Lisa + all -- Excellent to see this take shape. It pairs well with a
Thank you for putting out a call for potential projects to support. I'll
think more on it before filling out the form
<https://forms.gle/gzqRH7yMFEGgZb4e6>; some categories that come to mind
that can't happen on-wiki projects today:
* Reliable secondary sources that write prolifically about
under-documented people and projects
* Reliable interlocutors that record and index oral and other histories,
and under-documented languages (cf Rosetta and PanLex)
* Making representative subsets of essential collections available
+ under a free license. (ex.
PS - some thoughts on your comments, Geni:
3 [internet access] isn't really viable at our
kind of funding levels and
has significant enviromental concerns.
Efforts to get libraries online, in regions whose lit + historical + public
records are underrepresented on the searchable web, is quite impactful as
part of digitization + mirroring efforts. Many regional groups work in
collab w existing infrastructure-efforts providing the bandwidth [such as
4 [digital literacy] Again not really viable at our
Not my experience; especially as knowledge propagates like a taper flame.
(also english language lessions would have more
I imagine this is not meant to be limited to the english-speaking world and
5 [non-traditional records of knowledge] runs into the
issue that the
community has not historicaly proven accepting of attempts to lower
notability standards for non western areas.
This comment seems a bit off-topic. These grants as described are not
constrained by what is accepted by current wiki projects; archiving and
indexing non-traditional records allows them to be cited and allows the
archives to become recognized as reliable sources; only a few
project-language-editions to my knowledge have been prickly about engaging
with oral histories, and such records exist in every culture and part of
On Wed., Jun. 9, 2021, 1:15 p.m. Lisa Gruwell, <lgruwell(a)wikimedia.org>
This is a $4.5 million USD fund to address racial inequities that impact
the work of free knowledge. It was created to provide focused grants to
organizations that are advancing knowledge equity, one of two key pillars
of our 2030 strategic direction of becoming the essential infrastructure of
free knowledge. Specifically, the fund is meant to support organizations
working to address the racial injustices and barriers that prevent
participation in free knowledge.