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Fordham University AfroCROWD Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Women of the African Diaspora in NYC History[edit]

Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus
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When and Where
DateThursday, December 6, 2018
Time4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
AddressRoom 601 of Lowenstein Hall, Fordham University at Lincoln Center, 113 West 60th Street, New York City, New York
City, StateNew York City, New York

Event information[edit]

Wikipedia for Educators at Fordham in partnership with AFROCrowd and the Department of Records’ WomensActivism.NYC digital storytelling platform will be hosting a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Thursday, December 6 from 4:30 to 7:30 at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus.

This event is designed to improve coverage of women and the African Diaspora on Wikipedia and encourage black female editorship.  It’s also a chance to learn more about WomensActivism.NYC a crowd-sourced archive of women-identified change-makers cataloguing the stories of women activists big and small. The edit-a-thon will include tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, ongoing editing support, reference materials, refreshments, and a pizza reception following the event. This event is free and open to the public.  People of all gender identities and expressions are invited to participate.

We will have a list of possible names and reference materials available but we encourage you to share the names and stories of inspiring women from your community.

  • Date: Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • Time: 4:30 pm-7:30 pm
  • Location: Fordham University at Lincoln Center, 113 West 60th Street, New York City, New York
  • Subway: 59th St/Columbus Circle: A•B•C•D•1

How to prepare[edit]

  • Bring your laptop: Editing Wikipedia is easier with a keyboard (if you don't have a laptop don't worry, the event will be in computer labs on campus). Also see Access to the Fordham WiFi Network.
  • Bring a published source to cite: Suggested books and papers will be available at the event. If you like, bring an academic paper or other reliable source of information to cite, to support your addition to Wikipedia. You will use Wikipedia to distribute information from this source. Try to bring the highest quality most reputable source you can find for the information.
  • Create a Wikipedia account, if you do not have one already.
  • If you wish, take Wikipedia's own 30-minute online training and tour at The Wikipedia Adventure.
  • Social Media: Tweet, like, comment or follow us on social media. Our hashtag/handles are #AfroCROWD @AfroCROWDit #WikiFordham #20000by2020

About the organizers[edit]

Wikipedia for Educators at Fordham Wikipedia for Educatorssupports and promotes the use of Wikipedia in the classroom,  organizes edit-a-thons on campus and promotes Wikipedia events in the community.  This is an open group made of faculty, staff, and students of Fordham University. Founded in 1841, Fordham University, the Jesuit University of New York, is committed to the discovery of Wisdom and the transmission of Learning, through research and through undergraduate, graduate and professional education of the highest quality.

Department of Records’ WomensActivism.NYC WomensActivism.NYC is a five-year celebration of women’s activism and the Women’s Suffrage Centennial. The New York City Department of Records and Information Services created WomensActivism.NYC to honor the anniversary of women winning the right to vote in New York State in 1917 and in the United States in 1920. Our goal is to create a permanent New York City archive of women who have made a difference through their activism and in turn inspire activism today. The women in the archive may be famous or unknown. They may have lived in the past or may still be working today. The only requirements are: they must be women and they must be activists. We’re collecting 20,000 stories by the 100th anniversary in 2020. Share a story.

AfroCROWD i.e.  Afro Free Culture Crowdsourcing Wikimedia (AfroCROWD) is an outreach initiative which seeks to increase awareness of the Wikimedia and free knowledge, culture and software movements among potential editors of African descent. Since its launch during Black Wiki History Month in 2015, AfroCROWD has sensitized thousands in its target audience about free culture crowdsourcing and the need to close the multicultural and gender gaps in Wikipedia. AfroCROWD has also held monthly multilingual editathons in partnership with cultural institutions, galleries, libraries, archives, museums (GLAM) and many others. AfroCROWD has also worked with professors at educational institutions like New York University, The New School, Icahn Medical School and Columbia University among others. AfroCROWD also organizes events to train future trainers in its target community.

Wikimedia NYC is the regional Wikimedia chapter serving the New York metropolitan area. They help promote free access to the world's knowledge in support of Wikipedia and the other projects of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Event Agenda[edit]

Careful study

We will open the area for registration at 4:00 PM, with introductions and the primary training session to start at 4:35 PM. We will have a brief time take a group photo at 6:30PM and time to share at 6:45PM. The program will end at 7:30 PM with wrap up to begin 30 minutes before that.

Welcome to the Edit-a-thon![edit]

What is Wikipedia?[edit]

Wikipedia is the fifth most visited website on earth (World Economic Forum), and the English language Wikipedia contains nearly 5.5 million articles, more than 40 million worldwide on 265 separate language sites, resulting in 16 billion page views per month.[7] (See the statistics page for more information.)

Our mission for today[edit]

Thanks for coming today and helping #MakeHistory with the #AfroCROWD initiative to help close the Wikipedia diversity gap on notable people of African Descent. Today's mission: Add at least once sentence or other contribution to Wikipedia about a notable woman of African descent in New York history.

Did achieve today's goal? Tell wiki coach, and we can help check your edit(s) for you

Let’s begin:[edit]

  1. Get your account/ create a username: Please don’t use your real name. It should be 6-8 characters. If you need help, please ask a Wikimedia coach
  2. Add your user name to today’s event
  3. Listen to the training or if you are editing from home or online head here for the basics overview. Head here for a simplified tutorial.
  4. Browse Editing Ideas below and choose a topic to edit (or if you already have one skip to the next step)
  5. Edit: in short - (1) click edit (2) add a sentence (3) provide a citation (4) repeat
  6. Ask for help: Don’t worry about perfection, the Wiki Coaches are here to help you.

Editing contribution types for new Wikipedia editors:[edit]

Is this your very first time? Try this:

  • Add a biographical sentence: Start with a name, a birthday, an occupation or title,  what they famously did,  and (very importantly) a citation to verify your information from a credible source(s).

How to make a citation (bibliographical reference):[edit]

1) First, click on the pencil icon on the right to begin using "Visual Editor". Visual editor makes editing easier - like writing a school paper.

2) In Visual Editor, click on the area you want to add the citation. Then click cite. If you have a website as a source, add the website to the blank area.

If you do not have a website source, click manual and follow the prompts. Then click publish. If you have questions, ask a Wikimedia coach or go to Wikipedia:Tutorial/Citing sources.

3) Then click publish.

Editing Ideas: These have lists of potential articles to create/edit[edit]

Useful Sources / References[edit]

Relevant Videos and other media[edit]

Articles to improve/create[edit]

Shirley Chisolm

Black Women's Blueprint

Articles created[edit]

Farah Tanis

Dorothy Creole

Photos from the Edit-a-thon[edit]

Blog Posts[edit]

Treglia, Kristen. “December Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon Event.” Fordham IT News, 18 Dec. 2018.


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