Grants:Simple/Applications/AfroCROWD/2021-2022

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Application or grant stage: under review
Applicant or grantee: applicant
Amount requested: US $91,469.75
Amount granted: TBD (to be added by WMF)
Funding period: 1 July 2021 - 30 June 2022
Midpoint report due: Half YEAR + 15 days
Final report due: YEAR + 30 days

Application[edit]

Background[edit]

Annual Plan[edit]

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    • New summaries or explanations are not required for any continuing programs from the previous grant that have no or minimal changes, and can be linked to a previous proposal for reference.
    • 2000-word limit recommended. If you have an annual plan already prepared for other purposes that is over 2000 words, this is satisfactory, and it is not necessary to prepare a separate one for your Simple APG application. Please clearly indicate any new programs or changes from last year.

Our annual plan is based closely on this proposal however there are changes in cohesion.

AfroCROWD's overall theme for 2021-2022 is Our World Connected: The African Diaspora in Wiki 360 - Read, Seen, Heard and Understood. Referring to an increased focus on Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons (both audio and visual) and Linguistics (as in translatathons).

Changes are centered on expansion in the following areas:

  • Growth in our creative efforts, especially in creative representation of knowledge on Wikipedia (for example, animation of data or historical items and figures and oral knowledge/ recorded knowledge using Wikimedia Commons and Open Street Maps).
  • Expansion to a new American state and a new Caribbean country.
  • We also intend to develop new partnerships and relationships in the GLAM and educational community made during the recent fiscal year.
  • We are growing new partnerships within the linguistic and information literacy communities as well.
  • We intend to use consultants in further web development and organizational development.

2021

  • July: French Language Editathon targeting French speakers in New York and online
  • August:Animate the African Diaspora project begins phase 1
  • August: UN Photography Day (August 19) campaign begins for Photograph the African Diaspora Wikimedia Commons project: A project to improve representation online of the daily lives of people of African descent all over the World and to add and improve information missing on notable figures in the African Diaspora.
  • August: Wikimania
  • September:Wiki Caribbean Festival
  • September: Animate the African Diaspora project
  • October: Wiki Conference North America presentation
  • October: UN World Development Information Day (October 24) Day to focus on information literacy and marks the end of the Photograph the African Diaspora Campaign (Winners to be announced and awarded )
  • November: Information Literacy project Week of Wiki
  • December: End of year mixer (Year-end Wikipedia online editathon and celebration with speakers from the Movement)

2022

  • January: Wikipedia Day Celebration
  • February: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Annual Editathon
  • March: AfroCROWD Women’s History Month campaign and partnerships with Wiki GAP, Visible Wiki Women, Art+Fem, Women in Red
  • April: Earth Day celebration and Caribbean Earth Week
  • May: Africa Day Campaign
  • June 19: Caribbean Emancipation Day Awareness Campaign
  • June: AfroCROWD Juneteenth Conference

Budget Plan[edit]

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Budget plan: link to detailed budget.


Staffing Plan[edit]

  • May be required. Link to your staffing plan if you are requesting staff. If you're asking for staff for the first time, please give a rationale (and talk to your program officer). Staffing Plan should only include:
    • Name of staff role: Executive Director
    • Names of individuals filling those roles (if known): Sherry Antoine
    • Brief description of responsibilities. Staffing plan

AfroCROWD Executive Director (July 2021 - June 2022) The duties of the executive director, and has been in AfroCROWD management role since 2015 will be as follows in this grant cycle:

  • Direct AfroCROWD programs;
  • Coordinate webinars, online editathons and editathon reporting including maintenance of on-wiki page;
  • Managing and maintaining institutional / GLAM / Grassroots / Educational partnerships to further these programs;
  • Pursue and maintain new institutional / GLAM / Grassroots / Educational partnerships;
  • Direct social media accounts to support outreach for programs and the AfroCROWD brand;
  • Research and draft monthly newsletter;
  • Where needed, represent the organization in public appearances and conferences
  • Draft grant applications and reports.

Manage:

  • Budget
  • Strategy
  • expenses reimbursement
  • Invoice payment
  • Reporting
  • Maintaining accounts
  • Represent initiative to stakeholders
  • Partnerships and programs
  • Contractors and staffers, if any (from hiring to payment)
  • All reports to funder(s) and funder relations
  • Manage media relations and organizational representation
  • Manage expansion into new regions

Please describe any changes to your staffing plan for the upcoming funding period. These should include increases in staff or contractor hours, new staff positions, or staff positions you are removing. Include your rationale for any staffing changes here.

Our staffing plan has expanded to handle expansion of demand, partnerships and programming, hours due to increased activity, more international and inter-regional programming and expanded responsibilities. The hours have increased to meet and reflect duties by 7 hours. The contract has also increased by seventy five cents.

