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Interference Archive 2018 Wikipedia Programming
Building on the success of three years of Art + Feminism Editathons at Interference Archive, we are excited to plan a full year of Wikipedia programming including one train-the-trainer session for radical media organizers and two editathons (on indigenous peoples' justice and alternative education movements). We will be editing English Wikipedia.
targeteducation ; social movements
start dateJune 10, 2018
end dateDecember 31, 2018
budget (local currency)$1450
budget (USD)$1450
grant typeOrganization
non-profit statusYes
grantee• [[User:info(_AT_)interferencearchive.org|info(_AT_)interferencearchive.org]]
contact(s)• info(_AT_)interferencearchive.org
organization (if applicable)• This application is put together by Jen Hoyer, a core organizer at Interference Archive
website (if applicable)http://interferencearchive.org/

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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 -- Building on our belief at Interference Archive that history belongs to everyone and should be held in common, we are excited to share skills with our community for achieving this mission by editing wikipedia. From the success of our Art + Feminism wikipedia editathons over the past three years, we are confident that we can continue to recruit new editors from our community.
  2. Improve the skills of existing editors -- It has been exciting to watch members of our community begin editing wikipedia; we hope this series of events throughout the year will increase their capacity to edit, beyond our annual Art + Feminism editathons
  3. Add or improve content -- Our well-established archives collection of cultural production from social movements around the world is an incredible source for editing wikipedia. This programming series will use our archives collection and will also draw from material assembled for our Fall 2018 exhibition on the history of radical education spaces in New York City.

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?

For our 2018 programming, we have planned two editathons (one on indigenous peoples' justice in October 2018, and one on radical education projects in December 2018) and one train-the-trainer session for radical media organizers (at the Allied Media Conference in June 2018)

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.

Our train-the-trainer session will be advertised through the Allied Media Conference schedule (https://www.alliedmedia.org/amc/schedule) and through Interference Archive social media.
We will publish our two editathons on our website (http://interferencearchive.org), using our mailing list of approximately 4,000 subscribers, as well as through social media (we have 7,400 facebook followers, 3,500 twitter followers, and 4,900 instagram followers). In addition, our past events have been promoted through local media such as Brokelyn and Hyperallergic.

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

All of this programming will be led by Jen Hoyer and Nora Almeida, who have organized wikipedia programming at Interference Archive since 2016. Nora Almeida has also led wikipedia events at CUNY City Tech and for the Metropolitan New York Library Council (https://metro.org/). In the past we have had at least three experienced Wikipedians present at our edit-a-thons; we are working with our local community to confirm who will be available for our two editathons in October and December 2018.

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

We have excellent wifi and sufficient desks and chairs. In the past, we have had no difficulty with asking participants to bring laptops and cords; we also have a few laptops on hand to share with participants who cannot bring their own.

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

After our editathons, we will thank participants on their Talk pages after the event and invite them to continue editing. After our train-the-trainer event, we will follow up with participants by sending them resources for organizing their own local editathons.

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

Our past edit-a-thons have been covered in the New Yorker and other local press. As an all-volunteer organization, Interference Archive relies on grants like these to cover programming costs; we have no operational fund to direct towards costs like this.


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

  1. Number of events: 3
  2. Number of participants: 100 (30 at each editathon; 40 at our train-the-trainer session)
  3. Number of new editors: 30
  4. Number of of articles created or improved: 60
  5. Number of repeat participants (for projects that include a series of events): 15


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).

For train-the-trainer session:
Our venue, technology, supplies (pens and post-its), and WI-FI will be provided free of charge. In addition, we have received one complimentary registration to the Allied Media Conference, at which this session will take place, as well as financial support from one member's employer, which provides partial support for transportation, accommodations, and registration.
For editathons:
The venue, technology, and WI-FI are provided free of charge. Two of us as volunteers at Interference Archive will be running these editathons, after three years of Art + Feminism editathons at Interference Archive, plus Wikipedia programming elsewhere. We feel equipped to give fairly comprehensive guidance to editors. However, we are also reaching out to our network of Wikipedians to confirm that at least two of them will be available for each editathon.

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

Train-the-trainer session at Allied Media Conference:
  1. Conference Registration costs: $150 (3 volunteers from Interference Archive will assist with facilitating this session; one has complimentary conference registration and one has funded her registration through her employer, so one registration at $150 remains)
  2. Travel costs: $400 (contribution towards total cost of approximately $600)
  3. Accommodations: $400 (contribution towards total cost of approximately $800 for five nights' shared accommodations)
October editathon at Interference Archive:
  1. Food and drink (at $5 person)= $150
  2. Childcare = 4 hrs x $20 x 1 caregiver = $80
  3. Supplies (name tags, printing) = $20
December editathon at Interference Archive:
  1. Food and drink (at $5 person)= $150
  2. Childcare = 4 hrs x $20 x 1 caregiver = $80
  3. Supplies (name tags, printing) = $20
Minus Remaining funds from previous event:
$85.62 remaining from 2018 Art and Feminism Grant: Grants:Project/Rapid/Report/Interference Archive Art + Feminism edit-a-thon
TOTAL: $1364.38


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