Grants:Project/Makumbusho: Apps4Museums

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Makumbusho Apps4Museums
summaryMakumbusho Apps4Museums is a new project that aims to deliver a digital platform allowing the automatic generation of multi-language mobile applications for archaeological and art museums around the world based on content available on Wikidata/Wikipedia/Commons. Imagine a world where any archaeological or art museum can have a mobile application in any language thanks to Wiki projectsǃ
targetAll Wikipedia Projects, Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons
type of granttools and software
amount76,150 USD
type of applicantindividual
this project needs...
created on18:37, 16 March 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.

Providing the possibility to generate automatically mobile applications to museums around the world based on Wikidata/Wikipedia/Commons content will help to solve the following problemsː

From the Wiki movement perspective

  • Many museums do not have a Wikipedia page and many of the museums with articles do not have articles about their collections. This project can be a catalyst to increase and improve content in order to be available in the mobile applications.
  • For some local communities it's not easy to build a partnership with GLAM institutions like museums but by having this tool, they can getting close to museums by offering them the opportunity to provide a mobile application and guide for their visitors. This project can be a good motivation for museums and local affiliates to connect together and document the museums' collection.

From the museum/visitors perspective̩

Providing a mobile application for its visitors can be an excellent opportunity for visitors to get more information on the museum and its collection. The visitors' experience can start before visiting the museum and lasts during and after the visit.

Sometimes, not so much information is provided by museums to present the exposed elements and not necessarily in many languages which can be a limitation to visitors who are looking for more details. It is for sure very frustrating to visit a museum, to see the collection without being able to find or to understand the exhibition.

Although big museums have enough resources to design their own mobile application, small to mid size museums do not have this opportunity.

The mobile application can be used also as an audio guide when it's not possible to find such guides in the museum and thus enhancing the visitors' experience.

What is your solution?[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 proposed solution will consists of a digital web platform that will allow the automatic generation of a multilingual offline Android (an iOS version will be added later) mobile application for any archaeological and art museum in the world with content populated from the Wikimedia platforms (Wikipedia, Commons and Wikidata).

The administrator of the platform will have to indicate the name of the museum, check the eligibility to have a mobile application and, if it is eligible, click to generate automatically a mobile application populating content from Wikidata/Wikipedia/Commons.

The content will be made available offline using the Kiwix technology and it will be possible to update it frequently on demand or on a regular basis.

In order to be eligible for a mobile application, a given museum should have at least in a given languageː

a main page for the museum itself. at least x number of pages (e.g. 5) dedicated to items part of the museum's collection.

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.

  • Promote the available content on Wikidata, Wikipedia and Commons via mobile applications available for the museums visitors or any person interested by a given museum.
  • Increase and improve the content on Wikipedia/Wikidata/Commons related to museums and their collections so they can benefit from this digital platform in order to generate mobile applications for these museums.
  • Provide local communities and affiliated a powerful tool to generate mobile applications for their local museums. It will create an opportunity for their members to work on a shared goal of documenting museums collections and can be used to recruit new users that will be interested to see how their contributions to Wikipedia can be used outside the project in a mobile application.
  • Build future GLAM partnerships between Wikimedia local affiliates and museums.
  • Strengthen local Wikimedia communities by giving a powerful tool to promote their activities by building mobile applications to their local museums.
  • Promote the Wiki Movement, show how the Wiki content can be useful outside the Wiki projects (end users will be grateful to the Wiki movement for providing such mobile applications).

→Equipping the museums around the world with a mobile application will be a good way to promote our movement and the Wikimedia Foundation.

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 (e.g. 45 people, 10 articles, 100 scanned documents). Remember to review the tutorial for tips on how to answer this question.

1-During the projectː we will know if we have met our goals by achieving the following resultː

  • Have the Digital platform up and running and used to generate ̹̘at least 10 mobile multilingual applications related to museums in at least 10 different countries (with a special focus on African countries).
  • Activation of at least 1 Wikimedian in residence.
  • Creating at least 1000 articles on Wikipedia related to museums and their collection
  • Inserting at least 1000 items in Wikidata.
  • Inserting at least 1000 photos in Commons.

