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2do editatón Wayú en Maracaibo
The 2nd wayuu editathon seeks funds to organize a two-day event in Maracaibo, Venezuela
targetSpanish Wikipedia, Wayuu Wikipedia
start dateNovember 15
end dateDecember 5
budget (USD)1020 US$
grant typeIndividual
granteeOscar .
contact(s)• oscar@wikimedia.org.ve

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Project Goal[edit]

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

  1. Recruit new editors and volunteers: we expect to attract at least 25 new Wikipedia editors and engage at least 5 new volunteers for our organization.
  2. Increase skills for existing editors: we open the invitation for participants of the previous editathons of 2018.
  3. Increase the awareness towards the effort to create a Wikipedia in the wayuu language
  4. Add or improve content: add & improve content about native cultures of Venezuela, with special focus in the wayuu people.
  5. Improve a total of 10 different articles during the editathon.

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?

We are hosting one lecture for the presentation of the project and one editathon in a two days event.

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 year we count with the support of two student organizations ('Empoderame' and 'Una luz para el Zulia') of the Universidad del Zulia (LUZ) the largest college institution in the region to help us reach out to the local community. We also are planning to run a media tour and set up an small social media campaing of the event. We kept the database of the previous editathon and also plan to reach out to them via email.

3. Do you have experienced Wikimedia editors to lead the event?

Yes. We will have three experienced Wikipedians present, and online support of many others to identify the articles that are created or are modified comply with the style and policy conventions of Wikipedia.

4. Do participants have the equipment or skills needed to participate and contribute high quality content? If not, how will you support them?

We are planning to send in advance a guide tutorial of Wikipedia (in digital or physical, depending on the participant's connection) in addition, one day before, a Q&A session will be held during the presentation of the project.

5. How will you engage participants after the event(s)?

Based in our experience of previous events, we are going run a survey post-event to learn what went well and what could be improved, we also going to add the participants to the database and share it with our regional volunteers in order to share information of upcoming editathons and other workshops or events of interest in the area.

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

This is the second year in a row doing this event in Maracaibo, the second largest city of Venezuela. We planned to held this event earlier in the year, but became impossible for us due to the electrical crisis. We felt obliged with the regional community to go back there and it motivates us to see the events that Wikimedia Colombia has been doing with the Wayu community in the past few months. The idea is to create collaborative ties on both sides of the border.
These are the Commons category for last year event.


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: 25
  3. Number of new editors: 15
  4. Number of of articles created or improved: 10
  5. Number of repeat participants (for projects that include a series of events): 5


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).

We have experienced Wikipedians who will organize the event and provide training and one-on-one support. We are negotiating a venue that meets the connectivity requirements for free in this opportunity.

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

The event is scheduled to all day, we need refreshments (small lunch, drinks, water and coffee) for 30 persons (25 participants, 5 Wikipedians and staff), and pocket money for transport for the three volunteers and participant that require them because they live outside of the city.
  1. Food and drink (at $30 per person)= $ 900
  2. Transport = $ 120


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