Grants:Project/Rapid/SallyBrown ErinBrockCarlson(Art+Feminism)/Amplifying Appalachia Edit-a-thon @ WVU

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Art + Feminism 2021/West Virginia University Amplifying Appalachia Edit-a-thon
We are applying for funding to purchase gift cards to incentivize the feedback survey for WVU's Spring 2021 "Amplifying Appalachia" Art+Feminism edit-a-thon participants, so that we can have a baseline for planning future events. Our event's goals include recruiting new editors in our campus community, amplifying the stories of diverse Appalachian creators, and establishing familiarity with edit-a-thons for WVU students, faculty, and staff.
start dateMarch 5 March 1
start year2021
end dateMarch 8 April 8
end year2021
budget (local currency)$518
budget (USD)$518
grant typeorganization
non-profit statusYes
organization (if applicable)• West Virginia University Libraries
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 within the academic community of West Virginia University
  2. Increase skills for existing editors within campus community
  3. Add or improve content on women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals connected to the Appalachian region, as well as issues relevant to these identities, across a diversity of academic disciplines
  4. Integrate the Edit-a-thon into spring courses across academic disciplines
  5. Encourage wide participation to establish interest across campus for events in future years

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?

One asynchronous edit-a-thon from March 1-5, 2021

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 advertised to our University community through the following methods: (1) targeted emails to department heads, faculty and staff working in areas related to feminism and Appalachian studies, and various contacts, (2) advertisement on the University's daily news bulletin, ENews, (3) advertisement on social media including but not limited to the University Library accounts, (4) word-of-mouth, (5) event [1] on art + feminism, and (6) on the discussion page for Wiki Project LGBT Studies and on the discussion page for WikiProject West Virginia.

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

Our planning committee has 6 editors that have either participated in an edit-a-thon before, made edits on their own time, or taught with Wikipedia in the college classroom. We also have recruited a very experienced Wikipedia editor to serve as another resource during the week of the event.

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 have access to Wiki Education Program training modules, as well as drop-in training hours before and during the weeklong event. Instructors interested in building the event directly into their spring course curricula also have access to in-class tutorials and training materials that the committee has assembled. The Event Dashboard will contain these resources, in addition to a list of stub-, start-, and c-class articles on issues relevant to diverse Appalachian creators.

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

We will conduct a survey to assess participant experience after the event. This will be created in Qualtrics and distributed through email to participants, as well as being linked through our event dashboard.

6. Are you running any in-person events or activities? If so, you will need to complete the steps outlined on the Risk Assessment protocol related to COVID-19. When you have completed these steps, please provide a link to your completed copy of the risk assessment tool below:


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

With this event, we are trying to engage our campus community in Wikipedia editing so that they feel confident in engaging with public texts and filling gaps that often lead the Appalachian region to be misrepresented, or ignored. Our focus on amplifying the accomplishments of diverse Appalachian creators further emphasizes the role that women, people of color, and LGBTQ Appalachians have played in the arts. By focusing on implementing the edit-a-thon into courses, in the hopes that in future years, we can have a more robust event with more widespread participation across campus.
We are applying for funding to incentivize the survey so that we have a good understanding of what participants got out of the edit-a-thon, and to make appropriate changes in future years, since this is the first time this particular committee has worked together to put on an edit-a-thon, and given the asynchronous nature of the event, direct feedback is more difficult to gather.


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: 75-100
  3. Number of new editors: 50-75
  4. Number of of articles created or improved: 30
  5. Number of repeat participants (for projects that include a series of events)? N/A


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).

4-5 facilitators, with varying levels of Wikipedia literacy, will be an important resource for this event, as they represent different areas across the university, particularly the library system and the Department of English. Two planning committee members are incorporating the event into their classes, and therefore have created training materials based on Wikimedia and Art+Feminism resources that will be shared with others.

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

-Visa gift cards to incentivize taking the post-event survey - 40 x $10 = $400
-Activation fee for Visa gift cards - 40 x $2.95 = $118
-Total costs: $518


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