Hi all,

In the latest round of Individual Engagement Grants
<http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG>, 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

* 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

* 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
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

* 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

* Wikitherapy <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/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

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!


















*Marti JohnsonProgram Officer*
*Individual Grants*
*Wikimedia Foundation <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home>*
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