Grants:Project/Rapid/ New Zealand Fashion Museum Art+Feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thon/Report

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Report accepted
This report for a Rapid Grant approved in FY 2017-18 has been reviewed and accepted by the Wikimedia Foundation.


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

Our first goal was to recruit new editors and grow the New Zealand Wikipedia community, we achieved this by recruiting 4 new editors and had 3 members of the NZ Wikipedia Facebook community present.

Skills were increased for existing editors and having more experienced editors on hand helped with explaining correct citation and talk pages. Altogether we added over 1,000 words with 58 edits, 2 new articles were created and 12 articles were edited.

We worked from an online google doc which had a list of stub articles that needed further work. This worked really well as we could mark what was complete.

Overall, although the turn-out was lower than expected, we met the majority of our goals and we felt the event was successful in adding valuable citations and new articles to wikipedia pages of New Zealand female Fashion designers. New Zealand is very new to wikipedia edit-a-thons and this event has certainly raised awareness for future events.


Please report on your original project targets.

Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
1 event 1 event Held one event with the thought of holding more when possible
20 editors 9 editors Although we only had 9 people present, we added quality and valuable information to articles.
15 New editors 4 New editors We thought that 4 new editors was a great achievement.
40 Number of articles created or improved 14 Articles created or improved While we didn’t quite reach our target, we felt it was a great start and many editors continued to update and add articles after the event was over.


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?

Partnering with the Auckland Central Library was really great as we not only had immediate access to sources, but they were able to be in the room with us at the time as the staff had kindly retrieved relevant sources prior to the event.

The start of the wiki edit-a-thon consisted of a workshop and during the lunch break we had a tour of the Library's Special collection of ephemera related to fashion in New Zealand. The overview was helpful for new editors, and after the workshop we were able to provide one on one help, matching experienced editors with new editors.

  • What did not work so well? What would you do differently next time?

Next time we would advertise the event to a wider circle and encourage new and experienced editors to join, even remotely. We also thought that while the tour was an excellent idea, it did detract from the task at hand so next time we would plan this into the first session better.

The Library staff were wonderful to work with and we would love to follow up with them to see if they would be interested in hosting further events.


Grant funds spent[edit]

Please describe how much grant money you spent for approved expenses, and tell us what you spent it on.

  • Food and drink (at approx. $10 per person) = $114.08 NZD
  • Reimbursement of travel costs for Wikipedian, Susan Tolich = $520 NZD
  • Swag - Art+Feminism t-shirts = $108 NZD

Total spent = 742.08 NZD

Remaining funds[edit]

The funds remaining from this grant in the amount of 50.92 NZD were deducted from another grant payment for Grants:Project/Rapid/New_Zealand_Fashion_Museum/Suffrage_125_Wikipedia_edit-a-thon.

Do you have any remaining grant funds?

We have 50.92 NZD and we would like to retain the funds while we apply for a follow-up grant. We expect to submit a grant in the next 30 days.

Anything else[edit]

Anything else you want to share about your project?