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For record's sake, this grant report was officially submit on 11 June 2016. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 01:26, 18 June 2016 (UTC)Reply

Remaining funds request[edit]

At the conclusion of the project, Wikipedia Connection had $542.49 left over. We would like to use these funds to continue hosting campus events at Ohio State for the duration of the summer (May 4 - August 22). Since many students are off-campus during the summer, the meetups are less frequent and include remote involvement, which makes the ~$500 amount adequate.

Activity Item Cost / Unit Units Total Notes
Workshops Pizza, drinks, and tableware $25 3 $75 These workshops are a continuation of the weekly workshops we've held for the last two semesters, which involve editing, presentations, and discussions on Wikipedia. Unlike the Spring and Fall semesters, the summer workshops will not be weekly, but more spread out with lower attendance. Money will primarily be used for pizza, soda, silverware, plates, and napkins.
Ohio Wiknic 2016 Food, snacks, drinks, tableware, charcoal, and lighter fluid $80 1 $80 Alongside many others, we will be hosting a Wiknic in Columbus for the Ohio community. This event will bring together Wikipedians to socialize, discuss, and network with each other. It's also a great opportunity for Wikipedia Connection members to meet other Wikipedians from the surrounding area. We will primarily be making our own food (hot dogs, burgers, and vegetarian options), along with providing water, soda, silverware, plates, and napkins.
Ohio Wiknic 2016 Travel reimbursement N/A N/A $100 We will be providing a total of $100 in travel reimbursements divided between Wiknic participants, to cover both gas and parking costs at Ohio State University. We'll be inviting Wikipedians from all over Ohio; travel reimbursements would encourage Ohioans from 2+ hours away to attend. If the entire $100 is utilized, it will be split fairly based on distance traveled.
Wikipedia Library Session Food, snacks, drinks, and tableware $50 1 $50 Alex Stinson and Jake Orlowitz will be hosting a intro session of Wikipedia Library for Columbus-area librarians. We will be providing light refreshments and snacks.
Wiki Education Intro & Training Food, snacks, drinks, and tableware $50 1 $50 We are planning to invite the Wiki Education Foundation to Ohio State to lead an intro and training session for the Wiki Education Program to Ohio State faculty. For any interested professors who would like to pursue the Wiki Education Program, Wikipedia Connection will provide support for the professors and students.
General Custom business cards $7 3 $21 Customized business cards for three Wikipedia Connection officers, to be used for outreach when meeting with librarians, faculty, and Wikimedians at conferences.
Unforeseen N/A N/A N/A $20 The remainder of the remaining funds will be used to fund any reasonable yet unexpected expenses incurred during the summer, such as extra items needed for the defined events, or money to go towards another event we may come up with.
Total N/A N/A N/A $396

Remaining funds after the summer: $146.49

We would like to hold these remaining funds for the Autumn 2016 semester, for which we plan to apply for another grant. If we don't make a grant request, the funds could be returned to the Foundation.

~SuperHamster Talk Contribs on behalf of Wikipedia Connection (18:36, 18 June 2016 (UTC))Reply

Hi Super. Thank you for this detailed report! It's great to learn that the group is active and growing. We approve the report and the reallocation request. Please note we will need you to report on the reallocation activities here on this discussion page. When do you think the activities will be completed? Once we have this date, we can set a report due date. Cheers, Alex Wang (WMF) (talk) 17:31, 30 June 2016 (UTC)Reply
@AWang (WMF): Thanks for the prompt response! We'll be sure to record our activities here. The last day of the summer semester is August 22, so our activities will be completed by then. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 17:34, 30 June 2016 (UTC)Reply
Note for record's sake: The report for summer's activities is due September 21st. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 05:30, 1 July 2016 (UTC)Reply

Summer Report[edit]

Project status[edit]

Did you comply with the requirements specified by WMF in the grant agreement?
Is your project completed?

Activities and lessons learned[edit]

The Great Buckeye Wiknic 2016
The Great Buckeye Wiknic 2016 was one of many Great American Wiknic picnics that occurs annually in cities across the United States. This was the first Wiknic in Ohio in years, and served as a day in the park for food and socializing with others from the Wikimedia movement.
We had a total of 11 attendees, participating in activities that including discussions, board games, sand volleyball, and Pokemon Go. Our event attracted Wikipedia Connection members, non-Wikimedians, and Wikimedians from outside of the university, resulting in a diverse set of individuals interested in the movement. Two of our participants came from out of the state. This event provided a great opportunity for our members to meet experienced Wikimedians from around Ohio and beyond.
We hosted two workshops during the summer: one at the beginning, and one at the end.
  • Our first workshop resulted in discussions about Wikipedia and future plans for Wikipedia Connection during the summmer.
  • Our second workshop took place in August, in which Alex Stinson from the Wikimedia Foundation stopped by for a pre-semester workshop. Alex provided a presentations on both GLAM and Wikidata, two projects we hope to include in next semester's activities. This was also a great opportunity for our members to meet a Wikimedia staff member and learn more about the Foundation and their various projects.
Online activities
With a lot of our members away from campus, we encouraged participation in several National Archives online events, of which a couple of our members participated in:
  • #ArchivesJuly4 Transcribe-a-thon, a three-hour event put on by the US National Archives and National Archives Foundation to transcribe documents related to the founding of the United States.
  • Proposed Amendments Edit-a-Thon, an edit-a-thon focused on improving Wikipedia entries related to proposed Constitutional amendments.

