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DC Women Who Wiki Workshop
Join us for this free 1/2 day workshop that starts at the very beginning of wiki editing.



Join us for this free 1/2 day workshop aimed at increasing the numbers of female Wikipedia editors. We'll explore why it's so important for girls and women to contribute to Wikipedia as well as how to join the editing community with confidence with a review of guidelines for engagement. We'll get hands-on by showing how to find information you need, setting up your Wikipedia user page, and finally editing articles. Advanced students are recommended to bring a project/topic of interest to work on in class, while beginners can simply participate in one of the general "gardening" tasks the instructors will provide.

While this workshop is specifically geared towards women MFA Degree and girls (who already have a familiarity using computers), men and boys are welcome to attend, especially parents and teachers.


A 2010 study by the Wikimedia Foundation revealed that barely 13 percent of Wikipedia contributors are female. Sue Gardner, the Foundation's Executive Director, is concerned that this gender imbalance has fueled an imbalance in information[1], with topics that typically interest Wikipedia’s core contributor base, men in their late teens and twenties, growing daily while other entries stagnate with just a few sentences. Her goal is to increase the share of female contributors to 25 percent by 2015.


Saturday, June 18, 2011
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Anyone interested in learning how to edit in Wikipedia or feels like editing and teaching others how to edit.

About the Instructors

Amy Senger is the cofounder of 1X57, a full service change agency for the social web. She is a leading voice in government, technology, and social advancement in Washington, D.C., with past projects and clients including Intellipedia at the CIA and A-Space at the DNI. She has been driving lessons enfield cited in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, Washington Life magazine, featured at SXSW, Ignite DC, Digital Capital Week and on Brazilian television, TV Globo, and was recently named a 2011 Tech Titan by Washingtonian magazine.

Steven Mandzik is also a cofounder of 1X57. He grew up in Orange County, CA, attending college at UCLA and beginning his career teaching middle school History and running an educational science camp, then working on World of Warcraft at Blizzard Entertainment. In 2006, he met his 1X57 co-founder Amy while working as instructors for the revolutionary Intellipedia Development Cell where they became experts on Enterprise 2.0 and Web 2.0 technologies, and evangelists for wikis, blogs, Twitter, and many other social media applications. Steve was also named a 2011 Tech Titan by Washingtonian magazine.


JESS3 Headquarters
1707 L St. NW
Suite #1000
Washington, DC 20036


  • Lunch and refreshments will be provided
  • Bring your own laptop (wifi will be available)

NOTE: No one under 18 can attend the event without adult supervision.

Sign up[edit]

Please register via Eventbrite:


Introduction (Amy)[edit]

  • About the Instructors
    • Amy Senger and Steven Mandzik: co-founders of 1X57
    • Andrea Baker (@immunity/immunity is a Manager for Systems of Engagement Development for AIIM International and was the Queen Bee community Manager and Head Gardener for Intellipedia, one of the largest driving Schools Twickenham enterprise wikis in the world.
    • Kirby Plessas is President of Plessas Experts Network, Inc, that specializes in bringing internet technology to government entities.

The four of us met through Intellipedia (what is Intellipedia?)

  • Plus Katie Filbert (@filbertkm) is President of the Wiki Society of DC, the soon to be official Wikimedia DC chapter.
  • Logistics
  1. Bathroom
  2. Breaks
  3. Beverages
  4. Lunch (we'll see where we're at around noon)
  5. Wifi
  • Schedule
10:15-10:30: Background/Lead-in
10:30-11:00: Goals and Expectations; What is Wikipedia?
11:10-1130: Navigating Wikipedia
11:30-12:00: Creating Your User Page
12:30-12:50: Exploring and Editing Pages
12:50-1:30: Advanced Editing (sourcing, redirects, new pages)
1:30-?: Q&A

Background/Lead-In (Amy)[edit]

Last year a study by the Wikimedia Foundation that runs Wikipedia revealed that less than 13 percent of Wikipedia contributors are female. Reasons include:

  1. Some women don’t edit Wikipedia because the editing interface isn’t sufficiently user-friendly.
  2. Some women don’t edit Wikipedia because they are too busy.
  3. Some women don’t edit Wikipedia because they aren’t sufficiently self-confident, and editing Wikipedia requires a lot of self-confidence.
  4. Some women don’t edit Wikipedia because they are conflict-averse and don’t like Wikipedia’s sometimes-fighty culture.
  5. Some women don’t edit Wikipedia because the information they bring to Wikipedia is too likely to be reverted or deleted.
  6. Some women don’t edit Wikipedia because they find its overall atmosphere misogynist.
  7. Some women find Wikipedia culture to be sexual in ways they find off-putting.
  8. Some women whose primary language has grammatical gender find being addressed by Wikipedia as male off-putting.
  9. Some women don’t edit Wikipedia because social relationships and a welcoming tone are important to them, and Wikipedia offers fewer opportunities for that than other sites.

That's why we set-up this workshop, to get more women like you involved in Wikipedia.

Plus, here is what happens when women are not involved. As the #1 knowledge resource in the world, women are being biased against, possibly unintentionally by missing women's point of views. Navigate to: MEN

Goals and Expectations[edit]

By the end of this workshop, we expect every single person in the room to:

  1. Make edits in Wikipedia
  2. Feel confident to contribute, edit and engage in WIkipedia once you leave here and
  3. Spread the word/share your knowledge!

NOTE: If you have questions, just ask and we'll talk about them as they come up.

What is Wikipedia?[edit]

A free online encyclopedia launched in Driving Instructors Twickenham 2001 that anyone can edit. Derived from the word wiki which means quick in Hawaiian.

*Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.


Navigating Wikipedia (Amy)[edit]


First Edit: Your User Page - (Amy, Steve, Andrea, Kirby)[edit]

[EXERCISE] Login/Create User Account

  • Create one (this is YOUR PAGE!)
    • My name is [name]. I work at [org/company]. My interests include [interests].
  • Italic
  • Bold
  • Bullets
  • Numbers Lists
  • Indenting
  • Links (Internal vs External)
  • Categories
  • Signature

NOTE: Save early, save often; fill in edit summaries

  • Cheatsheet:
  • My Talk
    • [EXERCISE]: Leave a message on your neighbor's TALK Page
    • Leave your signature
  • My Preferences
    • Number of edits
    • Change gender to Female
    • Email address
    • Change signature
  • My watchlist
    • check add pages I edit to My Watchlist
  • My Contributions


Exploring and Editing (Steve)[edit]

[EXERCISE] Search on a topic of interest and find a page that needs editing and edit it!

Advanced (Steve)[edit]

  • Sourcing
  • Redirects and Disambiguation
  • Creating a new page

[EXERCISE] - Create page for Leslie Bradshaw)

  • (Title, Intro, Sections, NPOV, Links, No Original Sources)


Add you username to the Attendees section: Wikipedia:Meetup/DC_WWW1#Attendees Attendees




Help Pages[edit]

  • ^ "Nine Reasons Women Don't Edit Wikipedia". [Sue Gardner Blog]. Feb 19, 2011. External link in |publisher= (help)