Project grants/Aberfan disaster

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Project Title (If applicable)
Aberfan disaster
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Project description[edit | edit source]

Briefly describe the issue or problem that motivates this application. What needs are you meeting?
The Aberfan disaster was a terrible tragedy. It achieved international prominence, particularly because of the number of children who died, in what was an avoidable tragedy. The article we have on the events is not as good as it should be. I would like to re-write the article to bring it up to the same level as the Senghenydd colliery disaster, which was provided with a grant by WMUK in February 2016, and which is now a Featured Article.
Describe project activities. What will you use the funding to do?
I plan to re-write the Aberfan disaster article, hopefully up to the level of an Featured Article. I have purchased several works for small sums already and undertaken some background research, but there is one excellent and key source, (Ian McLean & Martin Johnes (2000). Aberfan: Government and Disasters) which costs £116.18.
Describe your plan for evaluating this project. How will you measure success? What types of things will you measure (e.g. content, participants)?
A minimum GA (or at least a GA as an initial stage), but an FA is envisaged.
Identify key people involved in this project. How will or could the wider Wikimedian community be involved?
SchroCat. Other editors will be involved in the reviewing process.
If applicable, identify partnering organisations for this project (not essential)
When I went through the process of re-writing the article for the Senghenydd colliery disaster, the National Library of Wales was extremely helpful (Jason Evans was the point of contact there at the time). I have already reached out to him to see if there are any resources he can help with.

If you feel that there is more information that could be for example resources needed, how successes can be measured, and how it fits in with the aims of Wikimedia and Wikimedia UK. Please note that these answers don't have to be definite now, and can be expanded on in conversation with the programme team.

What targets have you set? What will you measure?
A minimum GA (or at least a GA as an initial stage), but an FA is envisaged.
What contribution will the project make to our strategic goals?
It directly supports UK content improvement.
What staff support is being requested?
Minimal - purchasing the book and forwarding it to me.
How can you get other volunteers involved? What roles could they have?
There will be a need for experienced reviewers and copy editors, but the Peer Review and FAC systems are in place for that.
What meeting or other space is needed?
Are other resources needed (such as computers, books, camera equipment, food, contacts, infrastructure)? How will they be sourced?
Nothing else has been identified at present
If any partner organisations have been identified, have they been contacted and are they committed?
Not yet
Does this project require more extensive funding? What would any WMUK funds be used for?
No, just the funding for the book

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  • Featured Article status [1] on 15 January 2018
  • Once again, many thanks for everyone's help on this. As before, the process was easy to undertake and the steps self-explanatory. Cheers – SchroCat (talk) 13:21, 16 January 2018 (GMT)

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