Following the 2011 Wikimedia Conference (also known as the Chapters meeting), the Wikimedia Foundation brought into life the Grant Advisory Committee (GAC) which is now responsible for evaluating, assessing and providing feedback of grant requests for proposed plans and projects organised by the Wikimedia community with financial support from the Foundation.
A revolutionary idea as it seems, the WMF's grants project is not the first of its kind in the Wikimedia world. The idea dates back to the first half of 2006, when the first edition of Wikimedia Poland's Wikikonkurs (English: Wikicontest) was started, resulting in a not-so-overwhelming one project being financed by the chapter. Since then, Wikigranty (Wikigrants, as Wikikonkurs is now called) has seen over a hundred applications for books, dictionaries, entry tickets to galleries and museums, photo equipment, and even a scanner being financed by Wikimedia Poland.
In 2007, Wikigranty was joined by a similar, though literature-limited, Literaturstipendium programme organised by Wikimedia Deutschland. In 2011, the micro- and macrogrants programme of Wikimedia UK was started, and the three projects are now paving the way for an even bigger number of initiatives of that kind that will hopefully be organised by more and more chapters.
In this presentation, I would like to carefully and thoroughly analyse the outcomes of those three (and possibly others) initiatives over the years, showing that through financing of such smaller projects, it is possible to reach effects similar or even greater than those accomplished by heavily financed and over-bureaucratised projects seemingly favoured by the GAC. Over the course of the presentation, I would also like to present a small number of chosen projects as proofs that even small but well-considered grants can highly motivate Wikimedians for their amazing work on gathering the sum of all human knowledge.
A quick brainstorming and discussion are intended to follow the presentation, and are aimed at gathering participants' views and ideas on the projects as well as at engaging them in organising similar initiatives in their respective countries.
WikiCulture and Community
Length of presentation/talk
25 minutes (17-18 minutes + 7-8 minutes for a quick brainstorming and discussion)
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