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Athikhun Suwannakhan/IFAA19 Workshop
A request for financial support to host a one-hour Wikipedia workshop at the IFAA19 Conference in London between 9-11 August 2019.
targetEnglish Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons
start date1 May 2019
end date31 August
budget (local currency)64,000 THB (partial funding approved for 41,000 THB)
budget (USD)2,000 USD (partial funding approved for ~1,257 USD US$1,297 using 29 March rate)
grant typeindividual

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Project Goal[edit]

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  1. Increase awareness of Wikimedia projects
  2. Recruit new editors
  3. Encourage experts contribution and participation in Wikimedia projects
  4. Increase the amount and quality of technical and highly specialised content in Wikimedia projects
  5. Make the audience realise the importance and impact of Wikimedia projects in higher education, medical education and global healthcare
  6. Ameliorate the negative perception of Wikipedia in academic community
  7. Expand network of potential partners

Project Plan[edit]


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. Be sure to answer the following questions:

1. What is the purpose of the event you're attending and why is it important that you attend?

User:Athikhun.suw is a PhD candidate in human anatomy planning to host a Wikipedia workshop the IFAA19 Conference from 9-11 August 2019 in London, the UK. User:Jfdwolff, founder of WikiProject Medicine, will also co-host this workshop. This event is a large congress, and would be attended by 1,500 delegates including scientists, researchers, and physicians from around the world.
In the conference, we will be hosting a one-hour workshop for participants to learn how to edit Wikipedia hands on. We will also demonstrate indirect ways in which experts can contribute to Wikimedia projects such as publishing with WikiJournals, running an education program or edit-a-thon. Outcome of this workshop will be published in Journal of Anatomy after the congress. User:Athikhun.suw will also present a research work which addresses the quality, accuracy and readability of anatomy articles on the English Wikipedia. This work is being considered for publication in Anatomical Sciences Education, a very reputable journal in the field.

2. Will you be presenting at the event?

Yes, I will. we have been approved by the conference committee to host a 1-hour Wikipedia workshop. The workshop will comprise of the following topics:
  • Introduction to Wikimedia movement and how Wikipedia works
  • Accuracy of Wikipedia articles in medicine-related fields
  • Wiki Projects and Wikipedia education program
  • Wiki Journal of Medicine: a new platform for academic publishing
  • Contributing to Wikipedia and basic editing

Participants will be asked to bring their own laptop or tablet to the workshop. The first 4 sessions will be delivered as a 20-minute presentation. The rest 40 minutes would be a workshop for participants to learn how to edit Wikipedia hands on. As an extension to the allocated time, an edit-a-thon may be arranged afterwards at the conference venue.

3. What kind of outreach activity do you plan to do?

According to the programme committee, the workshop will be publicised in the online conference programme. We will also be reaching out to colleagues and research groups that attend the conference through email and social media to let them know about the workshop.

4. How will you let other participants know about your outreach activity?

Prospective participants will be reached out by communication channels of the conference, leaflets provided at the venue, social media, and email invitation to different groups of researchers.

5. Do you have a specific networking plan? (e.g. specific people, organizations, groups you would like to develop partnerships with)

A pre-event survey will be administered to acquire the audience's background. The survey is essential so that we can tailor the content and delivery style to match with the audience's interest and demographic differences. Participants will be asked to register for a Wikipedia account before the workshop. The idea is to avoid automatic blocking by the system given that all registrations would happen around the same time using the same IP address.

6. What is your plan to follow-up with new contacts?

During the workshop participants will be asked for a Wikipedia username, and a campaign will be set up in the Outreach Dashboard. The amount of contribution during and after the workshop will be recorded including bytes added, edit counts, articles edited/created, and number of media uploaded.


How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets as applicable:

  1. Number of presentation attendees: 100
  2. Number of new potential partners: 5
  3. Number of new editors: 50


What resources do you have? Include in-kind donations or additional funding.


What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense and include a total amount.

Item number Item description Total cost in Thai Baht Total cost US Dollars
1 Roundtrip flights between Bangkok and London ~25,000 THB ~790 USD
2 Visa application fee ~4,000 THB ~105 USD
3 Travel insurance ~2,000 THB ~80 USD
4 Registration fees (for 2 persons) ~25,000 THB ~790 USD
5 Accommodation ~10,000 THB ~315 USD
Total 41,000 THB 1,295 USD

Updated as of 29 March 2019


Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!

  • This helps bridging academic community and Wikimedia movement. The formal and informal collaborations fostered at the conference will have a long lasting impact to all involved parties. Taweethaも (talk) 05:38, 13 March 2019 (UTC)
  • I believe this can give WikiProject Medicine more visibility and attract more contributors Beeyan (talk) 06:05, 13 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Great initiative to reach academic community and to recruit technical editors!! —Pilarbini (talk) 13:53, 14 March 2019 (UTC)
  • A stepping stone to building an ecosystem of free knowledge. This workshop would bring in new technical editors-2ndoct (talk) 14:45, 14 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Athikhun is an active member of EN WP and both the study, his activity on WP and the planned workshop are likely to benefit WP. Strongly endorse. Tom (LT) (talk) 01:14, 15 March 2019 (UTC)