An edit-a-thon (also editathon ) is an event at which authors from online platforms such as Wikipedia , OpenStreetMap or local wikis collaboratively create or improve articles. Edit-a-thons are mostly under one topic and usually also include introductions for new users to editing content. Edit-a-thons usually take place in shared (physical) locations, but can also take place online . The word formation "Edit-a-thon" is a combination of the English verb to edit ("edit") with the word " marathon ".
Wikipedia edit-a-thons took place in the offices of specific Wikimedia chapters, at various universities such as Sonoma State University , Arizona State University , University of Victoria in Canada , the University of Vienna or the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland in Basel , but also in cultural institutions like museums and archives. The main topics ranged from cultural heritage, (museum) collection history, feminism and art (to work against the gender bias on Wikipedia) to other topics in the area of social justice. Women, African-Americans and Latinos use edit-a-thons as a tool to counter specific gender- based or racialized distortions in the content of the encyclopedia (see the Women in Red project ).
The longest edit-a-thon took place from June 9th to 12th, 2016 at the Museo Soumaya in Mexico City , where volunteers from Wikimedia Mexico edit together with museum staff for 72 hours (continuously). This edit-a-thon has been recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the longest of its kind.
The OpenStreetMap community has also hosted several edit-a-thons.
Organizations in Switzerland and Austria that organize Edit-a-thons
- Wikimedia Austria
- Wikimedia Switzerland
- Who writes his story? (Switzerland, Austria, among others in the Kaskadenkondensator Basel (CH), at Lames in St. Pölten (AT) or in the Kunsthaus Langenthal (CH))
- List of Edit (h) -a-thons in German-speaking countries
- Hackathon (collaborative software and hardware development event)
- Art + Feminism (Edit-a-thon on Women in Art)
- Guinness Book of Records : Longest edit-a-thon. In: GuinnessWorldRecords.com. 2019, accessed on November 14, 2019.
- Talia Lavin: Annals of Technology: A Feminist Edit-a-Thon Seeks to Reshape Wikipedia. In: The New Yorker . March 11, 2016, accessed October 7, 2019 .
- Sara Boboltz: Editors Are Trying To Fix Wikipedia's Gender And Racial bias problem. In: The Huffington Post . December 6, 2017, accessed October 7, 2019 (Associate Editor of Viral Content).
- University of Victoria : Social Justice Wikipedia Edit-a-thon workshop. In: uvic.ca. May 2018, accessed on October 7, 2019 .
- Michelle R. Smith: Female scientists getting their due on Wikipedia . In: Associated Press , October 16, 2013. Retrieved July 30, 2016.
- Ben Katzner: SCSU group participates in edit-a-thon for Wikipedia website . In: St. Cloud Times , February 1, 2014. Archived from the original on August 2, 2016. Retrieved on February 5, 2014.
- Adeline Koh: How to Organize Your Own Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon . In: The Chronicle of Higher Education , May 30, 2013. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
- Peter Reynosa: Why Don't More Latinos Contribute to Wikipedia? . In: El Tecolote . Retrieved December 4, 2015.
- Ian Villeda: OpenStreetMap #Editathon at MapBox . April 12, 2013. Retrieved April 7, 2014.
- Mike Foster: Fall 2013 OpenStreetMap Editathon . October 18, 2013. Archived from the original on April 8, 2014. Retrieved on April 7, 2014.