An edit-a-thon (alternatively spelled "editathon") is one or more events in which people work together in person or online to build content on a wiki. Edit-a-thons can be very informal or very structured; they can be designed as primarily outreach events (to draw in new contributors) or they can be set up more to meet the needs of longtime contributors.
How can I get started?
Take the training on the Programs and Events Dashboard. Learning how to run Editathons can be complicated, especially the first couple times you do it! However, the training should get you thinking about what the best practices, and often unanticipated opportunities are for improving editathons.
There are so many ways to plan and run an edit-a-thon, depending on the audience, the intended outcome, how much effort you want to put in, etc. Here are pages with more detailed outlines of how to do an edit-a-thon:
- How to run an edit-a-thon
- Some of the resources on the Outreach wiki regarding GLAM projects may also apply to non-GLAM edit-a-thons, including this GLAM/Model projects/Edit-a-thon How-To
- Introductory edit-a-thons
- Edit-a-thon case studies category
- List of editing workshops on English Wikipedia
- Wikimedia Commons has a category of media regarding edit-a-thons, which includes PDFs, at Commons:Category:Wikimedia edit-a-thons
- As mentioned above, see this training on the Outreach Dashboard.
You may contact your local Wikimedia affiliate organization with questions. Questions about GLAM edit-a-thons may be directed to User:Astinson (WMF).