WikiCred

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Description[edit]

The WikiCred Project offers small grants from $250 to $10,000 to individuals and teams with proven records of working in the open knowledge movement as well as newcomers with new and fresh ideas on how to support credibility on the internet.

Applications are accepted until April 6th, 2020, for our initial application phase. Applicants are encouraged to apply in teams. In some cases, applicants may be approached to edit parts of their applications or resubmit complementary information for full consideration. Applicants will get an answer response about the status of applications within one month after submitting a full application. Apply directly here.

The review criteria are:

  • Clarity of the idea/project
  • Diversity and added benefit to the diversity of the Wikimedia community
  • Capacity and skills to deliver
  • Achievability of the project within the proposed timeline
  • Overcoming project challenges
  • Overall impact on credibility, information reliability and open-knowledge movement's role in the information ecosystem.

Mission[edit]

The WikiCred Project supports research and software projects, Wikimedia events, as well as small-production, high-scale initiatives in North America which focus on improving and information literacy and credibility on the internet and beyond. The project offers grant opportunities to those seeking to shape the Wikimedia community’s role in the larger information ecosystem.

Inclusivity[edit]

The WikiCred team values inclusivity. We would like to reach out especially to projects that have the potential to reach out and onboard new and diverse members to the Wikimedia movement and efforts to support credibility and information trust in North America around subjects such as climate science data and information, health information as well as policy and political media.

Impact[edit]

The Project’s primary goal is to support scalable impact. As members of the Wikimedia movement, we want to elevate ideas and projects that improve information reliability and credibility in the larger information ecosystem on the internet and in the real world through a myriad of open knowledge tools including the many Wikimedia projects.

Projects[edit]

Current[edit]

We will publish all projects funded by WikiCred on this page. Applications are open. Submit your ideas and help us shape the role of the Wikimedia movement in the larger information ecosystem. The first deadline is April 6th, 2020. Apply directly here.

Previous[edit]

Cite Unseen is a Wikipedia user script that helps readers quickly evaluate the sources used in a given English Wikipedia article. The script adds iconic indicators to identified sources that indicate various attributes of the source, such as if the source is a news article, opinion piece, or government-controlled. This allows readers to quickly and easily identify the potential orientation and possible ideological biases of the sources used in an article they are reading.

Initially developed at CredCon in November 2018, Cite Unseen is jointly developed by Kevin Payravi (SuperHamster) and Josh Lim (Sky Harbor), with support from the Credibility Coalition and the Knowledge Graph Working Group. The project saw more development at Wikimedia Hackathon 2019.

Get Involved[edit]

Researchers, Wikimedians, credibility enthusiasts and members of the open knowledge community can get involved in the credibility movement by keeping in touch with us on this page or joining the discussion tab. You can find recent information and updates about new funded projects on our page.

Who Are We?[edit]

These grants are made available with the collaboration of Hacks Hackers and its MisinfoCon events team and the board members team of Wikimedia DC.

MisinfoCon[edit]

MisinfoCon is a global movement focused on building solutions to online trust, verification, fact-checking, and reader experience in the interest of addressing misinformation in all of its forms. In 2020, we organised our first health and science MisinfoCon at the National Academies of Sciences in Washington DC where we brought together professionals, academics, journalists and practitioners from the fields of public health and science. MisinfoCon started as a large gathering at MIT in February 2017. That conference brought together ambassadors from technology platforms, news organizations, as well as experts in social science, media literacy, policy, advocacy and cybersecurity. And more recent

The Wikimedian Community[edit]

Kevin Payravi (SuperHamster), Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight (Rosiestep), Samuel Klein (Sj) and Andrew Lih (Fuzheado), members of the Wikimedia movement and Wikimedia DC are teaming up with MisinfoCon to identify and select projects that will advance credibility and information reliability on open-knowledge platforms such as Wikipedia and other platforms.

WikiConference North America[edit]

WikiConference North America is the annual conference of Wikimedia enthusiasts and volunteers from throughout North America, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The 2019 conference took place in Cambridge, Massachusetts, November 8–11 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Credibility Coalition[edit]

Credibility Coalition is a research community that fosters collaborative approaches to understanding the veracity, quality and credibility of online information. We incubate activities and initiatives that bring together people and institutions from a variety of backgrounds.

Tow-Knight Center For Entrepreneurial Journalism[edit]

The Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism (CUNY) serves as a catalyst for journalism innovation and sustainability by running education programs, events, and communities.