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Jakarta, 3 March 2014

Wikimedia Indonesia Receive Grant from The Ford Foundation to Preserve Indonesian Culture By Content Digitalization

Wikimedia Indonesia, an independent association established by Indonesian Language Wikipedia volunteers, has received a grant from The Ford Foundation for two separate programs that will be carried through 2014 and 2015. This follows the successful completion of the first grant from Ford Foundation to Wikimedia Indonesia awarded in 2011 to support Creative Commons Indonesia and Cipta Media Bersama from 2011-2013.

The first program is to Preserve Indonesian Culture by Content Digitalization, an effort supported by the Indonesian Coordinating Ministry for People's Welfare under PNPM Pusaka program, and coordinated under SAPA (Stratetic Alliance for Poverty Alleviation)

The project has a budget of USD 125,000 (1,4 billion rupiah) to be used by Wikimedia Indonesia for the following wikimedia projects:

  1. Indonesian Wikipedia (Free Your Knowledge 2014 in Jakarta, Bandung, and Yogyakarta)
  2. Javanese Wikipedia (Semarang, Yogyakarta, and Solo)
  3. Sundanese Wikipedia (Bandung)
  4. Banjar Wikipedia (Samarinda and Banjarmasin)
  5. Minankabau Wikipedia (Pekanbaru)
  6. Digitalisation of Indonesian content for the Wikisource project (online)

Ten universities from Jakarta, Bandung, and Yogyakarta have signed up to participate in Free Your Knowledge 2014, Indonesian Wikipedia writing competition, which will commence in March 2014. The other wikimedia projects will commence in mid 2014.

The second program is Cipta Media Seluler, a joint effort between Wikimedia Indonesia, ICT Watch, Independent Journalist Alliance Indonesia, and Ford Foundation with the total value of USD 750,000 to fund cellular initiatives with social justice goals via open call for proposals.

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