Writing Black History into Wikipedia
In anticipation of Black History Month 2016, join us for an edit-a-thon to update and improve Wikipedia articles about African Americans in STEM fields (STEM = science, technology, engineering and mathematics.) We will look at the Blacks at MIT History Project for inspiration and resources from the MIT Libraries will be on hand.
Staff from the Libraries and the Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication Program who are experienced Wikipedians will provide a short introduction and overview of editing Wikipedia and 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 are also hosting an introduction to Wikipedia edit-a-thon and workshop on teaching with Wikipedia on January 22. You are welcome to attend both events or only one!
- Date: January 29, 2016
- Time: 1-5 pm
- Location: MIT campus, 14N-132 DIRC
- Hosts: MIT Libraries - Phoebe Ayers, Greta Suiter, Jessica Ventlet; MIT Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication Program - Amy Carleton, Rebecca Thorndike-Breeze
- MIT IAP session: Register here for IAP.
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.
|DIRC open for edit-a-thon!|
|Overview of Blacks at MIT website and library sources available|
|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 black history, 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.
Is it possible to participate remotely?
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.
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Possible topics for editing / articles to create
- Marron William Fort - chemical engineer, chemistry
- Phyllis Ann Wallace - expand, info-box
- James H. Williams, Jr. - “contains weasel words”
- The Knox brothers - Chemistry
- Yenwith Whitney - Tuskegee Airman, MIT class of 1949
- Roselyn Elaine Williams - mathematician
- Joseph R. Applegate - linguist, first black faculty member at MIT
- Emmett Jay Scott - expand
- Marie Celeste Turner - first black female to attend MIT
- Edward Swain Hope
- Roscoe L. Koontz - no article
- Kenneth Manning - currently the Thomas Meloy Professor of Rhetoric and of the History of Science at MIT
- List of African-American inventors and scientists
- List of African-American mathematicians
- List of black astronauts
- List of African American women in STEM fields
- Myra Adele Logan (1908–1977), physician at Harlem Hospital
- to-do list from AfroCROWD
- Nolan Bowie: Professor at the Kennedy School of Government, scholar of the Digital Divide(s) and telecommunications, Watergate prosecutor, husband of Lani Guinier
- More topics are in to-edit lists from other Black History Month editathons, also listed at Wikipedia:Black WikiHistory Month
- Hidden History of Black Boston facebook group
- Dorothy Celeste Boulding Ferebee
Training to Edit Wikipedia
- Intro to Wikipedia slides
- Intro to Wikipedia Slides for GLAM context
- More: Cheatsheet, Wikipedia:Featured Articles, Wikipedia:Policies and guidelines, Help:Getting started, Wikipedia:Starting an article
Resources we can draw from
- Blacks at MIT History Project
- MLK Visiting Professors and Scholars Program, legacy page
- The Tech: MIT's oldest and largest newspaper
- Black Alumni/ae of MIT website
- The HistoryMakers’ ScienceMakers Collection – 200+ person video archive oral histories of African Americans in STEM fields
- National Academy of Engineering biographies
- ASBMB’s History of Black Scientists
- Historical newspapers (online) MIT Libraries
- Reference Resources (e.g. encyclopedias) online via MIT Library
- Internet Archive Digitized Texts
- Hathi Trust Digital Library
- Schomberg Center for Research in Black History edit-a-thon page
Results / Outcomes
- Marron William Fort
- Joseph R. Applegate
- Yenwith K. Whitney (draft)
- Roscoe L. Koontz (draft)
- Marie Turner (draft)