Grants:Project/Rapid/Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon @ Princeton

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Louize5/Art+Feminism Edit-a-Thon @ Princeton 2018
This grant would support an interdisciplinary Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon tat the Center for Digital Humanities in Princeton University Library. The goal of the event is twofold: decreasing the gender gap in Wikipedia's editors and in it's content. Our focus is creating articles for Latin American and Caribbean queer and women artists, all the while engaging students, faculty and staff in the processes of editing Wikipedia.
targetWikipedia (en); Art+Feminism; Women in Red
start date04-16
start year2018
end date04-18
end year2018
budget (local currency)915
budget (USD)915
grant typeindividual

Please see the sample Editathon/Training application before drafting your application.

Project Goal[edit]

Choose one or more of the following goals. You can add or delete goals as needed.

  1. Recruit new editors, particularly queer, women and/or POC students, faculty and staff
  2. Increase skills for new and existing editors in Wikipedia editing
  3. Increase skills for new and existing editors in academic research
  4. Add or improve content on Latin American and Caribbean queer and women artists in the English Wikipedia

Project Plan[edit]


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. Be sure to answer the following questions:

1. Are you doing one editathon or training or a series of editathons or trainings?

This edit-a-thon will consist of a pre-event training session and an edit-a-thon proper. Hopefully there will be enough buy-in to make it a yearly campaign at Princeton University Library

2. How will you let your community know about the event? Please paste links below to where relevant communities have been notified of your proposal, and to any other relevant community discussions.

The event will be advertised to the University community through the following methods:
    • departmental and program specific listservs in the arts, architecture, latin american studies, english/literature, and gender and sexuality studies
    • direct communication with staff, faculty, and graduate students in said departments
    • posting on the event calendars for these departments, as well as the general University event calendar
    • engagement with faculty and students from current and previous classes that fall under the scope of the edit-a-thon
    • library-specific intranet and listservs
    • advertisement on the Library's website and on the Center for Digital Humanities website
    • notification on campus and local newspapers
    • advertisement through posters and flyers throughout campus
    • advertisement on social media
    • word-of-mouth

3. Do you have experienced Wikimedia editors to lead the event?

We are still looking for Wikipedia Ambassadors to help out, but have some experience editors on the team.

4. Do participants have the equipment or skills needed to participate and contribute high quality content? If not, how will you support them?

A pre-event workshop will be held to those who want to gain more experience before the edit-a-thon. Training will also be provided on a rolling basis throughout the day. On the day of the event, we will provide laptops for those who show up without personal computers, will devise a list of articles that need to be created and one of articles that need to be expanded, and will provide source material in the form of books, article, and reference works.

5. How will you engage participants after the event(s)?

We will send out an electronic communication (in the form of email, social media post, blog post, comment on user talk page, etc) thanking participants for attending the event and asking about their interest in attending other events of the same nature. Ideally, we will work with participating faculty to incorporate Wikipedia in their lesson plans.

6. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?

As far as I can tell, the first and only edit-a-thon held at Princeton happened in 2012. We are hoping to set a precedent to have (at least) yearly events centered around art and feminism.


How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets:

  1. Number of events: 2 (edit-a-thon and pre-event training session)
  2. Number of participants: 20-30
  3. Number of new editors: 10-20
  4. Number of of articles created or improved: 10-20
  5. Number of repeat participants (for projects that include a series of events): 10


What resources do you have? Include information on who is organizing the project, what they will do, and if you will receive support from anywhere else (in-kind donations or additional funding).

Our organizing team is comprised of 3 librarians (one gender and sexuality librarian, one spanish/portuguese librarian, and one digital humanities librarian) and 3 graduate students (all focused on latin american art and/or architecture). The librarians are for the most part focused on logistics and infrastructure, while the graduate students are focused on visual identity and publicity. We are collaboratively coming up with a list of artists that need editing on the English Wikipedia and reference resources to help on the day of the event. We currently have a venue, access to wifi and to computers. For the moment, we do not have financial support but if we manage to obtain money from the Departments, we would prioritize that source of income, returning all unused budgeted funds to Wikipedia.

What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense and include a total amount.

  • Food = $375 ($12.50 x 30 people)
  • Coffee = $40 ($20 x 2 urns)
  • Childcare = $100 (5 hours x $20/hour)
  • Miscellaneous supplies (name tags, markers, post it notes, power cords) = $100
  • Swag = $50 (promotional materials with the A+F logo and the Wikipedia logo. Exact swag TBD, but probably buttons, temporary tattoos and/or branded pencils)
  • Graphic design = $150 (part of our goal is to bring visibility to Latin American and Caribbean artists. Because of this, we would like to hire a Latinx artist or designer to create the visual identity of the event (posters, flyers, banners, buttons, etc), thus supporting their work and bringing them more visibility)
  • Speaker fees = $200 (most of the lists of artists came from the catalog of the exhibition "Radical Women". We are hoping to invite the curator of the exhibition, Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, to give context on Latin American and Caribbean art, as well as to talk about the lack of visibility for Latinx artists, and her research efforts in assembling the exhibit)

Total = $915


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