Grants:Project/Rapid/TRahman/Article contest and Wiki loves earth 2017/Report

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Report accepted
This report for a Rapid Grant approved in FY 2017-18 has been reviewed and accepted by the Wikimedia Foundation.


Goals[edit]

Did you meet your goals? Are you happy with how the project went?

We wanted to reach people throughout the country to take part in the photo contest and article contest with a target to reach new contributors and enrich both Wikipedia and Commons. 191 participants submitted 2,000 freely licensed photographs of 40 (of the 51 government listed protected sites of Bangladesh) different protected sites in Wikimedia Commons. Most of the photos of the protected site were uploaded for the first time. We had a target of 50 new users to engage in the photo contest, but 170 (88%) new users were engaged which exceeded our expectation. So almost in every aspect, the competition exceeded our expectation. But the quality of the photographs were not of high quality in general. We hope to receive more quality photographs in the upcoming year.

Outcome[edit]

Photo contest[edit]


Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
Number of participants: 100 192 Since it was our first time in WLE so we thought participations will be rather low but because of a good press coverage the participation rate had been increased.
Number of photos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons: 2000 1344 valid for contest and 2044 in total After a month-long competition during May 2017, Bangladeshi participants uploaded more than 2,000 freely licensed photographs of 40 (of the 51 government listed protected sites of Bangladesh) different protected sites in Wikimedia Commons. Most of the photos of the protected site were uploaded for the first time.
Number of photos used on Wikimedia projects: 20% 220 (16%) This photography contest had specific scope; we participated this year's WLE with govt. listed protected sites only. Before this competition, there were only a handful of protected sites of Bangladesh that had photographs available on the internet and those sites & buildings were mostly from major cities and localities, let alone the availability of freely licensed photographs. After the contest most of the articles now have pictures.

Article contest[edit]

Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
Number of participants: 917 917 Most of the participants were new to the Wikimedia projects.
Number of articles created or improved: 480 510 The main focus of the article contest was not only to add quality articles in Bengali, all the articles created through this contest were also important from encyclopedic perspective. So we also have closed some gap of important topics on Bengali Wikipedia.

Press mentions[edit]

Photo contest[edit]

Article contest[edit]

Learning[edit]

Projects do not always go according to plan. Sharing what you learned can help you and others plan similar projects in the future. Help the movement learn from your experience by answering the following questions:

  • What worked well?

The press coverage of the event in local online and print media helped get more participation from around the country. Before this competition, there were only a handful of protected sites of Bangladesh that had photographs available on the internet and those sites & buildings were mostly from major cities and localities, let alone the availability of freely licensed photographs. After the contest most of the articles now have pictures. Wikipedians also created 510 new important article in Bengali Wikipedia. One of our national winners placed 11th on the top 15 list in the international compitition.

  • What did not work so well?

A number of participants reported that they were denied entry on some protected sites. Other than that both article contest and photo contest went well.

  • What would you do differently next time?

We'll try to engage more participants in the photography contest by partnering with different local photography groups and govt. organizations. For both contests, we will emphasize promotion on social media to attract new contributors.

Finances[edit]

Grant funds spent[edit]

Sl.No Item Quantity Rate (BDT) Total (BDT) Notes
items
(Subtotal :148,400 BDT)
1 certificate 70 100 32600
2 Prize-money for best three photographs 3 24000
3 T-shirts 100 300 30000 few left
4 Wikipedia Wristband 200 40 8000 few left
5 Packaging and shipping 70 (including 26 foreign) 25200
6 crest 9 2750 24300
7 Pens 100 70 700 few left
8 Wikipedia badge 200 38 10800 few left
9 Internet modem 1500
10 USB Flash drive 8 840 6720
11 Wiki X-stand, posters and other items 5000
12 Wiki Backdrop 2700
13 Others 5680

Remaining funds[edit]

Do you have any remaining grant funds? No