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"Wiki loves SDGs" - Global Goals Week online edit-a-thon on SDG topics in September 2020

Update on 28 September 2020: this event is now completed. A report will be posted soon on this page towards the bottom (put the page on your watchlist to be notified). We hope to be able to organize similar events in future! If you have feedback or suggestions, please put them on the talk page. To everyone who participated in the edit-a-thon: thanks a lot for your contributions! You might like to join the group Wikimedians for Sustainable Development to stay in touch.

This is the project meet-up page for the online one-week long edit-a-thon on Sustainable Development Goals topics during Global Goals Week (19-26 September 2020), called "Wiki loves SDGs".

This edit-a-thon mobilizes a community of SDG experts and hundreds of volunteers to create and update the SDG-related articles on Wikipedia. We expect this event will help strengthen the SDG related contents on Wikipedia, raise awareness of the Goals amongst new audiences and bring attention to the overall Global Goals movement. The edit-a-thon is part of a larger initiative also called "Wiki loves SDGs" which is supported by members of Wikimedians for Sustainable Development.

This event follows the Friendly Space policy for conduct. This initiative is organized by the UK not-for-profit Project Everyone. A detailed description of to-dos and how-tos is available on this sub-page here.

Questions about the event? Email us at wikipedia@susana.org

Reporting after the event[edit]

Quantifiable outputs[edit]

Data recorded by Event Metrics[edit]

The outputs were analyzed with event metrics by creating this event.

Settings:

  • Time period used in the analysis: 15 to 29 Sept 2020
  • Wikis analysed: English Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons
  • Note: User:Scann was removed from the analysis because this user used a tool called "Find link" to add wikilinks to the article about Food prices. Whilst this is a good, valid approach, it meant that the number of pages improved jumped up by about 400 pages (934 instead of 517).

Contributions:

  • Pages created: 5 (the event metrics recorded 10 new pages but 5 of those were not relevant to SDG topics)
  • Pages improved: 517 (see table below for details)
  • Edits made: 3.3 k
  • Uploaded files: 216
  • Bytes changed: 612.2k

Impact:

  • Views to pages created: 1.6 k
  • Average daily views to pages improved: 333.7k
  • Average daily views to uploaded files: 2.5k
  • Unique pages with uploaded files: 60
  • Uploaded files in use: 86

Participation:

  • Participants: 108
  • New editors: 64
  • Retention after 7 days (beginning 7 days after the event): 7

Data recorded by Dashboard[edit]

The event's Dashboard was useful during the event to have an overview of who is editing and how much. The reporting by the Dashboard after the event is less useful as the data seems somewhat inflated. Here is the dashboard's data for this event (treat figures with care) for the time period 17 August to 29 September 2020 for the English Wikipedia:

  • Articles created: 178
  • Articles edited: 3.64 K
  • Edits, in total: 10.5 K
  • Registered editors: 328
  • Words added: 350 K
  • Article views: 10.4 million
  • Wikimedia Commons uploads: 219

Note: The data was retrieved on 6 October 2020 after removing about ten editors who did not contribute in English or who are highly experienced and active editors who edited a large number of articles that were not SDG-related. These people were removed in order to only monitor the contributions to the English Wikipedia and in order to not artificially inflate the results with "words added" or "article views" that were not SDG-related.

New articles created[edit]

We did not plan to create new articles during this event but rather improve existing articles. Nevertheless, the following articles were created by participants during the event:

  1. Aid for Trade
  2. Sustainable Development Goals and Australia
  3. Sustainable Development Goals and Lebanon
  4. Sustainable Development Goals and Ghana
  5. Sustainable Development Goals and Nigeria

In the lead-up to the edit-a-thon, the four SDG experts created the basics of the individual SDG Wikipedia articles. These included the following 12 articles (whereas these 5 already existed: SDG 6, SDG 14, SDG 15, SDG 16, SDG 17, but were pretty basic expect for SDG 6):

Prize winners[edit]

