Edit-a-thons are outreach events that bring together Wikipedians, and those interested in editing Wikipedia, to do just that: edit Wikipedia in a collaborative setting. These events, which last generally between 3–5 hours, provide a social environment for new and experienced editors to edit together, often about a specific subject matter. Many events take place in educational and cultural facilities, such as libraries, museums, and universities, when others might take place in offices buildings, homes, and public venues such as cafes and restaurants. Sometimes edit-a-thons are combined with training lessons, where experienced Wikipedians educate participants about the basic "how-to's" on editing, followed by an editing session. Other events might include backstage tours of cultural institutions that are hosting the event, followed by editing, or just a simple edit-a-thon where participants start editing upon arrival at the venue.
Wikipedia editing workshops are events that focus on educating the public about how Wikipedia works and how to contribute to it.
Unlike edit-a-thons, workshops don't always have a hands-on editing component. Workshops, which can last from 1–2 hours or an entire afternoon, are generally hosted in public venues such as universities, libraries, or community centers. Workshops can be held for specific types of groups, such as academics and students, or as specific as women or the elderly. They might take place at major conferences, or even online through webinars and online conferences. They are usually hosted by experienced wikipedians. This type of program is the oldest outreach event in the Wikimedia community.
A GLAM content partnership is when a gallery, library, archive, or museum (also called GLAM) works with Wikimedia community members to upload media to Wikimedia Commons. The media, which is generally educational, artistic, or historic in nature, must be freely licensed or fall under the public domain. Wikimedians will partner with the interested GLAM institution, and guide them through the steps for content partnership: (1) make sure the collection of media to be "donated" is properly licensed, (2) license that media if needed, (3) prepare the metadata, (4) upload the media to Wikimedia Commons, and (5) distribute the media throughout Wikimedia projects, such as Wikipedia.
Many content release partnerships are led by chapters or affiliates in partnership with specific GLAM staff members. Wikipedians in Residence may also serve as program leaders for content release partnerships.
On-wiki writing contests are ways for experienced Wikipedians to work together to improve the quality and quantity of Wikipedia articles. Contests usually run for an extended set period of time, from a month to a year, and take place entirely on a Wikipedia. Contests are generally planned and managed by long-term Wikipedians, who develop the concept, subject focus (if any), rules, rating system, and prizes.
The main aim of writing contests is to take existing content, or write new content, and in some cases to develop it into quality or featured articles, producing articles that are among the finest available on Wikipedia. Point systems are often used to gauge the contributions by the participants. Points can be given for the size or quality of an article, or perhaps the addition of a photograph. At the end of the contest period, program leaders review the points and award the winners with online or offline prizes. Sometimes, a jury is brought in to review the submitted articles.
Photo upload events, other than Wiki Loves Monuments, aim at improving the image coverage of a specific subject (e.g. «nature photography», «local architecture», or «national music festivals») on Wikimedia Commons. These photo events are usually also national, but not yet as big as Wiki Loves Monuments, and aren’t necessarily recurring and don’t necessarily use a competitive program model.
The data presented in this report were collected from events held between August 2013 and September 2014. Data was received or mined for a total of 103 image upload events held by at least 19 organizational and individual program leaders during that time.
This is the Program Evaluation report for Wiki Loves Monuments. It contains information based on data collected related to events in 2013 and 2014.
This page presents data reported by 49 program leaders for a total of 72 Wiki Loves Monuments implementations. We mined additional data for media uploaded, unique images used, and user counts so we could understand program outcomes for as large a number of WLM events as possible.
The Wikipedia Education Program has one main mission: to teach students and educators how to edit Wikipedia and have those students contribute to Wikipedia as part of their classroom assignments. The basic concept is that students write Wikipedia articles instead of writing a traditional term paper. They receive support and help through a network of volunteer "Wikipedia Ambassadors" as well as through a variety of printed and online materials (including an online training that was developed in 2012). With a focus on content improvement, instead of editor retention, the program produces large amounts of content each term around a variety of subjects, ranging from women's history to biology, and working on language skills through translating Wikipedia articles. In addition to adding text, some students have also been assigned to add graphics, charts, photos, and videos to Wikipedia. Student contributions can be tracked and coordinated through a MediaWiki extension that has been activated on several Wikipedia language versions.