Grants:Simple/Applications/Wikimedians of the Levant/2020

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Application or grant stage: draft
Applicant or grantee: applicant
Amount requested: USD12,490
Amount granted: TBD (to be added by WMF)
Funding period: 12 months
Midpoint report due: Half YEAR + 15 days
Final report due: YEAR + 30 days

Background[edit]

Annual Plan[edit]

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Strategic plan[edit]

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Introduction[edit]

Wikimedians of the Levant is a user group for Wikimedia volunteers in Jordan, Palestine, Syria and Lebanon. It was established in May 2015, as the fourth UG in the Arabic-speaking countries, and has since grown to perhaps one of the leading affiliates in the MENA region. With 55 active members, near weekly activities and a successful grant record, Wikimedia Levant has grown in terms of structure and organization to the point of its very first Simple APG application.

The four countries of the Levant share a mediocre level of economy and income (ranking within the range of #78 to #118, globally), which, consequently, places them as part of the Global South as well as among the so-called emerging communities of Wikimedia. This does not reflect well on the corresponding content of the region on Wikimedia Projects: for example, English Wikipedia has over 60,000 pages under the label "Switzerland", a country populated by eight million people, but only 6,000 entries under "Jordan", (a country with slightly higher population and a similar land area). Additionally, Arabic, the native language of the region, suffers from a severe content gap relative to the number of its native speakers. With about one million articles, the Arabic Wikipedia version has a single entry per almost 300 speakers; in comparison, the same ratio in the case of German would be a Wikipedia page per 33 speakers.

In order to bridge these gaps and create knowledge equity, Wikimedia Levant aspires to support access to free knowledge within and about the region of the Levant. Our Strategic plan for 2020, the first of its kind, consists of three broad programs that we believe may help us achieve this goal: 1. Capacity Building: to upscale the community in both number and skill, ensuring a sustainable knowledge transfer and potential for further future scaling; 2. Content: to improve and expand Wikimedia projects, thus sticking to our primary goal; 3. Education: to create long-term partnerships and outreach that support us in achieving our key mission.

Programs[edit]

Capacity Building & Development

Capacity Building

As one of Wikimedia 2030 nine thematic areas, capacity building is a vital component of our Movement's future. In the past few years, Wikimedia Levant has successfully organized events around outreach, content and community: however, unless we focus on upscaling our volunteer skills and abilities, we are still exposed to a danger of losing years of institutional knowledge each time a veteran member withdraws from the group. The new capacity program will launch our first ever training of trainers, a modest campaign of workshops that aspires to build and motivate a small network of qualified Wikimedians and potential future leaders of the user group. With a small amount of planned workshops, the Program will keep realistic expectations and focus on a single set of skills (likely on online editing and/or healthy community rather than organizational capacity).

Activities

  • Training of trainers
  • Community Health awareness

Objectives

  • Build a core network of capable new Wikimedians who can in turn train, encourage and recruit others
  • Set up a convenient and repeatable process to onboard and welcome members
  • Create advanced learning guides for Wikipedia editing and Wikiproject site policies.

Metrics

  • Host 3 workshops
  • Train 50 new editors
  • Equip 5 qualified trainers

Community Development

Approaching its fifth year, Wikimedia Levant is growing into an experienced user group and a leading affiliate in the Arabic-speaking region. Growth, however, should be primarily measured not with a number of projects or achievements, but (to quote Movement Strategy) with people. Volunteers make up the true core of any Wikimedia community, and we can't hope to grow without a growing, healthy and motivated volunteer base. The Community Development Program aspires to meet this growth in two manners. First, from an internal perspective, we will have more open communication channels through more regular online meeting and an in-person meeting. Second, from an external one, we will be extending our outreach through awareness lectures/workshops, social media activity and recruiting campaigns to increase our active members by one and a half more.

Activities

  • Annual In-person Meeting (Amman, Jordan)
  • Social media outreach
  • Medical Student Association workshop (Alexandria, Egypt)
  • Syrian refugee event (Turkey)
  • ACOR events (Jordan)
  • Monthly meetings (online)

Objectives

  • Create a norm of open and active communication channels for the Levant community
  • Scale up the user group in size and capacity

Metrics

  • Recruit 15 long term Wikimedia participants
  • Increase user group members by 50% (up to 80 in total)
  • Increase meetings engagement to an average of +10 attendees

Content

As part of Wikimedians of the Levant's vision and objectives, bridging content gaps is a particular priority. The Content Creation Program focuses on bridge the content gap in articles, images and data. This program will be targeted at major projects; Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata, and interested in the culture, history, architecture, monumental structures and gender gap.

