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Legal name of chapter or nonchapter group
Associació Amical Viquipedia
Grant contact name
Joan Gomà
Grant contact username or emailà E-mail:
Grant contact title (position)
President Amical Viquipedia
Project lead name
Alina Mierlus, Mayo Fuster Morell;
Project lead username or email (e-mail: and or (e-mail:
Project lead title (position), if any
Alina Mierlus Amical Viquipedia fellow.
Full project name
Global Forum on Building Digital commons & collaborative communities: Participation and Community Engagement working line facilitated by Amical Viquipedia.
Amount requested (in USD)
22,300.00 EUR = 32,370.26 USD
Provisional target start date
1 July 2011
Provisional completion date
1 of December 2011

Events dates celebration: 29-30 October 2011

Budget breakdown[modifica]

Budget breakdown in Euros.

What Cost Pays Amical Pays IGOP Request to WMF
Human power (organizer and facilitator) 4000 x x
Space rental 900 x
Catering 2000 x
Video recording 500 x
Simultaneous translation (keynotes) 1000 x
Materials for participants 400 x
Merchandising 200 x
Supplies 200 x
Participation grants for Wikipedians 18000 x
Total 27.200 2000 2900 22.300

22,300.00 EUR = 32,370.26 USD

Travel and Accommodation costs:

Participation grants for Wikimedians are to offer scolarships for travel and accommodation to active Wikimedia contributors. Travel ticket prices, local transportation from Aeroport to Hotel and hosting are included.

Project scope[modifica]

Synthesis: The overall objective is to promote from Amical Viquipedia (in collaboration with the Institute of Govern and Public Policies of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and other local parners) the organization of the event Forum on building digital commons and collaborative communities centered on collaborative communities (as Wikipedia and other Open Web and Open Source communities) in parallel of the third edition of the Free Culture Focum. The Forum on building digital commons and collaborative communities aims to create entrance doors and give projection (at the local, continental and global level) to the Wikimedia community, encourage the collaboration and mutual learning and support with other collaborative communities building digital commons following similar values and principles, building bridges between action and research, and putting in contact with other groups advocating for the rights of free culture and knowledge (as Free Culture Forum participants: artists, musicians, educators, activists and lobbies for digital rights, among others).

We consider the Forum on building digital commons and collaborative communities to be held in parallel to the Free Culture Forum is a great, rich and fertile context to promote wikimedia actions and strategic goals. In this regard, the association Amical Viquipedia linked to Catalan Wikipedia is concretly presenting this grant request in order to organize a working line on "Participation and Community Engagement" and assure wikipedians participation.

Introduction: About Free Culture Forum and the Forum on Building Digital Commons and Collaborative Communities[modifica]

About Free Culture Forum

The Free Culture Forum (FCForum) is an international encounter of civic society actors on free culture, digital rights and access to knowledge. It took place in Barcelona for the first time from October 30 to November 1, 2009 and second time from the 28th to the 31st of October 2010. It took place jointly with the oXcars, a free culture festival. Against the powerful lobbies of the copyright industries, the FCForum is a space for the construction of proposals arising from civil society in order to strengthen citizen’s positions in the debate around the creation and distribution of art, culture and knowledge in the digital era. At FCForum 2009 was created the Charter for Innovation, Creativity and Access to Knowledge, a comprehensive legal compendium that has been adopted as a Charter by many organizations around the world. The document covers over 20 years of legal proposals for adapting copyright legislation to the digital era, and was drafted by more than 100 specialists and major organizations from twenty different countries. It was endorsed among others by Jimmy Wales. It has turned out to be a very effective tool for counteracting reactionary legal proposals from content industries lobbies such as ACTA, and the Spanish Law for Sustainable Culture, among others. The second FCForum 2010 focused on economical models. It resulted on a [Declaration and How to Manual on sostenibility of creativity on the digital era]. The declaration was signed by more than 80 organizations and personalities of the free culture scene, such as Richard Stallman.

For the third edition of the FCForum 2011, we considered it was necessary to build bridges with Wikimedia movement and give more protagonism and specificity to collaborative communities building digitals commons. In this regard, it was decided to organize in collaboration between organizers of the previous editions of FCForum, Amical Viquipedia and the Institute the Govern and Public Policies (IGOP), an specific Forum focused on the digital commons and collaborative communities agenda.