The nine volunteers who have made the most valuable contributions to SDG-related topics in the English Wikipedia during the edit-a-thon could win a cash prize of 100 Eur each. The prize winners were announced by Jimmy Wales in a video call on 25 September 2020 (recording available here on Youtube: https://youtu.be/cbxVnG-51oA). Amongst the prize winners were five women and four men. The winners were:

  1. Helena, User:Hbdelfin - Czech Republic (female)
  2. Clementine, User:Cnyirahabihirwe123 - Rwanda (female)
  3. James, User:James_Moore200 - Nigeria (male)
  4. Obiorah, User:Obiorah_Precious_Oby - Nigeria (female)
  5. Moshood User:Moshood Lasisi - Nigeria (male)
  6. Alex User:Rwebogora - Tanzania (male)
  7. Gbadegesin User:Gbadegesin Muhammed - Nigeria (male)
  8. Euphemia User:Ptinphusmia - Nigeria (female)
  9. Fatima User:Fatima993 - Lebanon (female)

Please note that this event focused on the English Wikipedia. For this reason, only the edits made to the English Wikipedia were eligible for prizes.

Participants (English Wikipedia)[edit]

We had 328 editors signed up in the event's Dashboard. These are people with either new or existing Wikipedia accounts. Of those who signed up on the dashboard, about 100 volunteers contributed to SDG-related topics in the English Wikipedia - some with a lot of edits, some with only two or three edits. Volunteers who made at least ten good edits in the English Wikipedia during the edit-a-thon will receive a certificate of participation. The list below shows participants who made some edits, in alphabetical order:

  1. User:Abbykem
  2. User:Ad Huikeshoven
  3. User:AdrianLWeb
  4. User:Ailidoffad
  5. User:AmiableArchivist
  6. User:Anonymous OMJ
  7. User:ASRASR
  8. User:Bintjummah
  9. User:Bridgewatersquad
  10. User:Brunapedia
  11. User:CaroMdB
  12. User:CCLLNN
  13. User:Chaiwe
  14. User:Cherotichkogo
  15. User:CHIENKIYANY
  16. User:Climatechangematters
  17. User:Cmb2027
  18. User:Cnyirahabihirwe123
  19. User:Coach Tobi Olaitan
  20. User:Crl8751
  21. User:DaSupremo
  22. User:Dawn and Dusk
  23. User:Discott
  24. User:Doti Nicolasia
  25. User:DSolid 7
  26. User:Emaik
  27. User:Emman2000
  28. User:EMsmile
  29. User:ENG J.L
  30. User:Esther0825
  31. User:Ezarate
  32. User:Eze2020
  33. User:Fatima993
  34. User:Femkemilene
  35. User:Fiffy.n
  36. User:Gbadegesin Muhammed
  37. User:GoEThe
  38. User:GracieOluchi
  39. User:Halamsaleh89
  40. User:Hannahrosekk
  41. User:Hbdelfin
  42. User:Hunselme
  43. User:Hspetrie
  44. User:Izewton
  45. User:James Moore200
  46. User:JenzeeO
  47. User:Juriol
  48. User:Jwale2
  49. User:Kayastha.p
  50. User:KJD Ops
  51. User:LammyRichy
  52. User:LearnSDG
  53. User:Leezie eia
  54. User:Lovegreenenergy
  55. User:Lucía_Ximena_Medina
  56. User:Magreenblue
  57. User:Mallauryce
  58. User:Msando593
  59. User:MarcePdlc
  60. User:Marinna
  61. User:Meenakshi nandhini
  62. User:Mercejiro
  63. User:Moluwaseun
  64. User:Moshood Lasisi
  65. User:Ms Kabintie
  66. User:Neha Singh Jan
  67. User:Noura2311
  68. User:Nsi014
  69. User:NyakiotheVivacious
  70. User:Obiorah Precious Oby
  71. User:Olabideen
  72. User:Oladimeji Taiye Abigeal
  73. User:Olle Terenius (UU)
  74. User:Oluremiisaac
  75. User:OzTopacio
  76. User:Pakieditor
  77. User:Papouten
  78. User:PepperAddict
  79. User:PlanetCare
  80. User:Pndolo
  81. User:ProfessorakinAkin
  82. User:Ptinphusmia
  83. User:Rahulsoman
  84. User:Rkokhalid
  85. User:RosieTMM2030
  86. User:Roy Bouwer
  87. User:Rwebogora
  88. User:Sandra Okafor
  89. User:2030 SDGs
  90. User:Shlokkss
  91. User:Smartsmartlecturer
  92. User:Source Driven
  93. User:Sparsh85
  94. User:Sqbadyvr
  95. User:SusRep
  96. User:Teemah 24
  97. User:Thee progidy
  98. User:Vee.m.likunama
  99. User:Victoria Edeme
  100. User:Zephyr Proffitt

