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Wikimedia Community User Group Malta/Documenting Maltese heritage through Wikipedia – public debate & editathon
This project consists of a public debate/discussion on the value of documenting cultural heritage and performance through Wikipedia. It will be followed up by an editathon aimed at creating and improving content related to Maltese artworks. These events will tie in with a seminar organised by the University of Malta on the topic of Knowledge Organisation Systems. This seminar will bring together local and international practitioners within the fields of archiving, knowledge-sharing and media. These practitioners will also participate in this debate and editathon.
targetEnglish & Maltese language Wikipedia.
start date1st February
start year2017
end date4th February
end year2017
budget (local currency)500 Euro
budget (USD)$518
grant typeGroup
non-profit statusYes
contact(s)• neville.borg(_AT_)• toni.sant(_AT_)
organization (if applicable)• Wikimedia Community User Group Malta

Please see the sample Editathon/Training 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. Recruit new editors
  2. Increase skills for existing editors
  3. Add new content & improve existing content
  4. Promote the value of documenting culture through Wiki
  5. Engage cultural organisations in Wiki editing

Project Plan[edit]


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. Be sure to answer the following questions:
1. Are you doing one editathon or training or a series of editathons or trainings?
This event will consist of one public debate and editathon, however it aims to mark the start of a series of editathons and activities based around the theme of documenting Maltese art through Wikipedia. This will form part of a Wiki Loves Art project which is currently being planned.

2. How will you let your community know about the event? Please paste links below to where relevant communities have been notified of your proposal, and to any other relevant community discussions.
This event will be hosted by a partner non-profit organisation called the Gabriel Caruana Foundation (GCF). This organisation, named after one of the pioneers of Maltese contemporary art, runs an art space and maintains strong contacts with other organisations and individuals involved within the local art sphere. We will be sharing resources with GCF in order to promote this event through our respective mailing lists and networks. Furthermore, this event is an offshoot of a seminar on Knowledge Organisation Systems ( - the participants of this seminar will also participate in the debate and editathon and will be promoting this event through their own networks and organisations.

3. Do you have experienced Wikimedia editors to lead the event?
Four experienced Wikimedia editors will be leading this event. These include John Cummings (currently Wikimedian-in-residence at UNESCO), Rebecca O'Neill (Wikimedia Ireland), Xabier Canas (project coordinator for Donostiapedia) and Toni Sant (formerly Wikimedia UK and currently a member of Wikimedia Community User Group Malta).

4. Do participants have the equipment or skills needed to participate and contribute high quality content? If not, how will you support them?
Many participants are still developing the requisite skills to contribute high-quality content. For this reason, we will have four highly-experienced editors (listed above) running the session and giving each participant individual attention and assistance throughout the editathon. Nonetheless, this event aims to attract people working within cultural and artistic organisations, who have access to high-quality images and material related to to artists and works being written about.

5. How will you engage participants after the event(s)? This event will further expand into a Wiki Loves Art contest which is being organised. This will consist of further editathons and sessions which will engage participants from this event, amongst others.

6. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project? This event follows a highly-successful Wiki Loves Monuments contest which was held in Malta in September 2016. WLM Malta brought to light the value of Wiki platforms in documenting cultural heritage, for the first time in the local cultural sector. This event hopes to build upon that momentum by engaging arts organisations (private, public and non-profit organisations) that work within the sector, in order to help them document their collections and related material through Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons.


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

  1. Number of events - 2
  2. Number of participants - 40
  3. Number of new editors - 10
  4. Number of of articles created or improved - 20
  5. Number of repeat participants (for projects that include a series of events)


What resources do you have? Include information on who is organizing the project, what they will do, and if you will receive support from anywhere else (in-kind donations or additional funding). This event is being organised by Wikimedia Community User Group Malta (, together with the Gabriel Caruana Foundation, a non-profit organisation that works towards promoting Maltese contemporary art and runs a contemporary art space in Malta. The event is an offshoot of a seminar on Knowledge Organisation Systems (, which is being funded through a funding scheme called COST - European Cooperation in Science and Technology ( This funding will cover the participation of foreign delegates throughout the seminar, as well as the public debate and editathon.

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

  • Refreshments for debate = 250 Euro
  • Refreshments for editathon = 150 Euro
  • Wifi dongle for editathon = 50 Euro
  • Promotional material & online advertising = 50 Euro
  • Total = 500 Euro


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