Matthewvetter/IUP Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon
This grant would support an Interdisciplinariy Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon to be held at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on March 7, 2018. The event's primary foci include recruiting new Wikipedia editors, and engaging students and faculty in editorial work that improves content on and of interest to women and LGBTQ+ identities across different disciplinary lenses. The event will also enable academic research in the form of video interviews conducted with Edit-a-thon participants to study participant experience and perception.
targetWikipedia (en); Art+Feminism; Women in Red
start dateFebruary
start year2018
end dateMay 31
end year2018
budget (local currency)$1520.00
budget (USD)$1520.00
grant typeorganization
non-profit statusyes
contact(s)• mvetter(_AT_)
organization (if applicable)• Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)

Please see the sample Editathon/Training application before drafting your application.

Project GoalEdit

Choose one or more of the following goals. You can add or delete goals as needed.

  1. Recruit new editors, particularly women and LGBTQ individuals within the academic community of Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  2. Increase skills for existing editors
  3. Add or improve content on women and LGBTQ individuals, as well as issues relevant top these identities, across a diversity of academic disciplines
  4. Collect multimodal data in the form of qualitative video interviews with participants after the event to assess the event's efficacy for engagement, Wikipedia literacy, and critical thinking

Project PlanEdit


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. Be sure to answer the following questions:

1. Are you doing one editathon or training or a series of editathons or trainings?

Funding for this proposal would support one event - which is our second annual Edit-a-thon event at Indiana University of Pennsylvania - as well as academic research leading to possible open-access publication.

2. How will you let your community know about the event? Please paste links below to where relevant communities have been notified of your proposal, and to any other relevant community discussions.

This event will be advertised to the University community through the following methods: (1) targeted emails to previous participants, heads of department, and previously identified individuals with specific interests in digital literacy and gender issues, (2) advertisement on the University's daily news bulletin, "IUP Daily" (3) advertisement on the website of the University's Center for Digital Humanities and Culture website, (3) advertisement on social media through Women's and Gender Studies and University Libraries, (4) word-of-mouth

3. Do you have experienced Wikimedia editors to lead the event?

Yes, user:Matthewvetter is the primary experienced Wikipedia editor. I am a Wikipedia editor with approximately 1000 edits (see user contributions) and have been an active participant as an instructor in the Wiki Education Program - having taught 9 Wikipedia assignments, and led two previous Edit-a-thons (see Wiki Ed Profile). Co-facilitors also have editorial experience from our previous Edit-a-thon held in March 2017 at the same institution (Indiana University of Pennsylvania).

4. Do participants have the equipment or skills needed to participate and contribute high quality content? If not, how will you support them?

Participants will have access to Wiki Education Program training modules and additional in-person training (as needed and requested) before the event, depending on their expressed level of interest and engagement. Instructors interested in building the event directly into their spring course curricula will also have access to in-class tutorials and trainings offered by myself. We will also provide rolling tutorials and demonstrations on-site during the actual Edit-a-thon. Equipment provided for the event will include a laptop cart provided by the Center for Digital Humanities. Curriculum materials will include a list of stub-, start-, and c-class articles on women and issues relevant to women across different subjects, as well as source material in the form of books, article, and reference works.

5. How will you engage participants after the event(s)?

We will conduct video interviews with willing participants immediately after the event in order to conduct a simple assessment of Edit-a-thon goals and participant experience. Each interview will include a standardized set of questions related to participant editing activity, engagement, and reflection. This research will be approved by the University IRB. I plan to follow up on the data collected during these interviews by publishing a digital article that could include video excerpts and analysis of patterns across participant experience.

6. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?

The research component of this event will be integrated into a doctoral course I am teaching in the spring, English 846: Advanced Seminar in Digital Rhetoric. Doctoral students in this course will go through Wiki Education Program training modules in order to help facilitate the Edit-a-thon. They will also work together, and under my supervision, to design an IRB-approved study for the collection of video interview data of Edit-a-thon participants, and to conduct the interviews immediately following the Edit-a-thon. All participants in the study (those being interviewed) will go through a formal consent process, as stipulated by IRB and will be made aware of the possibility of their interviews being include in a scholarly publication. Possible venues for such an article, which would need to be open access and capable of showcasing digital video, would include Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy; Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture; Technoculture: An Online Journal of Technology and Society; Computers and Composition Online; and, First Monday.


How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets:

  1. Number of events - 1 (+ academic research/publication)
  2. Number of participants - 40-50
  3. Number of new editors - 30
  4. Number of of articles created or improved - 30
  5. Number of repeat participants (for projects that include a series of events)


What resources do you have? Include information on who is organizing the project, what they will do, and if you will receive support from anywhere else (in-kind donations or additional funding).

4-5 facilitators, with varying levels of Wikipedia literacy, who have planned, organized, and executed the same event last year will be an important resource for this event. The grant proposer, user:Matthewvetter, has more experience editing and teaching Wikipedia writing projects. We will have a laptop cart provided by the Center for Digital Humanities and Culture. We will have a space provided by the University - either in the University library or other classroom building, wifi, and seating. Students (both previous and current, in Spring 2018) of Vetter's will be thoroughly trained through the Wiki Education Program and will help facilitate the event as well as conduct primary research in the form of interviews.

What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense and include a total amount.

  • Food and drink = $400.00
  • Child care provider = 4 hrs x 20/hr = $80.00
  • Speaker fee for guest speaker = $200.00
  • Miscellaneous Supplies (printing costs, Wikipedia SWAG to incentivize participation, brochures, source materials, visual posters) = $100.00
  • Video camera (2) = $600.00
  • Video camera mount/tripod (2) = $140.00
Total funding requests = $1520.00


Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!

  • This was a very successful event in our first year at IUP in 2017. We're optimistic that the second year will be even more successful in engaging the commmunity.

Kwsherwood (talk) 16:17, 14 December 2017 (UTC)