Project GLOW

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Project GLOW
Project GLOW is a contest based editing campaign that focuses on creating and expanding articles of the most searched topics, that are missing on Wikipedia, across 18 languages, in 5 geographies.


GLOW is derived from Growing Local Language Content on Wikipedia, and is a collaboration between Google’s search Team and Wikimedia Foundation’s partnerships team, that aims at creating articles for what users have searched most on Google, on a certain language, in a certain geography, where the search yielded missing results. Those lists of missing articles are part of the targeted articles to be edited or created, and another part is curated by Wikipedia communities in each language.

Project GLOW is an expansion of the earlier project Tiger, which has been implemented in India in 2017 and 2018 in collaboration with Google. The project resulted in creation of 4,466 articles with 220 contributors.

Geographies and Languages[edit]

GLOW will run in the following geographies and languages for 2019 and 2020:

  • India, for Assamese, Hindi, Malayalam, Urdu, Punjabi, Tamil, Sanskrit, Odia, Kannada, Telugu, Tulu, Gujarati, Santali, Bengali, and Marathi Wikipedias
  • Indonesia, for Indonesian, Javanese, Sundanese, and Minangkabau Wikipedias
  • MENA region, for Arabic Wikipedia

Strategy & Planning[edit]

GLOW will operate in form of an editing contest that is the community promotes through campaigns. Local community teams manage the planning and operations of all processes of the project is each geography. This includes jury selection, article curation, contest rules and campaigns design. Project GLOW runs directly through local communities in each geography, either through chapters or mission aligned organizations that work with Wikipedians on the ground. Each local group decides on project focus, planning, contest design, timeline and project budget. The Wikimedia Foundation's partnership team continues to support communities and local organizers as needed.


Operation/ Calnder 2019 2020
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Legal and operational model decisions Indonesia MENA
Contract signature Indonesia India MENA
Money transfer Indonesia India
Staff hire Indonesia
Project / competition design India Nigeria Argentina
Call for participation India Indonesia MENA
Competition launch India
Competion end India Indonesia

GLOW Team & Roles[edit]

Below are the teams from Google and WMF partnerships.

  • Alex Stinson
  • Andrew Littell (Google)
  • Banks Baker (Google)
  • Irene Florez
  • Dan Chirpich (Google)
  • Jack Rabah
  • Jorge Vargas
  • Joseph Seddon
  • Moushira Elamrawy
  • Praveen Das
  • Rudolph Ampofo
  • Sakti Pramudya
  • Yael Weissburg