2-After the project is overː, it will continue to positively impact the Wikimedia community and projectː

  • We expect to have more and more mobile applications generated using the digital platform which will imply having more and more content on Wiki projects.
  • Publish an article in an academic journal which will indirectly promote the Wiki movement.

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. Remember to review the tutorial for tips on how to answer this question.

Number Metric Actors Expected result
1 New articles about museums and their collections edithatons ̟1000 articles
2 Uploading on Wikimedia Commons of photos belonging to museums collections Wikimedians and wikimedian in residence 1000 files
3 New Wikidata entries related to museums and their collections edithaton 1000 entries
4 New users editathons 50

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?

1. Platform development (6 months)

  • Milestone 1 (2 month): one manually-generated app that helps us gather feedback on content display and other qualitative insights;
  • Milestone 2 (4 months): the platform can be used to automatically generate ten separate applications for volunteer partners.

2. Content creation (1 year) Throughout the year, we will work on catalyzing content creation (articles and photos) about the collections of museums in at least 10 countries, in collaboration with local affiliates and/or other cultural institutions, through:

  • Collecting bibliographic sources
  • Organizing edit-a-thons (at least 2 editathons per month)
  • Providing training when needed (editing, tools)
  • Coordinating with the global community to translate the created articles to +4 languages

3. Disseminating knowledge about the process (6 months)

  • After the platform creation, we will work on promotion and communication through different platforms, within and outside Wikimedia movement:
  • Announcement on different Wikimedia communication channels
  • Posts in +3 languages on social media (facebook and twitter)
  • Publishing an article in an academic journal


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!

  • Development
    61,850 USD

Technical Deliverables - 119d (5d nodeJS @550USD / 20d Kotlin @580 USD/ 74d Python @500USD/ 10d maintenance @500USD / 10d project management @550USD)

Type Amount (days) Unit price USD Cost USD
MWoffliner - NodeJS
  • Customisation to get the carousel
5 550.- 2'750.-
Article selection - Python
  • Web platform at
  • Authentication system based on Wikimedia SLO
  • Periodic scheduler
  • Makumbusho dedicated Module with multiple placeholders
  • Operational running WP1 instance
12 500.- 6'000.-
ZIM generation - Python
  • Makumbusho editor user
  • Dedicated recipes
  • S3 upload
  • Operational running Zimfarm instance
5 500- 2'500.-
Kiwix Android - Kotlin
  • Multizim custom apps (one per language)
  • language selector in top menu
  • changing language should change both zim+ui
  • Contact page
20 580.- 11'600.-
Custom apps APK farm (22 days) - Python
  • Recipe editor
  • Web platform
  • User mgmt
  • Upload to play store
  • Operational running instance
22 500 11'000.-
Makumbusho back-office - Python
  • Recipe editor
  • Web platform
  • User mgmt
  • Interconnection with WP1/Zimfarm/APK farm
  • Operational running instance
25 500 12'500.-
Custom apps (10 days) - Android 10 500 5'000.-
maintenance 10 500 5'000.-
Kiwix project management 10 550 5'500.-
Total 119 61'850.-
  • Project and product Management
    10,800 USD
Hours per day Cost (USD) per hour Cost (USD) per day Hours per month Cost (USD) per month Total number of months Total cost (USD)
3 hrs USD 30 USD 90 60 hrs (3 hrs per day x 20 working days) USD 1800 6 months USD 10,800
  • Promotion and communication
    1,500 USD (Websiteː 500 USD, Social media adsː 1000 USD).
  • Admin and overhead (3% rounded to 2000USD)
    USD 2000 USD
  • Total
    USD 76,150

Community engagement[edit]

Community input and participation helps make projects successful. 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 during your project?
Community engagement plans

The project team will be usingː

  • Project social media accounts to promote the project. This will be done via the facebook page @WikiLovesMuseums and the twitter account @WikiMuseums.
  • GLAM and other wiki community social media accounts (e.g. GLAM-Wiki Global, Wikipedia Weekly...).
  • GLAM and other global, regional (e.g. African Wikimedians ML) and national mailing lists.
  • GLAM and culture office hours to present the project and how local communities/affiliates can take advantage of it.
  • Wiki conferences (WikiIndaba, Wikiarabia, Wikimania..) to promote the project and engage more communities and affiliates.

