Welcome to the individual "flow funding" portal of West.andrew.g:
- More about flow funding: The Flow Funding Initiative (FFI), currently in its pilot stage, is a component in the larger WMF grant structure. Relative to other funding avenues, FFI is unique in that it: (1) Decentralizes the funding process by placing large amounts of discretion/responsibility in individual "flow funders", and (2) Is a process with a (hopefully!) minimal amount of bureaucracy (e.g., no fixed deadlines, little formal paperwork) that is most appropriate for small monetary needs (i.e., <= $2000 USD).
- The purpose of this page: Here, I provide a public portal by which community members can submit funding ideas for my consideration. I hope to achieve some clarity on the research/funding plan, come to an agreement on any expected deliverables, and make public my funding decisions.
- My funding interests: Since I have funding discretion, I would prefer to oversee ideas that are *broadly* related to my research/editing interests. This will also prove helpful when I must report on how my funding decisions have furthered WMF strategic objectives. My userpage and C.V. should give you some idea of my expertise. I would love to see requests pertaining to: (a) Wiki security, (b) traffic analytics, (c) machine learning, (d) tool development (especially involving increased editor efficiency), (e) quantified wiki research, and (f) other efforts in the computer-science/HCI realms. That being said, I emphasize that this is a pilot project and encourage submissions that challenge these expectations.
- Eligibility and other notes: My position only allows me to fund requests that meet WMF eligibility criteria. I also cannot grant any more than $2000 USD in any single instance (although one can re-apply at a later time). Funds cannot be used purchase labor that should normally be performed as the result of volunteer work. Given my computational focus, I would expect computing resources and corpus tagging (e.g., MTurk) to be among the requests; but as this is a pilot, please challenge the system. If I turn-aside/reject your request, you are free to contact another flow funder and try your luck with them.
To submit a request, please copy the "example section" below and populate it with your data:
Username(s) and affiliation(s): Who are you? What projects do you participate in? Any real-life institutions that are relevant?
Participant project roles: What does your project/research history look like? Why should I believe you can complete this work?
Concept abstract: What do you want to do? Why? What is the eventual output? How long will it take?
Impact on WMF initiatives: How does this help the project(s)? What is the expected impact/scope?
Amount requested & budgetary justification: How much do you want? Why is that amount appropriate? Why are cheaper/free alternatives inappropriate?
Video Tutorial Creation Request
|Not sure -- Due to conflict of interest concerns, this proposal has been moved out of the flow funding space and is now pursuing funding via the traditional WMF grants process. Interested users can follow along here -- West.andrew.g 23:00, 18 March 2013 (UTC)|
Jackson Peebles: I am a Wikipedia editor with reviewer, rollback, course instructor, and account creator permissions. I primarily focus on welcoming new users, reverting vandalism, and minor copyedits. I regularly use the STiki and Twinkle software/scripts. I am an undergraduate student who is majoring in Behavioral Science at Western Michigan University and a member of the American Red Cross DSHR System and the IFRC, where I have specialized in digital media on behalf of the international organization.
Community Trust and Training: I wish to fully disclose that I have never undertaken a grant project for the Wikimedia Foundation nor made tutorials for others. However, I have vast experience in using the tutorials of others, including those of the IFRC, American Red Cross, Western Michigan University, FEMA, and numerous other entities. I have completed Adoption training from long-time Wikipedia editor User:Go Phightins! and am undergoing the final stages of CVUA training from user:Nerdfighter. I have garnered sufficient community trust to receive the account creator, course instructor, reviewer, and rollback rights. I am also open to editor review. Furthermore, I have been the recipient of multiple grants for my own research in other areas (mainly Speech Pathology and Audiology) and have never been found to have misappropriated funds, and all of my projects have been either successful or are still in progress.
Video Tutorials and Guided Learning: Per suggestions on project talk pages, I seek to create video tutorials using Adobe Captivate to guide users on how to utilize the STiki tool. I also hope to combine the CVUA and Adoption programs into a multi-stage tutorial that I would then incorporate into the US Education Project on Wikipedia in its own course page, which users could enroll in. Finally, I would seek community input for other tutorials and guided learning.
Impact on WMF initiatives: This project would benefit Wikipedia by enabling a greater amount of users to utilize tools that streamline Wikipedia vandalism correction, edit review, and good faith reversion. Furthermore, it would result in editors who are more experienced and able to deal with complex situations. It further ties in the Education Program, garnering additional publicity for the project and benefiting its users.
Amount requested & budgetary justification: I desire $299.00 for an educational Adobe Captivate license, $17.94 for applicable taxes for said software, $249.95 for a professional-grade headset (Sennheiser USA PC 360) for recording tutorials, $12.50 for shipping/handling for said headset, and $500.00 for an estimated 100 hours in labor compensation in excess of normal volunteer activities for the Wikimedia Foundation, including electricity and internet fees (which may be in excess of norms encountered). This totals $1079.39 USD.
Assuming we proceed w/o the "compensation" aspect, I think all is well and I am prepared to approve the expenditure. I would like for you to make some formal statement regarding deliverables, though, just to get it on the record. I'm not sure what this should look like, but maybe something along the lines of: "I commit to produce a minimum of X tutorials with Y months time. They will uploaded to Commons. I will track my progress and be open to community input at location Z." With that, I will start the paperwork along. Thanks, West.andrew.g (talk) 21:37, 7 March 2013 (UTC)
Not sure Due to conflict of interest concerns, this proposal has been moved out of the flow funding space and is now pursuing funding via the traditional WMF grants process. Interested users can follow along at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Grants:Jackson_Peebles/Video_and_Interactive_Tutorials -- Thanks, West.andrew.g (talk) 23:00, 18 March 2013 (UTC)
Wiktionary context labels extraction and analysis
|Not done -- Hi Andrew. This is a well thought out proposal that has obvious benefits for Wikimedia project(s). Unfortunately, in speaking with grant coordinators, funds for labor seem to be outside the scope of the flow funding initiative. Unfortunately, these are not policies I can be flexible with. West.andrew.g 18:30, 10 March 2013 (UTC)|
I) The maximum goal (in distant future) is to extract all information (i.e. all sections of entry) from all wiktionaries and convert data to machine-readable database.
II) Today's result. Now machine-readable Wiktionary contains the following information extracted from Russian Wiktionary and English Wiktionary:
(*) Quotations were extracted only from Russian Wiktionary.
III) The next step (supported by Flow Funding grant, I hope) will be an extraction and analysis of "context labels" from Russian and English Wiktionaries.
Participant project roles: I am programmer and researcher.
Results and deliverables:
Impact on WMF initiatives:
Amount requested & budgetary justification: 2000$ This project will require 6-9 month. And it will be finished in this year (2013). The money will be spent on my salary during this project. -- Andrew Krizhanovsky (talk) 09:24, 9 March 2013 (UTC)