2022:Submissions/Hatch-A-Wiki Project of the Wiki Advocates Philippines
- Language: English, Central Bikol, Tagalog (with English subtitles)
- Status: Pre-recorded
Anthony Diaz and other members of the Wiki Advocates Philippines
Hatch A Wiki Project was a term coined by the first developers of the Central Bikol Wiktionary, although developing incubator projects were already the objective of the group even before the name itself. It started on November 16, 2020 during the Bikol Wiktionary Trainer's Training and Edit-a-thons wherein the proponent's (Imelda Brazal) goal is to train editors on how to use the templates for Bikol Wiktionary, to add more entries to the Bikol Wiktionary, and make it up and running for the Bikol Community, and to promote the Bikol Sentral Wiktionary for prospective users and Central Bikol speakers. Overall, it was able to run 6 meetings, invited 22 editors, and created 979 word entries. However, the incubator project was not hatched at the end of the program. The second project conducted for the development of the specific incubator project was the Bikol Wiktionary Edit-a-thon. During its period, the entries reached 1800 words, 16 old and new editors participated, and it was finally hatched on January 12, 2021. After 13 years of its incubator status, it has become an official Central Bikol Wikiproject. After the success, the team has agreed to work on other incubator projects, thus the Hatch-A-Wiki-Project was initiated on June 1, 2021 under a rapid grant request of MaroBos. At present, there are pending Wikimedia projects in the Philippines that are waiting to be approved by the Language Committee. There are existing requests on Meta and localization requirements were also almost completed.
The lack of active editors and test wiki activity are what hinder from these projects to be fully developed. The aim of the Hatch A Wiki Project is to develop and maintain an active project, complete and proofread the MediaWiki interface translations, and complete the specific settings for the test project. At the moment, the team is working on Central Bikol Wikiquote (Wikisambit), Tagalog Wikiquote (Wikikawikaan), and for the next few months, Tagalog Wikivoyage (Wikibyahe) and Tagalog Wikisource. Our Capacity Building activities have focused on creating movement organizers instead of merely staying as editors. The training was incorporated during this year’s Art+Feminism campaign. Currently, there are seven active volunteers who are under the program and are presently studying different aspects of Wikimedia projects, anti-racism policy, project development, offline Wiki, and conducting wiki outreach activities.
The aim of this presentation is to highlight the impact of these programs, especially on underrepresented communities, and provide strategies and motivation for groups who envision the same objectives. The group foresees the possibility of bringing out the skills of an editor turned into a community and campaign organizer."
Learning Outcomes[edit source]
The audience is expected to learn how to start their own local wikiprojects from scratch, how to gather volunteers to help on creating them, maintain the momentum, and eventually passed all the criteria needed to hatch a specific project.
We would also tackle different aspects of volunteerism as newcomers are not always expected to be good editors but they can contribute to other aspects of free knowledge. Strategies on how to engage these newbies to the wiki community will also be part of the discussion and actual testimonials from volunteers here in the Philippines will also be featured.
The session would also try to present how both the effort of the WMF in supporting the campaigns and the eagerness of the volunteers can result in the success of the open knowledge culture through the development of the Wikiprojects. We will share a brief overview of how we come up with projects that can impact not only the wikiprojects but also the community who would be using them.
Anthony Diaz is one of the founders of Wiki Advocates Philippines. He is also a Network Organizer of Art+Feminism. Currently, he serves as one of the members of the Regional Grants Committee for the ESEAP Region. As a network organizer, Anthony has conducted several programs on equal gender representation of women in the local Wiki projects in the Philippines. Currently, he administers the Central Bikol Wikiquote on the incubator. He is also currently part of EduWiki Outreach Collaborators as a Communications expert.