisource contests and has been named as Ambassador for Punjabi Wikisource with her persistent and outstanding contributions in the past year.

Jay Prakash - Jay Prakash is MediaWiki Extension Developer and maintainer. He was Google Summer of Code 2019 intern for Wikimedia. As an editor, he mostly edits Hindi Wikipedia and Hindi Wikiversity as Hindi is his native language. He will be the technical advisor for this project. He is currently working with Stanford university as a developer for one of their projects. He was actively developing tools with us under this project and independently for Wikisource, such as, Indic OCR, Wikisource Contest Tool, BookReader, etc.

Sumita Roy Dutta - Sumita Roy Dutta is a long time Wikimedian. Her academic background is in Electronics and Telecomm and has professional experience of twelve years in hardware maintenance and software development with Tata Steel Corporation. Apart from her technical background, she also has experience as a professional mountaineer and photographer. Her work has been mentioned in Alpine Journal, Outlook Guidebook, A Global History of Architecture book, and some other prestigious papers. She has more than dozen works as quality images and valued images. She will be supporting this project as Wikidata, Commons and partnerships advisor for this project.

Yann - Yann is our copyrights consultant and overall advisor for the projects. He has been active on Wikimedia projects since December 2002, now mainly on Wikimedia Commons and Wikisource. He is one of the oldest active user and administrator on Wikimedia Commons. Most of his work consists in curating copyright violations, and uploading and restoring old images. He is also occasionally a photographer.

Nicolas VIGNERON - Nicolas is an longtime active editor on Wikisource and Wikidata. He will bring his experience and advise us on these topics.

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  1. Strong support Strong supportCan't wait to collaborate in this! Excited! Gill jassu (talk) 17:09, 24 February 2020 (UTC)
  2. Support Support Indic language wikisources are growing fast and require support. Slowking4 (talk) 02:38, 25 February 2020 (UTC)
  3. Strong support Strong support (Mr.Mani Raj Paul (talk) 15:19, 25 February 2020 (UTC))
  4. Support Support Our biggest skew as a movement is the way we overrepresent the developed world. Making offline sources in the developing world available online is a practical response to this, and a great GLAM initiative. WereSpielChequers (talk) 17:24, 25 February 2020 (UTC)
  5. Support Support Very interesting project to fill the cultural resource accessibility gap between developed and developing countries. Ankry (talk) 22:12, 25 February 2020 (UTC)
  6. Support Support amazing and wonderful program that need to be supported. One of the few that target Wikisource and with great success (Punjabi Wikisource was the 6th fastest growing wikis in 2019). Cheers, VIGNERON * discut. 10:31, 26 February 2020 (UTC)
  7. Strong support Strong support Punjabi Wikisource has grown into another dimension with Heritage GLAM. This project will definitely expand the community growth of Punjabi with Wikisource project in India and I am excited to continue participanting as one of the team members and resource person of this project. *•.¸♡ ℍ𝕒𝕣𝕕𝕒𝕣𝕤𝕙𝕒𝕟 𝔹𝕖𝕟𝕚𝕡𝕒𝕝 ♡¸.•*𝕋𝕒𝕝𝕜 16:43, 26 February 2020 (UTC)
  8. Strong support Strong support -J. Ansari Talk 11:48, 28 February 2020 (UTC)
  9. Strong support Strong support Wikilover90 did a very good job in previous Heritage GLAM. Metrics reflecting their hard work. I was part of that project as a volunteer Technical Advisor. I can't tell How she bothered me 😜. she did everything to make maximum output like Weekly calls, hours chatting, and finding new ways to explore things. I belienve she will make it sucessfull like previous one.-Jayprakash >>> Talk
  10. Strong support Strong support Wikilover90 is doing great work with heritage and culture. I have organized a successful collaboration with her before and i am looking forward to to work with her in future projects.--Avicenno (talk) 11:51, 29 February 2020 (UTC)
  11. Strong support Strong support The project will have boosting effects on various Indic Wikimedia projects and will bring new institution and people in an active partnership and participation with Wikimedians. The people behind the project are well experienced and will do never before work regarding Indian culture and heritage. --Gazal world (talk) 17:42, 1 March 2020 (UTC)
  12. Strong support Strong support This is a amazing and wonderful project. I am so exited to give support.- Maina Tudu (talk) 03:25, 2 March 2020 (UTC)
  13. Strong support Strong support Clear and great goals, ported by skilful and willing people. What more would anyone ask? --Psychoslave (talk) 05:15, 4 March 2020 (UTC)
  14. Strong support Strong support- Good to see the programs conducted during the last years for digitization works and thus the growth of Wikisource project and the community. I truly believe the team has the potential for promoting the Open Access culture and Open Data by digitization works and by bringing up new volunteers for the growth of Wikimedia movement in India.-❙❚❚❙❙ JinOy ❚❙❚❙❙ 20:18, 5 March 2020 (UTC)
  15. Strong support Strong support This is definitely a worthy project, which has clear goals. I support it.--Jamie Tubers (talk) 12:57, 8 March 2020 (UTC)