Languages other than English[edit]

The main focus of the event was the English Wikipedia but other organizers have translated the call to action and the working lists. Find other languages:

Spanish[edit]

17 articles about the individual SDGs were created (none of them had articles in the Spanish Wikipedia before). More than 20 articles were improved, and also added references and created new articles about SDGs.

Participants:

  1. Usuario:Ezarate
  2. Usuario:Lilian89
  3. Usuario:Marinna
  4. Usuario:Scann

Macedonian[edit]

A blog post about this event is available here on Diff with the title "Wikipedia and Sustainable Development Goals: Engaging smaller Wikipedias". A full report about the Macedonian editing is available here in Macedonian language. The participants in the localized version of the initiative on the Macedonian Wikipedia created or improved 102 articles, which has substantially improved the coverage of SDG-related topics on the project. Importantly, participants have identified and used Macedonian-language sources as additional citations in articles.

The breakdown of the total figures identifies SDG 8 as the most popular goal for editing with 11 articles, followed by SDG 11 with 9. 100 new articles were created and one was improved. Most articles have been translated from other languages - not from English necessarily - but there are some developed independently and many expanded with additional content from other sources identified.

Participants:

  1. Корисник:Dandarmkd
  2. Корисник:Delova e
  3. Корисник:Kiril Simeonovski
  4. Корисник:КатеринаКајевска
  5. Корисник:Тиверополник
  6. Корисник:P.Nedelkovski
  7. Корисник:Професор 18+
  8. Корисник:Иван Ж

Catalan[edit]

All the individual SDG articles were created in the Catalan Wikipedia, translated from the English Wikipedia.

Participants:

  1. Marinna

Portuguese[edit]

There was only one article created in September during the edit-a-thon (pt:Objetivo de Desenvolvimento Sustentável 12 by pt:user:Beatriz Brajal. Another one was created in October pt:Objetivo de Desenvolvimento Sustentável 14 by pt:User:GoEThe.

Participants:

Articles improved (Top-100)[edit]

The tool "Event Metrics" was applied to this event and found that 517 articles were improved. Below we show the Top-100 of those articles, ordered by "Bytes changed during event" (you can re-order the table by clicking on the little triangles). About 5 articles were removed from the list because they were completely unrelated to the SDGs.

