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Women in Science, Part II

An Edit-a-Thon
Participate as a volunteer and you could earn the official SIA barnstar!

The Smithsonian Institution Archives, welcomes online participants to its second edit-a-thon focused on women in science in celebration of Women's History Month (See our Women in Science to-do list). As a remote participant, you will have access to a live stream of a behind-the-scenes tour and a discussion on the Science Service collection and the portrayal of women in the media by Archives' research fellow, Marcel LaFollette. LaFollette is the author of "Science on the Air: Popularizers and Personalities on Radio and Television" and "Science on American Television: A History."

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
3:00 - 6:00pm
All volunteers with basic knowledge of editing on Wikipedia are welcome. This gathering is part of a communication course taught by Andrew Lih at the American University on Wikipedia & Public Knowledge. Loyola University-Chicago students interested in women and science will also join us online.
For American University Students: Smithsonian Institution Archives
600 Maryland Ave. SW, Suite 3000, Washington, D.C. 20024 (Directions here)
For remote participants, join the live stream (Link to Google Hangouts on Air). During editing, join us at the Women in Science Etherpad and on Twitter at #WomenSciWiki.
RSVP Required
Please sign up below if you plan on joining us remotely.


Women in Science Edit-a-Thon Schedule
Time Activity
3:00-3:05 pm Welcome with Smithsonian Institution Archives Director, Anne Van Camp
3:05-3:20 Behind-the-Scenes Tour, Ellen Alers, Head Reference Archivist
3:20-3:40 The Science Service Collection and Women in Media, Marcel LaFollette, Research Fellow - Download pdf of her presentation here!
3:40-6:00 Edit-a-Thon

Questions? Add your own[edit]

  • How do I join the behind-the-scenes tour and discussion?
  • How do I RSVP?
  • Add your name to the list below if you plan on joining us remotely.
  • Can I share what I’m doing?
  • Yes, please feel free to share what you’re working on on your preferred social network using #WomenSciWiki and invite your friends to join us remotely!
  • Where can I find presentation by Marcel LaFollette?
  • What copyright status can I upload images with?
  • Science Service images should be uploaded to the Commons with "no known copyright restrictions."Template is here


Remote Attendees[edit]

Due to space constraints, we're only accepting remote participants. Please let us know if you plan on joining us!


  1. Digitaleffie (talk) 15:19, 5 March 2014 (UTC)
  2. Penny Richards(talk)--probably won't join the livestream, but I will work on the to-do list that day
  3. Meghaninmotion (talk) 14:21, 18 March 2014 (UTC)
  4. Mary Mark Ockerbloom (talk) 14:51, 18 March 2014 (UTC)
  5. Duckduckstop (talk) 16:20, 18 March 2014 (UTC)
  6. Western_flyer (talk)


  1. Geraldshields11 (talk) 03:04, 5 March 2014 (UTC)
  2. Riccaferr (talk)
  3. Pete (talk)
  4. Your name here

List of articles we will be working on[edit]

We have added several names to our Women in Science to-do list. Next to each name are resources in the Smithsonian's collections for article citations. You're welcome to add your own!


There are specific resources for each article available in the Women in Science to-do list. Below are more general resources that may be useful during the edit-a-thon.

Websites, library catalogs, & databases[edit]

Useful templates for Women in Science[edit]

Help after the event[edit]

About the Smithsonian Institution Archives[edit]

The Smithsonian Institution Archives captures, preserves, and makes available to the public the history of this extraordinary Institution. From its inception in 1846 to the present, the records of the history of the Institution—its people, its programs, its research, and its stories—have been gathered, organized, and disseminated so that everyone can learn about the Smithsonian. The history of the Smithsonian is a vital part of American history, of scientific exploration, and of international cultural understanding. Learn more about the Archives here.

Results and outcomes[edit]

Article Creation[edit]

New articles
Updated articles
Images uploaded to Wikimedia Commons