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On Fri, Dec 4, 2015 at 4:58 PM, Marti Johnson <> wrote:

Hi all,

In the latest round of Individual Engagement Grants, 29 eligible proposals were submitted for review. The committee recommended 14 for funding, with 19 grantees selected to receive $83,113 overall.  WMF has now approved all 14 grants.  Here’s what we’re funding.[1]

Tools - 7 projects funded

* Batch Uploader for small GLAM projects:
This project will create a simple batch content upload tool in order to address the needs of smaller GLAM institutions who may not have the necessary resources, including budget, time, or staff expertise, to operate the existing tools used by larger galleries, libraries, archives, and museums.[2]

* Pan Scandinavian Machine Assisted Content Translation:
Using Apertium, an open-source machine translation platform, this project will create translation data for closely-related languages Swedish, Danish and Norwegian (Bokmål and Nynorsk) for use in Content Translation, an on-wiki translation tool.[3]

* StrepHit: Wikidata Statements Validation via Reference:
Using natural language processing, this project will take online content from a selection of (non-Wikimedia) websites and documents and then automatically convert the raw text into references to external sources thereby verifying the data provided in existing Wikidata statements.[4]

* Wikimaps Warper 2.0:
This project will focus on improvements to Map Warper, an open-source tool used for digitally aligning and overlaying historical maps, in order to make the software more accessible to Wikimedians and better integrated with Wikimedia projects.[5]

* Wiki Needs Pictures:
By centralizing multiple sources of data including local templates, category labels, and Wikidata item properties in one application, this project will create a coordinated image request system with a mobile-friendly map-based interface that allows contributors to easily discover where there is demand from Wikimedia projects for specific images.[6]

* Semi-automatically generate Categories for Vietnamese Wikipedia:
By implementing natural language processing patterns, this project aims to create and apply English Wikipedia category structures to Vietnamese Wikipedia with the help of the community to evaluate and standardize the naming convention process.[7]

* Proofreading semi-automatically the Catalan Wikipedia with LanguageTool:
Using the open source program LanguageTool, this project will supervise the analysis of content, document common grammar errors, and develop bots and scripts to replicate their corresponding edits in Catalan Wikipedia.[8]

Offline Outreach & Partnership - 5 projects funded

* Editing Maithili Wikipedia:
This project will deliver a series of in-person training sessions to students in Nepal’s Satpari District in order to create and nurture an active group of editors on Maithili-language Wikipedia.[9]

* Increase Awareness of and Participation in Indic Language Wikipedias in Colorado:
Small group instruction and training in native language typing in multiple Indic scripts are the focus of this project which seeks to eliminate some of the barriers preventing the Indian diaspora community of Colorado Springs, CO from editing on Marathi, Gujarati, Hindi,Telugu, and Tamil Wikipedias.[10]

* Motivational and educational video to introduce Wikimedia Video:
This project will create a modular series of instructional videos that can be updated and translated as needed, and that can be used to successfully onboard new editors en masse, for example, at edit-a-thons and other events where it is not possible to have the involvement of experienced Wikimedians.[11]

* Wikitherapy:
An exploration of both the accessibility of Wikimedia editing and the transformative power of participation, this project will bring Wikimedia projects including Commons, Wiktionary, and Wikisource to institutional therapy settings by developing outreach and training materials that specifically meet the needs of therapy patients.[12]

* Senior Citizens Write in Sanskrit Wikipedia:
This project will engage speakers of one of the oldest languages of the world to contribute to an untapped Wikipedia community by partnering with Sree Somnath Sanskrit University and promoting community activities to engage active editors and improve content quality.[13]

Online Community Organizing - 1 project funded

* Growing Kannada language Wikimedia Projects with a digital library:
By engaging the online community of Pustaka Sanchaya, a crowdsourced database of Kannada literature and publications, this project will seek to recruit new editors who can create and expand content on Kannada Wikimedia projects using the references and citations available through Pustaka Sanchaya.[14]

Research - 1 project funded

* Editor Behavior Analysis:
A user-friendly mechanism for generating dynamic and interactive data visualizations is the goal of this project which will enable researchers to better understand editing behaviour including type of articles edited by new editors and devices and tools used for editing.[15]

You can read more about this round in the IEG committee’s post on the Wikimedia Foundation blog.[16]

The next open call is scheduled for March 1-31, 2016.

Congratulations to the successful grantees!

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Marti Johnson
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Individual Grants
Skype: Mjohnson_WMF

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