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Interference Archive/Interference Archive 2019 Wikipedia Programming
Building on the success of three years of Art + Feminism Editathons at Interference Archive, and the momentum we've started to build with a more extended series of editathons in 2018, we are learning from what has worked well in the past to plan a series of Wikipedia programming for 2019. This will consist of three public editathons; one in conjunction with the Art + Feminism campaign, and two in conjunction with other thematic programming already scheduled by our organization.
targetArt + Feminism; English Wikipedia; Wikiproject Home Living; Wikiproject Radio
start dateMarch 5, 2019
end dateDecember 15, 2019
budget (local currency)$558
budget (USD)$558
grant typeOrganization
non-profit statusYes
contact(s)• info(_AT_)• This application is prepared by user Perimeander
organization (if applicable)• Interference Archive
website (if applicable)

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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: we have succeeded in past events at bringing on new editors, and we believe that we can continue to do this by creating space for new editors to feel comfortable learning the tech skills required to edit Wikipedia. We have create this environment by inviting several local experts to join us and lend support, by running thorough training at the start of each event, and by pulling potential reference material from our collection to make it easy for participants to identify useful sources.
  2. 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 editathon programming series will use our archives collection and will also draw from material loaned to us by other organizations and individuals for our upcoming exhibitions.

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?

We will run a series of three editathons: the first, in March 2019, will be in conjunction with the annual Art + Feminism campaign. The second, in summer 2019, will be related to a planned exhibition on pirate radio, and will use source material from our archives collection to support improvement of articles related to Wikiproject Radio. The third, in fall 2019, will be in relation to a planned exhibition on cooperative housing movements, planned in conjunction with the Urban Housing Assistance Board (UHAB). This exhibition will use material from the Interference Archive collection as well as from the UHAB collection to improve articles related to Wikiproject Home Living.

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 publish our two editathons on our website (, 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 The Skint, Atlas Obscura, Brokelyn, and Hyperallergic. We will reach out to media contacts at each of these organizations for help with promotion.

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 ( 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 each of our 2019 events.

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.

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

We saw our editathon attendance drop in 2018 in relation to previous years, so we've had some great conversations as a team about how we can change that for 2019. We've projected slightly smaller events this year than previously but we still do hope to increase numbers over 2018, and we will work on doing that by scheduling events at different times (we'd like to try weekday evenings instead of weekend afternoons) to see if that makes it easier for people to attend.


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: 18 at each = 54
  3. Number of new editors: 15
  4. Number of of articles created or improved: 54
  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).

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.
Additionally, we feel strongly about providing childcare at our editathons, and have new resources to do so. In the past, we have received funding from the Wikimedia Foundation to pay an hourly rate for childcare. We have now set up a childcare space permanently in our public archive, and a volunteer has offered to staff this free of charge if we can provide some supplies (craft supplies, snacks, etc) for the childcare space during Wikipedia editathons..

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

Resources per editathon:
  1. Food and drink (at $7 person)= $126
  2. Childcare supplies = $50
  3. Supplies (name tags, printing) = $20
Total per event: $186
Total budget (3 x 186): $558


Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!

  • Interference Archive is an important cultural space Megs (talk) 17:18, 11 February 2019 (UTC)
  • The Interference Archive is an important community organization, and a continuing partner in our shared work. Mozucat (talk) 17:25, 11 February 2019 (UTC)
  • The Interference Archive is a valuable organization, and has run several successful events. The organizers are experienced and responsible, the space conducive and friendly, and the subjects exciting. — Rhododendrites talk \\ 22:59, 15 February 2019 (UTC)