Grants:PEG/User:Swedam/Ongoing Editathon Meetups in San Diego and SoCal

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A problem that needs to be resolved is the gender gap and an atmosphere of exclusivity online. Online-related activities tend to use buzzwords and terminology that are unfamiliar to the uninitiated and can signal arrogance and disregard for social relations. This notion is intimidating and should be thwarted. Therefore, the primary goal of Wiki Editors of San Diego is to significantly increase the number of women editors, of all ages from students to retirees, in San Diego, with a focus on encouraging them to continue editing. This will not exclude men or noncis-gender participants, but the Editathons will be conducted in an inclusive, supportive, and social manner that appeals to women. This goal will also link already existing, fragmented Wiki groups in San Diego and Southern California, such as Arts&Feminism and Asian Pacific Americans, which endorse this proposal. A secondary goal is to establish a strategy for recruiting volunteers who can staff regularly scheduled Editathons in an inclusive, supportive, and social manner that appeals to women inline with Friendly space [expectations].

We aim to[edit]

1. increase contributors 2. close the gender gap 3. increase skills of contributors and facilitators



Continuing with the work we've already done to establish monthly Editathon meetups in San Diego (Editathons in February, March, April, and May), we will be coordinating monthly meetups in the San Diego Central Library in June, July, and August. These will become weekly Editathons at the Central Library beginning in September, 2016. In October 2016, Wiki Editors of San Diego will also participate in the organization of WikiCon 2016. Each Editathon will be three hours long, and each Editathon will include social interaction, such as a light lunch or snack. By moving from monthly events to weekly events, we aim to maintain the momentum of the movement and make it convenient for many more people to participate. For this purpose we will actively recruit volunteer facilitators to manage ongoing events.

This is the link to the San Diego Public Library Events Calendar. Go to June 25 to find the specific link to activity for Wiki Editors of San Diego.;jsessionid=1E59BA4D4D0679850F88366C69D864DF

Volunteer facilitators will be recruited in the form of Service Learning internships at the universities UCSD and SDSU where we have established contacts. The volunteers will be trained in civility according to Friendly space policies, in Wikipedia copyrights, and in the use of copyright tags. We wish to establish a recruitment strategy that can be repeated to recruit volunteers who can staff Editathons. This particular activity is estimated to be time-consuming since it will involve meetings with the appropriate staff from each university in addition to meetings with students.

Friendly [space policies] will be explained and implemented at our Wiki events.

Wikipedia copyrights will be discussed at our events. The use of copyright tags for uploads to Wikimedia Commons will also be discussed and used appropriately. The latter issue will be an organic element of our Photo Safari Editathons.

Photo Safari Editathons will make use of established photo challenges on Wikimedia and will also explore gathering images for Wikimedia Commons with the point of departure in a specific topic to be determined from time to time.

During the grant period, we will hold an Editathon that implements the Human Library approach. The concept "Don't judge a book by its cover" provides a framework that can "challenge stereotypes and prejudices" in our ongoing effort to encourage diversity at our Editathons. This is a unique approach to attracting diversity among participants and gathering information for Wiki articles.

At the suggestion of Marc Chery, Branch Manager San Diego Public Library, we will have a theme for each Editathon. This will not limit the subject matter editors can write about, instead, it will be a suggestion for those who want a topic. One theme example is " Notable Women Upstanders". An upstander is the opposite of a bystander, someone who passively observes an action. An upstander is someone who takes action, in the spirit of a whistle-blower. One notable woman upstander is Maysson Zayid, disabled, Muslim, American comedian, seen in this TedTalk about online bullying Maysson Zayid TedTalk. Another example of a notable woman upstander is Monica Lewinsky, seen here in a TedTalk about online bullying Monica Lewinsky on shame .

In our aim for inclusion and diversity, we will collaborate with Baja California. Tijuana and San Diego are sister cities, and the San Diego Central Library will aid us in reaching out to potential collaborators, including those in the City of San Diego who have been involved with building cross-border SD-Baja relations. An Editathon held jointly with our sisters in Tijuana is one of our dreams.

We will maintain the Facebook group Wiki Editors of San Diego. This is only one place where recruitment to Editathons will take place. After each Editathon, which we will document digitally, we will post the usernames of the participants and the topics to which they contributed. We will also respond to questions from participants and prospective participants.<o:p></o:p><o:p></o:p>

In the same manner, we will maintain invitations to and reports from Editathon Parties on We will also respond to questions from participants and prospective participants.<o:p></o:p><o:p></o:p>

Editathons in San Diego will advertised and documented as a sub-page of the main on-Wiki San Diego page

The Wiki community in the San Diego and SoCal region is fragmented. We have initiated contact and will actively network with the following groups in the Southern California Wiki community to create a cohesive body of regular participants and a source for recruiting volunteer facilitators: Arts+Feminism at UCSD: references Friedman, Lia, Singh, Gayatri  ; the Asian Pacific Americans in San Diego: reference Friedman, Lia; and the Wikipedia community in Los Angeles.<o:p></o:p>

To facilitate communication with participants and prospective participants we will be available at the email address: 3.<o:p></o:p>

WikiCon 2016 will be held at the San Diego Central Library, and Wiki Editors of San Diego will participate in organizing WikiCon.<o:p></o:p>

We will organize 15 Editathons during the 6-month grant period. Editathons are to continue weekly even after the grant period is complete.


