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An edit-a-thon (sometimes written editathon) is an event where some editors of online communities such as Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap (also known as a "mapathon"), and LocalWiki edit and improve a specific topic or type of content. The events typically include basic editing training for new editors and may be combined with a more general social meetup. The word is a portmanteau of "edit" and "marathon". An edit-a-thon can either be "in-person" or online or a blended version of both. If it is not in-person, it is usually called a "virtual edit-a-thon" or "online edit-a-thon".

Locations (in-person events)[edit]

Wikipedia edit-a-thons have taken place at Wikimedia chapter headquarters; accredited educational institutions, including Sonoma State University, Arizona State University, Middlebury College,[1] and the University of Victoria; scientific research institutions such as the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences;[2] and cultural institutions, such as museums or archives.

Online/remote events[edit]

Several Wikipedia edit-a-thons have been held during the COVID-19 pandemic adhering to social distancing measures.[citation needed] These events have been held online using synchronous voice and video chat as well as through asynchronous message boards and forums.[citation needed]


The events have included topics such as cultural heritage sites, museum collections, women's history, art, feminism, narrowing Wikipedia's gender gap, and social justice issues.[3][4][5][6][7][8]

Women, African Americans, and members of the LGBT community are using edit-a-thons to bridge the gap in Wikipedia's sexual and racial makeup[9] and to challenge the under-representation of Africa-related topics.[10]


Some Wikipedia edit-a-thons have been organized by Wikipedians in residence. The OpenStreetMap community has also hosted several edit-a-thons.[11][12]


Carol Ann Whitehead, organizer of the Ada Lovelace Day Edit-a-thon


See also[edit]

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  1. ^ "Feminists Strengthen Wikipedia's Content about Women". Middlebury College. April 18, 2017. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  2. ^ "Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon - September 7, 2019". Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Archived from the original on 2019-06-19. Retrieved 2019-09-09.
  3. ^ Lavin, Talia (2016-03-11). "A Feminist Edit-a-Thon Seeks to Reshape Wikipedia". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved 2016-07-30.
  4. ^ Boboltz, Sara; Post, The Huffington (2015-04-15). "Editors Are Trying To Fix Wikipedia's Gender And Racial Bias Problem". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-07-30.
  5. ^ "Social Justice Wikipedia Edit-a-thon workshop - University of Victoria". www.uvic.ca. Retrieved 2016-07-30.
  6. ^ Smith, Michelle R. (16 October 2013). "Female scientists getting their due on Wikipedia". Associated Press. Retrieved 2016-07-30.
  7. ^ Katzner, Ben (1 February 2014). "SCSU group participates in edit-a-thon for Wikipedia website". St. Cloud Times. Archived from the original on 2 August 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  8. ^ Koh, Adeline (30 May 2013). "How to Organize Your Own Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  9. ^ Reynosa, Peter (3 December 2015). "Why Don't More Latinos Contribute to Wikipedia?". El Tecolote. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  10. ^ Wexelbaum, Rachel S., Katie Herzog, and Lane Rasberry. "Queering Wikipedia." (2015).
  11. ^ Villeda, Ian (12 April 2013). "OpenStreetMap #Editathon at MapBox". Archived from the original on 10 September 2015. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  12. ^ Foster, Mike (18 October 2013). "Fall 2013 OpenStreetMap Editathon". Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Archived from the original on 8 April 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  13. ^ Kiril Simeonovski (2020) Wikipedia and Sustainable Development Goals: Engaging smaller Wikipedias, Diff (blog hosted by Wikimedia Foundation)
  14. ^ ""Wiki loves SDGs" - Global Goals Week online edit-a-thon on SDG topics in September 2020". Wikipedia. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  15. ^ "Wiki Loves SDGs Closing Ceremony on 25 September 2020". The Global Goals (Youtube channel). 30 September 2020. Archived from the original on 2021-11-17. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  16. ^ "México ganó un nuevo récord Guinness y seguro te va a ser útil". Dinero en Imagen.com (in Mexican Spanish). 13 June 2016. Retrieved 2016-06-13.
  17. ^ Cruz y Corro, Andrés; Fernanda López, María (22 July 2016). "Wikipedia edit-a-thon, 72 hours long, is recognized with a Guinness World Record". Wikimedia Blog. Retrieved 2016-07-30.
  18. ^ "ART+FEMINISM — Announcing Our Year 6 Campaign: Gender + The..." ART+FEMINISM. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  19. ^ "Wiki-edit-a-thon: Writing Women Back into History – UNYA Denmark". 19 March 2019. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  20. ^ "Global Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon (#Wikieditathon) 2019 – Manchester". Archived from the original on 2019-10-15.
  21. ^ "Wiki Edit-a-Thon". Digital Science. 20 September 2018. Archived from the original on 2019-10-15. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  22. ^ "Ada Lovelace Day at The Pankhurst Centre". Archived from the original on 2019-10-15.

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