Proposal: List of proposals for 2014 planning process

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  1. Gather member proposals as input to the annual planning process
  2. Clarify goals and expected benefits
  3. Discuss
  4. Prioritise?
  5. Determine scope of each proposal (?)
  6. Evaluate resources needed for decided scope of program (?)
  7. Allocate funds according to project's scope and needs (?)
  8. Plan implementation, capitalising on overlaps (?)
  9. ?
  10. ?

Proposals for 2014-2015 programs

To discuss the proposals go to the Talk page.

Strategic priority: Stabilize infrastructure

Management and governance

Main resources needed:
Proposer's Comment:

Improve Quality

Camera program

Goal: Continue the camera program.
Outcome: Increased quality of images of Australian subjects on Commons.
Main resources needed:
Proposer's Comment:

Paralympic Events

Goal: Continue to support reporting of Paralympic events
Outcome: Enhanced effectiveness of existing program, building on existing work by adding in editathons and cross-media knowledge sharing.
Main resources needed:
Proposer's Comment: Add in edit training sessions as part of the Linkage Grant with University of Queensland. May need to consider accessibility issues in relation to current training approach.

Research database

Goal: Develop a research database using Wikipedia dumps to answer questions about Australia content development and Australian editor behaviour.
Outcome: Initial questions are likely to relate to hypotheses on editor attrition/retention and article quality to determine if/how/where WMAU might intervene to encourage more productive behaviours. [Leigh Blackall]
Main resources needed:
Proposer's Comment:

Wheatbelt project

Goal: Increase coverage of and participation from the Western Australian wheatbelt region and adjacent regions.
Main resources needed:
Proposer's Comment: See User:SatuSuro/Wheatbelt Project for a full proposal.

Microgrant program

Goal: Introduce a program to reimburse minor costs associated with editing or outreach (could incorporate some or all of the current camera program)
Outcome: Improved quality of articles and images on Australian topics and more/better outreach activities
Main resources needed: A fairly modest sum, with the total funding available capped. Grants should be between $30 and $250
Proposer's Comment: I've modeled this on Wikimedia UK's successful microgrants program. Funds could be provided to purchase books and other references, camera and other recording equipment, and to support ad-hoc events. The £5 lower end of the UK program doesn't seem worthwhile or sensible from an administrative point of view, so I've bumped this up to $30 (the price of a trade paperback book). [Nick-D] See the #Volunteer Support Program below and the existing program [Kerry]

Strategic priority: Increase reach

Editing training

Goal: Offer editing training to a range of groups
Outcome: Ongoing and new relationships with GLAM and other partners
Main resources needed:
Proposer's Comment: Now we have our own public liability insurance, we can look at edit training without partnering as well. Need to take decisions in relation to edit training now the Visual Editor has gone live and update training materials accordingly.

GLAM partners

Goal: Continue working with existing GLAM partners and expand to new GLAM partners
Outcome: Higher skill level for GLAM employees and positive sustained relationship with GLAM organisation
Main resources needed:
Proposer's Comment:

Instructional videos

Goal: Develop instructional videos to reinforce training
Outcome: A support for face-to-face training.
Main resources needed:
Proposer's Comment: Contributed by User:Tony1

Public lectures

Goal: Offer public lectures about Wikipedia to deliver accurate information about Wikimedia projects, create a positive profile
Outcome: People using information on Wikipedia at an appropriate level of confidence.
Main resources needed:
Proposer's Comment:Prepare some presentation resources, such as standard slidepacks of various durations (up to an hour).

QR codes

Goal: Engage in new QR code projects with selected partners
Outcome:Greater exposure of Wikimedia projects, associated improved articles.
Main resources needed:
Proposer's Comment: Freopedia launch was successful and indications of interest from other towns/districts.

Higher Education

Goal: Offer events similar to the one in April 2013 Wikimedia in Higher Education events in other cities
Outcome: To create positive attitude to Wikimedia projects in higher education and try to introduce writing for WMF projects into curriculum.
Main resources needed:
Proposer's Comment: The event in April 2013 was successful and similar events in other cities could reach a different group of academics.


Goal: Undertake a range of projects to commemorate WWI in competitive format
Outcome: Contributions to WMF projects from a wide range that have a connection to Australia & World War I
Main resources needed:
Proposer's Comment: Examples of projects range from photos of war memorials on Commons, new/enhanced content in Wikipedia articles, digitisation of key documents on Wikisource, etc. Award prizes for both quality, random entry, and "surprise" factors. Could partner with local GLAMs for edit-a-thons and launch/award events. Would need co-ordination.

Strategic priority: Encourage Innovation

Restricted access MediaWiki

Goal: To offer a secure place on a Restricted access MediaWiki for culturally vulnerable and sensitive groups in Australia to pilot projects until they are ready to move to main projects.
Outcome: A significant obstacle for indigenous (and other) engagement removed.
Main resources needed:
Proposer's Comment: Primarily aimed at Indigenous Australians, but also refugees and recent migrants, or minority groups that are at risk of oppression and exploitation. I had at least two large groups in the NT wanting such a thing, and now another in Victoria. [Contributed by Leigh Blackall]

Wikimedia Australia Journal

Goal: Establish a Wikimedia Australia Journal for Education and Research on Wikiversity (WAJER)
Main resources needed:
Proposer's Comment: If, over time it achieves impact factor, and it will be our own metrics, then we will lobby Excellence in Research Australia to recognise it. When that happens, academics have no reason not to engage. [contributed by Leigh Blackall]

Strategic priority: Increase Participation

Community building

Goal: Increase both WMAU membership and “friends of WMAU”
Outcome:More volunteers for our programs.
Main resources needed:
Proposer's Comment: Investigate different means such as local meetups using a variety of different formats/venues/times. Edit-a-thons may be more appealing.


Goal: Hold planned meetups
Outcome: Community strengthened.
Main resources needed:
Proposer's Comment:


Goal: Run planned editathons
Outcome: Enhanced quality and quantity of Australian content. Main resources needed:
Proposer's Comment:
Now we have our own public liability insurance, we can look at edit training without partnering as well. Need to take decisions in relation to edit training now the Visual Editor has gone live and update training materials accordingly.

Support our partners’ goals

Main resources needed:
Proposer's Comment: This requires being clear on the needs of our partners and their expectations of us (eg SLQ, SLNSW)

International participation

Goal: Involve WMAU members in international events
Outcome:Increased Chapter awareness and member skill levels Main resources needed:
Proposer's Comment:(eg Wikimania, Chapters’ Association events, WMF training opportunities or events

Volunteer Support Program

Goal: Continue the Volunteer Support Program
Main resources needed:
Outcome: Increased sustainability of Chapter work
Proposer's Comment: This is a current program. Same as #Microgrant program above.


Goal: Continue to develop and support Wikimedians-in-Residence
Outcome: Ongoing work supported; skills of members and organisations built; positive relationships developed
Main resources needed:
Proposer's Comment:


  • Many projects can be made more likely to succeed by reducing their scope and regarding it as a pilot from which lessons learned are applied to the next round. For example, a tightly focused Wiki-loves-Monuments could aim to develop skill.
  • Funds can be made available to projects that are planned in stages (extending over a longer planning period) in order to reduce risk and increase control. For example, it is possible to allocate funds for a feasibility study of a project such as the Wikimedia Australia Journal.
  • Each program or component project needs planning. For example, the scope of the effort, the purpose, the schedule (such as an annual editathon schedule), the resources required.
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