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Fordham Latinx 2019 editathon

Wikipedia for Educators at Fordham and the Skateboarding Digital History Project are hosting an October 8th, 2019, Edit-a-thon at Fordham University Rose Hill Campus McGinley Room 236, 4-8pm, focusing on: Latinx-American skateboarders.

Please join us as we contribute to wikipedia, writing and editing on the under-represented demographics of Latinx skateboarding and skateboarders of Latin American heritage. No experience with Skateboarding or editing Wikipedia is required but please bring a laptop, if you have one. We will have a limited number of laptops available for those who don't have their own. We will start the edit-a-thon with a brief tutorial to cover the basics and experienced Wikipedians will be around to help out. The event will be held from 4pm to 8pm but you don't have to attend the entire event.

We aim to also translate skateboarding articles into Spanish for the Spanish Language Wikipedia, so we welcome any and all Spanish language speakers.

Space is limited and refreshments will be served so please RSVP

All attendees are subject to Wikimedia NYC's Code of Conduct.

Latinx Heritage
When and Where
DateOctober 8th, 2019
Time4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
AddressFordham University Rose Hill Campus, McGinley Room 236
City, StateNew York, New York

Event details[edit]

Sign into the Event Dashboard Passcode: zsluhavw We will have a list of possible articles to work on but you can also bring your own.

  • Dates: October 8th, 2019
  • Time: 4pm to 8pm
  • Location: Fordham University at Rose Hill, New York, New York 10023
    • Note, you will need to show your photo id to security to enter campus.  
  • Subway: The "D" train subway line stops at Fordham Road and the Grand Concourse, a few blocks from the University.
  • Metro-North Train: From Grand Central: Take the MetroNorth Commuter Railroad to the Fordham Road Station stop. Exit left out of the train station. The Fordham University Third Avenue gate will be a few steps ahead of you, on your left.
  • Building/Room: McGinley room 238, view RH Campus Map for directions
  • Accessibility information: coming soon
  • Wifi: There is wifi access on campus, visit for details
  • Hashtags: #WikiFordham, #WikipediaSB, #SBDH
  • Who can attend: Open to the public, all levels welcome!
  • What to bring: We will have a limited number of laptops available so we recommend you bring your own if possible
  • Food: Pizza and drinks

How to prepare[edit]

  • Bring your laptop: Editing Wikipedia is easier with a keyboard (if you don't have a laptop don't worry, we will provide a limited number of laptops at the event). Also see Access to the Fordham WiFi Network.
  • Bring a published source to cite: You will have access to the internet and Fordham's databases while on campus. If you like, bring an academic paper or other reliable source of information to cite, to support your addition to Wikipedia. You will use Wikipedia to distribute information from this source. Try to bring the highest quality most reputable source you can find for the information.
  • Create a Wikipedia account, if you do not have one already.
  • If you wish, take Wikipedia's own 30-minute online training and tour at The Wikipedia Adventure.
  • Social Media: Tweet, like, comment or follow us on social media. Our hashtags for this event are: #WikiFordham #WikipediaSB #SBDH

About the organizers[edit]

Wikipedia for Educators at Fordham Wikipedia for Educatorssupports and promotes the use of Wikipedia in the classroom,  organizes edit-a-thons on campus and promotes Wikipedia events in the community.  This is an open group made of faculty, staff, and students of Fordham University. Founded in 1841, Fordham University, the Jesuit University of New York, is committed to the discovery of Wisdom and the transmission of Learning, through research and through undergraduate, graduate and professional education of the highest quality.

The Skateboarding Digital History Project (SBDHP), founded in 2018, is a research and publishing initiative focused on writing and promoting accessible skateboard history online. The SBDHP advocates for digitizing and publishing skateboard media online. Wil540 is an active member of the Skateboarding Digital History Project and is the co-organizer of the Latinx Skate edit-a-thon.

Wikimedia NYC is the regional Wikimedia chapter serving the New York metropolitan area. They help promote free access to the world's knowledge in support of Wikipedia and the other projects of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Event Agenda[edit]

We will open the area for registration at 3:30 PM, with introductions and the primary training session to start at 4:00 PM. We will have a brief time take a group photo at 7:30 PM and time to share at 7:45 PM. The program will end at 8:00 PM with wrap up to begin 30 minutes before that.

What is Wikipedia?[edit]

Wikipedia is the seventh most visited website on earth (World Economic Forum), and the English language Wikipedia contains nearly 5.8 million articles.[7] (See the statistics page for more information.) It is the most used encyclopedia in history. Every day, thousands of people add or edit information in Wikipedia, yet there are gaps in its coverage. You can help fill those gaps.

Our mission for today[edit]

Thanks for coming today and participating in the Latinx heritage skateboarding edit-a-thon to increase Wikipedia's coverage of skateboarding related topics. Today's mission: Add at least one article, edit, image, or reference to Wikipedia.

Let’s begin:[edit]

  1. Get your account/ create a username: Please don’t use your real name. It should be 6-8 characters. If you need help, please ask a Wikimedia coach
  2. Add your user name to today’s event
  3. Listen to the training or if you are editing from home or online head here for the basics overview. Head here for a simplified tutorial.
  4. Browse Editing Ideas below and choose a topic to edit (or if you already have one skip to the next step)
  5. Edit: in short - (1) click edit (2) add a sentence (3) provide a citation (4) repeat
  6. Ask for help: Don’t worry about perfection, the Wiki Coaches are here to help you.

How to make a citation (bibliographical reference):[edit]

1) First, click on the pencil icon on the right to begin using "Visual Editor". Visual editor makes editing easier - like writing a school paper.

2) In Visual Editor, click on the area you want to add the citation. Then click cite. If you have a website as a source, add the website to the blank area.

If you do not have a website source, click manual and follow the prompts. Then click publish. If you have questions, ask a Wikimedia coach or go to Wikipedia:Tutorial/Citing sources.

3) Then click publish.

Editing Ideas[edit]

See Category:Skateboarders


List of skateboarders with Latin American heritage who need articles:[edit]

List of skateboarders who need an article in the Spanish Language wikipedia[edit]

Additional Ideas[edit]

In addition to these topics, here are some additional tools and projects you can check out:

Editing Resources[edit]

Relevant Media[edit]