Wikipedia:Meetup/Boston/Open Access Week at MIT 2017

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Open Access Week edit-a-thon at MIT Libraries
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When and Where
Time 1pm to 4:30pm
Address MIT campus, 14N-132 DIRC
City, State Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date October 27, 2017

Open Access Week edit-a-thon at MIT Libraries: exploring MIT's open access content[edit]

Join us at MIT Libraries to celebrate Open Access Week 2017 by editing one of the largest open access projects – Wikipedia! Explore open access scholarship from MIT and beyond, including MIT dissertations and articles that are openly available. One source we’ll highlight is the MIT Libraries DSpace@MIT, which includes conference papers, images, peer-reviewed scholarly articles, preprints, technical reports, theses, working papers, research datasets and more. This collection of more than 90,000 high-quality works is recognized as among the world's premier scholarly repositories and receives, on average, more than 1 million downloads per month.

Staff from the Libraries who are experienced Wikipedians will provide a short introduction to MIT open access resources and an overview of editing Wikipedia. They will be available to answer questions throughout the session. Drop in any time during the session, and come with questions and ideas for topics! For those fluent in multiple languages, working in any language Wikipedia is welcome and encouraged. Computers will be available, but participants can also bring their own laptops.

We will provide light snacks and drinks.

The precursor to modern OA publishing

Event Information[edit]

  • Date: October 27, 2017
  • Time: 1-4:30 pm
  • Location: MIT campus, 14N-132 DIRC
  • Hosts: MIT Libraries - Phoebe Ayers, Greta Suiter

Your Wikipedia Account: If you don't have a Wikipedia user account, please try to create one in advance. Wikipedians will be on hand to assist those who need help setting up an account.

Please also sign in to our Event Dashboard, so we can track the contributions we make to Wikipedia today.


Time Activity
 DIRC open for edit-a-thon!
 Overview of library sources available; editing tutorial
 Let's edit!
 Announcements, show accomplishments, thanks, wind-down


What should I have?

* A laptop if you wish, there will also be computers available to use.
* An interest in open access, science, technology, and/or editing Wikipedia!

I have a question!

Feel free to ask on this project's talk page, and we'll put an answer here.

Participant list[edit]

Please add your Wikipedia username below (signatures are created by saving four tildes [~] in a row. If you haven't edited Wikipedia before, we will help you register for a new Wikipedia editing account on the day-of. Remote partipation is also encouraged. Participate virtually, from anywhere.

If you are attending in person, you can also register on the MIT Libraries site.

Possible topics for editing / articles to create[edit]

Topics will depend on the interests of participants, but we'll list some ideas for topics here closer to the edit-a-thon. Add your ideas! We can also draw on worklists from past edit-a-thons about Black scientists and engineers, women scientists and women architects.

Topics using MIT OA resources[edit]

Zeki Müren, a prince from outer space: reading Turkey's gender-bending pop legend as a transmedia star by Beyza Boyacioğlu

Seeing as aesthetic experience and creative action: visual practices with shape grammars in design education by Asli Arpak

Addressing the people: Architecture as a medium of the fascist narrative of national identity, Case del Fascio, 1922-1943 by Carol Rusche Bentel

Geographies of nowhere: Smeltertown and the rising wave of environmental refugees by Kendra Pierre-Louis

  • Create Wikipedia article for Smeltertown, TX?
  • Environmental migrant Wikipedia article could use a little cleaning up

Historical Essays on Heat Transfer and Heat Engineering at MIT

Project INTREX

Articles about open access[edit]

Description of open access in the countries of sister cities of Cambridge, Massachusetts: [1]

Training to Edit Wikipedia[edit]

Resources we can draw from[edit]

General sources of OA papers and resources:

Results / Outcomes[edit]

New articles[edit]


Expanded or improved[edit]