About the Forum on Building Digital Commons and Collaborative Communities

Why? Objectives:

  • Stress the makers & creators approach – To increase the visibility and address the specificities of collaborative communities around the building of digitals commons as part of the overall free culture and digital rights movement.
  • Mapping (visualizing) the digital commons and promote common actions – identify initiatives, promote coalitions and find ways to support each other.
  • Systematize experiences & learn from each other (at the legal, infrastructural, sustainable, participation and governance levels): Learn from participative communities such as Wikipedia and others. Building mass participation, civic engagement and inter-community collaboration.
  • Create procommons references –To remark the distinction between the governance of digital commons and other forms of corporate-providers communities and promote free and open infrastructure.
  • Build bridges between action and research on commons as a form of governance, production, and horizon of socio-political transformation.


Through a series of working lines and a common final outcome:

Working lines:

  • Participation and Engagement in peer-driven movements (hosted and facilitated by Amical Viquipedia).
  • Sustanibility of collaborative creation – Digital social economy (hosted by Institut of Goverment and Public Policies (IGOP) - Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)). More on this working line here
  • Mapping free culture and digital commons movements, comparing national-regional contexts and facilitate a strategic discussion (hosted by IGOP).More on this working line here

Final outcomes:

  • Creation of a digital commons alliance: A network to promote a digital commons vision and interests, strenghten the relationships between communities in order to suport innovation and facilitate collaboration and sharing of resources.
  • How to manual - online publication How to manual on digital commons: participation engagement, sustainability formulas and over all free culture networking: It refers to a final resource which systematize the knowledge generated at the event and beyond on the working lines the event adress.

About the specific working line "Participation and Engagement in peer-driven movements" to be developed by Amical Viquipedia[modifica]

In the above presented context, Amical Viquipedia (and the Catalan Wikimedia more generally) will be facilitating an specific working line on Participation and Community Engagement, as part of the larger Forum on building digital commons and collaborative communities.

The working line though a set of activities aims to bring together wikipedians and other open communities and brainstorm on the “participation and community engagement” topic, trying to explore and visualize best practices in community / user engagement (mass participation):

  • Gathering people from outside “day-to-day Wikipedia contributors” and identify barriers that lowers the user's participation.
  • Explore why people quit contributing and how we could figure out ways to keep the balance between a dynamic community and the decreasing number of contributors.
  • Identify best practices from each open knowledge/sorftware communities and explore those that can be transfered to Wikipedia.
  • Brainstorm cross project synergies in community growing. Explore how to encourage people from other open software/knowledge projects to participate in Wikipedia and sister projects and vice versa.

Organizing this workshop in parallel with Forum and in collaboration with the academic and research world (of our parner Institute of Govern and Public Policies of the Autonomous University of Barcelona), makes us think at ways to better trace the bridge between participants from different fields, making our projects and community work visible. For that, we have plan two ways to do this: a specific Wikipedians fair and Sparklez (an experimental tool and facilitation model).

Project Blitz

As a part of the "Participation and Engagement in peer-driven movements" working line, we will be having a wikipedians fair session where members of wikipedia communities could showcase the latest projects they have been working on (eg. Glam Wiki, Wiki Love Monuments, Wiki Schools, Participation and Multilingualism, among others).

This way, we will offer a good opportunity for others to know better wikimedia projects and invite other people to participate. We will invite along other communities to show up their initiatives and projects.

Deploying Sparklez

Early this year, at a prototype workshop held in Berlin, a few wikipedians came with a fantastic idea : Sparklez - finding the best ways... to cherish sparks that happen between people @ live events: GlobalMelt - Sparklez.

Project goal[modifica]

(See also section on objectives of "Forum on Building Digital Commons and Collaborative Communities" previously presented)

The main after-workshop aim is to continue the design of a series of processes that could help us define further participation and community engagement strategies as: online campaigns (for both subtainability and user engagement), face to face events but also strengthen the collaboration with other initiatives and find ways to share resources and knowledge.

If the event is successful, then our immediate goal is to sketch a strategy that will allow us to replicate it and apply the processes and ideas we got during the sessions.

As a medium/long term goal, we would consider the increase of participation in local Wikipedia community. It is very difficult to measure the growing rate achieved thanks to this initiative because it will be merged with natural community trend and with grow obtained due to other actions. We expect that altogether will help us to keep the year to date grow in active users between 5% and 15%. Also, we expect to strengthen the collaboration with other Wikimedia Chapters and Wikimedia Foundation and find common lines between our initiatives, strategies and projects of the Free culture and digital rights movement.

As a concrete outcome of the Digital commons forum, it will be elaborated a How to manual on digital commons: participation engagement, sustainability formulas and over all free culture networking and an alliance of digital commons.

