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University of Northern Iowa/Rod Library ArtAndFeminism 2018
We are planning one large editathon that will result in the creation and improvement of articles about female artists/creators, artists/creators of diverse backgrounds, and arts educators.
targetArt+Feminism, Women in Red, Black Lunch Table
start dateMarch 12
end dateApril 30
budget (local currency)$690
budget (USD)$690
grant typeOrganization
non-profit statusYes.
contact(s)• angela.pratesi(_AT_)uni.edu• ActionableIdeas
organization (if applicable)• Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa
website (if applicable)https://www.library.uni.edu/

Please see the sample Editathon/Training application before drafting your application.

Project Goal[edit]

  1. Recruit new editors
  2. Increase skills for existing editors
  3. Add and improve content

Project Plan[edit]


1. Are you doing one editathon or training or a series of editathons or trainings?

We are hosting one editathon, which will include training. Leading up to the editathon, we are providing extensive training to a group of students who will be prepared to review Wikipedia's pillars and core tenets with attendees and teach them how to edit and troubleshoot technical issues.

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 editathon is registered on the Wikipedia Outreach Dashboard and with Art+Feminism. We have publicized the event to all University students, faculty, and staff via the University's email announcement bulletin. We will publicize it several more times using this system before the editathon. In addition, the event is on the Library's event calendar as well as the University's. At this time, we have four professors who are requiring their students to participate in the editathon. We will be posting flyers at two local public libraries and sharing the flyer with several other colleges and universities within driving distance.





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

Yes, we will have at least six experienced Wikipedians available.

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

Yes. We have more than 30 desktop computers and 50 laptops reserved for participants. We also have excellent WI-FI available in the Library building, where the event will take place. Plus, we have millions of books and electronic resources that participants can use as they prepare their articles.

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

We will thank participants on their Talk pages after the event and invite them to continue editing. We will also run a survey to learn what went well, what could be improved, and gauge interest in future editathons.

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

We estimate we will have 50-75 participants.


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: 50
  3. Number of new editors: 30
  4. Number of of articles created or improved: 60


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).

We have 6 experienced Wikipedians who will organize the event and provide training and one-on-one support. Library staff will be available to help coordinate resources. The venue, technology, and WI-FI are provided free of charge.

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

  1. Food and drink = $375
  2. Childcare = 4 hrs x $20 x 3 caregivers = $240
  3. Supplies (name tags, etc.) = $75


Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!

  • fantastic learning opportunity for students Ivytripp (talk) 19:14, 19 January 2018 (UTC)
  • fantastic learning opportunity for students Ivytripp (talk) 19:15, 19 January 2018 (UTC)
  • Ms. Pratesi is very enthusiastic about the editathon and about the university credit course she's launching this semester that deals with crowdsourced information sources, of which Wikipedia is easily the most prominent and thus will be the primary focus of the class. Ms. Pratesi has been recruiting people to take part in this event for months already. In fact, I believe she talked to me about it as far back as September or October 2017. Iowaboy277 (talk) 21:31, 19 January 2018 (UTC)
  • This is an important project that will impact many students on our campus as well as the general public. This is the first project of its kind on our campus, and there is enthusiastic support from many stakeholders. Multiple faculty are incorporating the project into their courses, so it will be directly tied to student learning.

This grant will enable the project coordinators to provide refreshments and, most importantly, childcare at the signature event associated with the project. This will allow many to attend who otherwise would not be able to, in keeping with the goal of diverse representation and voices present in the project. 21:28, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

  • A great project to bridge disciplines and social groups on campus ... and to develop a better and less adversarial understanding of Wikipedia and cooperative information building and archiving.

Way to go Angela! Chrisneuhaus (talk) 22:48, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

  • This project brings together students and faculty across the arts curriculum at UNI and gives students an opportunity to put the authentic learning experiences that Angela has developed for the classroom into action in a real-world situation. Deloebrenti (talk) 17:01, 23 January 2018 (UTC)
  • It will engage members of the university community in editing and improving Wikipedia entries. 20:54, 23 January 2018 (UTC)
  • Angela has an excellent understanding the importance of credible sources and providing unbiased factual information. This will be an excellent opportunity for students and community members to learn more about how Wikipedia articles are created and maintained. Those who participate will gain a better understanding of the importance of the Wikipedia community, and will provide high quality information and citations to Wikipedia articles. 16:02, 24 January 2018 (UTC)
  • This community is well-prepared to have a productive editing session. I love the opportunity for people to bring their kids! 15:07, 25 January 2018 (UTC)
  • Member of class hosting this event; I believe it will greatly benefit the UNI community to have this event on our campus as well as increase awareness in the Cedar Valley community. Blanketburrito (talk) 16:19, 26 January 2018 (UTC)
  • I support this project because Wikipedia education is crucial for moving forward in educating the world. It's important to know how to contribute and edit Wikipedia for the greater good of the community. Wallesem (talk) 16:19, 26 January 2018 (UTC)
  • I am looking forward to teaching other people how much fun it is to edit on Wikipedia and how to use Wikipedia for the better of their learning experience. Caz1532 (talk) 16:20, 26 January 2018 (UTC)
  • I support because of the opportunity to learn and expand Wikipedia. Jacksonkc (talk) 16:20, 26 January 2018 (UTC)
  • This project will be an amazing opportunity to spread awareness of wikipedia to the community. MarsLovesDogs (talk) 16:21, 26 January 2018 (UTC)
  • Art+Feminism supports! Theredproject (talk) 21:36, 28 January 2018 (UTC)
  • This project will be adding greater diversity to Wikipedia (in terms contributors and subject matter). 17:59, 29 January 2018 (UTC)
  • It will provide quality information about women's accomplishments in art 20:46, 9 February 2018 (UTC)


  • Volunteer I am a member of the class who is co-hosting the event. I will be teaching other people how to use Wikipedia. Caz1532 (talk) 16:18, 26 January 2018 (UTC)
  • Volunteer Member of the class that is co-hosting the edit-a-thon. We will be teaching others to edit Wikipedia. Jacksonkc (talk) 16:19, 26 January 2018 (UTC)
  • Volunteer Facilitate an open discussion about Wikipedia and its editing Blanketburrito (talk) 16:19, 26 January 2018 (UTC)
  • Volunteer I am a member of the class co-hosting this event to teach the community how to use wikipedia. MarsLovesDogs (talk) 23:14, 26 January 2018 (UTC)