Grants:PEG/Nanna1704/WeCanEdit Copenhagen

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Nanna1704/WeCanEdit Copenhagen
This project seeks to address and counter gender (and other forms of) bias in Danish and English Wikipedia in both theory and practice
targetDanish and English Wikipedia / Gender Campaign
strategic priorityIncrease participation
start dateMarch 1
start year2015
end dateMarch 9
end year2015
budget (USD)USD 2,780
grant typeIndividual
non-profit statusNo
created on13:30, 13 January 2015 (UTC)


This project seeks to address and counter Wikipedias well-documented gender bias in practice and theory. It will do so by arranging feminist edit-a-thon on March 8 2015 and March 9 2015 with a connected academic symposium on the morning of March 9. The edit-a-thon will be dedicated to train new editors to write 30 new articles and expand selected stubs in Danish and English on notable female figures, primarily female artists and scientists, plus a few female topics. This is the Wiki-page we have made for the eventøbenhavn_2015#Form.C3.A5l



December (completed)

  • Secure Venue
  • Secure volunteers
  • Send funding applications to relevant Danish organizations

January (completed)

  • Recruit experienced edit-a-thon workshop trainers
  • Recruit more volunteers through personal invitation (students, journalists, designers, professors etc)
  • Secure national press coverage
  • Invite keynote speakers for academic symposium
  • invite roundtable discussants for academic symposium


  • Confirm food/drinks details for March 8 (check)
  • Visit venue and check up on facilities (check)
  • Crowdsource missing articles through networks (social media, teaching situations etc) (ongoing)


  • Book tickets for symposium speakers from abroad (done)
  • Make childcare available to anyone who requests it, at least one week prior to the event.
  • Sunday March 8th Feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thon Copenhagen Day 1
  • Monday March 9th academic symposium "Bias in Digital Archives: Wikipedia as a case study"
  • Feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thon Copenhagen Day 2
  • Commence writing academic journal article


  • Continue to track participants in Wikimetrics
  • Continue to track articles


  • Submit one academic article to international high-ranking journals, e.g. ADA


  • Commence guest edited issue of the peer reviewed journal NTIK
  • Meet to prepare Wikipedia feminist edit-a-thon 2016


Target readership[edit]

  • Art+Feminism
  • WikiProject Women artists
  • Wikipedia:WikiProject Women scientists
  • WikiProject Feminism
  • Wikipedia:WikiProject Women artists
  • WikiProject Women's History
  • Wikipedia:GLAM & Wikipedia:GLAM/US
  • Wikimedia LGBT
  • WikiProject Countering systemic bias/Gender gap task force
  • Wikipedia:WikiProject Countering systemic bias in religion
  • Wikipedia:WikiProject Countering systemic bias/Global perspective

What existing Wikimedia projects and language versions do you seek to impact with this project?[edit]

  • Wikipedia DK
  • Wikipedia EN
  • Gender Campaign

Fit with strategy[edit]

What crucial thing will the project try to change or benefit in the Wikimedia movement? Please select the Wikimedia strategic priority(ies) that your project most directly aims to impact and explain how your project fits. Most projects fit all strategic priorites. However, we would like project managers to focus their efforts on impacting 1-2 strategic priorities. Examples of strategic priorities can be found at here.

  • Diversify editors
  • Counter bias (gender, race, religion, nationality)
  • Educate users of Wikipedia on the inner workings of Wikipedia

Measures of success[edit]

  • At least 50 women (both gender are invited) total attend and/or facilitate the March 8th + 9th Copenhagen event.
  • At least 70 people sign in for attending the March 8th edit-a-thon event (we currently [February 21] have 104 people signed up through FB)
  • At least 200 users sign in on the project wiki-page
  • At least 50 articles on women are created and/or improved
  • Less than 5 articles are speedy deleted, or nominated for deletion.
  • One academic article on Wikipedia is submitted and published in a top-ranking international journal
  • A guest edited issue of NTIK is published on the basis of the symposium
  • Event is covered extensively by Danish national press

Academic impact[edit]

  • Confirmed: a guest-edited special issue of the peer-reviewed The Nordic Journal for Information and Culture on the basis of the symposium
  • One peer reviewed journal article in an international high-ranking journal on Wikipedia as a form of digital archive, dealing with the notion of curation
  • Establish a much-needed academic debate about Wikipedia and the importance of (female and minority) scholars considering Wikipedia as a knowledge production output on par with teaching, journal article production and other forms of knowledge dissemination. This event will inaugurate four smaller volunteer workshops for potential (female and minority) editors at the University of Copenhagen
  • Enrol in the Wikipedia Educational Program for the next course we have to teach in the vestige of the academic project, YDUN, that is co-organizer of the symposium

Resources and risks[edit]


Team members[edit]

