Grants:Project/Rapid/Day of Digital Service: Salem Storms Wiki 2020

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ENovicki/Digital Day of Service: Salem Storms Wiki 2020
Salem College faculty, students, and alumnae editathon.
targetEnglish Wikipedia
start dateMarch 15, 2020
end dateMay 1, 2020
budget (local currency)$2,000.00
budget (USD)$2,000.00
grant typeIndividual
contact(s)• elizabeth.novicki(_AT_)

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
  2. Increase skills for existing editors
  3. Add or improve content

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?

One day long event (April 6, 2020) with hourly editathons / training sessions throughout the day. Faculty members will bring classes of students to event sessions. Some students are beginners and will be in training sessions while others will have already been trained and experienced with editing wikipedia.

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.

We will target specific faculty and courses from various disciplines to participate. Promotion will be via college website, faculty meetings, student association meetings, social media, student newspaper, on site campus visual communication system (e.g. networked monitors in student center, library, etc.), flyers, email, and college public relations consultants. As last year's communication was internal this year we are planning external communication with our alumnae association. Goal is to increase overall participation by 10% (120 to 132 participants).

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

If given the grant we have confirmed the availability of and agreement from Kasey Baker (username kayz911) from the North Carolina Wikipedians user group. Kasey is a local wiki editor and expert and attended last year's event where he trained and advised students on becoming wiki editors, making edits, explaining Wikipedia's policies and guidelines, etc.

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

In addition to the wiki experts and trained faculty, students will have access to laptops with network connection, wifi, and the physical space of the third floor of the library. IT staff will also be on site to assist with any technical issues. In addition, several faculty will be including training and support for students as part of their coursework and pedagogy.

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

We will: share photos, quotes, etc. from the event on our website, social media platforms, etc.; invite the student newspaper to write a story about the event; and push out the data on number of edits, articles created, etc. through our community and social media communications. Based on last year's event we will also focus on evaluating the event through an exit survey.

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

Refreshments and wiki experts on site are key to the success of this type of event. Unfortunately, due to continued budget constraints we will not be able to host the event without this grant.


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

  1. Number of events -1 day long event with several sessions throughout the day.
  2. Number of participants - 132 (10% increase over last year)
  3. Number of new editors - 50 (smaller than last year due to number of returning students)
  4. Number of of articles created or improved - 64 (10% increase from last year's number)
  5. Number of repeat participants (for projects that include a series of events) - N/A


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).

Physical space, laptops, IT support, public relations support, and a number of college faculty, students, and staff to organize and run the event. Dr. Rebecca Dunn, Professor of Biology at Salem College and also a member of the North Carolina Wikipedians user group, will be co-leading the event. Dr. Spring Duvall, Associate Professor of Communications and Media Studies and Chair of the Department, completed the Wiki Scholar Program through Wiki Edu and will be available to assist participants. Professor Metta Sáma in the English department will also be available to assist students. All three professors participated in last year's editathon.

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

2 Local Wikimedia experts - Travel, hotel, and food = $900.00 Food for participants = $1,000.00 Printing for educational materials = $100.00
Total = $2,000.00


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