March 31 is the deadline for finishing your Individual Engagement Grant proposal!
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I read in a recent blog post you wrote, "I’ll also continue to recruit participants for interviews and focus groups. If you’d like to participate in any of this work, please let me know. Creating safe spaces is a truly collaborative effort." I would like to throw my hat in the ring. I was recently banned from attending a WikiConference USA in Manhattan, on undisclosed grounds (but I suspect that some person or persons complained that I would have contributed to an "unfriendly space"). My family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers generally tell me that I am a very agreeable, friendly, and helpful person. Only a few Wikipedians seem to have characterized me as "unfriendly". Perhaps I could be an interesting data point in your study, Ms. Menking? If you're interested, reach me at my Meta user name, @gmail.com. -- Thekohser (talk) 19:15, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
Semi-structured interview LP
Amanda, I just re-read the LP. I wonder whether you might contextualise the type of interview you're describing, which I think is probably a research-based interview. The opening might briefly paint the bigger picture of the kinds of interview possible in the Wikimedia environment. In particular, the more journalistic type of interview is employed by the Signpost and is probably suitable for WM affiliates to promote their activities. The Wiki Loves Africa PEG grant is even considering the inclusion of interviews of chefs and farmers, uploaded to Commons, in its competition for excellence in photographs and other media files.
I guess I was also a bit lost reading the LP concerning the output mode: would it be (edited) audio, or video, or the Q and A style written (edited) transcript, or the more journalistic written narrative? It's clearer to me now, having read and thought about this LP; and perhaps we need a suite of sibling LPs on these different modes. I could write one on the journalistic narrative textual interview, and one on audio interviews. Tony (talk) 11:34, 22 October 2014 (UTC)
- Tony, I was lost in my academic bias when writing the LP and, honestly, distracted by writing the midpoint report and several other things at once. I agree with you: a suite of sibling LPs makes a lot of sense. I'd be happy to help where I can. --Mssemantics (talk) 18:48, 22 October 2014 (UTC)
Inspire Campaign Funding Committee
Hi Mssemantics. Thanks so much for signing up to participate on the Inspire Campaign Funding Committee! We really appreciate your support and willingness to share your time and expertise. We'd love to get your feedback on the funding page we've created for the campaign. Please post any questions/comments on the discussion page. If you can no longer serve on the committee or would like to contact me directly, please email awangwikimedia.org. Thanks again! Alex Wang (WMF) (talk) 20:38, 16 February 2015 (UTC)
Request for Your Feedback on an IDEA
Hello Mssemantics! As my work would build off of yours, I'd greatly appreciate your feedback my Project Idea in the IDEA Lab (soon to be submitted). I think we can make some huge strides in characterizing our community and addressing underrepresented editor populations through strategic interventions.Cshanesimpson (talk)
Please fill out our Inspire campaign survey
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Community discussion on harassment reporting
There are many current proposals as part of the 2015 Inspire Campaign related to harassment management. I’ve created a page, Grants:IdeaLab/Community discussion on harassment reporting meant to serve as a central space where the various stakeholders in these proposals and other community members can discuss which methods might serve our community best so that we can unify our ideas into collective action. I encourage you to join the conversation and contribute your ideas!OR drohowa (talk) 02:15, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
You're invited to the Ally Skills Workshop at Wikimania!
Thank you for contributing to the grant request for training Wikipedia admins to be more aware of sexism! This grant has been approved in pilot form, and the Ada Initiative is running an Ally Skills Workshop at Wikimania 2015. This workshop will focus on teaching specific skills and techniques directly relevant to Wikipedia admins and editors, and in particular will teach people about the psychology of trolls. The workshop will be on Thursday July 16 from 2pm to 5pm in Don Diego 3.
If you are attending Wikimania, you are invited to apply to the Ally Skills Workshop! Space is limited and we may not be able to accept all applications, so apply now. More information, including a link to the application form, is here:
People of all genders are welcome to attend. Unfortunately, travel scholarships for Wikimania are already closed and we don't know of any other sources of travel funding. If you know anyone else attending Wikimania who might be interested in attending this workshop, please encourage them to apply!
Thank you for your time,
Valerie Aurora (Instructor and Interim Executive Director of the Ada Initiative)
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Inspire Campaign on content curation & review
I've recently launched an Inspire Campaign to encourage new ideas focusing on content review and curation in Wikimedia projects. Wikimedia volunteers collaboratively manage vast repositories of knowledge, and we’re looking for your ideas about how to manage that knowledge to make it more meaningful and accessible. We invite you to participate and submit ideas, so please get involved today! The campaign runs until March 28th.
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Open Call for Individual Engagement Grants
Greetings! The Individual Engagement Grants (IEG) program is accepting proposals until April 12th to fund new tools, research, outreach efforts, and other experiments that enhance the work of Wikimedia volunteers. Whether you need a small or large amount of funds (up to $30,000 USD), IEGs can support you and your team’s project development time in addition to project expenses such as materials, travel, and rental space.
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Through June, we’re organizing an Inspire Campaign to encourage and support new ideas focusing on addressing harassment toward Wikimedia contributors. The 2015 Harassment Survey has shown evidence that harassment in various forms - name calling, threats, discrimination, stalking, and impersonation, among others - is pervasive. Available methods and systems to deal with harassment are also considered to be ineffective. These behaviors are clearly harmful, and in addition, many individuals who experience or witness harassment participate less in Wikimedia projects or stop contributing entirely.
Proposals in any language are welcome during the campaign - research projects, technical solutions, community organizing and outreach initiatives, or something completely new! Funding is available from the Wikimedia Foundation for projects that need financial support. Constructive feedback on ideas is appreciated, and collaboration is encouraged - your skills and experience may help bring someone else’s project to life. Join us at the Inspire Campaign so that we can work together to develop ideas around this important and difficult issue. With thanks,
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Update regarding Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons tutorial videos
I regret to inform you that the series of motivational and educational videos project, which had been planned introduce Wikipedia and some of its sister projects to new contributors, is being discontinued.
There are multiple factors that have led to this decision. The initial budget and time estimates were far too small for a project of this scale and complexity. Also, my simultaneous involvement in Cascadia Wikimedians User Group was problematic due to the shortage of human resources for the user group, which resulted in my spending far more time trying to help the user group than I had planned, so my time and attention were diverted from this video project to assisting the user group.
You can find more information in the final report for the grant.
I regret that this project did not fulfill the hopes that many of us had for it, and I hope that in the future someone with the necessary resources will choose to resume work on it or a similar project. If you are interested in working on this or a similar project then please contact the WMF grants team.
On a personal note, I am retiring from the Wikimedia community. Perhaps I will return someday.
Series director and screenwriter