Hi all,

In the latest round of Individual Engagement Grants, 28 eligible proposals were submitted for review. The committee recommended 8 for funding, with 9 grantees selected to receive $87,332 overall.  WMF has now approved all 8 grants.  Here’s what we’re funding.[1]

Online Community Organizing - 2 projects funded

* Health images for all:
User:CFCF, a veteran Individual Engagement grantee from Medicine Translation Project Community Organizing, will return to IEG to coordinate a multi-strategy initiative to bring quality medical images to Wikipedia across many languages.[2][3][4]

* Effective Engagement with Health Topic Experts using Guided Checklists:
This project will create infrastructure to make it easier for health specialists to contribute their knowledge to Wikipedia.  Through interviews and research, User:FloNight will develop a robust health topic quality checklist that medical experts would use to guide their review of health content on Wikipedia, directing them to make high quality edits. [5][6]

Tools - 6 projects funded

* Improve ‘Upload to Commons’ Android App:

This project will further enhance ‘Upload to Commons,’ making the Android app more user-friendly by improving categorization tools and providing tutorials to help new users create more useful content for Commons.[7][8]

* Enhance the ProveIt gadget:

The ProveIt gadget is a reference manager that creates a visual interface for easily adding and editing references to a Wikipedia article.  This project will optimise the gadget by connecting it with Wikidata to allow for autocompletion of references with existing data.[9]

* Alt text tools:
Alternative texts provide in-context descriptions of images to increase accessibility for vision-impaired users.  This project would create a collection of tools to allow volunteers to efficiently add and improve text alternatives on English Wikipedia.[10]

* A graphical and interactive etymology dictionary based on Wiktionary:
This project will extract etymological relationships from Wiktionary to build a database designed for integration into Wikidata.  The database will allow extraction of interesting information like how pronunciations or semantics evolved through time across etymological trees and across languages.[11]

* Wikiscan Multi-wiki:

This project will expand the Wikiscan site, currently focused on French Wikipedia, to include all Wikimedia wikis with more than 100,000 edits.  It will provide many  daily-updated statistics, such as most active pages and users for each day and month since a project was created.[12][13]

* Lua libs for behavior-driven development:

This project will create an extension to support testing of Lua-modules in a behavior-driven development style using spec-like tests.[14]

More information about this round will be covered shortly on the Wikimedia Foundation blog.

The open call for Project Grants, which will replace IEG in the next round, is scheduled for 1 July-2 August, 2016.[15]

Congratulations to the successful grantees!

  1. <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG>

  2. <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Health_images_for_all>

  3. <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:CFCF>

  4. <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Medicine_Translation_Project_Community_Organizing>

  5. <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Effective_Engagement_with_Health_Topic_Experts_using_Guided_Checklists>

  6. <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:FloNight>

  7. <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Improve_%27Upload_to_Commons%27_Android_App>

  8. <http://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/03/25/categorizing-commons-android-photos-easier/>

  9. <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Enhance_the_ProveIt_gadget>

  10. <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Alt_text_tools>

  11. <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/A_graphical_and_interactive_etymology_dictionary_based_on_Wiktionary>

  12. <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Wikiscan_multi-wiki>

  13. <http://fr.wikiscan.org/>

  14. <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Lua_libs_for_behavior-driven_development>

  15. <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project>

Marti Johnson
Program Officer
Individual Grants
Skype: Mjohnson_WMF

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