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Submissions/Edit-a-thons for bridging the gender gap on Wikimedia

This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2015.

Submission no.
Title of the submission
Edit-a-thons for bridging the gender gap on Wikimedia
Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)
Author of the submission
Netha Hussain
E-mail address
User: Netha Hussain, Subhashish Panigrahi, User:Keilana
Country of origin
India; United States
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Wikimedia India, Centre for Internet and Society
Personal homepage or blog
Blossoming Soul, Psubhashish.com
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

An edit-a-thon is an outreach event where experienced editors and newbies improve a specific topic or type of content, typically including basic editing training for new editors.

In 201, the Program Evaluation and Design team of the Wikimedia Foundation found that edit-a-thons are one of the most effective outreach means to increase the quality of content on Wikipedia[1]. According to a 2014 study[2], edit-a-thons are also one of the most effective means to recruit women and sustain existing women editors on Wikipedia.

The Art and Feminism edit-a-thon, Women’s History Month edit-a-thon and Women scientists edit-a-thon are some of the events that demonstrated success in terms of content creation and participation. The panel will consist of event organizers, program leaders, outreach Wikimedians and researchers.

Our panel discussion will center around using edit-a-thons as an outreach tool among women, measuring its impact and comparing it with other modes of outreach. We’ll also seek solutions for common problems encountered while organizing edit-a-thons. We will present a few case studies to demonstrate successes, failures and best practices learnt from conducting edit-a-thons for women over the years. We’ll also talk about designing edit-a-thons for sister projects of Wikipedia, such as label-a-thon, translate-a-thon and photo-a-thon.



  1. Program Evaluation and Designs Survey Results (2013), https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Evaluation/Evaluation_reports/2013/Edit-a-thons
  2. Andreas Kolbe (Why women have no time for Wikipedia: Thoughts on the online encyclopedia's gender imbalance) http://www.academia.edu/8098819/Why_women_have_no_time_for_Wikipedia_Thoughts_on_the_online_encyclopedia_s_gender_imbalance
Wikiculture and Community
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
30 minutes
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  1. Ocaasi (talk) 17:50, 3 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Varnent (talk) 21:56, 8 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Trans Goat (talk) 10:12, 11 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]