Grants:Project/Rapid/Celtic Knot: Wikipedia Language Conference

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Stinglehammer/Celtic Knot - Wikipedia Language Conference
This Wikimedia UK event hosted at the University of Edinburgh will focus on Celtic Languages and Indigenous Languages, showcasing innovative approaches to open education, open knowledge and open data that support and grow these Wikipedia language communities. Identifying ways in which our cultural heritage can be not just preserved but, as living languages, engaged with and expanded on so as to enrich the linguistic map of the British Isles and beyond through a cross-pollination of ideas & knowledge exchange. Building bridges between communities, this event seeks diverse participants who will share their practice and discover fruitful new collaborations.
targetWikimedia UK, Scots Gaelic Wikipedia, Irish Gaelic Wikipedia, Welsh Wikipedia, Cornish Wikipedia, Manx Wikipedia, Scots Wikipedia, Breton Wikipedia, Catalan Wikipedia, Northern Sami Wikipedia, Wikisource, Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons, Wiktionary.
start date5 July
end date6 July
budget (local currency)£1643.80
budget (USD)$2000
grant typeindividual (Ewan McAndrew - Wikimedian at University of Edinburgh)
non-profit statusYes
contact(s)• ewan.mcandrew(_AT_)•
organization (if applicable)• Wikimedia UK / University of Edinburgh
website (if applicable)•

Please see the sample Meeting application before drafting your application.

Project Goal[edit]

Choose one or more of the following goals. You can add or delete goals as needed.

  1. Socialize with community members.
  2. Networking opportunity for community members to interact with practitioners working at organisations which support these language communities.
  3. Providing a platform for skills-sharing and sharing best practice.
  4. Recruit new editors.
  5. Increase skills for existing editors.
  6. Add or improve content on different Celtic & Indigenous Language Wikipedias during or post the event.
  7. Create fruitful new collaborations between Wikipedia Language communities.
  8. Create fruitful new collaborations between Wikipedia Language communities and associated organisations working in the same sector.
  9. Help resolve some of the problems in different Celtic & Indigenous language Wikipedias.
  10. Raise the visibility of these different Celtic & Indigenous language Wikipedias.
  11. Showcase innovative initiatives and projects in different Celtic & Indigenous language Wikipedias.

Project Plan[edit]


  1. What is the purpose of the meeting and why is it important to your community?

We are asking people to showcase the best of their work on Celtic and Indigenous Wikipedias; discussing problems related with supporting smaller language Wikipedias, sharing good practice and creating new collaborations as a result of the event.

Session types[edit]

  • Presentations (15 minute talks with 5 mins Q&A).
  • Lightning talks (5-7 mins)
  • Workshops (30 minute or 60 minute practical workshops)
  • Discussion spaces/ Unconference spaces.

Conference Themes[edit]

  • Building language confidence: participation, public engagement & social equality.
  • Putting our language on the map: preserving & opening up our cultural heritage.
  • Languages on the road to open: ongoing or new projects and initiatives in open knowledge, open education and open data.
  • The politics of language online: Local, national, and international policy and practice; advocacy for funding, institutional and community support and investment
  • Hacking; making; sharing.

All presentations and discussions are encouraged to be as engaging and interactive as possible and facilitate learning and sharing by the attendees.

  1. If applicable, what benefits have you seen from doing this kind of meeting in the past? This is the first Celtic Knot conference but we have run many Wikipedia-related conferences at the University of Edinburgh (EduWiki 2014, Repository Fringe 2016, OER16, the Open Knowledge Network events) and the visibility these events provide along with the networking opportunities and the sharing of good practice are all invaluable.
  2. How will you let participants know about the meeting? Via JISC mailing lists (ALT, SEDA, Digital Culture, CILIP, ARA, Scotwiki, Wikimedia UK), Twitter, Facebook and Talk & Village Pump pages on different language Wikipedias among other ways.
  3. How will you keep participants engaged after the meeting is over?

We will follow-up on our mailing list and social media networks. The hope is the event will inspire collaborations and further meetups.

  1. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?

We have a blogsite for the conference and guidance for attendees but we are to have a separate Wiki site and website setup for the conference soon.


Note: In addition to your project-specific measures of success, you will also be asked to report on some Global Metrics at the end of your final report. Please keep this in mind as you plan, and we'll support you as you begin your project. The event will be measured in number of presenters & attendees; social media traffic; feedback after the event; new content, new editors, new resources and new projects arising out of the event among other metrics.

  1. Number of total participants = 100
  2. Number of people who will help organize the event = 4


The grant would cover either the venue cost or the catering for the day bridging a funding gap to enable the event to take place.

  • Venue hire = £1500 for 1 day conference
    • Auditorium for full-day hire = £530
    • Lecture theatre LT1A for full-day hire = £330
    • Lecture theatre LT1B for full-day hire = £330
    • Lecture theatre LT2 for full-day hire = £310

OR Catering = £1625 for 1 day conference.

  • Catering (lunch as well as midmorning & afternoon tea/coffee breaks)
    • Lunch (£14 per person x 100 attendees) = £1400
    • Midmorning tea/coffee (£2.25 per person x 100 attendees) = £225