Grants talk:IEG/Consolidate wikiArS to involve art schools/Final

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Hi David, Congratulations on a very colorful and busy 7 months! Thanks for all of the time and energy you put into your project, and also into this report. A bit of feedback:

  • Methodology & Activities sections: I appreciate the details and graphics - the supervision one is particularly great, as are all of the images of students and teachers :)
  • I'm glad to see the info and graphics about the exhibition! Will be curious to hear what kind of feedback you get about it once the exhibition does begin to travel.
  • Outcomes & impact section: It is great that you've included a count of how many images are being used in articles, thanks for this. I also appreciate that you've compared actual to targets throughout the report.
  • Participants section: I appreciated seeing an increase in 2013 for most types of participants - it demonstrates some useful growth that I hope you'll continue to see in WikiArs as a result of having investing your time and energy on improving documentation, materials and workflows, etc, so that more people can join in each year. I am very curious to know if we revisited this next year, we might see larger international growth in participation, as a result of this foundation.
  • Progress towards goals and targets: congratulations on meeting so many of your targets, that must feel good! I'm often most interested in the areas where things are still a bit complicated, so I also appreciate you sharing more details about what makes an image "valued" in that table. It will be interesting to see if over time more illustrations begin to achieve this recognition in Commons, perhaps as a result of your methods to send them through review.
  • In terms of international growth: it makes sense that, as you say, growth now relies on others to pick up the materials and try something in their country. As this IEG comes to an end, do you think there is something you/we might do to help remind people that this project is now quite replicable? I'm thinking at the very least you may wish to post a link to this report on a relevant mailing list. And I'll work with you to see if we can get one last blog post up as well.
  • I'm amazed at how close you came on the budgeting, .58 :)
  • Thanks for the thoughtful and inspiring grantee reflection! About being "the WikiArs guy" - I've been considering this issue also and was glad to see you raise it. I wonder if you think you have built enough volunteer capacity in Catalonia to continue the efforts that you've been so hands-on with this year. Obviously you'll continue to volunteer, and you'll be able to use the foundational materials and workflows that you've built during this time so that should free you up some already. But I wonder if you feel that local efforts are very likely to sustain in the coming semester with any reduced participation from your part? Does some of this fall to Amical etc to also encourage?

Best wishes, and looking forward to seeing WikiArs continue to grow in future years, Siko (WMF) (talk) 03:17, 18 December 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Siko, thanks for the positive and detailed comments.
About wikiArS outreach and potential internationalization: yes, it's the moment to publicize it where possible. I will try to do a round in Village Pumps, but if you (or someone) could write to international mailing-lists will be good. And a post in the blog as well. Any action to spread will be important. Also personal contacts with people potentially interested. I've contacted some ones.
0.58€ :-) The "trick" is having a budget item that is adjustable. In this case I decided the number of copies of brochures in the last moment knowing what was left to spend.
Local sustainability: yes, now it is more easy and the volunteers are growing (albeit slowly). But yes, by now the project could be affected if I reduce my participation. This is something in the Amical agenda in discussion to find a solution.
Thanks for your support and feedback during these month. Best wishes. --Dvdgmz (talk) 09:20, 20 December 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Report accepted[edit]

Marking this report accepted and the project completed :) Siko (WMF) (talk) 18:17, 20 December 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]