  • Indication of FTE (full-time equivalent hours) and duration of employment / contract: .9 FTE with a renewable contract for 12 months.

Strategic plan[edit]

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AfroCROWD's overall theme for 2021-2022 is Our World Connected: The African Diaspora in Wiki 360 - Read, Seen, Heard and Understood.

In 2021, we remain a world much disconnected and very misunderstood. Millions worldwide continue to struggle with a surge in the Coronavirus despite the advent of vaccines, with some facing another wave of lockdowns.

In the United States, AfroCROWD’s home base, renewed racial and political tensions have once again sparked unrest with terms like “insurrection” and items related to police brutality among the most searched terms on Wikipedia.

Nearby in the Caribbean, the entire population of the majority Afro-descendant island nation of Saint Vincent is evacuated as La Soufrière volcano erupts and life as it was known on the island is changed forever and in some cases completely obliterated.

While we remain in this state of distress and disconnect, online connection continues to be a lifeline of not only information, but community and empowerment to document or even preserve ourstory even as it happens. This is very much the case for the African Diaspora which statistically is often among the groups most negatively impacted by the items just described. This may be why since the start of the pandemic, we have seen a rise in demand for what we do.

It is therefore more timely than ever that groups like AfroCROWD develop opportunities to empower documentation and knowledge sharing and preservation about our ever changing world, whether it be life during the pandemic, civil rights and social justice news and statistics or imagery from an island nation as it was and the effects of the data that will form what it will be.

Introduction[edit]

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Afro Free Culture Crowdsourcing Wikimedia (AfroCROWD) is an initiative and Wikimedia User Group which seeks to increase awareness about the Wikimedia Movement in the African Diaspora and the number of people of African descent who actively partake in the Wikimedia and free knowledge, culture and software movements. AfroCROWD has sensitized thousands in its target audience about free culture crowdsourcing and the need to close the multicultural and gender gaps in Wikipedia. Since it's founding in 2015, AfroCROWD has also held monthly multilingual editathons in partnership with cultural institutions, galleries, libraries, archives, museums (GLAM), colleges, universities and many others including institutions at the United Nations and grassroots organizations.

AfroCROWD's Wiki 360 focus for 2021-2022 is mission based using best practices developed from our successes in campaigns held during the lockdowns of 2020 like our Global Wiki Check In, our Juneteenth Conference on Civil Rights, our Wiki Trivia Challenges, our Caribbean outreach and others.

We also want to use knowledge gained from pioneering efforts we have partnered in like translatathons and recordathons to take a deeper view of the African Diaspora in a global context. This 360 degree look at information will purposely strive to enable greater availability and addition of information that can be read, seen, heard and finally, discussed in a multicultural Wiki context. As such, we will invest more resources in Wikipedia editing, Wikidata training, WikiCommons uploads and guest speakers for virtual symposiums, similar to the series we implemented during Black History Month and Women’s History Month edit-a-thons in February and March of 2021.

Finally, this year especially, we want to play a part in implementation and participation in the future of Wikimedia and Wikipedia as we keep the Movement Strategy recommendations and friendly space policy at the forefront of each program with an eye at continuing our culture and practice of valuing inclusion, equity, innovation, movement solidarity, knowledge sharing, cohesion, skills development and growth.

Programs[edit]

Wikimedia Movement Outreach

Continue to work on integration and cross-fertilization of existing AfroCROWD community to the broader movement. AfroCROWD does the following:

  • Supports 5 AfroCROWDers participate or present in Wikimania online
  • We are featured in 4-5 articles in blogs, local or national press
  • AfroCROWD holds an editathon, translatathon or recordathon per trimester (online while restrictions remain)
  • Generate a monthly newsletter of AfroCROWD news and activities in the Wikipedia Movement
  • Continued maintenance of mailing list and continued maintenance and growth of a cross-continental AfroCROWD google group and/or Slack channel
  • Support and encourage Wikipedia-related efforts by members of the community, using our growing training videos on Youtube
  • Continue using toolkit and Training video for those in target group who want to hold editathons independently (this continues in French and Haitian Creole)
  • Continue fostering awareness of AfroCROWD and of our availability as a resource nationally and globally through near daily engagement on social media
Program Objectives
  • Support factors of growth and coordination in the current and potential communities primarily in the diaspora and user group online

Why are we doing this? Increase Cross Participation Among Allied Wikimedia Stakeholders in the Movement

In synergy with Movement strategy alignment to:

  • Coordinate Across Stakeholders
  • Invest in Skills and Leadership Development
  • Manage Internal Knowledge
  • Identify Topics for Impact
Program metrics and targets
  • Number of AfroCROWDers presenting or involved at Wikimania or WikiConference North America workshops: 7
  • Number of people added to mailing list: 250
  • Number of articles, blog posts or other media where AfroCROWD features: 3
  • Number of audio/ video features AfroCROWD adds to Wikimedia Movement for skills share: 5


Editor training

AfroCROWD will continue to seek to increase awareness of the Wikimedia and free knowledge, culture and software movements among potential editors of African descent.

