Wikipedia:Meetup/Boston/Summer 2018 Edit-a-thon at BU

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Meetup/Boston/Summer ‘18 Edit-a-thon at BU
African Studies Bookshelf
When and Where
Time1:00pm to 4:00pm
AddressMugar Memorial Library, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, Estin Room (Room 302)
City, StateBoston, Massachusetts
DateJuly 10, 2018

Summer ‘18 Edit-a-thon at BU[edit]

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.

Event Information[edit]

  • 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.


Track your participation[edit]

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.

  1. Go to the Summer 18 Edit-a-thon at BU program page.
  2. Under Actions, click Join Program.
  3. Enter the passcode we will provide you with.

Participant list/registration[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. 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!


add your name here

Possible Topics for Editing[edit]

Dead External Links[edit]

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:

Add Citations[edit]

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Wikipedia's Citation Hunt tool randomly generates Wikipedia snippets that need reliable citations.

Create Articles[edit]

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.

Expand Stubs[edit]

After logging in on Our Dashboard, look for the "Find Articles" link. This allows you to do keyword search for articles and then sort them by article class. (S is stub class.)

Other Ideas[edit]

Training to Edit Wikipedia[edit]

Resources for Research[edit]

Websites/ Freely available sources:


Resources Available at Boston University (some eresources may require a login)