  • Find a common working line between projects of various Wikipedia chapters participating. Broke the "participation and community engagement" problem into small (doable) problems:
    • Define a series of workshop/events that could emerge from this event;
    • Replicate this event at smaller scale;
    • Document sessions and potential outcomes;

Non-financial requirements[modifica]

  • We would like to have some exchange previously to the event in order to advising on the design of the event and the specific working line.
  • We would like to have the support of Wikimedia Foundation on promoting though the WMF communication channels (eg, though the blog, newsletter etc).
  • We would like to have during the event two representatives from WMF (especially from Community and Global Development Departments).
  • We would like to have some input from the WMF on the systematization of useful resources for the How to manual on digital commons: participation engagement, sustainability formulas and over all free culture networking, and that afterword, help us to spread it.
  • We would like that the WMF participate in some way in the promotion of a digital commons alliance.

Fit to strategy[modifica]

We consider that the project will strongly contribute on increase participation which is one of our main strategic priorities.

Improve the participation strategy for the local community will be one of the outcomes and, being an international, global focus would also help other fellow Wikimedia communities and chapters to adopt, brainstorm or replicate those processes.

Participation and community engagement, the topic chosen for the workshop, represents a key objective for Wikimedia Foundation's strategic plan through 2015. Taking in consideration the possible outcomes from the workshop, we believe that it could help making a difference in the following fields:

  • Community (and user) engagement: Wikipedian participants have the possibility to engage with various other participants and collaborative communities initiatives.
  • Participation strategy: As a result of ideas and best practices we get from the workshop, define a drive a strategy for increasing the participation at local / global level in Wikipedia.
  • Opening the community /visibility to Wikipedia Community and its projects: Through participatory workshops and wikipedians science fair, groups of peers from Wikipedia community are encouraged to showcase their projects, this way making possible finding further collaborations and common working lines with other community projects.

Combining the practical sessions on participation and the research on sustainability sessions, gives a perfect working line and a couple of insights that could help participants and local Wikipedians to nurture the methods to scaling the participation.

Other benefits[modifica]

  • The Digital commons Forum is organized in parnership with an academic institute. In this way, we believe that we can open our working model, projects and mission to others, especially to academic and research fields. Furthermore, we consider the event is an experience in building bridges between research inputs and inputs emerging from the community practices.
  • GLAM institutions will be invited to the event, which could facilitate their major understanding of Wikimedia philosophy and increase connexions.
  • The event will take place at Fundació SURT. Fundació SURT is a fundation with a major record on gender inclusion. We closed this location intentionally, as a way to increase connexions with pro-women inclusion iniciatives and expertise in the city.
  • Previous editions, the Fcforum had major press coverage. We expect that this will contribute to give visibility to wikimedia projects and communities. See press coverage FCForum 2009 edition here press coverage FCForum 2010 edition here

Measures of success[modifica]

Quantificable messurements:

  • Number of registered participants (stimation between 100 to 200 participants)
  • Sustained 5-15% increase in year to date number of active contributors for local wiki projects. Taking in consideration the series of big projects (Catalan Wikipedia, Wiki Love Monuments, GlamWiki, and WikiSchools) the Catalan Community has been working on, we consider that, during the event we could find several ways to scale the participation in those projects.
  • Increase of connexions between wikimedians of different projects and countries (non - specific messurement, but an indicator of succes: number of local wikipedians multi-belonging to other projects).
  • Increase of connexions with other collaborative communities with similar principles and values (non - specific messurement, but an indicator of succes: number of local wikipedians multi-belonging to other projects).
  • Number of website visits (
  • Press reporting. Estimation of 10 journalist in the launching press presentation and 10 media coverage (e.i. Major newspapers: El Pais, El Mundo, La Vanguardia, El Periodico, Avui. Online media: Vila web, Meneame. Radio: Com Radio. TV: La Tele, TV3).
  • Number of downloads or visits to the outcome How to manual on digital commons: participation engagement, sustainability formulas and over all free culture networking.
  • Number of endorsements to the "How to manual" and the alliance. (Estimation of 100 endorsements)
  • Number of replications of the event. At least another international event in the coming year and five local dimension event replications.

Team members[modifica]

  1. Joan Gomà - President Amical Viquipedia & Catalan Wikipedia editor Joan Gomà
  2. Mayo Fuster Morell - IGOP Postdoctoral fellow and Berkman center fellow. Wikipedia editor EN or CAT
  3. Alina Mierlus - Amical Viquipedia fellow and Catalan Wikipedia editor Alina Mierlus. Softcatalà and Mozilla community member.
  4. Laia Benito - Amical Viquipedia member and Catalan Wikipedia editor Barcelona
  5. Marc Fontdevila - Amical Viquipedia member and Catalan Wikipedia editor Mafoso
  6. David Par - Catalan Wikipedia editor Davidpar
  7. Joan Subirats IGOP co-founder. Catalan Wikipedia page:
  8. Marco Berlinguer. IGOP researcher. Italian Wikipedia page:
  9. Jaume Badosa. IGOP communications.