Grants:Project/Wikiup - Indigenous Knowledge Network

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Wikiup - Indigenous Knowledge Network is a location-based app for the creation of an Indigenous Knowledge Network that connects Indigenous youth with their Elders and Traditional Knowledge Holders to share stories, traditions and cultural knowledge within their own communities and with the world at large.
targetEnglish and French Wikipedia and WikData
type of granttools and software
amount$48,000 USD
type of applicantorganization
this project needs...
created on04:46, 25 September 2017 (UTC)

Project idea[edit]

What is the problem you're trying to solve?[edit]

What problem are you trying to solve by doing this project? This problem should be small enough that you expect it to be completely or mostly resolved by the end of this project. Remember to review the tutorial for tips on how to answer this question.
How to cross pollinate Wikiup content with Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects so that the information on Wikiup can be included in multiple Wikis and vice versa where using Wikimedia APIs Wikiup can incorporate content from Wikipedia and other Wikis. There is an underlying issue that needs to be addressed and that is how to develop best practices for references and citations for Indigenous Knowledge as much of the knowledge is oral.

What is your solution?[edit]

For the problem you identified in the previous section, briefly describe your how you would like to address this problem. We recognize that there are many ways to solve a problem. We’d like to understand why you chose this particular solution, and why you think it is worth pursuing. Remember to review the tutorial for tips on how to answer this question.
There are approximately 370 million Indigenous people in the world, belonging to 5,000 different groups, in 90 countries worldwide. Although Wikiup is a Canadian initiative the goal is that it will become a global network. In Canada there are over 600 First Nations plus the various Métis and Inuit groups and so the only way to address the enormity of the story catching and story telling challenge is to somehow automate some of the data collecting and sharing process through API integration. Due to the fact that traditional knowledge is often oral the best way to address this challenge is to work with Indigenous communities and Knowledge Holders to develop best practices and rules of conduct and attribution that is culturally appropriate.

Project goals[edit]

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Develop best practices for collecting, attributing, and receiving permission for the sharing of Indigenous traditional knowledge.

Creating an automated means of cross pollinating content between Wikiup and Wikimedia projects and platforms.

Creating a means for Indigenous Knowledge Holders to participate in the development of the best practices for the inclusion of TK on digital networks.

Project impact[edit]

How will you know if you have met your goals?[edit]

For each of your goals, we’d like you to answer the following questions:

  1. During your project, what will you do to achieve this goal? (These are your outputs.)
  2. Once your project is over, how will it continue to positively impact the Wikimedia community or projects? (These are your outcomes.)

For each of your answers, think about how you will capture this information. Will you capture it with a survey? With a story? Will you measure it with a number? Remember, if you plan to measure a number, you will need to set a numeric target in your proposal (e.g. 45 people, 10 articles, 100 scanned documents). Remember to review the tutorial for tips on how to answer this question.

We will invite individuals/groups working in the field of collecting and sharing Indigenous Knowledge to form a working group (approx. 10 to 12 people to be manageable) and in turn work with their local/community partners to help define best practices. Each of the ten to twelve individuals/groups would work with four to six Nations/Indigenous groups.)

We will engage a small software development team to define the best first steps in incorporating Wikimedia APIs into the Wikiup framework. We will put out a call to fellow Wiki-medians for input on options and best approaches to cross pollinate data between Wikiup and Wikipedia/WikiData and other Wikis. We will hire one or two programmers to integrate the APIs.

As to outcome measuremen: Our goal is that within one year this Indigenous Knowledge Network will have a few hundred regular contributors and that there will be two to three thousand story markers placed across Canada. The goal is to generate at least 500 new story markers that will be automatically uploaded through the APIs and be shared on Wikipedia and other Wikis.

Do you have any goals around participation or content?[edit]

Are any of your goals related to increasing participation within the Wikimedia movement, or increasing/improving the content on Wikimedia projects? If so, we ask that you look through these three metrics, and include any that are relevant to your project. Please set a numeric target against the metrics, if applicable. Remember to review the tutorial for tips on how to answer this question.
As per above - we hope to attract existing Wikipedians as contributors to Wikiup but also (particularly in our school outreach) to encourage Indigenous youth to become Wikipedians and add to the free knowledge movement as it relates to their Nation or culture.

