Grants:Simple/Applications/Wikimedia New York City/2016-2017

From Meta, a Wikimedia project coordination wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
Grant stage: grant in progress
Grantee: Wikimedia New York City
Amount granted: US$74,000 (-)
Funding period: 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 30 June 2017
Final report due: 30 July 2017



These two requests are required of first-time applicants. In future years, you can use reports to substitute for these requirements.

  1. Link to one program story that showcases your organization's achievements in the past year.
    Backer, Alice. "AfroCROWD Works With Libraries and Museums to Improve Representation on Wikipedia." Video: AfroCROWD at the Brooklyn Public Library. Crowd Consortium. 23 November 2015. and Allum, Cynthia. "Women leading movements to champion equality on Wikipedia: Frustrated by Wikipedia's male-dominated culture, women are spearheading efforts to record history fairly, and take control of their own stories." The New York Times. February 29, 2016.
  2. Link to one learning story you have created or contributed to, that demonstrates how your organization documents and applies learning.
    Howard, Dorothy (Wikipedian-in-Residence at the Metropolitan New York Library Council). Video: Thoughts on scaling local GLAM initiatives. GLAM-WIKI: Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Wikimedia. GLAM-Wiki Netherlands, The Hague: Koninklijke Bibliotheek & National Archive of the Netherlands, 10-12 April 2015. Friday, April 10, 2015.

Link to these documents only if you have them.

  1. Link to your organization's staffing plan. 2016 Metrics reporting staffing plan
  2. Link to your annual plan. This organization does not currently have an annual plan.
  3. Link to your strategic plan. This organization does not currently have a strategic plan, but you can view the previous strategic plan.
    See 2011 WM NYC Strategic Plan

Please add your global metrics to this sheet. Contact APG staff if you need access. Please visit this worksheet to view global metrics targets and progress. Wikimedia New York City is tracking their metrics using this tool: 2015 WMNYC_metrics v 02-23-2016.xlsx


Program 1: 2016 Meetups

see Program 1: 2016 Meetups – further details

WM NYC Events through 2015
Source: WM NYC Event Archive.Note: The number of chapter events grew approximately 3-fold in 2015.

Consolidated Program Objectives

The events and activities in the WM NYC Meetups Program will engage existing contributors and new contributors in building community and in content creation and donation, with the aim of increasing and improving quality content on the Wikimedia projects, through meetups, edit-a-thons, education programs, and GLAM partnerships.

Editor engagement

  • 36 new contributors continue to make 5+ edits per month, 12 months after participating in an event, and 36 existing contributors report increased engagement as a result of their attendance at meetups and edit-a-thons or their participation in education and GLAM activities.
  • This will be done by 30 Wikipedia meetups of any sort in 2016, each of which will have at least 10 participants of any kind or 5 new users. Activities at meetups can be live Wikimedia contributions or training. All meetups will be facilitated by an experienced chapter member
  • WM NYC is looking to increase participation among diverse, under-represented populations. In addition to supporting initiatives to address the gender gap, WM NYC is looking to increase participation among groups unique to the New York City area, like members of African diaspora communities, specific cultural entities like WikiArte, #guggathon, etc.

New and improved content

  • In 12 months through 30 edit-a-thons, education partnerships, and GLAM partnerships, 50 articles will be created and 150 improved, and 12 images uploaded and used on a Wikimedia project, integrated on content pages (other than Commons). At least 2 organizations will facilitate media upload from their collections
  • Educational programs via support for WikiEdu efforts will include 5 schools will participate in Wikipedia Educational Programs with workshops or classroom assignments, 5 course pages will be created documenting student and class participation, 50 students will join as new users, 50 articles will be edited by participants in the education program

Scaling international programs

  • We will support 5 international programs related to these program activities through hosting either main node or satellite events for Year of Science, Wikipedia Day, Art+Feminism, Wiknic, Wiki Loves Pride, Wiki Loves Libraries/Open Access Week, Wiki APA (Asian Pacific America), Wikipedia Takes Your City, Black WikiHistory Month.
  • Support entails creating event pages that often serve as the main event page for global nodes, outreach, networking, resource sharing

See The SMART Process to Developing Measurable Objectives
See Designing SMART Proposals and Annual Plans'

Program 2: AfroCROWD


By December 31, 2016:

Goal: Support and foster virality

  • Objective: Develop toolkit and Training video for those in target group who want to hold editathons outside of NYC
  • Measure: 5-7 articles in the local or national press for the year (2 already: Voices of NY and NY Times)
  • Objective: Hold monthly events i.e. at least 12 this year (2 held already in NYC and 4 supported outside NYC)