Number Title Edits during event Bytes changed during event Avg. daily pageviews Incoming links
1 2020 Western United States wildfire season 304 78653 1578 27
2 Sustainable Development Goal 12 106 32109 79 30
3 Timeline of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana 13 20133 69 764
4 Sustainable Development Goal 3 205 16938 128 38
5 Sustainable Development Goal 17 131 16700 131 21
6 Sustainable Development Goal 9 83 14677 83 13
7 Sustainable Development Goal 7 91 14588 80 22
8 Developing country 41 14117 2177 1201
9 Sustainable Development Goal 1 207 14107 219 21
10 Sustainable Development Goal 4 148 13408 129 40
11 Gross domestic product 16 13406 4929 3023
12 Sustainable Development Goal 2 185 12264 162 20
13 Sustainable city 28 12054 164 313
14 Sustainable Development Goal 8 59 11290 87 27
15 COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana 32 10292 499 777
16 Urban planning 20 9965 752 2977
17 Waste management 10 9835 1824 1450
18 Sustainable Development Goal 11 62 9255 101 19
19 Sustainable Development Goal 10 102 9040 88 33
20 Causes of poverty 27 8776 694 9
21 Sustainable Development Goal 5 89 8741 106 32
22 Sanitation worker 1 8084 53 133
23 Sustainable Development Goal 13 41 7936 96 23
24 Food prices 18 7784 37 443
25 2020 California wildfires 194 7087 6376 259
26 Climate change 178 4874 5544 5365
27 International Monetary Fund 6 4611 3351 5022
28 Sustainable Development Goal 15 47 4531 79 26
29 Remittance 14 4471 419 285
30 Sustainable Development Goals 158 4457 4594 1430
31 Sustainable energy 40 4392 3472 860
32 Corruption 3 4121 1693 1202
33 Vulnerable adult 14 4074 135 54
34 Biodiversity loss 16 3707 379 633
35 Reforestation 3 3691 289 1326
36 Birth certificate 13 3563 706 392
37 Indigenous peoples 23 3157 3218 2506
38 Ocean acidification 13 3094 433 1162
39 Climate change adaptation 12 3070 216 435
40 Government procurement 4 3053 189 205
41 Open defecation 20 2941 427 684
42 Reuse of excreta 15 2898 69 141
43 Economic inequality 23 2880 832 1126
44 Transport 13 2864 1159 2259
45 Sustainable Development Goal 6 25 2723 179 52
46 Youth unemployment 8 2647 191 310
47 Child marriage 30 2590 846 692
48 Poverty 25 2338 1805 2872
49 Ghana 22 2187 5197 23294
50 Poverty in Moldova 4 2139 52 130
51 Education for sustainable development 6 2067 87 32
52 Research 7 2034 2306 3006
53 Swachh Bharat Mission 6 1909 1820 311
54 Enabling technology 16 1883 31 10
55 Malnutrition 14 1867 1473 1369
56 North-South divide 6 1863 944 288
57 Wildlife smuggling 9 1845 64 148
58 Child poverty 6 1813 85 69
59 Microplastics 4 1802 415 124
60 Hepatitis 19 1792 1310 1198
61 Water supply 6 1783 246 1373
62 Effects of climate change 11 1775 860 320
63 Global health 10 1731 224 632
64 Climate change mitigation 11 1694 397 1225
65 Poverty reduction 16 1680 511 370
66    Green infrastructure 8 1636 87 120
67    Sustainable tourism 7 1579 375 564
68    Industrialisation 4 1536 622 894
69    Maternal death 7 1474 725 588
70    Fisheries subsidy 6 1459 5 1
71    Environmentally friendly 6 1368 274 529
72    Justice 2 1367 1090 2383
73    Marine conservation 5 1342 104 677
74    Educational technology 29 1330 1040 586
75    Sustainable development 26 1305 3009 2087
76    Recycling 11 1291 1346 2322
77    Hazardous waste 10 1254 411 599
78    Anemia 7 1222 1915 1289
79    Eutrophication 5 1191 1093 870
80    Nonformal learning 4 1188 254 40
81    Regional effects of global warming 1 1186 157 312
82    Infrastructure 5 1185 808 2088
83    Carbon tetrachloride 3 1174 771 695
84    Financial market 4 1169 907 995
85    Ghana Infectious Disease Centre 2 1143 9 808
86    Genetic diversity 8 1141 413 642
87    Neglected tropical diseases 23 1133 228 246
88    Domestic violence 14 1104 2817 2823
89    Human trafficking 11 1099 1526 2512
90    Foreign direct investment 5 1083 1044 1054
91    Extreme poverty 20 1052 455 243
92    Drinking water 14 1042 736 1302
93    Poverty threshold 6 1009 659 606
94    Tobacco control 2 989 33 264
95    Export 5 971 299 1017
96    National Board for Small-Scale Industries 2 959 12 6
97    Marine pollution 9 952 521 920
98    Occupational safety and health 6 945 1382 2612
99    Climate Week NYC 5 938 27 5
100    Agricultural productivity 3 936 168 82

Logistics[edit]

Virtual workroom for the online edit-a-thon on SDG topics in September 2020. Anyone is welcome to join!

Date, time and location[edit]

  • Date and time: 19 September 9:00 CET until 26 September 16:00 CET (during Global Goals Week)
  • Location: Online.
  • Virtual workroom (online platform): The link for this project is https://fb.me/g/3aTi3vIQp/rGKMKM3B (copy link into your browser) on Workplace by Facebook. More information about the workroom is available in the Welcome Note here.

