- Legal name of chapter
- Grant contact name
- Adrianne Wadewitz
- Grant contact user-name or e-mail
- Grant contact title (position)
- Project lead name
- Adrianne Wadewitz and Bill Wedemeyer
- Project lead user-name or e-mail
- User:Awadewit and User:Proteins
- Project lead title (position), if any
- Full project name
- MLA 2011
- Amount requested (in USD)
- Provisional target start date
- July 2010
- Provisional completion date
- January 2011
- Travel: USD 600
- Accommodation: USD 1200
- Workshop funds: USD 500
- Printing costs; Wikimedia pens, paper and folders for participants, name tags, and other assorted supplies
- May or may not include a flashdrive for each participant
I would like to hold a Wikipedia workshop at the 2011 MLA conference, which is the annual conference for language and literature professors across the world. Usually about 20,000 people attend the conference. At least 50 people are expected to attend our workshop. I will spend the remainder of the conference attending relevant panels and networking to improve Wikipedia's credibility.
The two immediate aims of the workshop are to show language and literature professors how they can use Wikipedia in their research and teaching, and to argue for why they should edit as experts in their fields. Its two strategic goals are to recruit more experts in language and literature - an area in which en.wikipedia is weak - and to form professional relationships with academics in these fields. A lesser goal is to teach participants the "nitty-gritty" of editing. Depending on the amount of time given the workshop and the desires of its participants, we will adjust how much of this topic address.
Fit to strategy
This project supports key objectives of the Foundation:
- Increasing participation, by encouraging experts to edit and to have their students edit
- Increasing quality, by encouraging subject-area experts to edit and to develop ways for them to evaluate Wikipedia
- Increasing credibility, by showing experts who have been resistant to Wikipedia in the past or are not visible on the site in a high number currently that Wikipedia has much to offer their research and teaching and encouraging them to become part of our community
The MLA conference is reported in the media. A workshop to help academics contribute to Wikipedia would be seen as newsworthy, considering the commonly held misconception that academics hold Wikipedia in low esteem.
Measures of success
The project leaders, particularly Adrianne Wadewitz, will be following up with the participants in the workshop and will consider it a success if 10%-20% of them are engaged with Wikipedia in some way, either by editing themselves or using it in their teaching.