Wikipedia:Wadewitz Tribute Edit-a-thons
The Wadewitz Tribute Edit-a-thons are a series of Wikipedia editing events that are a tribute to long-time Wikipedia editor and academic, Adrianne Wadewitz (User:Wadewitz). These events will focus on taking place around the world and take place during the month of May.
Dr. Adrianne Wadewitz was an influential member of the Wikipedia community who died suddenly in April 2014. This loss has deeply affected Wikipedia and the academic world. Her work is recognized internationally as helping to encourage more women to contribute to Wikipedia to tackle the gender gap and systemic bias in its content. Wadewitz was one of the first academics to bring Wikipedia into the classroom as part of the Wikipedia Education Program, working with her students to improve Wikipedia instead of writing traditional term papers. At the time of her death, she was Mellon Digital Scholarship Fellow at Occidental College. She had over 50,000 edits and wrote numerous featured and good articles, including Mary Wollstonecraft.
Find inspiration for articles to be expanded or creation on our to-do list (and add to it!): Wikipedia:WikiWomen's History Month/To-do list.
Please share your outcomes from your events and participation online via our outcomes page: Wikipedia:Wadewitz Tribute Edit-a-thons/Outcomes
Wadewitz Tribute Edit-a-Thons are taking place all around the world! Please post your event listing here!
See examples of recent women-centric edit-a-thon events here.
All events take place in the month of May.
Please promote your event on social media. If you have a Facebook or Eventbrite invitation, please post it with your entry below. Also, visit our resources section for more information on how to produce and promote the event.
- Twitter hashtags: #Wikiwomen and #Wadewitz
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WikiWomensCollaborative
- Tehran, Iran – May 23, 2014.
- India, TBA
- Amsterdam Women and art at De Appel Arts Centers, May 17th, 2014, 12:30-18:00 Amsterdam time.
- Berlin time zone, 6 May, 2-9 pm, location TBA, any suggestions welcome, see also
- London, Saturday 31 May, 10am-6pm. To be held in the Mary Wollstonecraft Room in Newington Green. One focus might be articles surrounding Wollstonecraft that are not yet Featured.
- Los Angeles: March 18th, 2015, 12:00pm-8:00pm (and ongoing throughout the conference) Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon in honor of Adrianne Wadewitz, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Annual Meeting,
- Philadelphia: May 13th, 2014, 5-8 p.m. "Women in Science", at the monthly GLAM Café, Chemical Heritage Foundation
- Austin: April 16, 2014, "Race and the Digital" course, University of Texas at Austin
- Davis, CA.: May 23, 1:00pm-3:00pm, UC Davis
- Los Angeles: May 23, 2014, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Occidental College, Johnson Hall Atrium
- Los Angeles: May 31, 2014, Institute of Cultural Inquiry
- Boston: May 21, 2014, 4-9pm at the Digital Scholarship Commons at Northeastern University Libraries.
- Boston: June 25, 2014, 6-9pm, Berkman Center for Internet and Society (Cambridge).
- Providence: May 22, 2014, 1:30-6:00pm at the Digital Scholarship Lab at Brown University Libraries.
- Portland, Oregon: TBD (perhaps somehow connected to Wiki Loves Pride?)
- New Haven: May 23, 2014, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Yale University, Bass Library
- New Brunswick, NJ: May 21, 2014, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Rutgers University, Douglass Library
- New York: June 1, 2014, 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at WikiConference USA 2014
- Sydney 10 May at the State Library of New South Wales. ✓ Done
- Sydney, 21 July 2014 at the Writing Hub, School of Letters Art and Media, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney. ✓ Done
- Sydney, 30 October 2014 at the Writing Hub, School of Letters Art and Media, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney. ✓ Done
Can't organize an edit-a-thon? Prefer to work with Wikipedians online? Plan on an online challenge or event as a tribute to Wadewitz!
- Tue, 27 May, 5-9 pm, Berlin time zone, in several languages, with a focus on literary topics
- Your event here
Event planning resources
Please take a look at the below resources. If you're stuck, or have a specific question, you can contact Sarah Stierch, who is a volunteer and lead organizer for this event. You can email her at sarahstierchgmail.com. Please visit the WikiWomen's Collaborative for further help, too.
Here are some resources to help you plan and promote your event. Feel free to add your favorite resource here.
Planning an edit-a-thon and lessons learned
- This Edit-a-thon How-To guide can help you plan your event which was created by experienced volunteers.
- A blog about having a small scale Wikipedia editing party at your home by User:Seeeko
- An evaluation of edit-a-thons which looks at numerous edit-a-thons from 2012-13 and assesses their impact and makes suggestions for improvements.
- A self-evaluation by User:SarahStierch of past WikiWomen's edit-a-thons which includes her step by step on how she produced the event and lessons learned.
Learning patterns are created by volunteers and based on experience and evidence. They're short and helpful resources you can use when planning your event:
- Afterparty tells you why it's important to have a post-event get together to celebrate your achievements.
- Cookies by the exit reminds you to the importance of surveying participants to see what you can do better next time.
- Fostering affinity groups is important, so women can feel comfortable contributing to Wikipedia together without an worries.
- Icebreaker explains why it's important to have everyone get to know each other at the start of your event.
- Informal venue discusses how you can have a successful event anywhere, whether it's a coffee shop or a casual environment without formal planning.
- Let the media know provides easy ways to promote your event so more people hear about it.
- Mix newcomers and veterans discusses why it's important to have newbies and experienced editors together at an event.
- Photographic evidence explains why it's important to take photographs!
- Repeat events: Don't just have one event and never have another — have multiple to attract more regular editors and help sustain contributors to Wikipedia.
- Safe space policies are used to make sure everyone has a fun and safe time at your event.
- Six account limit: Did you know you can only make six new accounts via one IP at a time? So if your event has lots of new potential editors who don't have accounts, here's how you can make new accounts without worry.
Promoting your event
- Add your event to the Wikipedia meetup page by adding it here. You can also find links for other language Wikipedia meetup pages, too.
- Social media! Don't forget to promote it via your Twitter using the hashtag #wikiwomen and sharing it on Facebook. You can also post it on the WikiWomen's Collaborative Facebook page.
- Promote your event via geonotice, which adds a banner to the top of Wikipedia readers and users pages based on where they live you can learn how to set one up here.
- Find Wikipedians who live near the event location and promote it to them via their talk pages. Two resources for this:
- Post to an event announcement to a mailing list and let community members know. Yow can find a list of mailing lists here.
- Don't forget the gender gap mailing list for people interested in getting more women to contribute to Wikipedia.
- Connect with a local chapter or affiliate who can sponsor and co-promote your event. Find a list of local chapters here.
References and contacts
- The 27 May Berlin time zone event is suggested by C.Koltzenburg