AfroCROWD virtual events and activities will engage existing contributors and new contributors in building community and in content creation with the aim of bridging the multicultural gap in editorship and content coming from and regarding Africa and the African Diaspora through meetups, editathons, public speaking, social media outreach, community engagement, and partnerships with cultural grassroots groups in our target groups and GLAM and educational institutions. We are also planning content innovations in animation and open street maps to further expand knowledge sharing.

Program Objectives

AfroCROWD aims to expand online trainings with eyes on a new state, Connecticut, and a specific part of the world, the Caribbean. We also aim to innovate in the way we create and share information in the African Disapora in formats available in Wiki projects for audio and visual learners and share within an online training and eventually in person context.

Why are we doing this?

Central, is AfroCROWD's commitment to improvement in both content and editorship of people of the African Diaspora on Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects. Editor training on projects like Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata remain key to AfroCROWD's mission to increase awareness and engagement of people of African descent in Wikimedia.

Program metrics and targets
  • Number of participants to workshops: 350
  • Number of newly registered users during workshops: 75
  • Number of content pages improved or created: 400
  • Number of pictures and videos of places uploaded to Wikimedia Commons: 100


Wikimedia Education and Skills Share

AfroCROWD will develop a program in continuation of remote learning efforts during COVID19 to build information literacy and technical capacity using skills that can be garnered through both readership and editorship via Wikipedia and Wiki projects. We also hope to connect with Wikipedians in the movement to exchange skills and lessons learned that can be shared with new and growing editors.

Program Objectives

Hold at least 2 events focused on Wikipedia as a learning tool and focused on skills development with at least 1 aimed at a residential housing community.

Why are we doing this?

Without technical understanding and information literacy, AfroCROWDers cannot fully participate and access the Wikimedia Movement or contribute to knowledge creation. Projects like this can also benefit communities.

Program metrics and targets
  • Number of participants to workshops: 100
  • Number of newly registered users during workshops: 45
  • Number of content pages improved or created: 100
  • Number of pictures and videos of places uploaded to Wikimedia Commons: 50


AfroCROWD Wiki Linguistics Outreach

We in intend to increase our connection and investment in the linguistics community as vital to knowledge access and understanding in our communities. We aim to

  • Hold a Francophone translatathon
  • Engage Spanish-speaking Afrolatinx communities in Latin-America with Wikimedia Uruguay and Afrolatino Project via an online program/ event
  • Continue translating and voice over of tutorial videos in at least 1 of 3 languages of the African Diaspora (e.g. French, Spanish, Haitian Kreyol, Protuguese)
Program Objectives
  • Engaging both the languages of the African Diaspora and oral knowledge, generating oral testimonials in several African Diaspora languages to be uploaded to Commons.
  • Bring attention and awareness to the various African and African diaspora languages through outreach and 2 projects

Why are we doing this?

Ideally, AfroCROWD’s efforts in our various events will bring attention and awareness to the various African and African diaspora languages on Wikipedia. This also improves information access on open knowledge we share.

Program metrics and targets
  • Number of participants to workshops: 40
  • Number of newly registered users during workshops: 25
  • Number of content pages improved or created: 60
  • Number of videos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons: 5


Caribbean, African Diaspora Outreach

AfroCROWD will hold a photo and data campaign focused on St. Vincent and the Grenadines as well as other Caribbean Islands reeling from natural disasters or other historic events that may have altered communities there.

SMART objective/ goal

Create a repository of information related to the islands in images for Wikimedia Commons and data on Wikidata that preserve knowledge about the communities and cultures as well as daily life and histories about areas that may be fundamentally changed by nature and other large scale events. Purpose: Often large scale events like hurricanes, earthquakes and eruptions can wipe landscapes and along with them histories. This aims to ensure images of the communities and daily lives of the communities included in this project are available to help share and preserve the wider story of the cultures that populate the cataclysmic headlines. The aim is for greater understanding of daily life through imagery along with the data.

Why are we doing this?

Often large scale events like hurricanes, earthquakes and eruptions can wipe landscapes and along with them histories. This aims to ensure images of the communities and daily lives of the communities included in this project are available to help share and preserve the wider story of the cultures that populate the cataclysmic headlines. The aim is for greater understanding of daily life through imagery along with the data.

Program metrics and targets
  • Number of participants to workshops: 100
  • Number of newly registered users during workshops: 45
  • Number of image uploaded to Wikimedia Commons: 200
  • Number of items uploaded to Wikdata: 300

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