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Music Library Association/Wikipedia-edit-a-thon 2019
This Wikipedia edit-a-thon is focused on editing and creating Wikipedia and Wikidata entries for un(der)represented performers and composers who were born in St. Louis or have significant connections to the city. The goal of this event is to pair experienced Wikipedia editors from the national music library and local St. Louis communities with new or novice editors to improve St. Louis music-related content, notably highlighting members of marginalized communities. The event will be free of charge and open to the public, with a goal of bringing together a national scholarly association and local community expertise to contribute and improve Wikipedia in these areas.
start dateNovember 15
end dateFebruary 24
budget (USD)$1175
grant typeOrganization
non-profit statusYes
contact(s)• angela.pratesi(_AT_)
organization (if applicable)• Music Library Association
website (if applicable)

Review your report

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?

The Music Library Association Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 2019 is a single, one-day editathon.

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.

The event will be advertised on the Music Library Association’s 2019 conference website, as well as St. Louis, MO Public Library’s (SLPL) website and other community publicity channels. The event will also be publicized on the Music Library Association listserv, and information about the editathon will also be available when people register for the associated Music Library Association annual meeting which will proceed this event.

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

Yes, Music Library Association’s Emerging Technologies Committee (ETSC) and Digital Humanities Interest Group (DHIG)--event hosts--have several experienced Wikimedia editors, including the leads on this editathon.

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

Participants will be encouraged to bring laptops. SLPL also has chromebooks that can be reserved in advance (up to 34 of them). Participants who do not currently have editor accounts for Wikipedia will need to sign up for one ahead of time. Assistance will be provided both before and on the day to help attendees sign up for new accounts as required. Emails will be sent at the point of registration and leading up to the event reminding new editors to create accounts. Members of both Emerging Technologies and Services Committee and Digital Humanities Interest Group with expertise in Wikimedia editing will be available to assist participants with the editing process.

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

Leading up to the event, we we create an event page for the edit-a-thon on the website for the Music Library Association's annual meeting which precedes this event. We will also setup a Wikipedia Outreach Dashboard that will be used to not only record the stats of the event. After the event, we will survey the participants via a short online survey. We will also create a twitter hashtag for the event that will allow attendees to connect with each other ahead, during and after the event. We will also be sure to note that the instructors help does not end with the event and they will be available to offer extra assistance after the event as needed.

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

The Music Library Association Edit-a-thon is the post-conference for Music Library Association’s 2019 Annual Meeting, which focuses on diversity. An objective of the conference is to reach-out to the larger community of St. Louis.


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
  2. Number of participants 40
  3. Number of new editors 20
  4. Number of of articles created or improved 40


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 Chair of the Emerging Technologies and Services Committee has worked with staff from SLPL and Music Library Association’s Board to organize this event. SLPL has sponsored the event space and usage of up to 34 chromebooks. SLPL will also provide free WIFI and access to research databases for the event. Music Library Association has endorsed this post-conference event and will allow free advertising on the conference website and other social media outlets.

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

- Facebook Boost ($5.00)

- Promotional Materials [e.g., flyers, signs] ($100) - Markers ($5.00) - Name Tags ($5.00) - Swag / Giveaways ($300) - Catering ($600) - Childcare ($160) Total = $1,175


Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!

  • Imformation about composers and other musicians who were not part of the music / media industry is very difficult to find and verify. this editing project will go a long way in correcting this for Missouri, particularly St. Louis musicians and composers. 20:46, 14 September 2018 (UTC)
  • The information will be of great help to many communities. MFeustle (talk) 20:48, 14 September 2018 (UTC)
  • A well-organized proposal that clearly shows thoughtful preparation. I suggest only that organizers additionally think of "outreach" as one of their goals and contact local Wikipedians (there are some) far enough in advance so that the combined forces can make this a St. Louis community event that may have long-lasting traction (rather than a one-time occurrence). - Kosboot (talk) 21:24, 14 September 2018 (UTC)
  • MLA members are professional researchers who know where to find information, even if it is obscure. Their contributions will enhance any article they touch and the results will benefit Wikipedia users around the globe.Bassschlüssel (talk) 10:29, 17 September 2018 (UTC)
  • This is a wonderful way of connecting the technical expertise of MLA members with the subject expertise of local community members. It will lead to a greater understanding of the St. Louis music scene for the world at large.
  • The proposed will not only enhance the information on Wikipedia about St. Louis musicians, but also provide training and support for new and established editors. The participants will already have strong research skills and subject expertise, so this is a good opportunity to build experience in working with Wikipedia. It is likely that they may take these skills back to their home institutions and go on to edit in Wikipedia or host edit-a-thons in their own communities. MLA has a strong music research community, and it is exciting to combine this with the local Wikipedia community. --Chittah (talk) 21:21, 19 September 2018 (UTC)
  • I'm strongly in support of events like this at academic conferences, and the target librarian audience is even more likely to continue contributing. AmandaRR123 (talk) 17:23, 5 October 2018 (UTC)
  • It has an set a valuable goal with the content and impact. I fully endorse this project. 02:02, 15 September 2018 (UTC)
  • This is a valuable contribution to high-quality information on the web. Smarcherdma (talk) 14:01, 15 September 2018 (UTC)
  • This project is being developed as a community engagement opportunity bringing together people from St. Louis with subject matter and research experts to highlight local music history. I'm excited to endorse this grant! Deloebrenti (talk) 17:11, 17 September 2018 (UTC)
  • This project is important because it will enhance the visibility of under-represented composers to the world through Wikipedia. This project is also an act of public service by members of the Music Library Association. Melissa.wertheimer (talk) 14:28, 20 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Millions access Wikipedia pages for up-to-date information. Diversity is a stated focus of this event and as such it underscores that Wikipedia will aim to include pages on non-mainstream music and musicians-- a commendable and a necessary activity. 14:49, 24 September 2018 (UTC)
  • This project is well planned, impactful, and well sourced. 14:56, 24 September 2018 (UTC)
  • I fully support this well-planned, obviously impactful project. Digichick (talk) 15:30, 24 September 2018 (UTC)
  • This is a great opportunity to connect researchers at the conference to the Wikipedia community. This event is well thought-out and is designed smartly to highlight the importance of Wikipedia to a wide range of users. Jkmcgrath 9:44, 25 September 2018 (UTC)
  • This project will enhance knowledge of musical life, past and present, in St. Louis. 15:42, 2 October 2018 (UTC)


  • Volunteer Along with other experienced Wikipedians, I will provide training and support during the event. ActionableIdeas (talk) 14:11, 17 September 2018 (UTC)
    • Also, I think the idea mentioned in the endorsements of reaching out to local Wikipedians is an excellent idea. If we are awarded the Rapid Grant, I'd be happy to outreach to those folks.ActionableIdeas (talk) 14:39, 17 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Volunteer I would like to participate in this edit-athon. 14:24, 20 September 2018 (UTC)