Grants:Project/Rapid/Wikipedia Connection/Semester Funding for Workshops and Events in Spring 2017/Report

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Report accepted
This report for a Rapid Grant approved in FY 2016-17 has been reviewed and accepted by the Wikimedia Foundation.


Did you meet your goals? Are you happy with how the project went?

Yes! Wikipedia Connection had another successful semester at Ohio State, particularly through our edit-a-thons. Our Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon this year had a record attendance for us, with 34 students (undergraduate and graduate), along with several faculty members, learning and editing Wikipedia. Our Women in Computing Edit-a-thon also went well, and was our first collaborative edit-a-thon with another student organization. We're pleased to be able to host events that attract and fulfill students' needs, while helping improve Wikipedia's coverage of undercovered topics.

Other notable accomplishments include our first 1Lib1Ref librarian training event, our Wikipedia Takes Columbus photography week, and the kickstarting of our GLAM work with the University Archives.

We met all of our targeted outcomes (as described below), sometimes by more than double the expected. As we transition into the summer and the next semester, we hope we can keep our momentum up and continue to host successful events and build new relationships on campus.



Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
Number of total participants: 40 Number of total participants: 47 Yes check.svg This number represents the number of unique participants in Wikipedia Connection's workshops, photo scavenger hunt, and weekly workshops. The vast majority are Ohio State University students.
Number of articles created or improved: 50 Number of articles created or improved: 146 (13 created) Yes check.svg This count of articles includes articles edited in participants free time during the semester, as well as articles improved during edit-a-thons (such as 28 articles during Art+Feminism, and 13 articles during Women in Computer.
Number of photos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons: 100 Number of photos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons: 204 Yes check.svg Wikipedia Takes Columbus 2017 resulted in 181 photo uploads (up from 2016's 135), with more photos uploaded by group members during edit-a-thons and normal editing.
Number of photos used on Wikimedia projects: 15 Number of photos used on Wikimedia projects: 20 Yes check.svg Of the 200 images uploaded for Wikipedia Takes Columbus 2017, at least 20 have found a use so far; some have been added to Wikipedia articles, while most were added to en:Draft:List of buildings at Ohio State University. Others have foreseeable use in the future.

Activities and Statistics[edit]

General Stats
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  • 48 participants throughout the semester.
  • At least 14 articles created.
  • At least 146 articles edited (see course page).
  • At least 24,800 words added.
  • 204 images uploaded to the Commons.
Weekly Workshops
  • 11 workshops
  • Each week consisted of training, questions, planning, etc.
1Lib1Ref Training
  • A brown-bag lunch session
  • Six librarians were trained on adding sources to articles
  • Librarians used sources (sometimes from Ohio State's collections) to contribute at least 1 reference each.
Wikipedia Day 2017
  • Wikipedia birthday celebration early in the semester
Women in Computing Edit-a-thon
  • 16 attendees
  • 45 edits
  • 2 new articles
  • 11 articles improved
Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon
  • 34 attendees
  • 113 edits
  • 11 new articles
  • 5 new drafts
  • 24 articles improved
Wikipedia Takes Columbus photography week
  • Began working with Ohio State's University Archives to work towards media donations.
Classroom support

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Projects do not always go according to plan. Sharing what you learned can help you and others plan similar projects in the future. Help the movement learn from your experience by answering the following questions:

  • What worked well?
    • Our edit-a-thons had great turnouts. Since our Women in Computing Edit-a-thon was held alongside another student organization, the attendance consisted of both organization's regularly attending members. Our Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon, in addition to attracting independent students, also had the benefit of several Spanish and Portuguese professors providing extra credit for attending - which helped boost attendance to over 30 participants, a new record.
    • Our Wikipedia Takes Columbus photography event went great; students uploaded 181 photos of Columbus and Ohio State University, helping cover areas that were previously not covered on the Wikimedia Commons. The image count is up from last year's 135 images.
  • What did not work so well?
    • Our Weekly Workshops started to have fewer participants as the semester went on. The biggest reason was the loss of several of our regularly attending members due to school and other commitments taking time; many of these lost participants still attended our other events, however.
    • As is usual for both our events and offline Wikipedia events in general, most participants rarely, if ever, contributed to Wikimedia projects outside of Wikipedia Connection events.
  • What would you do differently next time?
    • While many were constructive, our weekly workshops are rather unstructured; having better focused workshops could be nice - for example, concrete presentations, goals, etc. Perhaps having them every other week would garner more interest, while also allowing more time for other, larger events such as edit-a-thons.
    • A greater push for relationship building with other organizations and departments; for example, we've started working with the University Archives to build a GLAM relationship - there is a lot of opportunity for this type of relationship elsewhere in the University and Columbus, too.


Grant funds spent[edit]

  • We hosted 11 Weekly Workshops costing a total of $446.36 (average of ~$40.57 / workshop). Each workshop included pizza, delivery fees & tips, beverages, and tableware.
  • We hosted two edit-a-thons, costing a total of $273.62. Each event consisted of food, delivery fees & tips, beverages, tableware, and Facebook advertising:
  • Our Wikipedia Day 2017 birthday celebration costed $50.02, consisting of food, cake, beverages, and tableware.
  • Our Buckeye Scavenger Hunt costed $12.58, consisting of snacks and water for outdoor photography.
  • Other expenses totaled to $19.75, consisting of bank fees and parking for event organization.

The total amount spent for the Spring 2017 semester was $802.33.

A full breakdown of spending and receipts has been shared with the Wikimedia Foundation.

Remaining funds[edit]

Do you have any remaining grant funds?

A budget of $1,170 minus the spent $802.33 gives a remaining fund value of $367.67.

Since Wikipedia Connection will be continuing its activities next autumn, we ask that these funds be kept for the next Rapid Grant we will submit in the coming months.

The funds remaining from this grant in the amount of $367.67 were deducted from another grant payment for Grants:Project/Rapid/Wikipedia_Connection/Semester_Funding_for_Workshops_and_Events_in_Fall_2017.

Anything else[edit]

Anything else you want to share about your project?

As always, Wikipedia Connection is proud of what we accomplish as a rather unique student organization at Ohio State University, and we can't do it without the support (whether it be financial, knowledge, or personal) from the Wikimedia Foundation, as well as everyone else who has helped us along the way.

The future should be exciting. Most of our leadership in Spring 2017 has graduated, and new officers have been elected whose knowledge about Wikipedia editing comes entirely from what the club taught them. While transitioning may be a challenge, we're excited about what new leadership will bring, as well as continuing our positive momentum with edit-a-thons, training sessions, photography events, and more. The increasingly active Ohio Wikimedians User Group also exists and is building relationships throughout the state, as well as providing a place for Wikipedia Connection members to get support (as well as transition into as they graduate) - which is great! We're excited for the growth of the Wikimedia movement in Ohio and what the future will bring.

In the coming weeks, a full report of Wikipedia Connection's activities for the 2016-17 academic school year will be published and shared on this grant report's talk page.