I'm pretty shocked at this idea; in fact, if someone created a Wikidata
profile about me, I'd have it taken down under applicable legislation.
Making financial support contingent on adding one's name to a publicly
editable database does not seem to be particularly wise, nor for that
matter particularly equitable; dozens if not hundreds of Wikimedians who
have received sponsorships/scholarships to date live in places where
publicly linking oneself to Wikipedia or its sister projects could be
actively harmful to them.  There are very, very few reasons for requiring a
Wikimedian to publicly provide information about themselves in this way.

Getting back to the original question:  a lot of what would constitute best
practices depends on the purpose of the scholarship. Is it a local or
regional event? Is there a particular focus on the event (e.g., development
of technical skills such as a hackathon, leadership education, new editor
recruitment, a particular wikiproject such as Wikisource or Wikiquote,
etc.)?  Are there particular underrepresented groups that you want to
encourage?  All of these are worth considering, so that scholarships can be
targeted in a way that is most likely to achieve the goals of the event.

Also...consider whether you want to extend scholarships to people with a
"proven track record" primarily, or to those who are new or even not yet
part of the community.  If you're going for the "proven track record"
objective, consider what you'd count in favour of evidence of engagement:
local/regional/chapter/user group activities, on-wiki activities, holding
roles of responsibility either onwiki or offwiki, publishing research about
Wikimedia projects, years involved, etc.

Finally, decide what you want to ask the scholarship recipients to give you
in return.  Do you want them to commit to writing a report? commit to
sharing information with other groups/local editors/etc?

I'd encourage those offering scholarships to be forthright in identifying
the criteria that will be used to assess the applicants in advance, as much
as possible.  If this is a large event and you'll be making an open
invitation for scholarship applicants, it's important that you tell them
what kind of applicant you are looking for, what the scholarship includes
and excludes (e.g., travel, registration, accommodation, meals or per
diem), and what you expect in return for the scholarship.

Risker/Anne



On Mon, 7 Oct 2019 at 16:39, Lane Rasberry <l...@bluerasberry.com> wrote:

> Hello,
>
> I have wished that eventually when people apply for scholarships or even
> when they attend wiki events they create profiles for themselves in
> Wikidata so that we could generate visualizations of the demographics of
> participants.
>
> I do not think the wiki movement is quite ready for this, but if we
> actually want to track and report demographics, doing so in Wikidata is
> probably the way most natural for the wiki community.
>
> On Mon, Oct 7, 2019 at 9:27 AM Fæ <fae...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Plans for a Wikimedia LGBT+ conference and workshops in 2020 are
> > moving forward. We would very much like to learn and borrow successful
> > experiences from other conferences. This conference is expected to be
> > relatively modest in size, around 50 attendees, and is to be hosted in
> > Linz, Austria.
> >
> > We are planning on opening up applications for scholarships very soon,
> > to allow several months for early booking of travel tickets and visa
> > applications where needed. Naturally this means we have to create a
> > process for assessing applications to a hopefully short and
> > non-subjective checklist (we are all volunteers after all!).
> >
> > Can anyone recommend documented good practices for assessing
> > applications for travel grants and expenses for similar sized events?
> > Some issues we have discussed that need to be addressed before
> > finalizing our policies are:
> > * Creating a fair assessment process that balances the diversity of
> > attendees against other metrics like on-project experience, for
> > example ensuring that we have a healthy gender balance and a wide
> > geographic representation
> > * Whether it may be better to prefer the simplicity of assessing for
> > full scholarships, or whether partial payments are a good way of
> > ensuring wider access
> > * How to draw up rules for travel and partial scholarships for folks
> > planning on making this part of a holiday, as often happens for those
> > travelling long distances
> > * When to recommend that specific Wikimedia Affiliates should provide
> > grants and expenses, which may have additional requirements for
> > applications and reporting
> > * How to build in incentives for greener travel options, even where
> > this may not be the cheapest option
> >
> > You can read the conference proposal at
> >
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Conference/Kawayashu/Queering_Wikipedia
> > and everyone is welcome to provide suggestions and feedback on the
> > discussion page there, if on-wiki editing works better for you than
> > email. :-)
> >
> > Thanks
> > Fae
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