Goal: Generate & Improve articles

  • Measure: About 100 for the year

Goal: Turn returning editors into active editors

  • Meet the needs of returning editors by developing programming suited to their needs
  • Encourage returning editors to add quick edits about the news they most follow on a regular basis
  • Create special roles for returning editors
  • Hold a Training the Trainers event for returning editors
  • Measures:
    • 5 editors attend more than one event or
    • at least one trainee editor organizes editathons outside of NY

Goal: Bring Wikipedia to over 500 people in our target group

  • Measure: Over 250 people attend editathons
  • Measure: Over 100 people hear presentations at conferences or when we are invited to present
  • Measure: Over 100 people edit Wikipedia with us
  • Measure: Over 50 new people in target group follow us on Social Media





  • Art+Feminism 2016 @ MoMA (Saturday, March 5, 2016)
  • Presentation to Harlem Arts Alliance Monthly Meeting
  • WikiWednesday @ Babycastles (March)
  • Editathon to coincide with the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (March 14-24). Sunday, March 20th, Afro-Decedent Women Leaders Editathon.
  • Women of African Disapora @ Hunter College. Thursday, March 24, 2016


  • Harlem Arts Alliance Editathon OR Brooklyn Public Library Editathon
  • Digital Blackness Conference, Rutgers University – Attendance and Presentation (April 22 –23, 2016)
  • WikiWednesday @ Babycastles (April)


  • La Guardia Community College Translatathon (In conjunction with Professor Ximena Gallardo)
  • WikiWednesday @ Babycastles (May)




  • Haitian Wikipedia Translatathon


  • Training the Trainers Editathon at the Brooklyn Public Library


  • Afro-Latino Hispanic Heritage Month Spanish/Portuguese Translatathon at the Queens Public Library (Sunday, September 18th) in commemoration of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th-October 15th)


  • Hunter College Africana Studies Editathon


  • Year-End Wikipedia Editathon Celebration at the Brooklyn Public Library in celebration of the year's editathons. Brings editors from past editathons together to edit new entries and work on old ones as well as recruit new editors and train them. (Sunday, December 18, 2016)
Target readership
Other projects
  • Possibly other Wikipedias and Wiktionaries of African and afrodescendant subgroups that trainees revolve around organically.
  • Commons

Fit with strategy

What crucial thing will the project try to change or benefit in the Wikimedia movement? Please select the Wikimedia strategic priority(ies) that your project most directly aims to impact and explain how your project fits. Most projects fit all strategic priorities. However, we would like project managers to focus their efforts on impacting 1–2 strategic priorities. Examples of strategic priorities can be found here.

This project aims to help bridge Wikipedia's multicultural gap in editorship and in content.
The project primarily aims to increase participation of editors of African descent (including but not limited to self-identified African, African-American, Afro-Latino, Biracial, Black, Black-American, Caribbean, Garifuna, Haitian or West Indian subgroups) in the Wikimedia movement.
We believe that this project would contribute to a positive perception of Wikipedia among users in these communities, and increase skills for contribution to Wikimedia projects.
The methodology we propose is to first introduce a larger audience to the editing process and Wikimedia concept, than to recruit individuals that show personal interest and enthusiasm, and involve them in a group of trainers that would be provided additional training and mentorship, so they could go back to their respective communities and train more people in using Wikimedia tools and projects. We believe that in such way we could build capacity and cohesion of a group of trainers, so they would be willing to continue working on Wikipedia content.

Organization Team

The proposed project is the result of a partnership between:

  1. Afro Free Culture Crowdsourcing Wikimedia (AFROCroWd), an initiative which seeks to increase the number of people of African Descent who edit Wikipedia and partake in the Wikimedia and free knowledge and culture movements, and
  2. interglider.ORG, a not-for-profit organization that promotes free knowledge and free culture ideas to produce cultural vibrancy and diversity and social and economic equality and innovation.
  3. Wikimedia New York City, the largest and most active North American local Wikipedia chapter
Workshop trainers
  1. Aliceba (talk) 19:45, 19 February 2015 (UTC), a Brooklyn-based free knowledge and free culture proponent who has been aggregating and disseminating Haitian citizen media since 2005 and is a former Francophonia Editor covering the french-speaking blogs of Africa and the Caribbean at Global Voices Online .
  2. Sherry Antoine, Project Manager
  1. Project Manager
  2. Wikimedia New York City, the local Wikipedia chapter members assist with proctoring events
  3. Web hosting and technical support provided by Interglider.ORG
Evidence of past success
  1. Over 12 editathons held in 2015 at venues such as the Brooklyn Public Library, The Schomburg Center, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Queens Public Library.
  2. Several articles in the local and national press.
  3. Keynote address at WikiConference USA


AfroCROWD Program Manager

  1. Please link to a detailed job description, which shows how this staff person will help your organization achieve its goals.

