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Project status[edit]

Did you comply with the requirements specified by WMF in the grant agreement?
Is your project completed?

Activities and lessons learned[edit]


We planned and held a 5-hour Editathon on November 4, 2015
Planning for the event was managed by Laura Runge. Initial announcements made through ABO social media.
Cassie Childs started a Facebook event page, invited 127 people and tweeted this to our followers
Karen Gevirtz, President of the Aphra Behn Society and organizer of the conference in Summit, New Jersey, made hotel arrangements for the room and wifi for the day of the event.
Laura worked with a graduate intern Shauna Maragh beginning in August for detailed planning of the editathon
Laura created an event page, first on Wikimedia, but then on Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Aphra_Behn_Society_Editathon
Laura reached out to Jami Matheson, after taking on online workshop on using Wikipedia in the classroom with her, for help contacting folks in the NYC area. She connected us to Michael Maniberg, who connected us with Pharos.
Pharos works with Wikipedia NYC, and he connected us with Brillyle, who revised and expanded our event page.
Our planning To Do list
  • Encourage new users to start account beforehand; provide email with information and links
  • Contact Karen about venue: (Does the venue have Wi-Fi? Can it cope with the expected number of users? Do you need to create separate accounts/passwords? Can people use power sockets? Do you need extension leads? Do MAC users need dongles.
  • If the WiFi has a single password pin up a sign with the details and check that you can see the sign from the furthest point of the room. If the Wifi requires you to have individual accounts then have slips of paper and hand them out to each person as they arrive.)
  • Create an invitation for the Aphra Behn Society with details of event and registration: circulate to list-serv, post on Facebook and website; tweet out through ABO and invite ABO followers as well.
  • Other invitations -- ASECS women’s caucus, ASECS, 18thC questions on Facebook, create personal list of eighteenth-century scholars. I’ll check with ABO editors and board members -- invite the board members for sure.
  • Send invitation to department; Women Studies, Library, history, humanities and cultural studies
  • Shauna -- add tidbit on Signposts, possible blogpost
  • Generate a list of articles to work on
To Pack:
  • Printed Consent forms for gathering Data (shauna by Monday latest)
  • Brochures (Laura)
  • Posterboard (Laura over the weekend)
  • Markers (Shauna checking -- pick up Monday by Laura)
  • Badges (Shauna - picked up by Laura Monday)
  • Print cheat sheets (Shauna picked up on Monday by Laura)

Day of Event

  • Signage outside event room (Laura)
  • Welcomer(s) -- Kirsten
  • Sign up poster and sign in sheet with user names!!! (catch on exit if not on entry)
  • Introductions -- Pharos and BrillLyle (nametags)
  • Review accounts and editing basics
  • Arrange space for different tasks -- new accounts, basic training, improving articles, starting articles
  • someone to give out cheat sheets and wikipedia materials
  • shauna on google hangouts
  • Cassie on twitter and photographs
  • Laura will manage -- getting all usernames
  • Karen - on call for hotel communication

Lessons learned[edit]

What worked well?
Outreach to local Wikipedia NYC -- those folks, @Pharos, @Brillyle, Jim Henderson and Jeremy B were TERRIFIC. They brought hands on training to our dedicated in-house participants.
Online participation -- through social media and teachers in classrooms, we attracted a number of folks who contributed online from their home places. We set up a google group that allowed online participants to see what was going on in the room. It was fun!
Creation of new articles and editing current articles on early modern women. We actually got a lot of editing done on our subject!
Post editathon panel - Laura and Tonya Howe and Cassie Childs led a presentation and workshop on using Wikipedia in the classroom for members of the Aphra Behn Society. About 15 people attended. The enthusiasm for wikipedia was high, and many folks indicated they would begin to use wikipedia in the classroom. We also talked with organizers for the next conference and have our editathon on the agenda.
What didn't work?
On site participation was low.
What would you do differently if you planned a similar project?
We do plan on holding another Wikipedia Editathon at the 2017 Aphra Behn Society meeting in Pittsburgh. We'll plan earlier, so that participants in the conference know to come in earlier.