Registration[edit]

  • Step 1: Create your Wikipedia account here or log into Wikipedia if you already have an account. If you have a problem with a blocked IP address, please e-mail us: wikipedia@susana.org.
  • Step 2: While logged in to Wikipedia, register on our Outreach Dashboard for the event here. This gives us an overview of all edits made during this edit-a-thon. You can see who else has registered here in this List of editors.
  • Step 3 (recommended for best results): Come to the virtual workroom: https://fb.me/g/3aTi3vIQp/rGKMKM3B to coordinate activities, collaborate with others, and ask questions. Copy and paste the link in your browser and click enter to go to the room. If you have problems with entering, just e-mail us: wikipedia@susana.org.

Organizers[edit]

Prizes[edit]

WikiCup Trophy Gold.png

The nine volunteers who have made the most valuable contributions to SDG-related topics in the English Wikipedia during the edit-a-thon will receive a cash prize at the end of the edit-a-thon of 100 Eur each. The prize recipients will be announced at the end of the edit-a-thon. The organizers will determine who the volunteers with the most valuable contributions were based on quality and quantity of their editing contributions. To make this judgement, the editors will carefully review the volunteers' contributions as per the data collected in the event's dashboard here.

In order to encourage more female participation, at least four of the cash awards will be awarded to a female participant.

You can only be eligible for the prize money if you are editing while logged into Wikipedia and if you have registered for the event's dashboard - see above under registration. This means anonymous edits cannot be counted and neither can edits be counted of someone who did not register for the dashboard. Double check that you are registered by taking a look at the list of editors here. If you have any doubts, just e-mail the organizers at wikipedia@susana.org.

FAQs[edit]

We have created a list of Frequently Asked Questions about this event and it's available in this Google drive folder.

Participants[edit]

Promotion of female editors[edit]

We particularly encourage women to participate as editors in this event. Why? We want to help reduce the gender gap on Wikipedia. This refers to the fact that Wikipedia contributors are mostly male, the fact that relatively few biographies on Wikipedia are about women, and the concept that topics of interest to women are less well-covered. The estimated portion of women editors has fluctuated from a low of 9% to a high of 20% since the founding of Wikipedia.[1][2]

Who can volunteer[edit]

Anyone can take part in this event provided you have a reliable internet connection, an interest in the SDGs, good knowledge of the English language and a desire to improve Wikipedia content.

How you can get involved[edit]

What you can do[edit]

You can:

  • Improve the 17 SDG Wikipedia articles as well as other SDG-related Wikipedia articles - see list below. Some (few) new articles will also need to be created.
  • Help with conceptualizing the work that needs to be done for SDG content on Wikipedia, including pointing us to relevant references. Use the talk page at the top left for this purpose.

You can also help with advertising the event on social media (see hashtags and example tweets above)

  • Hashtags: Primary hashtag: #WikiLovesSDGs Secondary hashtags you can use: #GlobalGoalsWeek #GlobalGoals #SDGs #Act4SDGs #GetInvolved #Volunteer #UNGA75 #SignUp. Please help us promote this project on twitter or other social media.
  • Shortened URL to this page: https://tinyurl.com/SDGsWikipedia2020
  • Possible tweets to advertise this event (note the volunteer sign up form has now closed):
    • In September (19-26th), I will be working with volunteers from around the world to deliver an exciting online edit-a-thon where we'll create Wikipedia articles for the #GlobalGoals. Join us, #volunteer & be a part of an exciting opportunity! #WikiLovesSDG
    • #DidYouKnow that there are only a few pages on the #GlobalGoals on Wikipedia and most of them need improving? Come join me on 19-16th September for our online edit-a-thon and be a part of something exciting in September! #WikiLovesSDGs

Help...! I have never edited Wikipedia before![edit]

How to get started:

  • Choose a Wikipedia article that interests you (from the lists below) and click on it to get to know what's already there
  • Ask yourself "what changes do I think this article needs?" See the next section for ideas.
  • Then click on one of the topics, click "edit" and start editing. Only make small changes at first until you get the hang of it.

