Wikimedia District of Columbia is proud to be the recipient of $50,000 in
support from the Knight Prototype Fund, an initiative of the John S. and
James L. Knight Foundation. Wikimedia DC will collaborate with the
Smithsonian Institution on a project called the "Wiki Art Depiction
Explorer", an effort to create an interface for museum visitors and other
art enthusiasts to crowdsource metadata about visual depictions in museum
artworks. Making this data more accurate and robust will allow further and
deeper discovery of these works by anyone in the world.
The project was created by three longtime Wikimedia DC volunteers: Andrew
Lih, author of The Wikipedia Revolution, Effie Kapsalis, Chief of Content &
Communications Strategy at the Smithsonian Institution Archives, and Robert
Fernandez, member of the board of directors of Wikimedia DC. Andrew Lih
is currently in South Africa for Wikimania and looks forward to talking to
other Wikimedia volunteers about this project.
The aim of the Knight Prototype Fund is to support the development of
innovative ideas to use technology to engage people with the arts and
cultural institutions. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has
previously supported organizations and projects related to Wikimedia,
including the Wikimedia Foundation.
For the announcement from the Knight Foundation, see
On behalf of the WikiConference North America organizing team, I'm pleased
to announce that proposal submissions and scholarship applications are now
open! Both are due by August 15.
WikiConference North America 2018 is taking place in Columbus, Ohio, from
October 18-21. Our host is the Ohio State University Libraries, which
provides a great opportunity to work with the local libraries and cultural
For submissions, we are looking forward to seeing proposals for
presentations, workshops, roundtables, panels, and more. We also have an
academic peer review track this year.
Scholarship applications are open to Wikimedians who live in North America
and actively contribute to a Wikimedia project. Scholarship awards are $500
USD. The Wiki Education Foundation is also providing their own scholarships
for presenters participating in the academic peer review option.
Visit our website for more information and to submit:
SuperHamster on Wikimedia
The Rapid Grants program for local groups is reopening July 1-15, for
amounts of $500-2,000:
I"d encourage you to apply if your group hasn't before or hasn't done so in
a long time.
It's a pretty simple process, and they have specialized forms you can use
for edit-a-thons, meetings, contests, equipment, photowalks, travel, or
So if it's a WikiSalon, Wiknic, edit-a-thon or Wikipedia Day, or helping
travel for meetups in a large geography, this might work for you and your
I and others would be glad to help with your applying.
Feel free to bounce off your ideas for rapid grants in this thread, or