New England Wikimedians/Reports

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New England Wikimedians

The New England Wikimedians are a Wikimedia user group representing all Wikimedians in New England, recognized on December 30, 2013.

This user group provides outreach and assistance to individuals and groups in the New England region who are interested in hosting Wikimedia-related events such as group discussions and edit-a-thons.




January – June[edit]

Women in STEM edit-a-thon at MIT

July – December[edit]

2015 Art + Feminism Edit-a-thon at MassArt, Boston


January – June[edit]

Women in Architecture Edit-a-thon

July – December[edit]


January – June[edit]

New England Wikimedians at Wiknic 2016

July – December[edit]


Wikipedia Day celebration Cake!

January – June[edit]

July – December[edit]


In 2018 institutions throughout New England hosted Wikimedia events, including edit-a-thons and workshops. These included:

  • edit-a-thons for the public on themes including Art + Feminism events at multiple institutions
  • #1lib1ref events for library staff and librarians
  • Two Africa-focused events related to Wikimania 2018, involving involving African languages and African library resources
  • Educational workshops on WikiData

List of edit-a-thons[edit]


In 2019, NEW hosted the annual Wikiconference North America (event page). This was a three-day event that spanned Boston and Cambridge, with over 300 attendees and a culture crawl and day-long editathon at the Museum of Fine Arts. Five simultaneous rooms were streamed and recorded, and Commons has an extensive gallery from the event.

At the conference, a meetup for New England Wikimedians was held, and a Slack channel (WikiNewEngland) was developed, which has been used for conversation among event planners and Wikimedians throughout the area about possible events and campaigns.

We also planned the first ever WikiCred grants program, which took shape in 2020.

List of edit-a-thons[edit]

Events were held throughout the area at various institutions. We continued the annual tradition of Art + Feminism editathons throughout the Spring.


In 2020, NEW participated in implementing the first Wikicred grants program, which grew out of Wikiconference North America in 2019. As of Q2, this has overseen distribution of $30k in grants to projects focused on credibility on Wikipedia and Wikidata.

We are continuing the tradition of Art + Feminism editathons online, as well as civil rights and Earth Day events.

List of edit-a-thons[edit]

  • February 1, 2020 A Prince edit-a-thon was hosted at MIT. Attendees edited Wikipedia articles about the music of Prince. All welcome, 1-5pm, 14N-132. ([ Event page])
  • March 1, 2020 Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston Deep Dive: Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon -- 11am to 4pm, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. RSVP to the e-mail provided on the linked event page and receive free museum admission for the day.
  • March 31, 2020 Women's Suffrage and Civil Rights Activism 2020, Virtual edit-a-thon hosted by Simmons University and Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • April 23, 2020 Earth Day 50, Virtual Edit-a-thon hosted by Boston University Libraries
  • August 17-21, 2020 BIPOC Designers in the Built Environment, virtual edit-a-thon hosted by MIT


see also: goings-on

In 2021, we wrapped the first WikiCred microgrants program with a series of public online showcases, and began preparing for a future extension into other languages and geographies. We applied for a grant which was later approved in 2022.

Events were focused on online participation as well due to pandemic. Conferences, workshops, and onling projects included:

Community members also organized longer-form classes around Wikipedia and editing:

  • At the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Gabrielle Reed and Ezra Shales ran a class called Fysm: Ink, Caricature, We Spoof[2] – an art history of caricature. The clas built dashboards with WikiEdu in the second half, and focused on Wikipedia editing and adding images of the major artists that were represented. They hope to do something similar in the coming Fall.

Our community also published papers and essays about Wiki work:

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