Grants:PEG/User:Senolatzo/Gender in East Asia Wikipedia Editing
What is the problem you're trying to solve?
Many pages on topics related to East Asia are underdeveloped, and many pages related to gender are limited in their geographic scope. Many of these pages have "help us improve this article" notes.
What is your solution?
Students and faculty at Furman University and other interested universities will pair up to address limitations in existing articles and expand discussion of gender-related phenomenon. In Stage 1, each team will be challenged to add 3 scholarly sources, 1 video link, 3 'see also' links, and 3 links to other Wikipedia pages. Teams will also be encouraged to edit as appropriate, when supported by their research. In Stage 2, each team will review at least 3 other teams' edits, providing feedback and suggestions for improvement. In Stage 3, teams will revise their entries based on feedback and link to other teams' pages where appropriate. The project will continue as edits are made and conversations continue on 'talk pages'. Finally, each team will create a report about what changes they made and what further improvements they can identify and prioritize.
Students and faculty at Furman University and other interested universities will create teams to address limitations in existing articles and expand discussion of gender-related phenomenon. In Stage 1 (November 1-15), each team will choose a single article. They will be challenged to add 3 scholarly sources, 1 video link, 3 'see also' links, and 3 links to other Wikipedia pages. Teams will also be encouraged to edit as appropriate, when supported by their research. In Stage 2 (November 15-25), each team will review at least 3 other teams' edits, providing feedback and suggestions for improvement.
Teams will hold public edit-sessions to build visibility for the project. The editing sessions could happen in the Student Center commons, an area with flatscreen TVs, and on the porch outside the Student Center, weather permitting. An iPad would be used to project edits onto the screen. People would bring their own devices for editing, and periodically take turns editing from the connected iPad, so that their edits could be shown real-time. This public editing session would generate buzz, possibly provide a model for ongoing edit sessions, encourage others to get involved with editing, and raise visibility for our project.
In Stage 3 (November 25- December 5), teams will revise their entries based on feedback and link to other teams' pages where appropriate. The project will continue as edits are made and conversations continue on 'talk pages'. Finally, each team will create a report about what changes they made and what further improvements they can identify and prioritize (by December 15).
These team reports will be compiled into a single final report by project advisor and James B. Duke Assistant Professor of Asian Studies Tami Blumenfield. Dr. Blumenfield has been a Wikipedia editor (senolatzo) since 2012, and has guided teams of students in editing Wikipedia pages in classes on globalization and identity in Asia and classes on gender. She is an expert researcher and is eager to broaden the group of people curating knowledge through Wikipedia. She will coordinate the teams and advise them.
Corey Gheesling (cgheesling), from the Information Technology Services team at Furman University, will provide technical support for teams and help with editing and citing logistics. Jenny Colvin, from the Furman University Libraries, will help coordinate public editing sessions.
Project organizer stipend to support coordination and research - Tami Blumenfield - $500 Refreshments for outdoor/public edit events - $200
We will hold open editing sessions and encourage students, in particular, to tell their friends about our project. Stage 2 is explicitly designed to gather feedback from other teams, and each team will have 3 target teams for which they will provide feedback. We will use social media including a Twitter hashtag to improve visibility for the project, hopefully also encouraging others to get involved.
We will develop a list of improved articles and contribute to category pages encouraging ongoing edits. We will also post on social media and encourage others who are knowledgeable to share their insights by editing the pages. We will also watch the pages and encourage teams to watch the Talk pages to continue contributing to the conversations and edits.
Measures of success
We will develop a list of improved articles -- we are aiming for 20 in this project, keeping a focus on quality over quantity. We will ask a few experts to review the pages and in the process of inviting commentary, we will encourage new contributions. We also have specific numerical goals for numbers of scholarly sources added, numbers of 'see also' links added, and numbers of citations added overall.
We hope that 10% of participants become active editors over the next 12 months, and we hope that 30% of participants become occasional editors over the next 12 months. A follow up survey asking about participation will be sent 3 months later, 6 months after the project ends, 9 months later, and 12 months later, as a gentle nudge to ask people about their involvement and encourage it.
Tami Blumenfield (Senolatzo) - I have been teaching college students to edit with Wikipedia since 2012. I am a passionate believer in the aims of the Wikipedia project, and I am an experienced researcher and writer. I am also a filmmaker who appreciates open source images and the creation of a Wikipedia community that shares knowledge and spreads it around. As an expert in Asian anthropology and a gender theorist, I am always eager to improve Wikipedia's presence on topics related to gender and Asia.
Corey Gheesling (cgheesling) is a technically proficient staff person in Information Technology who consults on Moodle online course software, Wordpress, Confluence Wiki creation, network services and other teaching technology-related topics. In addition to these qualifications, Gheesling coaches youth lacrosse.
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