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OA Week Editathon

Join in to add, improve, and translate OA content on and around Wikipedia

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During International Open Access Week on October 19-25, 2015, there is a global, virtual editathon to improve Open Access-related content on Wikipedia. Specifically, we hope to improve already existing Open Access-related pages, to create new content where it needs to be added, and to translate Open Access-related pages into languages where they don't yet exist. The theme for this year’s Open Access Week is “Open for Collaboration,” and Wikipedia is the perfect example to highlight.

Most importantly, we need volunteers to help with the edit-a-thon if it’s going to be a success!  If you’re interested in getting involved—from simply participating to helping lead the event—please add your name as a participant below and keep reading to learn exactly how you can get involved.

Remember, Please be sure to record any edits, additions, and translations on the progress page, so we can count your work!

The Open Access Week editathon is co-organized by the Wikipedia Library and SPARC.
If you need help at any time, just post a message to the Talk page
Share our successes: hashtag for the event: #oaweek


The International Open Access Week Edit-a-thon is taking place Monday October 19th, through Friday October 23rd. You're encouraged to contribute whenever you can during the edit-a-thon; however, we will be having daily check-ins each day to review our progress and answer questions. In addition, we will be hosting two training webcasts on how to edit Wikipedia during the two weeks leading up to Open Access Week. More information on these sessions will be posted closer to the event and will be linked from this page.

Daily Check-in Calls

Training Webcasts

A quick definition[edit]

Open access (OA) is the free, immediate, online accessibility of peer-reviewed research articles coupled with full reuse rights. As defined by the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOIA) Open Access means:

"free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited."

Get Started[edit]

  1. Register an account
  2. Turn on Visual Editor on your main language Wikipedia
  3. Turn on Content Translation on your main language Wikipedia
  4. Add your name to the Participants list.

Note that 1-3 default to English Wikipedia. Change the language to your preferred Wikipedia.

Take Action[edit]

Find OA content to work on[edit]

Create OA articles[edit]

  1. Choose a topic about open access that doesn't yet have an article - some ideas for potential articles are listed here.
  2. Check out the page 'Your first article' for guidance on creating an article.
  3. Start writing the article in your sandbox.
  4. Remember Wikipedia's core content policies: Neutral point of view, Verifiability, and No original research.
  5. Publish the article! Add the Open Access template to the talk page
  6. Let everyone know on the progress page.

Improve OA articles[edit]

  1. Find an article in need of help:
    Check out this top 10 list of articles for improvement.
    Check the quality and importance list for WikiProject Open Access
    Check the to-do list
  2. Improve the article:
    Resolve any cleanup tags
    Add references
    Expand with new material
    Add media
  3. Let everyone know about your work on the progress page

Translate OA articles[edit]

How to use Content Translation
  1. You should have ContentTranslation turned on in the Wikipedia you want to translate from.
  2. Find an existing article in a language you speak using the lists above.
  3. On that Wikipedia article, click the Contributions link on the top right of the page.
  4. On the Contributions page, click Translation to load the ContentTranslation tool.
  5. Select the article you are translating from and the language you are translating into.
  6. Use the tool to help translate the article, checking and revising the translation yourself.
  7. When you're done, make sure to record what you did on the progress page.
  1. You can see what other languages an article exists in by using the interwiki links in the navigation sidebar on a Wikipedia article
  2. You can use this tool to check whether an article exists in a particular language

Upload OA media[edit]

Uploading to Wikimedia Commons
  1. Find "missing media"
    Look at the list of requested pictures on Commons or other projects
    Look at Wikipedia articles (OA-related or not) that you think would benefit from embedded media
    Check whether suitable files already exist on Commons — if so, choose which one(s) to embed and go back to point 1
  2. Find appropriately licensed media to fill the gap
    Look at the list of free media resources
    Look at other Creative Commons sources, such as an OA journal you know (but check licensing)
    If you are able, create the media yourself
  3. Take a look at the Uploading tutorial on Wikimedia Commons
  4. Upload the media through the Upload Wizard
    Make sure to check that this file does not already exist on Commons
    Select the file from your computer
    Provide source attribution and an appropriate copyright tag for the work
    Describe and categorize the work to help others find it
    Upload the work!
  5. Let everyone know on the progress page.

Add OA media to wiki pages[edit]

Uploading and adding images

The best collection of examples of OA media integrated into Wikimedia projects is at Commons:Commons:Open Access File of the Day. Each of these files is used in a minimum of 3 Wikimedia projects, for example, Wikipedia articles in three languages. Check any of these for ideas of what OA content exists and how it can be used in Wikimedia projects.

These files were manually staged and manually curated from this project page.

Anyone who wants to add OA media to wiki pages can follow these images as examples. Here is the process:

  1. Go into Wikimedia Commons and choose a sub-category at Commons:Category:Open access (publishing). In the "categorize" section below, example categories are presented.
  2. Find attractive or interesting content
  3. Share that content in some other Wikimedia project, like for example, a relevant Wikipedia article
  4. If it is good for one language, like English Wikipedia, then consider also inserting it into another language
  5. Please briefly report what you did at The Wikipedia Library/OA week/Progress

Categorize OA media[edit]

Add the OA template to Wikipedia References[edit]

Improve OA-related Wikidata items[edit]

Create OA-related Wikidata items[edit]

  • Choose a Wikipedia article that references open-access articles
  • Check whether those OA articles already have Wikidata items:
  • If an item is missing, create it with a suitable label (usually the article title) and a description (e.g. "scholarly article").
  • Add the relevant statements, using Template:Bibliographical properties for reference.
  • Try to use this Wikidata item as a source for statements made on other items.
  • Try to use Arbitrary access to pull an item's metadata into a page in your Wikipedia user space. Again, automation is in the pipeline, but not there yet, so we need to pave the way for it.
  • Let everyone know on the progress page. If you notice any problems, share them on the Talk page.

Connect to WikiProject OA communities[edit]

Help and editing resources[edit]




Wikimedia Commons[edit]






Live communication[edit]

Editathon assistance[edit]

Login instructions for daily check-in calls[edit]

  • To join the daily check-in calls from your computer, go to  Note: the conference call platform requires Google Chrome or Firefox. Other browsers, such as Safari, will not work.  If you plan to join by computer, we suggest you plan to log on at least 5 minutes early in case you have technical difficulties and need to switch over to the phone line.
  • To join the daily check-in calls by phone, dial +1 855 277 1599. Outside of the United States, see  This page provides local dial-in numbers for 50 countries.  If available, you can dial into the local number for your country then enter our conference line information when prompted (phone number: 855 277 1599).  If a local dial-in number isn’t available for your country, we suggest you either login from your computer using the instructions above or dial the US number using Skype.

Contact the organizers directly[edit]

  • Nick Shockey, SPARC
    • Email:
    • Skype: nick.shockey
  • Jake Orlowitz, Wikipedia Library
    • Email:
    • Skype: jorlowitz

Host an in-person event[edit]

While this is a virtual editathon, you can host an in-person event too!

If you do, please list it here:

Also, add it to: the global registry of Open Access Week events


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  42. Jaldous1 (talk) 00:34, 20 October 2015 (UTC), interested in publishing history, books, media[reply]
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  60. Galway88 (talk) 20:37, 21 October 2015 (UTC) OA & OER. EDT[reply]
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