Grants talk:Simple/Applications/Wikimedia Chile/2018

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Questions from SAPG members[edit]

From Philip Kopetzky[edit]

Hi dear WMCL, thank you for your application! :-) I've read your application and midpoint report with great interest and have a few questions regarding some of the points you make in your application. Please feel free to answer in-line where possible ;-)

Staff[edit]

The proposed staffing model says that one person should work as a "general coordinator" for 20 hours a week for 3 months, while administrating back office duties, implementing activities, writing a 2019 grant and evaluating and coordinating the different parts of WMCL. This list of tasks seems a bit daunting for one person to complete successfully - would you consider narrowing down the tasks to make it more likely for one person to succeed in this role? On the same note, while thinking about the tasks that staff should perform, did you consider how board and staff would work together? Would the board still be a operational board supplemented by staff? Or would staff be working more autonomous, making the board less operational? Best, Philip Kopetzky (talk) 10:14, 7 February 2018 (UTC)

Hi Philip, thanks for your questions. The general coordinator is intended to be mainly in charge of writing the final reports for this term (March-December 2018) and the grant for 2019. That's the reason we are asking this staff position only for the last three months of this year. This staff will not have many "office" duties, and definitely (s)he will not implement the projects -- these last issues will continue being dealed by the Board. We hope that the chosen person could continue next year in a full-time & more autonomous function, obviously depending on his/her performance. --Warko (talk) 02:42, 13 February 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for the clarification! I think my follow-up question is covered by Alleycat's question below. Philip Kopetzky (talk) 07:57, 13 February 2018 (UTC)

WLE 2018[edit]

I'm glad to see that you are planning to take part in Wiki Loves Earth 2018! :-) It would be interesting to know why you stopped participating in WLM and why participating in WLM again wasn't an option this year, considering that starting a whole new project like WLE is probably way more effort than starting WLM back up again. Philip Kopetzky (talk) 10:30, 7 February 2018 (UTC)

Secondly, how many volunteers are involved in WLE? Is there a long-term plan to do WLE every year from now on? Philip Kopetzky (talk) 10:30, 7 February 2018 (UTC)

I will answer both questions. Regarding WLM, we made the contest for two years with more than 7,000 photos. WMCL decided not to continue with the contest because Chile does not have a big amount of national monuments compared with other countries, so we would not have many innovation in new WLM versions. Instead of WLM, in the following years we decided to make other contests related with Chilean culture, focused for example on cuisine and science. Considering that Chile is internationally known by its natural landscapes, we decided to join WLE this year, and we are planning to have support from some local touristic institutions. The project will be lead by our Board Member Carlos, who has being involved with the chapter's photograph projects in the last two years, and the technical duties will be seen by Dennis. After this first version of the contest, and having a long-term strategy for WMCL, we could only evaluate if WLE will be replicated in future years. Best, --Warko (talk) 03:31, 13 February 2018 (UTC)
Great, thanks for the explanation! Of course that makes a lot of sense :-) Philip Kopetzky (talk) 07:52, 13 February 2018 (UTC)

From Ido[edit]

Hi, thanks for submitting!

  • I would like to ask how some of the goals from the midpoint report look like today, especially the goals around WikiPuente (trial period, materials, involvement in university programs).
  • What will be the success measures for the coordinator staff to continue work as a "permanent" staffer? How do you see the job breakdown in the 3 months and how is that expected to change afterwards?

Alleycat80 (talk) 02:31, 11 February 2018 (UTC)

Thanks Ido for your questions!
  • Regarding the first question about the goals from midpoint report, as you correctly said both things that are still pending (but currently on track) are related to the Education program. Wikipuentes site is already activated and we are working with the designer of the Argentinian version to set the definitive skin of the platform. Despite that, we are now testing the MOOC with 4 local teachers, and we will have their feedback by February 25th. Regarding the education (and outreach) materials we are working in the content of the videos, and we have already contacted a designer that will make them.
  • We haven't still decided an evaluation pattern for the continuity of the staff for next year, as we are waiting to ve the funds approved to hire that position, and considering that we will have seven months since the start of the grant until the hire of the coordinator staff. We are planning to learn from the experience of other chapters which have staff, especially from countries that have cultural similarities with Chile (such as Argentina, or Spain). In order to do so, we are planning to have conversations with other chapter representatives and staffers in WMCON.
I hope I have answered your questions. Best, --Warko (talk) 15:53, 14 February 2018 (UTC)

From Rohini[edit]

¡Hola colegas en Wikimedia Chile! He leído sus aplicación y el informe de punto medio. Felicidades por tu gran trabajo. Hablo un poco de español pero no chileno. Así que voy a pedir a mis preguntas en inglés.

Equipment[edit]

I see you purchased some equipment in 2017 (Line item number 1.3 in the 2017 expenses, DSLR lens and monopod). How is the equipment being used now? Will you continue to require it? If not, I suggest turning it into a community asset that people who need photography equipment for Wiki activities can use.

Education program[edit]

  • Now that the education program is on track, I'd like to know more about how you plan to address the questions I previously asked here about evaluating the impact and retaining editors in the long term.
  • What license would be applied to the Wikipuentes Chile content? I am trying to figure out the potential for the material to be shared and built upon.
  • From observing Wikipedia education programs in India and other developing countries, my intuition is that the targets you have set for yourself in terms of the number of institutions, students and teachers are a bit high, especially for a program that is just starting. I would recommend you have some room in your project plan and budget for course-correction just in case you are not able to reach the expected numbers. (Please correct me if I am mistaken; I am not aware of the specifics of the university and elementary education scenario in Chile.) I would be happy to discuss this over email or VoIP call if you would like to.

-- Rohini (talk) 22:33, 18 February 2018 (UTC)