Wikipedia:Indian Women in Science Edit-a-thon

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In India, Science as a discipline is subject to many of the same gender issues as it is worldwide - women scientists are fewer in number than men, they occupy fewer positions of power, and face distinct issues by virtue of their gender and the accompanying societal pressures. Women Scientists in India also tend to be less visible than their male counterparts, and public awareness of Indian Women Scientists is low.

IndiaBioscience will be organising a series of public events to raise the profile of women scientists on one of the most-popular online encyclopaedias - Wikipedia. At these events, participants will be encouraged to create and complete profiles of Indian Women in Science.

The next event of this series will be held on 16 July 2016. All are welcome to join us! Details below.

Our first two edit-a-thons were held on 11th and 14th October 2014 . The latter, on 14th October, coincided with Ada Lovelace Day, an international day to celebrate the achievements of women in Science, Technology and Math.

Contact the IndiaBioscience Team for more details: &

Event details[edit]

Upcoming events[edit]

Date: 16 July 2016
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Venue: Lotka-Volterra lab, Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
For the unfamiliar, the venue location can be found here
Please fill out the Registration form to participate. (If you would like to join us online, please add your name to the list of participants below on the day of the event and post your outcomes when you are done.)

At the venue, the events will begin with a short, hands-on introduction to Wiki editing. Participants can then go on to pick the scientist they would like to work on. There will be an interaction session with a guest woman scientist , with a discussion of issues commonly faced by women in science. In the afternoon session, participants can continue working on the Wiki pages, with a break for tea. Participants are requested to bring their laptops. We have a few desktops available at Saturday's venue for those who cannot do so. Online participants can find us via Google Hangout. Chat with us or dial in for interactions, questions, help or simply to socialise.


Please set up a Wikipedia account before the event if possible. Very few details are needed to do this: a username, password, and your email (optional-but this will help to recover forgotten passwords). The short Wikipedia:Tutorial/Registration has more details. Once you have an account please login and then edit this page and add your signature below by just typing four tildes ~~~~:



Guidelines for creating a Wikipedia Page[edit]

A Wikipedia page can be as brief as the ones for Rajeshwari Chatterjee, Pascale Cossart or Margaret Pittman, or as detailed as the ones for Janaki Ammal, Asima Chatterjee, Elaine Fuchs or Marie Curie.

If you are new to Wikipedia, this page is an excellent resource which provides guidelines on how to create an article, what to include and what to avoid. In particular, editing or creating biographies of living persons requires extra care. This page addresses important issues and questions to think about when writing biographies.

Notability is a critical criterion for an article to be deemed suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia. Make sure you are aware of what is required for an article to be accepted. To establish notability, research the scientist whose page you want to work on thoroughly and gather your references ahead of time. It helps if you understand the field of research in which case it is useful to include a summary of the subject's key research contributions to the article on the subject citing their major publication using the citation templates and including the parameter |authorlink=[[ author name ]] .

We would like to recommend a few basic fields for pages, though in some cases it might not be possible to gather data on all of the below-mentioned fields:

  • Introduction: Date of birth(/death), Affiliation, Position, Field(s) of study, One or two major research highlights (if any), Recipient of (big name awards)
  • (Early life and) Education: (School), College (Undergrad, Masters), PhD University, PhD Research topic, Postdoc University and Research
  • Career: Career path with dates, Work highlights, Achievements, Discoveries
  • Research: This can be a separate category for people with an extensive body of work. For others, a line or two about their work can be included in the previous (career) section.
  • Publications: Selected publications of the scientist could be listed here.
  • Awards
  • References
  • Box Information: Photo, Born, Died, Residence, Nationality, Institutions, Field(s), Notable Awards, Known for

Here are a few websites that list names of Indian Women Scientists and can also be used as reference links in articles:

Target List of Women Scientists[edit]

WIKIPEDIA PAGES TO BE EDITED The blue links indicate that the pages have already been created, the red links indicate that there is no page yet.

If you pick a scientist whose page you'd like to edit or create before the event, you can sign up against their name below (by typing four tildes: ~~~~). This is not mandatory.

Indian Women Scientists with Wikipedia pages that need a photo or more details added.


Indian Women Scientists who do not have a Wiki page, but who have strong or moderate presence on the internet.


Indian Women in Science Edit-a-thon in progress at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Please share your outcomes here!

July 16, 2016[edit]

October 30, 2015[edit]

October 11-14, 2014[edit]


October 30, 2015[edit]

October 11-14, 2014[edit]

Saturday, 11 October 2014 at Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Tuesday, 14 October 2014 at Urban Solace


October 11-14, 2014[edit]

Useful links[edit]