Project grants/The Great Britain/Ireland Destubathon

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Basic information[edit | edit source]

Project Title (If applicable)
The Great Britain/Ireland Destubathon
Proposed by

Dr. Blofeld

Are you currently a member of Wikimedia UK?
Well I was, though I presume I need to need to pay up £5 for this year to still be so.

Project description[edit | edit source]

Briefly describe the issue or problem that motivates this application. What needs are you meeting?
We currently have over 44,000 stubs for the UK and Ireland. We need a mechanism to reduce that and to improve overall quality.
Describe project activities. What will you use the funding to do?
To run a contest/editathon for one month in March 2020 dedicated to "destubbing" British and Irish stubs, with a strong focus on settlements and listed buildings but all articles are welcome.

£250 requested for planned prizes in the form of Amazon vouchers or books purchased upon request:

  • £50 - Most articles destubbed for England
  • £50 - Most articles destubbed for Scotland
  • £50 - Most articles destubbed for Wales
  • £50 - Most articles destubbed for Ireland and Northern Ireland
  • £50 - Whoever does articles from the most counties of the 134.
Describe your plan for evaluating this project. How will you measure success? What types of things will you measure (e.g. content, participants)?
Setting the target of 1000 articles destubbed with at least 1.2 kb of readable prose. The scope of the project will also include some cleanup of longer articles which may need largely deleting and rewriting/sourcing and basic stub expansion of those which can only be expanded to 500 char-1.2kb, though the latter won't be eligible for prizes. No way of predicting how participation and output will go but if we can pass 1000 articles it would be something. We're also aiming to cover all 134 counties of the UK and Ireland.
Identify key people involved in this project. How will or could the wider Wikimedian community be involved?
Dr. Blofeld will run the contest and judge the articles. I will be setting myself a restricted amount of time allocated to patrolling daily, and do it at the start or end of day so I'm not constantly doing it and burning out. The community will be alerted via WikiProjects and a central notice as the contest approaches.
If applicable, identify partnering organisations for this project (not essential)

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?
1000 articles destubbed in one month. Articles covering all 134 counties.
What contribution will the project make to our strategic goals?
Get editors to work their little socks off to get those weeny encyclopedia stubs expanded!
Who will be recording/measuring the project metrics, and writing up a project report?
Tagishimon is good with metrics, I will have to ask, I presumably will be writing the report
What staff support is being requested?
Could WMUK spare us some tea and biscuits eh? (kidding)
How can you get other volunteers involved? What roles could they have?
Only volunteers needed to expand the stubs and help use the measuring tool to check articles
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?
Somebody might apply for a book grant in the next month to go towards this.
If any partner organisations have been identified, have they been contacted and are they committed?
Does this project require more extensive funding? What would any WMUK funds be used for?
Only possible book grant requests.
Are external funds needed that we can apply for? If so where will they be sought?
Are there any resources that you can contribute? Such as equipment.
Not necessary.

Approval[edit source]

Based on the recommendation from the Grants Committee, the budget holder has approved this grant.

15:57, 4 February 2020 (GMT)