Grants:Project/Rapid/No misunderstanding/First Year Seminar Edit-a-thon

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statusNo misunderstanding
please add a title
English: Edit-a-thon to recruit new editors and impart skills of editing Wikipedia articles for first year seminar students.
targetOctober 2019
start date2019
start yearNovember 2019
end date2019
end year$1150
budget (local currency)$1150
budget (USD)Individual
grant typeIndividual
contact(s)• No misunderstanding/ First Year Seminar Edit-a-thon• We have a user group: North Carolina Wikipedians (formally North Carolina Triangle Wikipedians)
website (if applicable)• User group:

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?

This will be a single edit-a-thon to recruit new editors and impart skills of editing Wikipedia articles for first year seminar students at NC Central University, Durham, NC.

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.

This event will be promoted through the main undergraduate library’s social media account and the university’s listservs. We also will be putting this out as part of the North Carolina Wikipedians user group (fka North Carolina Triangle Wikipedians). This will be in junction with first year seminar classes students learning about the importance of writing and communication skills.

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

Myself, Danielle Colbert-Lewis (user No misunderstanding ) will be leading the event and experienced editors Frank Jones (user frankcjones) and/or Kasey Baker (user Kayz911) will be participating in this event if funded. Frank and Kasey are very experienced editors and I am gaining editing skills. We also hope to put this out to our strong user group for those who wish to attend:

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

Computers and a classroom will be provided for participants. Between Frank, Kasey, myself and our user group, we have hosted quite a few edit a thons and are very proficient. I will be bringing in hopefully a second expert editor and I will have my class participate in this project as well partnering with the Wiki education project.

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

We are using this event to expand our user group and get further buy-in from our school and community to support future Wiki projects and to recruit other professors into the education program.

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

Kasey Baker (user Kayz911) and Frank Jones (user frankcjones) (who assisted Kasey with the event) members of our user group had an extremely successful project last November (funded by you all), that came in under budget and had a tremendous turnout of over 50 people and hundreds of edits (see link for more details: Due to the success of the last event Kasey Baker (user Kayz911) was approached by the professional development department at his institution (many of who attended the event), to set up a follow up event and make this a regular annual edit-a-thon at AB-Tech to expand those who use Wikipedia and edit more articles after our last event. We were very excited about that, and although have smaller expectations this semester, we expect a strong turnout and edits from this edit-a-thon both this semester and the next semester.


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 20-35
  3. Number of new editors 20
  4. Number of of articles created or improved 20
  5. Number of repeat participants (for projects that include a series of events)


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).

I have a strong buy-in from my school's library staff, some of the library staff have participated in an edit-a-thon before, first-year seminar teaching community, my department and community. We, unfortunately, cannot support financially anything for this project, and I feel uncertain that If I cannot get another Wikipedian expert to join us, this will be too much for me to personally manage from past experiences in this event.

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

As I can not guarantee as many participants as a project due to it being a different school. The environment is similar in nature (higher education institution). I will pull the  direct numbers from the previous grant as we learned a lot from the last grant and came in under budget (seen here, for a detailed actual cost.

1. Food/snacks catering Drinks/snacks/plates/cups/forks (supplies etc): $450

2. Travel expenditures and hotel. Previous travel costs for one Wikipedian to attend the event from our user group was between 650-700 miles round trip at a cost of 0.58 a mile = $405, Hotel was approximately for two nights previous $135 x 2 nights equal $270. Total travel expenses and lodging estimate asked to ensure travel costs is: $700

No other costs are expected to be needed for this event.


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