For people who are new to Wikipedia please see here for explanations on how to do things in Wikipedia: how to edit

If you are new to Wikipedia this is what we recommend you do, in a nutshell:

  • Get a Wikipedia user name (think about real name versus non-real name, see Username policy).
  • Adjust your "Preferences" within Wikipedia - see here how it's done: Finding your way around Wikipedia (for novices).
  • Go to this page and tackle one of the easiest tasks first: Edit-a-thon task list, just click on "edit" in any Wikipedia article.
  • Do not copy & paste chunks of text, but instead write sentences in your own words, with reference to back up what you are saying. Do not add content directly from publications or website that are under copyright (see: Copyrights in Wikipedia). You need to paraphrase that content and cite the source.
  • When writing, use language that is easy to understand for a layperson, especially for a person who does not have English as their first language.
  • View these short "how to" videos here on the tasks page.
  • Browse useful guides to Wikipedia here on the tasks page.

More tips for novice Wikipedians are available here on the tasks page.

What kind of article improvements are we looking for?[edit]

This is an example of the work we will be doing during the edit-a-thon: We will be adding some of the world maps for the goals' indicators which SDG Tracker has made available and which another Wikipedian has kindly already imported into Wikimedia Commons: Goal 16, Indicator 16.9.1.: Completeness of birth registration, 2016[3]

Some guiding questions for improving existing articles are given below (the exact methods on how to make these changes is explained here):

  • Does the article need some content about the situation in developing countries and about SDGs?
    • Are hyperlinks (Wiki links) from content articles to the right SDG articles already in place or still need to be added? Example where this was recently added (from "wastewater treatment" to SDG 6), see here.
  • Does the lead need to be improved?
  • If the article is about SDGs, does it already include the maps from SDG Tracker / Our World in Data to show data about the indicators? See SDG 6 as an example.
  • Does the readability need improvement?

Which Wikipedia articles are SDG-related and need work?[edit]

The full list of SDG-related Wikipedia articles that require improvement are listed in the sub-page here. The terms were selected by reviewing the targets and indicators of the goals (some of the terms appear for several SDGs), see List of SDG targets and indicators.

The table below only shows a prioritised selection (2-3 articles per SDG). This is just meant to make it easier to decide what to focus on. It does not mean that the other Wikipedia articles are "out of bounds". You can suggest other articles on the "talk page" by clicking on the "talk" tab at the top of this page.

Click on the arrows in the table headers to sort the table by view rates or by alphabetical ordering.

Goal Main articles in need

(short version; long version available in sub-page)

Daily view rates

(average for several years, assessed July 2020)

SDG expert / Wikipedian

who can assist you

(time zone)

Overarching, applies to all SDGs Sustainable development goals 2810 User:EMsmile (Brisbane)
Developing countries 2163
Global Goals Week (article recently created in August 2020) 2
Goal 1: No Poverty SDG 1 Created in September 2020 User:Doti_Nicolasia (Nairobi)
Natural disaster 3408
Poverty 2545
Goal 2: Zero Hunger SDG 2 Created in September 2020 User:Brunapedia (Beirut)
Hunger 355
Malnutrition / Undernourishment 1460
Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being for People SDG 3 Created in September 2020 User:Doti_Nicolasia (Nairobi)
Family planning 817
Maternal death / Maternal mortality 766
Goal 4: Quality Education SDG 4 does not exist yet User:Doti_Nicolasia (Nairobi)
Education 7645
Educational equity 219
Goal 5: Gender Equality SDG 5 Created in September 2020 User:Doti_Nicolasia (Nairobi)
Equal opportunity 340
Gender inequality 984
Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation SDG 6 50 User:EMsmile (Brisbane)
Drinking water 969
Hygiene 1236
Sanitation 937
Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy SDG 7 Created in September 2020
Electrification / access to electricity 188
Renewable energy 2818
Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth SDG 8 Created in September 2020
Informal economy / Informal employment 400
Sustainable development / Sustainable economic growth 2700
Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure SDG 9 Created in September 2020 User: Olabideen (Ilorin)
Infrastructure 1165
Small business / small scale industry 827
Goal 10: Reducing Inequalities SDG 10 Created in September 2020 User:Doti_Nicolasia (Nairobi)
Economic inequality 877
Human rights 3342
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities SDG 11 Created in September 2020 User: Olabideen (Ilorin)
Natural disaster / water-related disaster 3407
Urbanisation / Sustainable urbanisation 1351
Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production SDG 12 does not exist yet
Food waste 488
Sustainable tourism 356
Goal 13: Climate Action SDG 13 does not exist yet User:RosieTMM2030 (Chicago)
Effects of global warming / Impacts of climate change 2118
Global warming / climate change 9457
Sustainable energy / Clean energy 1400
Goal 14: Life Below Water SDG 14 42 User:Brunapedia (Beirut)
Marine pollution 537
Ocean acidification 586
Goal 15: Life on Land SDG 15 30 User:Brunapedia (Beirut)
Ecosystems 2897
Reforestation 304
Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions SDG 16 35 User:RosieTMM2030 (Chicago)
Corruption 1741
Justice 1038
Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals SDG 17 25 User:RosieTMM2030 (Chicago)
Capacity building 405
Sustainable development 2700

