Wikipedia:Meetup/Boston/Summer 2018 Edit-a-thon at BU
|When and Where|
|Time||1:00pm to 4:00pm|
|Address||Mugar Memorial Library, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, Estin Room (Room 302)|
|City, State||Boston, Massachusetts|
|Date||July 10, 2018|
Summer ‘18 Edit-a-thon at BU
Join Boston University Libraries on Tuesday, July 10, from 1:00pm-4:00pm at Mugar Library for a Wikipedia Meetup. In anticipation of the upcoming Wikimania conference, our theme for this event will be the Global South: Bridging Knowledge Gaps. Please register here.
- Date: July 10, 2018
- Time: 1-4:00 pm
- Location: Mugar Memorial Library, Boston University, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, Estin Room (302), Boston, MA, 02215
- Host: Boston University Libraries
- Please bring: A laptop and a Wikipedia account. Don't have a laptop? Let us know when you register. Don't have a Wikipedia account? That's ok. You can try to create one in advance. Wikipedians will be on hand to assist those who need help setting up an account.
- RSVP encouraged: Please register here.
- 1:00-1:30 -- Welcome, create Wikipedia accounts
- 1:30-2:00 -- Presentation by Evelin Heidel (Scann) What Open means in the face of inequity & inequality
- 2:00-2:15 -- Introduction to editing Wikipedia
- 2:15-4:00 -- Editing
Track your participation
We will be using a Wikipedia Dashboard to easily track the edits made during this Edit-a-thon. By logging into the dashboard before you start editing, your edits will be automatically tracked, and we'll be able to collect statistics on the work we've done during this editing event.
- Go to the Summer 18 Edit-a-thon at BU program page.
- Under Actions, click Join Program.
- Enter the passcode we will provide you with.
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. You can also register here
Remote participation is also encouraged. Participate virtually, from anywhere, by adding your username to this page and working on some suggested articles!
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- EllenLibrarian (talk) 00:14, 3 July 2018 (UTC)
- phoebe / (talk to me) 15:32, 3 July 2018 (UTC)
- Voltaireloving (talk)
- LibraryRonnie (talk)
- ghost-nebula (talk)
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- AmandaRR123 (talk) 13:24, 9 July 2018 (UTC)
- Shetlie69 (talk) 14:28, 9 July 2018 (UTC)
- FuniHistory (talk) 18:22, 9 July 2018 (UTC)
- LibrarianBTeam (talk) 10:09, 10 July 2018 (UTC)
- Brookline History
- Jason.prentice.bu (talk) 13:10, 10 July 2018 (UTC)
- Dan Rabinowitz (talk)
- Eleni Castro (talk)
- Charles Riley (talk)
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Possible Topics for Editing
Dead External Links
This is a good project for beginning editors.
Dead external linkson Cleanup listing for WikiProject Libraries There are many topics related to libraries outside of the United States and Europe. Below are a few examples:
- List of national and state libraries
- Lists of film archives This list also needs websites added.
- Antigua Public Library
- General Archive of the Nation (Colombia)
- National Library of Ivory Coast
This is a good project for beginning editors.
Wikipedia's Citation Hunt tool randomly generates Wikipedia snippets that need reliable citations.
- Citation hunter search for Wikiproject Africa articles. This should bring up a random “citation needed”, but limited to articles that have been identified as “about Africa."
- Citation hunter: Wikiproject South America
This is a good project for more experienced editors.
Participate in the WikiProject United Nations/Open Access Descriptions Project and help turn drafts into Wikipedia articles. This project focuses on the state of Open Access in different countries and regions around the world using open license text from the UNESCO Global Open Access Portal descriptions. The articles should include a description of Open Access initiatives for the specific country or region you are writing about, any relevant government policies or institutional support, links to OA repositories, and other useful facts. This information is all available from the UNESCO Global Open Access Portal. Some of the text can simply be pasted in, while other sections will need editing and some original writing. You may need to adapt the layout and the style and tone of the writing and create a new first sentence which must be a definition of the subject. The text must also follow Wikipedia's three core content policies. Full directions are available at the Wikipedia:WikiProject United Nations/Open Access text page and additional instruction will also be provided at the event.
- List of missing Africa topics
- WikiProject Central America
- WikiProject India
- WikiProject South America
- Cleanup listing for WikiProject Africa
Training to Edit Wikipedia
- Wikipedia:Five pillars
- Steps for Adding Reliable Citations to Wikipedia
- Wiki Education Training Modules First time editors may wish to start with Wikipedia Essentials and Editing Basics
- The Wikipedia Adventure
- Wikipedia:Manual of Style. Wikipedia has a project page for different style manuals. There are ones for different languages, technical topics, and genres.
Resources for Research
Websites/ Freely available sources:
- Conference of Directors of National Libraries
- Wikipedia:List of free online resources
- Ethnologue:Languages of the World
- Africa South of the Sahara (Stanford University) A collection of online resources sortable by country or topic. includes Newspapers and Libraries & Archives
- UNESCO: General History of Africa This 9 volume set is now freely available as downloadable pdfs.
- South African History Online
- Access to MidEast and Islamic Resources (AMIR)
- Brill Open E-book Collection Asian Studies
- Latin American History OA Resources from Easten Arizona College
- Fordham University Guide to Open Access Resources
- Wikimedia Commons Free Media Resources- Photography
- Wikimedia Commons Free Media Resources
- Creative Commons Search
- Wikipedia guide: Public domain image resources
Resources Available at Boston University (some eresources may require a login)