Grants:Project/Rapid/Artexte MAC Art+Feminism edit-a-thon/Report
Did you meet your goals? Are you happy with how the project went?
Yes, we achieved our three main goals through the two Art+Feminism edit-a-thon that were hosted. Our first goal was to recruit new editors, with a special attention given to individuals who are currently underrepresented in Wikipedia. A large majority (90%) of our participating editors were women. We estimate that approximately half the participants were editing Wikipedia for the first time. Returning editors accounted for 14 individuals.
Regarding our second goal, we observed a significant improvement in the skills of returning editors, including the use of the content translation in the beta features as well as a greater variety of contributions, including Wikidata and Wikimedia ommons. Furthermore experienced Wikipedians not only participated in the event, they also shared their knowledge with new editors in a collegiate fashion.
Our third goal was to add or improve content on the work of artists and authors who identify as female, or non-binary, people of colour and people from the LGBTQ+ community. To this end, Artexte librarians developed an extensive project page that points to strong reference material and sources. The November 9th edit-a-thon specifically highlighted the work of Indigenous artists and authors. We inaugurated a short Wikipedian in residency program with Camille Larivée, Indigenous artist and curator. Larivée’s contributions focused on Indigenous people, people of colour and LGBTQ2S+ identified individuals. Furthermore, we invited guest speakers to both events for a participatory discussion that focused on issues surrounding representation in Wikipedia.
Please report on your original project targets.
|Target outcome||Achieved outcome||Explanation|
|2 events||2 events||March 30th 2019 and November 9 2019|
|80 participants||69 participants||Editors stayed for the entire day, we had originally imagined a greater turnover|
|40 new editors||41 new editors||Based on the number of people who attended the introductory training|
|80 articles created or improved||171 articles created or improved||Our numbers are more important than initially expected. This is a positive outcome that we attribute to participants engaging for long work periods and repeat participants that are more experienced.|
|30 repeat participants||14 repeat participants||Less than initially hoped for.|
Projects do not always go according to plan. Sharing what you learned can help you and others plan similar projects in the future. Help the movement learn from your experience by answering the following questions:
What worked well?
- Artexte as a venue is an ideal context for an edit-a-thon. The documentation centre holds files on artists and curators that includes reliable sources. Editors can quickly evaluate if an individual qualifies for notability criteria.
- The renewed partnership with the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal is a fantastic asset, both in regards to spreading the word in the community but also in terms of access to interesting documentation.
- This year we tried a new communication strategy with emphasis on call to action and activism. This was very effective.
What did not work so well?
- Many pages that were translated necessitated extra work to respect Wikipedia article conventions. More specifically, references were not correctly translated which resulted in error messages. Much work was needed after the edit-a-thon from Artexte’s team and the Wikipedia community to correct the situation. Editors who choose to use the translation features need to be more aware of the importance of properly referenced content in Wikipedia.
- The daycare was poorly attended on both events. One child present at both events. Although, we strongly believe in the importance of offering the service to facilitate participation to edit-a-thons for parents of young children.
What would you do differently next time?
- We will offer an extra training session specific to content translation.
- We will re-evaluate the childcare formula. One solution we are planning to try is a children’s corner in the same room as the event with a creative workshop for children aged 3 years and older. This solution would be less costly than hiring an external service provider and would maintain our offering. If a larger need becomes apparent, we will re-assess the needs.
Grant funds spent
Please describe how much grant money you spent for approved expenses, and tell us what you spent it on.
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Food and drink = 321.54 USD (423,82 CAD) Child care (including equipment and insurance) = 654.21 USD (862,31 CAD)
We were able to find a daycare provider that was much less expensive than initially estimated (545.79$ under the 1200$ budgeted). For this reason we have a significant amount left over. Food and drinks were slightly more expensive than initially planned (21.54$ over the 300$ budgeted).
Do you have any remaining grant funds?
Anything else you want to share about your project?