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Reagle/Wikipedia@20 Book Creative Commons License Funding
WP@20 is a collection of essays by prominent Wikipedians, Wikipedia Researchers, and Internet Historians looking back across Wikipedia's history, assessing its present, and looking toward its future. Dealing with the gamut of Wikipedia's successes and challenges, WP@20 will address issues such as systemic biases, the gender gap, language representation, and much more. The book is under contract with MIT Press already, and this grant will help to subsidize a CC license for it so that the community can have this book be part of the commons.
targetGeneral Wikipedia / Mostly EN
start date1 November July
end date30 November1 December
budget (local currency)$2000
budget (USD)$2000
grant typeIndividual
contact(s)• joseph.2011(_AT_)reagle.org

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Project Goal[edit]

  1. Offline promotion of Wikimedia project(s)/campaign(s)

Project Plan[edit]


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. Be sure to answer the following questions:

1. What is your promotion plan?
You can do a campaign involving billboards or rickshaw announcements to promote a Wikimedia projects, such as Santali Wikipedia, at different places in a city. You can promote an online campaign such as Wiki Loves Monuments on Facebook, Twitter, etc using ads. You can also create gifs/slideshows or other easy to make multimedia files and use them to promote your project on social media.

This book will be advertised through MIT Press, a highly respectable academic publisher. It will be published both in hardcopy as well as distributed in a Creative Commons licensed digital format. It will be promoted on social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) by the authors and editors (Joseph Reagle) as well as by the publisher, MIT Press.

2. How will you let your community know about the promotion campaign?
Please paste links below to where relevant communities have been notified of your proposal, and to any other relevant community discussions.

Numerous community members have been accepted to writing for this collection, particularly members of Wikipedia Education, Wikipedia Weekly, and Wikipedia Research communities. The project will be promoted there by members and editors.
Some of the accepted authors include:
  • Phoebe Ayers
  • Yochai Benkler
  • Robert Cummings
  • Robert Fernandez
  • Heather Ford
  • Pete Forsyth
  • Mako Hill and Aaron Shaw
  • Brian Keegan
  • Richard Knipel
  • Jackie Koerner
  • Alexandria Lockett
  • Andrew Lih
  • Art + Feminism
  • Jake Orlowitz
  • Iolanda Pensa
  • Lydia Pintscher
  • Ian Ramjohn and LiAnna Davis
  • Whose Knowledge?
  • Emily Temple-Wood
  • Rebecca Thorndike-Breeze, Cecelia A. Musselman, and Amy Carleton
  • Black Lunch Table
  • Matthew Vetter
  • Katherine Maher

3.Do you have any experience in promoting Wikimedia projects either online or offline?
Were you involved in a similar project in the past? Do you have any other experience related to online/offline promotion?

Editor Joseph Reagle is the author of Good Faith Collaboration: The Culture of Wikipedia, and both Reagle and Koerner have experience in the Wikipedia community. To our knowledge, no such book has ever been published like this.

4. What is your post-promotion plan?
What do you plan to do after your campaign ends?

This grant request is to partially fund Creative Commons licensing, which will guarantee this book remains in the commons in perpetuity.

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

The project, tentatively called WP@20 had a call for proposals that went out in late 2018. We received numerous proposals, eventually inviting 37 different contributions from prominent Wikipedia researchers, Community Members, and Internet Historians.
Current Timeline:
  • 2019-05-01: First draft of all contributions due
  • 2019-05-23: Editors send first drafts to PubPub
  • 2019-06-01: PubPub version posted; public review and blind external review
  • 2019-07-19: Public and blind external reviews/feedback is complete
  • 2019-08-30: Contributor revisions due
  • 2019-10-01: Final essays sent to publisher
  • 2019-11-01: Funding Due to MIT Press for Creative Commons license option
  • 2020-10-01: Fall 2020 catalog (2021 Spring fallback)


How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets and feel free to add more:

  • Realizing a Creative Commons License will allow for the community to have this important book about Wikipedia distributed freely.


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).

Currently we have two small grants from our institutions.
We have been asked to raise a total of $15k, so this is for a small portion of the total cost. If we do not reach the total amount, we are assured that we will still be able to secure the grant, so any amount helps towards the overall cost.

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



Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!

  • Rtbhive (talk) 19:44, 4 April 2019 (UTC)
  • Stephenbharrison (talk) 19:52, 4 April 2019 (UTC)
  • Great project with a highly respected and authoritative academic publisher - this is going to result in some significant work and a creative commons license would ensure that that work is accessible to a broad community of Wikimedians, academics, and the public. The grantee has my highest endorsement. Matthewvetter (talk) 20:28, 4 April 2019 (UTC)
  • Support. (Disclosure: I am one of the authors listed above.) Gamaliel (talk) 20:40, 4 April 2019 (UTC)
  • Support. (Disclosure, I am involved as well.) -Reagle (talk) 22:07, 4 April 2019 (UTC)
  • Absolutely support. (I am also involved.) WritingTeacherC (talk) 23:25, 4 April 2019 (UTC)
  • Same here. Stephane 05:47, 6 June 2019 (UTC)
  • Support, with the disclosure I'm co-authoring a chapter. --LiAnna (Wiki Ed) (talk) 08:50, 5 April 2019 (UTC)
  • Support as a contributor and a Wikpedian. There will no doubt be several books memorializing the 20th anniversary: it will be nice if this one can make it to print under a CC license, since it will be accurate and, if openly-licensed, freely available. BobCummings (talk) 11:02, 5 April 2019 (UTC)
  • Support,as a newer Wiki participant it is great to see historyRaggachampiongirl (talk) 13:43, 5 April 2019 (UTC)
  • Support. (Disclosure: I am one of the authors listed above.) Very excited to read everyone else's essays. What a great idea! Heathart (talk) 21:32, 5 April 2019 (UTC)
  • Support Support (Disclosure: I'm one of the authors.) --LydiaPintscher (talk) 15:36, 7 April 2019 (UTC)
  • Support, KCVelaga (talk) 14:19, 8 April 2019 (UTC)
  • Support, with the disclosure that I am one of the authors listed. Jackiekoerner (talk) 16:52, 8 April 2019 (UTC)
  • Support, with the disclosure I'm authoring a chapter. Kellyjeanne9 (talk) 19:03, 8 April 2019 (UTC)
  • Support. (Disclosure: I am an author). Madcoverboy (talk) 20:47, 8 April 2019 (UTC)
  • Support, with the disclosure I'm authoring a chapter. Marcmiquel (talk) 10:59, 9 April 2019 (UTC)
  • Support. (Disclosure: I am one of the authors listed above.) This is an important collection that illustrates the significance of Wikipedia to various learning communities (e.g. higher ed writing courses and social service organizations) after 20 years as a marginalized open educational resource. It is crucial that the book, similar to Wikipedia itself, be freely accessible to anyone who wants to read it. JaneNova (talk) 20:14, 22 April 2019 (UTC)
  • Support, with the disclosure I'm authoring a chapter. Fishantena (talk) 03:20, 28 April 2019 (UTC)
  • Support. (I am also an author...) —mako 01:18, 30 April 2019 (UTC)
  • Support (also an author). Guettarda (talk) 16:28, 30 April 2019 (UTC)