Project plan[edit]


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. What will you and other organizers spend your time doing? What will you have done at the end of your project? How will you follow-up with people that are involved with your project?
We will work with schools, Nations, Indigenous groups and community organizations to explore best practices for Indigenous Knowledge sharing and to continually expand and populate the network. The project goal is to build a user-friendly, culturally appropriate system that will attract users to continually add content to this network. The Wikiup team will use surveys, questionnaires, media releases and newsletters to stay in touch with contributors and visitors alike.


How you will use the funds you are requesting? List bullet points for each expense. (You can create a table later if needed.) Don’t forget to include a total amount, and update this amount in the Probox at the top of your page too!
Project Manager: $12,000 Programmer(s): $24,000 Honoraria and cultural gatherings: $12,000

Community engagement[edit]

Community input and participation helps make projects successful. How will you let others in your community know about your project? Why are you targeting a specific audience? How will you engage the community you’re aiming to serve during your project?
VNHS is a member of the Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council and is connected to a host of service and cultural organizations serving the urban Indigenous community. Part of the story catching process is to tell the stories of all of the members of MVAEC as well as other community organizations that serve the Indigenous community. VNHS has strong connections to scores of Nations through its board and executive. Additionally the Society works with the Vancouver School Board and its Aboriginal Educators. This relationship can be repeated with other Indigenous housing societies who in turn are connected to their local school boards

Get involved[edit]


Please use this section to tell us more about who is working on this project. For each member of the team, please describe any project-related skills, experience, or other background you have that might help contribute to making this idea a success.
David Eddy - CEO Vancouver Native Housing Society. As the CEO of VNHS David is instrumental in connecting partners, funders and collaborators to this initiative. Stewart Anderson - Vancity Credit Union In his current role as Manager, Indigenous Partnerships, Stewart works to broaden and deepen the Credit Union’s involvement with Aboriginal communities in and beyond the traditional territory of the Coast Salish people where Vancity is located. Stewart is connected with scores of Indigenous groups and will be instrumental in helping us engage local, regional and national players. Vancity has invested in and continues to support Wikiup.

Community notification[edit]

Please paste links below to where relevant communities have been notified of your proposal, and to any other relevant community discussions. You are responsible for notifying relevant communities of your proposal, so that they can help you! Depending on your project, notification may be most appropriate on a Village Pump, talk page, mailing list, etc. Need notification tips?

Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council

Vancover Native Housing Society

Britannia Community Services Centre

Britannia Secondary School


Do you think this project should be selected for a Project Grant? Please add your name and rationale for endorsing this project below! (Other constructive feedback is welcome on the discussion page).

Support Support - As a contributor to the Haitian Wikipedya, I am excited about the possibility of capturing the oral traditions of the indigenous people of Haiti. There is very little literature available at this time and I am concerned that some of it may have been destroyed in the last earthquake, making the need for this project important. Best Regards, Barbara (WVS) (talk) 21:58, 27 September 2017 (UTC)

  • We at SOS BC work with Indigenous foster children and believe that this would be a wonderful project to enhance the resources available to them to facilitate connections to their cultural hertiage. 20:28, 10 October 2017 (UTC)
  • We have had numerous people say they cannot endorse the project, one endorser wrote...' ried to "endorse" this .. but when I click

> on that box, it opens another and tells me I'm not logged in and I can't > proceed any further.

Others do not want to create an account - can a project be endorsed without someone logging in? Your help is appreciated. JosephMacLean (talk) 22:08, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

  • Great way for Indigenous Knowledge Holders to share their knowledge with Indigenous and non-indigenous persons.

Robert Wilmot 2001:569:73C3:6C00:9F6:68D1:90D9:A671 01:03, 18 October 2017 (UTC)