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Fit with strategy[edit]

This project/program will increase the number of editors.

Higher impact potential (e.g. active editors) Improving editor diversity by recruiting new editors from a target group (e.g. women, both students and retirees) Onboarding and educating new editors with a plan for follow-up and mentorship (e.g. Edit-a-thon series over a six-month period)

Women retirees will be recruited through the Senior Center in Balboa Park and through the volunteer programs organized by the museums in Balboa Park in which many retirees participate, partner Nick Honeysett BPOC.

Establishing a strategy for recruiting and educating volunteer facilitators (e.g. Service Learning internships through local universities together with the volunteer programs at the museums in Balboa Park).

Measures of success[edit]

Please provide a list of both quantitative and qualitative criteria that will be used to determine how successful the project is. You will need to report on the success of the project according to these measures after the project is completed. See the PEG program resources for suggested measures of success.

Quantitative measurements[edit]

Number of meetups

Number of participants per meetup

Number of participants identifying as female, student, retiree

Number of new users

Number of return participants

Number of participants who have continued editing outside of the events

Number of sites

List of articles created or improved (English, Spanish, Simple English, & other)

Qualitative measurements[edit]

via SurveyMonkey collected during and after the project

Note: In addition to your project-specific measures of success, you will also be asked to report on some global metrics at the end of your final report. Please keep this in mind as you plan, and we'll support you as you begin your project.

Resources and risks[edit]


These are the team members:

  • Deborah Fronko, MA Swedam (talk) 23:58, 23 May 2016 (UTC)Swedam (co-grantee)
  • Dr Mel Ganus (co-grantee) ~~~~
  • Marc Chery, Branch Manager of San Diego Public Library. The San Diego Central Library will be hosting Editathons conducted by Wiki Editors of San Diego beginning in June, 2016. Email: , phone (619) 339-0543.
  • Nick Honeysett, Balboa Park Online Collaborative, Email: , phone (619) 819-5143.

Past grants[edit]

We have had past success in conducting three Editathons in San Diego in February, March, and April 2016. This is the successful grant proposal which made these Editathons possible: [Editathon Work Parties]





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


San Diego Central Library: Free of charge

Posters, fliers, online advertising: Sponsored by San Diego Central Library: Free of charge

Parking: San Diego Central Library will sponsor parking in the downtown garage for Editathon participants and volunteers: Free of charge

Technical support[edit]

Technical support will be provided by San Diego Central Library. Free of charge

Food and beverage[edit]

The Editathons are to appeal to women participants and will be conducted as social, face-to-face events with space for questions, answers, and laughter in a non-intimidating manner (e.g. over coffee/tea and sandwich/snack). Eating in the library is not permitted and must take place outside the library study room. San Diego Central Library has a cafe conveniently located on the same floor as the Editathon study room. Alternately, a coffee shop is located across the street from the library. Receipts will be submitted at the end of grant period. An average of $100/meetup x 15 meetups = $1,500


One Chromebook for use at Editathons. A volunteer facilitator should not need to use their private laptop and not having a device should not deter participants or volunteers. One Chromebook to be used by volunteers in the Wiki Editors of San Diego group and/or Editathon participants. This Chromebook will be stored in a locked space at San Diego Central Library: One Chromebook. $249 plus California sales tax $15. Total $264

Travel costs[edit]

Costs accrued for one private vehicle used for transport to meetings with partners throughout the San Diego and Southern California region. Driver's log will be submitted at the end of grant period. $40 x 6 = $240

Print supplies[edit]

Print and office supplies for six months. Receipts will be submitted at the end of the grant period. $500


Subscription to Survey Monkey for valuable feedback metrics. $200

Subscription to $90

Total cost of project
Total amount requested from the Project and Event Grants program

Additional sources of revenue that may fund part of this project, and amounts funded

Non-financial requirements[edit]

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Requests for non-financial assistance, if any


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Do you think this project should be selected for an Individual Engagement Grant? Please add your name and rationale for endorsing this project in the list below. (Other constructive feedback is welcome on the talk page of this proposal).

Rocky92591: This project is great. Endorse. This project has been and will continue to be aimed at helping bring people together to create a better environment on Wikipedia, which aligns well with what Wikipedia does for its community.

DrZasm: As a retired academic researcher, I find this project extremely important in sharing knowledge with a wider audience." SLWsandiego: It is a joy to see a group of like minded people make an organized effort to better the quality of the WikiPedia experience.

The ongoing events proposed in this project will help us build on the momentum of a few scattered events. Bringing people together to edit will help us learn from each other and become more competent editors. Guy 713 (talk) 01:40, 25 April 2016 (UTC)

liafriedman: I endorse this project wholeheartedly. There are a number of Wikipedia projects in San Diego that need a more cohesive umbrella to help us do more work, in a more collective way. At UC San Diego, we are active in the APA edit-a-thons as well as the Art+Feminism edit-a-thons

I just talked with Melissa Ganus, the contact for this project. There has been regular wiki-activity in San Diego for some time and it is appropriate to plan for some investment in the community there to encourage its development. Blue Rasberry (talk) 22:30, 2 May 2016 (UTC)

This editathon project has many things that speaks for it: dedicated Wikipedians, several established partners and a well-thought-out plan, that covers many of the under-represented groups. As one of the founders of the weekly editathons in Sweden (2 years and counting), I support this wholeheartedly.//Hannibal (talk) 10:37, 9 May 2016 (UTC)