Wikipedia

Wikipedia is, first and foremost, our primary Wikiproject and the long term focus of Wikimedia Levant activities, and our plan is incomplete without it included. We will launch a variety of editing campaigns and competitions with a focus around bridging content gaps on Arabic Wikipedia, especially those related to the Levant region but also on a broader level. We will host small Wikipedia celebrations to get editors together and keep them motivated as editors around the year, while also employing competitions and online collaborations to improve content, raise team spirit and retain our editor base.

Activities

  • Levant editing contest
  • Engineering editing contest
  • For Wikipedia Initiative
  • Arabic Wikipedia Anniversary (Jordan & Palestine)
  • Wikipedia Anniversary (Jordan & Palestine)
  • Arabic Language workshop (Al-Khalil, Palestine)

Objectives

  • Improve Arabic Wikipedia content related to the Levant region.
  • Improve Arabic Wikipedia content related to Arabic Language.
  • Motivate members to participate in editing campaigns and stay as active editors.

Metrics

  • Number of participants: 50
  • Number of articles to improve: 200
  • Number of articles to create: 200

Gender gap

Within Wikimedia Levant's vision for organizing Wikimedians who share similar interests, challenges [and] needs, it's extremely important to eliminate gender bias as far as possible in our community. Our user group already has a nearly equal percentage of male to female members, but this balance is yet to be fairly represented in either our online editing community or our content. Our means to contribute to mitigating the gap and raising awareness include gender gap partnerships and seasonal events with international embassies as well as organizing Arab women collaborations across the region.

Activities

  • Wiki Girls
  • Wiki Gap (Jordan & Palestine)

Objectives

  • Raise public awareness of the severe gender gap in Arabic Wikipedia content
  • Motivate new individuals and organization to join the campaign to bridge gender gap
  • Improve Arabic Wikipedia content to bridge gender gap.

Metrics

  • Number of participants: 40
  • Number of articles to improve: 50
  • Number of articles to create: 50

Commons

Wikimedia Commons severely lacks content about the Levant region in general. Reasons include: lack of photographer community, scarcity of people able to afford photography equipment, low copyright awareness and disconnection from the Commons community and its regulations. Our goals from holding the editing contest for this year would be to retain a Commons/Arabic Wikipedia photographer community through awareness campaigns and outreach, and to increase the impact of the photography competitions by requiring a minimum quota of images to be used in actual articles and Wikiproject pages.

Activities

  • Wiki Loves Monuments
  • Wiki Loves Earth
  • Wiki Loves Translation (photo translation contest)

Objectives

  • Retain a photographer community contributing visual content to the Levant.
  • Add more images about the local natural heritage and scenic landscape on Levant region.
  • Increase number of translated photos (medical pictures, maps, diagrams ..etc)
  • Increase impact by expanding use of images in articles.

Metrics

  • 900 uploads for all photo contests
  • At least 10% of photos used in Wikimedia websites
  • 5 long term participants

WikiData

To keep up the pace with the wider Wikimedia Movement, it's necessary to devote attention and resources to the leading sister WikiProject: that is, WikiData. In this area, Wikimedia Levant focuses on two main aspects: 1. Holding local WikiData training that can increase the number of active contributors in Arabic language; and 2. Contributing content relevant to the user group's scope of work. For 2020, we will proceed our previous effort to build a core WikiData community in the region.

Activities

  • Workshops in Palestine and Jordan

Objectives

  • Recruit a core Wikidata community in the Levant
  • Improve Wikidata content related to the Levant region.

Metrics

  • 20 participants
  • 3 long-term contributors

Education

The Education Program has long proved as one of Wikimedia Levant's most successful endeavours. It services a multitude of purposes all at once: delivering content, building capacity, raising awareness and recruiting volunteers. After four years of continuous activity across Palestine and Jordan, the program proves successful and sustainable enough to justify its place as one of the three major focuses for the user group's first Simple APG. In our 2020 annual plan, we are looking to engage with more educational institutions in both Palestine and Jordan thanks to a stable, easily accessible funding.

While the program's goals will remain, as in previous success stories, to generate content and build capacity, we are looking to introduce another, new success metric: to create an effect and sustainable process of implementing Education Programs. This goal will be realized through an information portal to guide Education Program (and potentially students) through the entire organizational process. This will ensure that we capture our institutional memory as a group, a purpose in line with the Wikimedia 2030 Movement Strategy.

Palestine

Objectives

  • Increase student awareness of Wikipedia policies and how they can contribute
  • Build sustainable partnerships with educational institutions
  • Set up an effective, self-sustaining process to guide new Education Program officers

Metrics

  • Train 100 students
  • Create 200 articles

Jordan

Objectives

  • Increase student awareness of Wikipedia policies and how they can contribute
  • Build sustainable partnerships with educational institutions
  • Set up an effective, self-sustaining process to guide new education program officers

Metrics

  • Train 40 students
  • Create 50 articles

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