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Report accepted
This report for a Rapid Grant approved in FY 2017-18 has been reviewed and accepted by the Wikimedia Foundation.
  • To read the approved grant submission describing the plan for this project, please visit Grants:Project/Rapid/MatthewVetter/Arts+FeminismEdit-a-thon.
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Did you meet your goals? Are you happy with how the project went?

Yes. This Edit-a-thon was successful in a number of ways. Overall, 76 people attended the event. 66 of those participants registered on the Edit-a-thon Outreach dashboard (https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Stapleton_Library,_Indiana_University_of_Pennsylvania/IUP_Art_and_Feminism_Edit-a-Thon_(March_7,_2018). These registered participants made 498 edits to 30 articles, adding 5,810 words to articles related to the representation of women and the arts across disciplines. This event also enabled IRB-approved research on participant experience and learning outcomes. We conducted 6 video interviews with participants and also distributed a qualitative survey to which 24 participants responded. Analysis of this data is ongoing, but facilitators are planning an initial publication that will share survey instruments to better measure learning outcomes of Edit-a-thon events. Overall, this event was especially successful at introducing participants to Wikipedia editorial processes and the gender gap.


Please report on your original project targets.

Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
1 event (+academic research/publication) 1 event Research is ongoing. We have collected video and survey data on learning outcomes and participant experience and are in the process of analyzing and writing up results.
40-50 participants 77 participants signed in to the event (in person); 66 editors registered on dashboard (https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Stapleton_Library,_Indiana_University_of_Pennsylvania/IUP_Art_and_Feminism_Edit-a-Thon_(March_7,_2018)
30 new editors 50 new editors
30 articles created or improved 30


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?

One of our goals for this year's Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon at IUP was to work harder to integrate specific courses into the event by collaborating with professors to embed some Wiki Ed curriculum/training into their classes. We have found that students who have had a chance to pre-register and work through some of the Wiki Ed trainings are better prepared to make contributions to Wikipedia articles during the event. Another improvement we made this year was to provide more "task possibilities" for student contributions. We worked with University library faculty to create a spreadsheet of potential articles to edit (with matching sources/database for adding information).

  • What did not work so well?

Even with these newer initiatives (discussed above), some participants still struggled in terms of finding a suitable article to work on and basic Wikipedia editing skills.

  • What would you do differently next time?

Next time, we would like to do even more integration of Wiki Ed curriculum/training before the event with possible courses/professors that would like to participate in the event. We would also like students to target a specific article they would like to edit during the event, and to come more prepared with sources.


Grant funds spent[edit]

Please describe how much grant money you spent for approved expenses, and tell us what you spent it on.

  • $842.07 in supplies (GoPro Video Cameras x2, Video Camera Tripods X2, speaker honorarium)
  • $399.82 in food
  • $32.00 in printing

Remaining funds[edit]

Remaining funds from this grant have been returned to WMF in the amount of US$246.11.

Do you have any remaining grant funds?

  • 246.11 remaining.

Anything else[edit]

Anything else you want to share about your project? Thank you so much for supporting this project! Matthewvetter (talk) 15:51, 11 June 2018 (UTC)