  • Maibritt Borgen (Wikiname: Muybridge_dk). Doctoral Candidate in history of art, Yale. Experience as cultural organizer and curator, among other thing of the floating public platform Osloo in Denmark 2010 and at the Venice Biennal in 2011. Organizer of cultural event through the art workers union UKK in Denmark.
  • Nanna Thylstrup (Wikiname: Nanna1704). Postdoc at the University of Copenhagen (research area: digital archives). Role: fundraiser, organizer of academic symposium + scholarly dissemination, recruiting new editors and volunteers at the University of Copenhagen. Experience: none with Wiki edit-a-thons, but very experienced organizer of cultural events (art events, club nights, not-for-profit events etc).
  • Maia Kahlke. Wikiname Renegade Runner : Digital Fundraising and Development Manager i Greenpeace International. Founder of feminist grassroots organization Renegade Runners. Role: organizer of edit-a-thon, recruiting new editors and wiki-trainers. Experience: none with Wiki-editathons, but very experienced organizer of cultural and grassroots events (LGBT events, club nights, not-for-profit events etc).
  • Isabel Ahm. Furniture designer. Co-Founder of feminist grassroots organization Renegade Runners. Role: organizer of edit-a-thon, recruiting new editors and wiki-trainers. Experience: none with Wiki-editathons, but experienced organizer of industry and grassroots events (furniture fairs, not-for-profit events, feminist happenings etc).
  • Astrid Dybkjær. Senior consultant, strategic communication. Role: recruiting new editors, devising communication strategy.
  • Nanna Balslev. Freelance-journalist, DJ. Member of feminist grassroots organization Renegade Runners. Role: recruiting new editors, devising communication strategy.
  • Team members all have extended and diverse national and international networks and proved track records of arranging success cultural events, both volunteer and for-profit
  1. Scholars from information science, cultural studies, language technology, computer science and history
  2. Librarians
  3. Artists
  4. Designers
  5. Journalists
  6. Activitists
  • We will use the in-place existing Wiki infrastructure (in particular on similar events) to ensure that we learn from past experience
  • We have already secured substantial and in-depth national press coverage

Confirmed trainers[edit]

  • Tine Stevnhoved
  • Kim Bach (Wikimedia Denmark)
  • Ole Palnatoke Andersen (Wikimedia Denmark)
  • Néne la Beet (experienced Wiki-trainer)
  • Finn Årup Nielsen (Wikimedia Denmark)
  • Astrid Maria Bigoni (experienced Wiki-trainer)
  • Rosalia Fenger


We will use the infrastructure of two new relevant research projects to add an academic dimension to the practice event. The event will feature two keynote speakers and five roundtable speakers
Keynote speakers

Roundtable speakers


  • We are not experts at tracking editor activity and retention. We will work with the WMF Learning and Evaluation team to learn evaluation tools and practice using them.
  • Too many participants and not enough facilitators.
  • We are ourselves new to the Wikipedia editor environment, and therefore expect a steep learning curve in unison with our editors


Please provide a detailed breakdown of project expenses according to the instructions here. See Budget Guidelines. Grantees are subject to line-item scrutiny of expenses. Changes to the approved budget beyond 10% in any category must be approved in advance.

Project budget table[edit]

Item Projected cost Comments
Venue expenses 500 Extra security staff for venue 8 hours@usd 50 per hour (hopefully to be covered by venue) and cleaning (USD 100)
Hotel 280 1 night for two wiki trainers @140USD per room
Marketing 400 Paid facebook posts will promote the event on social networks. We project 4 paid Facebook posts of 50 dollars each, three to announce the event in advance and one on March 10 to celebrate the event. Posters and flyers (USD 100) will reach users of public libraries and students in high school outside of the organizers' immediate social network, and we hope to introduce an older age group who are currently less active on social media. We also plan a targeted email campaign to reach university professors, librarians, teachers and other purveyors of knowledge.
Food for March 8 + March 9 800 Coffee and snacks (Keep in mind that food is very expensive in Denmark compared to USA). Especially important on March 9 where people will be coming after work
Childcare 200 10 hours @ 20 USD per hour. Participants will be required to sign up for childcare one week in advance and budget will be adjusted according to need
Supplies 50 Pens, paper, paper cups etc.
Extra bandwidth 50 Example
Symposium 500 Travel for five DK roundtable speakers (100 USD), 15 bottles of wine @15USD each, snacks + coffee + water for speakers
Total costs 2780
WMF request 2780

Total amount requested[edit]

USD 2780

Additional sources of revenue[edit]

  • University of Copenhagen
  • VELUX research project: "The past’s future: digital transformations and cultural heritage institutions"
  • YDUN research project: "Uncertain Archives: adapting cultural theories of the Archive to Understand the Risks and Potentials of Big Data"
  • Danish grassroots feminist funds

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  • Support Support Nene La Beet, User:labeet: So few women are among editors in Denmark and so few of the notable women from Danish art history are represented at all or represented properly in Wikipedia. Any effort to improve this should be welcomed and encouraged. This project is a welcome addition to an ongoing effort to encourage more knowledgeable women to participate actively.
  • Support Support Astrid Maria Bigoni, User:Astroide: Danish Wikipedia is in urgent need of female editors. The gender imbalance has a direct influence on the topics covered in Danish Wikipedia. I hope this project will help to recruit more female editors.
  • Support Support Henrik Sørensen, User:HenrikKbh: I find it extremely important that as many different people as possible are contributing their knowledge to Wikipedia, so any project that will broaden the pool of editors have my full support.
  • Support Support Theredproject (talk) 19:42, 3 February 2015 (UTC): It is great to see what started out as an Art+Feminism satellite event go above and beyond just holding an editathon, to turning it into a larger cultural forum and conference. These are the kinds of steps that mark the growth, diffusion, and required for the decentralization of the A+F project.--Theredproject (talk) 19:42, 3 February 2015 (UTC)
  • Support Support Kim Bach, User:Kim Bach: This is a very inspiring and much needed outreach project with clear and very ambitious goals and a focus on topics where Danish Wikipedia is in huge need of improvement. 3. February 2015 15:08 (UTC)
  • Support Support Karen Mardahl, User: Twdk: This is an impressive and well-planned project. And it is necessary. This is not "nice to have". This is a "must-have" project. 22:14, 4 February 2015 (UTC)
  • Support Support User:Palnatoke This project is well in line with other efforts to get more editors from all walks of life in the Danish society.
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