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statusnot funded
Wiki Project Med/VideoWiki
To get VideoWiki running again. This will than be followed by updating the software to be compatible with the upgrades coming to wmflabs.
targetVideoWiki was previously running in 15 languages. Languages can be seen here.
start dateWiki Project Med Foundation has been funding this work for a few years.
start year2022
end dateDecember 31st
end year2022
budget (local currency)5,000 USD
budget (USD)5,000 USD
grant typeOrganization
non-profit statusYes
granteeDoc James
contact(s)• jmh649(_AT_)gmail.com• tim(_AT_)timmoody.com
organization (if applicable)• Wiki Project Med Foundation
website (if applicable)https://mdwiki.org/wiki/Main_Page

Applications are not required to be in English. Please complete the application in your preferred language.

Project Goal[edit]

What will be the outputs of your project and how will those outputs contribute to advancing a specific Movement Strategy Initiative

What specific Movement Strategy Initiative does your project focus on and why? Please select one of the initiatives described here
Continuous experimentation, technology, and partnerships for content, formats, and devices
We are working on re-introducing a new content format to the Wikimedia Movement

Project Background[edit]

When do you intend to begin this project and when will it be completed?
The project is ongoing
Where will your project activities be happening?
On wmflabs, github, mdwiki, and 15+ languages of Wikipedia
Are you collaborating with other communities or affiliates on this project? Please provide details of how partners intend to work together to achieve the project goal.
We are developing the software and we will also be working on rolling out the software in further languages. We have had requests from Basque for example.
What specific challenge will your project be aiming to solve? And what opportunities do you plan to take advantage of to solve the problem?
We are working to develop software that permits the collaborative editing of video based on a script from a mediawiki page. Examples of such scripts can be seen here and here in English. One in Japanese can be seen here.
Does this project aim to apply one of the examples shared in the call for grants and if so which one?
Which call for grants?

Project Activities[edit]

What specific activities will be carried out during this project? Please describe the specific activities that will be carried out during this project.
We will be hiring the prior developer of the software in question to continue working on VideoWiki under the direction of volunteers within Wiki Project Med.
How do you intend to keep communities updated on the progress and outcomes of the project? Please add the names or usernames of these individuals responsible for updating the community
Progress will be documented within our yearly report for 2022. Ongoing process on bugs, features and their fixes will occur here. And documentation of the overall project here.
Who will be responsible for delivering on this project and what are their roles and responsibilities?
User:Doc James: Will be testing the software. Rolling out the templates required in further languages. And managing the payment of our programmer.
User:Tim-moody: will be helping with setting up the software and keeping it running.
User:Hassan.m.amin will both be providing consulting to Tim and involved in programming / fixing bugs.

Additional information[edit]

If your activities include community discussions, what is your plan for ensuring that the conversations are productive? Provide a link to a Friendly Space Policy or UCoC that will be implemented to support these discussions.
Our expectation is that the communities that want this software to run will approach us with that desire. Our code of conduct for WPM is here.
If your activities include in-person events or activities, you will need to complete the steps outlined in the Risk Assessment protocol. Please provide a link to your completed copy of the risk assessment tool.
No in person events
If your activities include the use of paid online tools, please describe what tools these are and how you intend to use them.
Our software uses Google text to speech API. There is also some temporary storage on AWS S3 servers.
Do your activities include the translation of materials, and if so, in what languages will the translation be done? Please include details of those responsible for making the translations.
This round of efforts does not include translation.
Are there any other details you would like to share? Consider providing rationale, research or community discussion outputs, and any other similar information, that will give more context on your proposed project.
In the first three months of 2022 we reactivated the software on the WMFLabs legacy machines. We than transitioned from the legacy machines to WMCloud servers to meet the deadline for the prior servers deprecation in May of 2022.
Our current efforts will be directed towards fixing bugs, adding features, and rolling out the software in further languages of Wikipedia / further sister projects. The active list of bugs and features to be worked on / added is here.


After your activities are complete, we would like to understand the draft implementation plan for your community. You will be required to prepare a document detailing this plan around a movement strategy initiative. This report can be prepared through Meta-wiki using the Share your results button on this page. The report can be prepared in your language, and is not required to be written in English.

In this report, you will be asked to:

  • Provide a link to the draft implementation plan document or Wikimedia page
  • Describe what activities supported the development of the plan
  • Describe how and where you have communicated your plan to relevant communities.
  • Report on how your funding was spent

Your draft implementation plan document should address the following questions clearly:

  • What movement strategy initiative or goal are you addressing?
  • What activities will you be doing to address that initiative?
  • What do you expect will happen as a result of your activities? How do those outcomes address the movement strategy initiative?
  • How will you measure or evaluate your activities? What tools or methods will you use to evaluate your activities?

To create a draft implementation plan, we recommend the use of a logic model, which will help you and your team think about goals, activities, outcomes, and other factors in an organized way. Please refer the following resources to develop a logic model:

Please confirm below that you will be able to prepare a draft implementation plan document by the end of your grant:

  • Yes

Optionally, you are welcome to include other information you'd like to share around participation and representation in your activities. Please include any additional outcomes you would like to report on below:


How you will use the funds you are requesting? List bullet points for each expense. Don’t forget to include a total amount, and update this amount in the Probox at the top of your page too!

  • Online tools or services (subscription services for online meeting platforms, social media promotion): There will be some cost associated with AWS and Googles text to speech API. We estimate that this will be under 200 USD.
  • Programming costs: 115 hours of programming time at 40 USD per hour. For a total of 4,600 USD User:Hassan.m.amin will be paid while others will be volunteering.
  • Banking costs: 200 USD This is the costs of using Payoneer, Paypal, banking, etc



An endorsement from community members (especially from outside your community) will be part of the considerations when reviewing your application. Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!

  • Theklan, on behalf of the Basque Wikimedians User Group. Last year we worked on bringint Basque TTS to this project, because we think this will be a great tool also for education. We think VideoWiki brings a totally new way to contribute on wiki.