Lessons learned[edit]

What worked well?
Our flagship event for the summer, our Wiknic, was a great success. We had 15 attendees, which included both Ohio State and non-Ohio State students - and a couple people coming from out of state. Separate from the events covered by our funds: Some of our members also remotely participated in a couple online edit-a-thons and NARA events, and also attended the Wikimedia Diversity Conference on behalf of Wikipedia Connection.
What didn't work?
We didn't host as many events as we initially planned (namely the Library session, education program session, and additional workshop). This was due to a combination of our members being busy during the summer, in different locations, and campus being "dead" relative to the rest of the year. Our two workshops that did occur had relatively low participation.
What would you do differently if you planned a similar project?
For a campus summer session, I would put more focus on organizing virtual events, and less on on-campus events. With many of our members off-campus for the summer, virtual events (such as online edit-a-thons) would allow more of our members to participate in Wikipedia-related activities during the summer.

Learning patterns[edit]

For our last workshop of the summer, Alex Stinson from the Foundation stopped by to help host our event. He provided our members an introduction to Wikidata, as well as provided a great overview of GLAM. Having experience with both projects, as well as experience doing outreach as both a volunteer and Foundation employee, Alex was able to give a very effective and motivational overview of both projects, better than our own volunteers could. Alex, as an expert from the Foundation, also provided an opportunity for our members to ask questions and gain new insights.
Our first Wiknic attracted participants from across Ohio and neighboring states - which involves both short- and medium-distance travel. To encourage both safe and cheap travel, our event page provided suggestions of ways to reach our event, as well as provided details on Columbus' public transporation options and a map of the roads/parking lots around our venue. Making travel as easy, cheap, and safe for our participants is important!

Outcomes and impact[edit]

Provide the original project goal here.
With the Summer session being a big slower than normal, our goals for the summer were:
  • Community: Keep Wikipedia Connection members engaged with one another.
  • Content: Encourage participation in opportunities to contribute to Wikimedia and other projects.
Did you achieve your project goal? How do you know your goal was achieved? Please answer in 1 - 2 short paragraphs.
Partially - we fulfilled our goal of community, though lacked a bit when it came to building content.
  • For community, we kept our members engaged through a Wiknic, a couple workshops, and online events. The Wiknic was particularly notable in accomplishing this goal, bringing our members together with non-campus Wikimedians.
  • For content, we ended up hosting fewer workshops then expected, and our offline events fostered a small amount of content contribution. Our members did participate in a couple online events, which resulted in some more content creation. However, our content contributions were fewer than hoped for, and a lot less when compared to our previous semester. This was largely due to a combination of our members being busy during the summer, in different locations, and campus being "dead" relative to the rest of the year. We expect our content contributions to rise again in the coming semester.
Progress towards targets and goals[edit]
Global Metrics[edit]
Metric Achieved outcome Explanation
1. # of active editors involved
2. # of new editors
3. # of individuals involved
4a. # of new images/media added to Wikimedia articles/pages
4b. # of new images/media uploaded to Wikimedia Commons (Optional)
5. # of articles added or improved on Wikimedia projects
6. Absolute value of bytes added to or deleted from Wikimedia projects N/A As an optional metric, we have left this calculation out as the project lasted the duration of several months and included numerous events. We found a per-event analysis to be more insightful, especially as improvements to Wikipedia included both adding and removing text, and the uploading of media.

Did you send documentation of all expenses paid with grant funds to grants at wikimedia dot org, according to the guidelines here? Answer "Yes" or "No".
Our documentation was shared with the Foundation through Google Drive. Alternative ways of sharing can be provided upon request.
Please list all project expenses in a table here, with descriptions and dates. Review the instructions here.
Activity Category Item Budgeted Units Budgeted Cost / Unit Budgeted Total Actual Units Actual Cost / Unit Actual Total Notes
Workshops Food & Beverages Pizza, drinks, and tableware 3 $25 $75 2 Varied $47.73
Ohio Wiknic 2016 Food & Beverages Food, snacks, drinks, tableware, charcoal, and lighter fluid N/A N/A $80 N/A N/A $63.37
Ohio Wiknic 2016 Travel Travel reimbursement N/A N/A $100 3 Varied $109.99
Wikipedia Library Session Food & Beverages Food, snacks, drinks, and tableware $50 1 $50 0 N/A $0 Converted into general workshop
Wiki Education Intro & Training Food & Beverages Food, snacks, drinks, and tableware $50 1 $50 0 N/A $0 Our education program efforts have been postponed to the next semester
General Office supplies Custom business cards $7 3 $1 0 N/A $0 Postponed buying to next semester
Unforeseen N/A N/A N/A $20 2 N/A $11.27 Used for organizer parking for Wiknic and poster supplies
Total $396 $232.36