    AfroCROWD Project Manager Job Description
  2. How long is this staff person or contractor's planned engagement with your organization, and how many hours will they work over the course of this grant?

    Project Manager has been on staff since August of 2016 and is an ongoing staff person that we expect to keep.
    0.40 FTE or 16 hours/week = 832 hours over 12 months, on an ongoing basis.
  3. Use a percentage of that person's total hours to show how they will spend their time on different programs and activities.

    Outreach: 35% -- Press, Partners, Public Speaking, Meetings
    Digital: 25% -- Social Media, Website Maintenance, Graphics
    Editathons: 25% -- Planning, Operations, Technical Assistance
    Administration: 10%
    Grant Reporting: 5%

Metrics & Reporting

  1. Please link to a detailed job description, which shows how this staff person will help your organization achieve its goals.

    2016 Metrics reporting staffing plan
  2. How long is this staff person or contractor's planned engagement with your organization, and how many hours will they work over the course of this grant?

    0.25 FTE or 10 hours/week = 520 hours over 12 months, on an ongoing basis.
  3. Use a percentage of that person's total hours to show how they will spend their time on different programs and activities.

    Event Metrics: 50% -- includes current and historical metadata gathering
    Community Management, GLAM Partnerships & Outreach: 40% -- community engagement, best practices, metrics on outside-of-chapter events, possible development of "Metrics in a Box" template / structures
    Administration: 10% -- reportage & compliance

Budget and resource plan[edit]

Link to a detailed budget (that also includes a plan for raising the resources you need). :see WM NYC Budget Template

Additional sources of revenue

Additional sources of revenue, other than the Project and Event Grants Program, that may fund part of this project, and amounts funded.

  • No other cash funding
  • In kind funding includes the following:
    • Nonprofit discount from venues which provide physical space
    • Donated labor of local volunteer Wikimedia community organizers

Midpoint report[edit]

This is a brief report on the grantee's progress during the midpoint reporting period: 1 April - 30 September.

Program story[edit]

Please link to one program story that showcases your organization's achievements during the reporting period.

Here is the text you may use to add a story or link!

"Writing women into Wikipedia with the United Nations: the #HERstory editathons" by María Cruz, Wikimedia Foundation and Jeff Elder, Wikimedia Foundation. Wikimedia Blog. August 29, 2016


Please add text or a link to a page with details on your program progress. This should including reporting against each of the SMART objectives from your proposal.

US-WM NYC Midpoint Report

US-WM NYC Midpoint Report

2016 Metrics & Reporting Job Posting

  • 2016 Metrics & Reporting Job Posting – Posted 27 September 2016
    • Resumes are being actively reviewed by hiring committee
    • Next steps timeline / status update to be determined at October Board Meeting


Please report your organization's total spending during the reporting period, or link to a financial document showing your total spending. US$14,860

Here is where your spending notes/explanations are.

Please note: Amount does not include AfroCROWD bridge grants.
Please see: FY 2015-2016 Finances for IRS filing year 2015

Final report[edit]

This is the final report for your grant, describing your outcomes from the period of 2016.

Program story[edit]

Please link to one program story that showcases your organization's achievements during the reporting period.

Having so many projects, that you can follow in template on our main page on Meta.

As most innovative projects will be:

  1. Theatre Actors of Macedonia - taking high-quality images in their theatres and improving their articles with official partnerships with several national theaters in Skopje.
  2. National library collaboration and MANU library - official cooperation with two largest libraries in the country, makes us huge favor enriching Wikimedia Commons with high-quality books and rare materials that is needed during editing challenges of our members in Shared Knowledge, our Community members, which writes from these materials, and also general public who now has a digital version of some of these documents.
  3. Macedonian Dialects Project - collaboration with the Božidar Vidoeski Research Centre for Areal Lingustics at MANU aided by our Wikimedian-in-Residence there illustrated the rich variety of Macedonian dialects with 25 recordings representing 16 dialects from various regions of the country.
  4. Chemistry experiments in glorious HD - With the cooperation previously established with the professor Vladimir Petrushevski, the second part of the project continued with recording of experiments at the Institute of Chemistry, at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje. Recordings have taken part during June and there were taken 20 high-definition videos of experiments conducted to demonstrate various chemical reactions.

Learning story[edit]

Please link to one learning story that shows how your organization documents lessons learned and adapts its programs accordingly.



Please add text or a link to a page with details on your program results. You should report on each of the objectives you included in your Simple APG application.

Please visit this worksheet to view global metrics targets and progress.




Please link to a detailed financial report for your spending during the grant period. This should be in the same format as your detailed budget from your Simple APG application.

Please include the total amount of Simple APG funds you spent during the grant period.