Join the UMass Wikipedia Edit-athon!
Improve Wikipedia's Coverage of Minorities and Underrepresented Groups
- A one-day event for students, scholars, librarians, and Wikipedians to come together to edit and create Wikipedia pages. Help increase the Web presence of artists, authors, scientists, and historical figures from minority or under-represented groups. From 9-10:30 am, and in breakout sessions throughout the day, we will offer workshops in becoming a Wikipedia content contributor, including technical aspects of article authorship.
- Anyone can contribute. Join us if you know a specific page you want to work on, you want to learn more about editing Wikipedia, or if you just want to pitch in. We will have people on hand to help with Wikipedia editing as well as laptops for those who need one.
- Thursday, October 25, 2012, from 9-5. (Drop in at any time, for as long as you want. LUNCH provided!)
- Do you already know the Wikipedia page you’d like to edit? If you know what needs to be changed or added, be prepared to cite your sources. Since Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, any content or editing needs to follow conventions of neutrality and to cite published sources. Original research cannot be used. For more information, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Five_pillars
- Want to contribute but don’t have a specific page in mind? Great! We will have a list of people and works on hand for you.
- Want to contribute but can’t make it? Please get this information out to as many people as possible! Send suggestions for Wikipedia pages that need to be added or edited to jmburrel [at] english.umass.edu with a one-sentence description of the person or topic, or add their names to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/UMassAmherst/1.
- Contact Julie (jmburrel [at] english.umass.edu)
- What to bring
- a laptop (but we'll have some if you don't)
- ideas for articles, and supporting references for the article content
- a friend or two! Bring along other people -- it's more fun and more productive too.
- Laura Quilter - Lquilter (talk) 16:31, 4 October 2012 (UTC)
- Kevin Rutherford (talk) 17:38, 4 October 2012 (UTC)
- Zach McDowell (talk) 12:17, 5 October 2012 (UTC)
- Julie Burrell Jmbeng (talk)
- Sarah Hutton - schutton (talk)
- Ian Walls - Sekjal (talk) 17:49, 16 October 2012 (UTC)
- Diego Canabarro - diegocanabarro (talk) 09:51, 25 October 2012 (UTC)
- Isabel Espinal rosariolilbrarian
- Anne Moore
- Kristen Evans
- Rachel Daniel
- Sherrill Redmon
- If someone wants to carpool in and out with me, and if I can get off of work, I'll come. Sven Manguard Wha? 18:04, 8 October 2012 (UTC)
- where do you need a carpool to/from? --Lquilter (talk) 19:31, 8 October 2012 (UTC)
- I know some other Boston people may be interested in participating virtually, so even if you can't get a ride out here, that may be an option. We could perhaps have a couple of computers set up to conference people in. --Lquilter (talk) 18:23, 9 October 2012 (UTC)
regrets for this event
There is an IRC channel for easy conversation with off-site attendees during the Edit-athon. In addition, we will have a Google+ hangout available with live video feed; connect with Sarah Hutton schutton [at] gmail dot com become a part of the circle.
We want to increase the depth of coverage of women and underrepresented minorities in Wikipedia, especially among the arts, literature, and the sciences. We are taking suggestions of needed articles, so you can make suggestions even if you can't make it to the edit-a-thon.
- New articles
- Lorena S. Beese
- Wallace "Mad Bear" Anderson
- Theresa Rios (I think it's Thelma Rios, not Theresa Rios. See http://www.nativetimes.com/life/people/4305-who-is-thelma-rios rosariolilbrarian)
- Minnie Two Shoes
- The Indispensable Enemy
- Carolyn Cohen
- Improved articles
- Lists of more to do!
- Introduction to Wikipedia by Zach McDowell
- "Systemic Bias in Wikipedia: What It Looks Like, and How to Deal with It" by Laura Quilter
- Wikipedia projects
- related edit-a-thons
- upcoming: Ada Lovelace Day 2012 - women in science edit-a-thon @ the Royal Society, Oct. 19, 2012. See: thefrisky.com, themarysue.com, BBC
- She Blinded Me with Science: Smithsonian Women in Science Edit-a-Thon March 30, 2012, Smithsonian Archives, Washington, D.C.
- San Francisco WikiWomen's Edit-a-Thon 2, June 16, 2012, San Francisco
- San Francisco WikiWomen's Edit-a-Thon 1, March 16, 2012, San Francisco
- Simmons College Women's History Month, March 27, 2012, Boston
- WikiWomen's History Month wrap up - Numerous events held relating to women's history month, March 2012