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.

Number Name About Affiliation Work
1 Yamen Bousrih Wikimedian and project founder co-founder of Wikimedia Tunisia UG and board member of Wiki World Heritage UG main organizer
2 Nassima Chahboun Wikimedian and content creation advisor Chair of Wiki World Heritage UG and founder of many wiki projects (Wiki Ksour, Tolds Cities, MedinaStories) Catalyzing content creation
3 Emmanuel Engelhart Developer of Kiwix Kiwix Building the Digital Platform
4 Stephane Coillet-Matillon The other Kiwix guy Kiwix Building the Digital Platform
5 Nicolas Vigneron Wikimedian and Wikidata expert Wikimedia France Wikidata advisor
6 Habib M’henni Wikimedian and administrator on Commons Board member of Wikimedia Tunisia Mutlimedia content advisor
7 Christelle Molinié Wikimedian and GLAM expert Documentation manager at the musée Saint-Raymond, the archaeology museum of Toulouse (France) Wiki-GLAM Expert
  • Volunteer I want to help for the project from Thailand as a volunteer. B20180 (talk) 01:07, 25 April 2021 (UTC)

Community notification[edit]

Please paste links below to where relevant communities have been notified of your proposal, and to any other relevant community discussions. 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. Need notification tips?

  • Wikimedia & GLAM pubic mailing listː email sent on the 26th of March 2021.
  • Post on the Facebook group GLAM-Wiki Global on the 26th of March 2021.
  • Post on the Facebook group Wikipedia Weekly on the 26th of March 2021.
  • Wikimedia Tunisia community notified on their Telegram Channel on the 2nd of April 2021.
  • Wikimedia France notified by sending an email via Meta to their Partnerships and GLAM Project Manager on the 2nd of April 2021.


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).

  • Strong support Strong support Isaac Kanguya✌ (talk) 12:42, 7 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Support Michaelgraaf (talk) 19:39, 4 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Sets the basis for a use in a multiplicity of contexts and locations. Moumou82 (talk) 20:11, 7 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Strong support Strong support I think this is a good project. I hope this will be helpful to our community as for example many of the Swahili Wikipedia museums with articles do not have articles about their collections (and still not all museums have Swahili Wiki articles). And ofcourse Yes, it may be a good opportunity for our affiliates to come up together documenting different museums' collection in Tanzania.Jadnapac (talk) 07:55, 15 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Strong support Strong support The project can bring lots of good content and article to the Wikimedia platform. and it's going to create partnerships in GLAM. I put this vote as a representative of the whole Tamazight group. Our votes in support of this project will be on our meta page.--Reda Kerbouche (talk) 07:32, 18 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Support Support reverse engineering the closed solutions (Cleveland Museum [1]; Baltimore Museum [2]; Walters [3]; MET [4]) is a big step forward for smaller GLAMs. big selling point for engagement. Slowking4 (talk) 01:23, 25 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Strong support Strong support This is great idea for involving many small museums into Wikimedia space. --Kaganer (talk) 21:29, 25 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Support Support. This will allow us to establish partnerships with GLAM and Cultural Heritage research institutions in Tunisia. A linked project in the University of Sfax is SfaxForward. --Csisc (talk) 23:29, 30 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Support Support - This is a laudable project. I have no doubt that this would be net positive to Wikimedia projects. T CellsTalk 17:51, 2 May 2021 (UTC)
  • Strong support Strong support As a GLAM partnership and project manager at Wikimedia France, i find that in addition of proposing a different use of Wikimedia content, this project represents a new form of contribution for the community and an opportunity for GLAMers to promote their collections to the general public! Many museums could be interested in such a solution.Xavier Cailleau WMFr (talk) 15:38, 10 May 2021 (UTC)