Background[edit]

Global Goals Week logo

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals set to be accomplished by 2030. Key to making the SDG process successful is to make the information and data on the 17 goals available and understandable. Wikipedia is one of the world’s most visited websites, receiving more than 18 billion page views per month. It is the world’s most comprehensive encyclopedia and offers access to free knowledge to a huge, diverse audience. There are currently massive gaps in content about the Global Goals on Wikipedia – only some of the goals have their own articles. In addition, hundreds of other Wikipedia articles which could and should be linked to specific Goals are not.

September 2020 is a crucial moment for the Sustainable Development Goals – otherwise known as the Global Goals. World leaders will virtually come together for the General Assembly, it will mark five years since the Global Goals were agreed and the 75th anniversary of the UN. During Global Goals Week (18-26th September), civil society organisations will also come together to advocate for leaders to use the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as a framework to turn it around and build a new and better world for everyone, everywhere.

With COVID-19 halting progress towards reaching these Goals, it is crucial that the Global Goals movement continues to build momentum and drive awareness, action and accountability. This means, where possible, more online events, more virtual community building and better inclusivity.

Purpose and objectives[edit]

The overall purpose of this initiative is to spread free knowledge about the 17 SDGs and their key content topics through Wikipedia.

Through this project we plan to:

  • Raise awareness of the Global Goals using the 5th most visited website.
  • Democratise knowledge by providing information on the Goals and the thematic areas they cover to those who would not otherwise have access.
  • Create buzz around the Goals during Global Goals Week and the 5th anniversary of the Global Goals’ agreement.
  • Engage the Global Goals community giving citizens, activists, academics and many others the opportunity to contribute during Global Goals Week and to feel that they have made a meaningful, tangible contribution.

Methods[edit]

As part of Global Goals Week (18-26th September), we will hold a virtual week-long edit-a-thon. We’ll bring together volunteers and experts from around the world to create and edit Wikipedia articles on the Global Goals. During this edit-a-thon, participants will:

  • Develop new Wikipedia articles for those Goals that do not have their own article yet and improve the existing SDG articles.
  • Improve other Wikipedia articles that are linked to the SDGs e.g. linking maternal mortality to Goal 3.
  • Insert relevant hyperlinks between a range of different Wikipedia articles on SDG topics to ensure users can learn as much as possible on a given Goal or topic.
  • Add images to the pages to make the pages more communicable

References[edit]

  1. ^ Torres, Nicole (2016-06-02). "Why Do So Few Women Edit Wikipedia?". Harvard Business Review. ISSN 0017-8012. Retrieved 2020-06-26.
  2. ^ Balch, Oliver (2019-11-28). "Making the edit: why we need more women in Wikipedia". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-06-26.
  3. ^ Ritchie, Roser, Mispy, Ortiz-Ospina (2018) "Measuring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals" (SDG 16) SDG-Tracker.org, website