Travel Scholarship Jakarta

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Travel Scholarship Jakarta was closed on 12 July 2012. The committee had finished scoring and the official announcement is here.

Movie screening in Jakarta: "Truth in Numbers? Everything, According to Wikipedia"

The project concept was giving travel scholarships to Jakarta for two people who live outside of the capital city, as winning prize of Wikisource competition in which they voluntarily contribute to transcription of a book. The winners attended Truth in Numbers? screening in Jakarta. The scholarships were worth a total of three million rupiah (US$300) covering traveling fares to Jakarta and expenses in the city of origin for two people, including lodging in Jakarta for two days, all free of charge.

The participants were required to correct and validate 569 pages of "Sundanese-English dictionary" written by Jonathan Riggs in 1862, which now a public domain manuscript due to expired copyright (copyright-free). Volunteers could "re-type" and validate letters in the text at Wikisource pages without having to understand the Sundanese or English language. Participants were simply required to synchronize letters on the left page to pictures on the right page.

This was a pilot project and particularly launched to identify volunteers who have competence and willingness to contribute in wikisource-based projects. The competition had a "drop-out" system, in which for any participant who stop editing for three days in a row would be kicked out of the competition and therefore would not be scored by committees.

The initial planning was once the transcribing of this book was finished, anyone (including Wikimedia Indonesia) could reprint it or volunteers could translate its content into Indonesian language - free of copyright - and then distribute it to libraries across Indonesia.

We expect to apply this approach to many other copyright-free books (whether it was published years ago or very recently) or codex, under CC-BY Creative Commons license, in order to enrich Indonesian public's knowledge in Indonesian language and other indigenous local languages throughout the archipelago. However as an organization, we need to identify which volunteers we should support and are able to complete such projects.


Front page of Sundanese-English Dictionary. Green bar indicated that the page have been completed and proofread.

There were three people volunteered as committee for the competition. Their main jobs were to update data edits from all participants (a total of 56 people), score contributions from participants, as well as tracking participants who stop editing three days in a row and inform that they were out of competition. We learned that volunteer committee was ineffective because they supposed to strictly follow deadlines for launching, announcement, and closing. The competition itself was advertised in Indonesian language Wikipedia site notice and was being taken down after only two weeks because too many "new" participants joined and the committee could not handle them.


  • The competition was two weeks long, from Monday, July 2nd, 2012 at 13:00 p.m. to July 19, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Announcement of the winner and the purchase of airfare / train / bus (depending winner's preference) on July 20 by the committee (Wikimedia Indonesia)
  • Winners departed to Jakarta on July 27, 2012 (arriving on the same day)
  • Movie screening on July 28, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Returning back to their hometown on July 29, 2012 in accordance to travel tickets booked in advance.

Assessment and announcement of winners

Based on the scoring by the committee, two participants with highest scores and managed to get travel scholarship to Jakarta were:

  • First winner: Rachmat Wahidi (User:Rachmat.Wahidi) from Aceh. Rachmat entered the competition on 2 July 2012 and achieved a total of 125 points with 273 edits.
  • Runner-up: Nurul Aini (User:Uyun) from Pekanbaru, Riau. Nurul entered the competition on 3 July 2012 and achieved a total of 73 points with 101 edits.

There were over 56 people participated in this pilot project.

Complete scoring table of all participants could be accessed here