Grants:Project/Rapid/Anass Sedrati/Wikipedia Event in Rabat/Report
The five Goals of our project were to:
- Raise awareness about wikipedia between people in general (students in particular)
- Network with university and explore means of collaboration
- Recruit new editors
- Increase skills for existing editors
- Add or improve content
The first goal was completely achieved. Awareness about Wikipedia was booming after the event. The most interesting thing was that even if not physical attendance was big, the role of media of talking about the event as primordial. Many national media talked about the media and interviewed us. An example of this media is the electronic newspaper "Hespress" (ranked 1 in Morocco) that wrote an article and published a video with us. Here is an example of an article: http://www.hespress.com/hi-tech/330194.html And a video that had 7000 views until now: http://www.hespress.com/videos/330147.html . The media talked about the event in different languages, for example in French: http://lematin.ma/express/2016/l-inpt-abrite-le-premier-evenement--wikipedia--organise-au-maroc/258655.html and even in English: http://www.magatv.net/wikipedia-in-morocco/ In order to raise awareness we have also recorded the whole event on Youtube and made the link public on the Facebook page. Our aim is that the continuation of the idea stays even after the event, and that even people in other cities can learn from the event. This is the link for the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWatZn-G0a4 Our digitalisation project was in order to spread the awareness far behind the physical presence, and make the content available to everybody (by publishing the Slides on Wikimedia Commons as well). We have created a Facebook group for the interested people (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1666035837022213/) with 40 people now, and we are working with them now in order to keep the contact, support them, and hopefully make many new editors for Wikipedia in a near future.
|Target outcome||Achieved outcome||Explanation|
|1 Event||1 Event|
|between 100-150 participants||Around 50||The event was held on a rainy saturday morning. This might be strange, but the rain and the fact that it was a saturday morning did not help many people to come. Fortunately, we had the material on media and Internet, so many people contacted us even if they did not come.|
|10 new editors||9-10 editors||This is just the number of people who manifested the interest and created an account. We have now to work with them so that they become regular editors.|
|Increase skills for existing editors||Creation of Facebook group||in the group, we are also talking between experienced wikimedian on advanced skills, for example we teatched how to report some articles that are inappropriate|
|Raise Awareness about Wikipedia in Morocco||Big Media coverage in different supports|
- What worked well?
What worked well was the big media coverage and the outreach that the project had. This had first raised awareness about Wikipedia in Morocco, and second made many people contact us, and ask us about the encyclopedia. We are now thinking on creating a "legal" association to make the scope of our work bigger, and to continue on organizing such events. There is a big interest around wikipedia in Morocco, and we can definitely host periodically such presentations on a local scope. The fact that we have business cards helped us a lot to create more connections. We have gathered many contacts from different people in variated organizations, which can help us in the future for expanding the scope of our projects and getting more editors. One important aspect with the business cards is that they will serve us even for future events, for example, intra- wiki events.
- What did not work so well?
What did not work so well was that we did not have the affluence we expected, even if 200 people confirmed their presence on Facebook. This can be explained by weather conditions, as people are not used to go out when it rains. Moreover, the choice of saturday morning revealed itself to be not optimal, even though it was the only time me and Reda were available.
- What would you do differently next time?
We will work on chosing a better date and timing for the organisation of the event. We did not know for example that the students had exams at the week where we presented (as the date of the exams was decided after that we booked the room in the school and chose the date of the event). We will try next time to have events during weekdays, for instance at the end of the afternoon (18-19h). According to more experienced event organizers, this time is the most effective if one wants to have more physical affluence in a given event.
Grant funds spent
We have spent the full Grant (and even a little more) following the given payments:
- Business cards (English) = SEK 499.84 = MAD 548,5
- Business cards (Arabic, Berber, French) = SEK 1083 = MAD 1188
- Printing Roll-ups/Kakemono = MAD 200
- Food and Drinks = MAD 319
Total spent = 2255,5 MAD
As you can see, the total is a little bit higher than 2000 MAD, but the difference of 255,5 is ok for us, and we can afford to pay it by ourselves, since you have provided us with support, and the event was successful and draws an optimistic path for the future of Wikimedia Morocco.
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