Learning patterns[edit]

Outcomes and impact[edit]


Provide the original project goal here.
  • Increasing contributions on early modern women
  • Increasing skills for editing/contributing among women
  • Recruitment of new editors/contributors
Did you achieve your project goal? How do you know your goal was achieved? Please answer in 1 - 2 short paragraphs.
As a group we created seven new pages on early modern women and two translated pages. We also improved seventeen pages on early modern women and their work. We had at least twelve new users and the rest were fairly new (within a year or two) editors who learned or developed new skills in editing, particularly under the guidance of our Wikipedia NYC volunteers. Though the attendance onsite was not large, our online recruitment brought in a good number of new editors, particularly through pairing with teachers who assigned the editathon as extra credit in their classes.

Progress towards targets and goals[edit]

Project metrics

Project metrics Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
Minimum of 20 participants 21 We had ten local participants, including our wikipedians, and 17 online participants. Only 21 signed waivers to be included in the research.
15 female participants 22 We had 8 women onsite and 14 females who worked remotely. In our cohort 19 of 21 are female.
10 new editors 12 We were successful in bringing in new editors
5 articles created or improved 28 This number comes from the metrics run with our cohort of 21 who signed waivers
50% of participants editing six months after the event NA We will run the metrics again in April 2016

Global Metrics[edit]

We are trying to understand the overall outcomes of the work being funded across our grantees. In addition to the measures of success for your specific program (in above section), please use the table below to let us know how your project contributed to the Global Metrics. We know that not all projects will have results for each type of metric, so feel free to put "0" where necessary.

  1. Next to each required metric, list the actual outcome achieved through this project.
  2. Where necessary, explain the context behind your outcome. For example, if you were funded for an edit-a-thon which resulted in 0 new images, your explanation might be "This project focused solely on participation and articles written/improved, the goal was not to collect images."

For more information and a sample, see Global Metrics.

Metric Achieved outcome Explanation
1. # of active editors involved 26
2. # of new editors 12
3. # of individuals involved 38
4a. # of new images/media added to Wikimedia articles/pages
4b. # of new images/media uploaded to Wikimedia Commons (Optional)
5. # of articles added or improved on Wikimedia projects 28
6. Absolute value of bytes added to or deleted from Wikimedia projects 51974
Learning question
Did your work increase the motivation of contributors, and how do you know?
The initial enthusiasm was high based on the feelings expressed at the onsite editathon and during the follow-up

conference panel. Evidence is anecdotal.


What impact did this project have on WMF's mission and the strategic priorities?

Option A: How did you increase participation in one or more Wikimedia projects?

The goal was to increase coverage of authors in the Women Writers project, which we did.

Option B: How did you improve quality on one or more Wikimedia projects?

Option C: How did you increase the reach (readership) of one or more Wikimedia projects?

Reporting and documentation of expenditures[edit]

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Did you send documentation of all expenses paid with grant funds to grants at wikimedia dot org, according to the guidelines here? Answer "Yes" or "No".


Please list all project expenses in a table here, with descriptions and dates. Review the instructions here.

Number Category Item description Unit Number of units Actual cost per unit Actual total Budgeted total Currency Notes
1 Room and Technology rental Grand Summit Hotel room and wifi 1 1 909.50 909.50 841.50 USD We requested a change in allocation of funds after the event to match the cost of the room
2 travel expense for Wikipedians train ticket from NYC to Summit, NJ 1 roundtrip 3 19.50 58.50 58.50 USD
Total project budget (from your approved grant submission)
Total amount requested from WMF (from your approved grant submission, this total will be the same as the total project budget if PEG is your only funding source)
Total amount spent on this project
Total amount of Project and Event grant funds spent on this project
Are there additional sources that funded any part of this project? List them here.
Aphra Behn Society picked up the balance.

Remaining funds[edit]

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