Grants talk:Project/ColMex/First Wikipedian in (Academic) Residence in Latin America

From Meta, a Wikimedia project coordination wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Eligibility confirmed, round 1 2017[edit]

IEG review.png

This Project Grants proposal is under review!

We've confirmed your proposal is eligible for round 1 2017 review. Please feel free to ask questions and make changes to this proposal as discussions continue during the community comments period, through 4 April 2017.

The committee's formal review for round 1 2017 begins on 5 April 2017, and grants will be announced 19 May. See the schedule for more details.

Questions? Contact us.

--Marti (WMF) (talk) 23:28, 24 March 2017 (UTC)

Just a small correction[edit]

Hi. This looks like an interesting project; good luck. Yet, I thought I would bring to your attention this will not be the First Wikipedian in Residence in Latin America, as we've had at least 2 WiRs in Brazil (and are in the process of receiving a grant for a third WiR). You can see the list of WiRs, here. I do not think this affects the content of your proposal, but you should probably change the title and frame of the proposal as this specific aspect of the proposal might be misleading. --Joalpe (talk) 22:57, 6 April 2017 (UTC)

Round 1 2017 decision[edit]

IEG IdeaLab review.png

Congratulations! Your proposal has been selected for a Project Grant.

The committee has recommended this proposal and WMF has approved funding for the full amount of your request, 5500 USD

Comments regarding this decision:
The committee is glad to support this partnership with El Colegio de México. We look forward to seeing the foundation you will lay for university libraries in Latin America to engage more deeply with Wikipedia .

Prior to finalizing a contract, we ask that you provide a job description specifically outlining the activities of the WiR role (we are now making this request of all WiRs).

Please note that we consider funding for WiR activities to be short-term. Grant funding that the Wikimedia Foundation provides for WiRs is not intended to support ongoing workflows in an organization, but to leverage the partnership to build a sustainable platform that ensures outcomes long after the WiR has completed their service. Your work will be to ensure that every action is taken to secure long-term outcomes that do not depend on ongoing grant funding.

Next steps:

  1. You will be contacted to sign a grant agreement and setup a monthly check-in schedule.
  2. Review the information for grantees.
  3. Use the new buttons on your original proposal to create your project pages.
  4. Start work on your project!

Questions? Contact us.

Aggregated feedback from the committee for First Wikipedian in (Academic) Residence in Latin America[edit]

Scoring rubric Score
(A) Impact potential
  • Does it have the potential to increase gender diversity in Wikimedia projects, either in terms of content, contributors, or both?
  • Does it have the potential for online impact?
  • Can it be sustained, scaled, or adapted elsewhere after the grant ends?
(B) Community engagement
  • Does it have a specific target community and plan to engage it often?
  • Does it have community support?
(C) Ability to execute
  • Can the scope be accomplished in the proposed timeframe?
  • Is the budget realistic/efficient ?
  • Do the participants have the necessary skills/experience?
(D) Measures of success
  • Are there both quantitative and qualitative measures of success?
  • Are they realistic?
  • Can they be measured?
Additional comments from the Committee:
  • I don't see this as a priority for the Wikimedia movement and it couldn't be scaled after the grant ends (at least, with own incomes).
  • Interesting project with considerable impact potential.
  • WiR positions are generally in line with our strategy with particular contribution to increasing reach and participation (particularly promoting Wikipedia/Wikidata contribution among experts) and improving quality (high-quality content). The institutions in question are well-positioned to create online impact, and project looks rather sustainable.
  • The outputs/outcomes sound fine. I see a risk about the quantity of outcomes, because it's only one WiR.
  • Organization and planning is very well defined but does not account enough for the long term impact, or more importantly for sustainability.
  • A decent iterative project capitalising on success of WiR projects in other countries, with well-defined measures of success and good position to create impact beyond the end of the grant.
  • The grantee has a great background but not a great Wikipedia history.
  • Participant has sufficient experience to develop the project, and with consistent backers.
  • The project plan is decent and feasible by available participants within the proposed time frame. It is disappointing that institutions are not contributing to the budget but I understand that we cannot always rely on this in Global South countries.
  • Very good community engagement, support from both Wikimedia Mexico and volunteer community.
  • I'm worried about the involvement of institutions with Wikimedia projects when they don't even have the resources to fund, even partially, their Wikimedian in Residence.
  • It should not become a practice for WiR to be covered in full, but we have seen that it is slowly becoming such. Project look good and interesting but I would like to check if there is someone from community who can do work for less fees.
  • Good WiR project, well-positioned to create impact and with a realistic budget. No reason not to fund this.


Has this project started? If so, how comes I don't find anything in the wikimedian in residence directory at outreach:Wikipedian in Residence? --Nemo 12:08, 12 November 2017 (UTC)