Grants talk:TPS/Raystorm/2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships La Molina

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The rationale for this trip includes an implied assumption that the two of you will be attending the paralympics in Sochi. Is a future request for funding also implicit here? If so, it would be relevant to the evaluation of this request, as funding this trip but not the Sochi trip wouldn't make sense in terms of the rationale offered for this trip, and so the Sochi costs become relevant. Asaf Bartov (WMF Grants) talk 00:39, 26 January 2013 (UTC)[reply]

Hi Asaf. The fundamental purpose of going to the IPC Alpine World Championships is to provide a successful European case study for expanding the efforts done by the Australian Wikimedians using a GLAM framework. Implicit in the success of these efforts would be a request for funding a larger pilot non-English speaking country Project that would include funding for the Sochi Paralympics. Once the pilot is successfully completed, and a National Paralympic Committee is invested in supporting Wikimedians in improving coverage across multiple languages about women, people with disabilities and other under represented groups on WMF projects, the next step would be to get a chapter behind this, with future funding requests such as Sochi, coming through their GLAM budget. But it all starts with one small first step, in this case, La Molina. :) Raystorm (talk) 23:01, 31 January 2013 (UTC)[reply]


The request also assumes the Australian Paralympics Project needs no rationale. But before we can assume this is something we'd want to replicate, we need to evaluate the benefit vs. the cost of these efforts, and so we need at least some rough data on what has been spent so far in support of the APP, to get a sense for the return on investment. Can you provide some pointers to such information? Most imporantly, the total cost of these efforts, with or without a breakdown of funding sources. Asaf Bartov (WMF Grants) talk 00:39, 26 January 2013 (UTC)[reply]

I am not a member of Wikimedia Australia and not privy to their financial information. According to user:LauraHale, only a rough estimate of costs is available based on funding she is personally aware of. This includes 7,500 Australian dollars to support sending a Wikimedian to London. The Australian Paralympic Committee provided matching funds to cover the second Wikimedian. (This covered accommodation with the media, flights from Canberra to London, food, transportation and internet.) She believes another 350 AUD has been spent on small grant funds through a Wikimedia Australia small grant program. The small grant funding also included funding to cover Olympic and women's sport. This funding has resulted in the following measurables: creation of over 500 articles on English Wikipedia, 100 articles on English Wikinews, over 1,000 pictures uploaded to Commons, resulted in at least 10 regular 100 plus edits a month in this topic area editors, resulted in at least 15 different new female contributors, increased engagement and credibility of Wikimedia projects as a trusted source within sporting organizations, mention by Australia´s Minister for Sport Kate Lundy in Parliament, mentioned in at least two newspapers, resulted in one or more Wikinews articles being syndicated in print newspapers, resulted in Laura Hale being profiled by her university magazine, been featured in two conference presentations, featured in a presentation before a government consortium of sport people in Australia, and resulted in several million page views. Raystorm (talk) 23:01, 31 January 2013 (UTC)[reply]

Community involvement?[edit]

Has this been discussed at all within the Spanish community? If so, could you point to the discussion? Asaf Bartov (WMF Grants) talk 00:39, 26 January 2013 (UTC)[reply]

I was afraid that would be seen as canvassing. I'm more than happy to initiate discussions & point them to this request then! I did contact the Spanish chapter via their President and Vicepresident (and received endorsement for the project). Raystorm (talk) 23:01, 31 January 2013 (UTC)[reply]


Specifically, have community members in La Molina been contacted? Is there evidence of a group interested in attending the meetup? Asaf Bartov (WMF Grants) talk 00:39, 26 January 2013 (UTC)[reply]

See above. The region (not the city) has a lot of Wikimedians, I've personally met several, but I wouldn't be able to say how many would be able to attend the meetup, not until a meetup page is created and people start checking their schedules, and even bus & train arrangements, and putting down what their preferred options for date and place are, etc. Until we know we are definitely going, I'm not making people go through that, because if it doesn't happen it might create some annoyance. But yeah, people here like to get together, we're social that way, the only thing I can think of is really bad weather (it is a ski place after all) complicating attendance to the meetup. Raystorm (talk) 23:01, 31 January 2013 (UTC)[reply]

Request funded[edit]

Congratulations! The committee has approved your request. We will be in touch shortly regarding next steps. Cheers, Winifred Olliff (Grants Administrator) talk 19:09, 5 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]

Thank you very much! Raystorm (talk) 13:36, 6 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]