Wikipedia:Meetup/Seattle/UW Library Special Collections edit-a-thon 4-25-2015

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Allen Library, location of the Research Commons, University of Washington. Photo by Joe Mabel

WikiWork! A Collaborative Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, featuring the UW Labor Archives[edit]

When: Saturday, 4-25-2015, 10:30am-4:00pm
Who: UW students, faculty, and staff; Seattle community members
Where: UW Research Commons
Focus: Labor Archives of Washington

Would you like to learn how to edit Wikipedia? Or are you an experienced editor, looking to make connections in the UW community? Are you interested in opportunities for digital activism that makes a real impact on the way in which information is created? Or maybe you just love UW’s libraries and archives and want to share them with the world!

The WikiWork! Collaborative Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon will introduce hands-on Wikipedia editing standards and techniques, while bringing conversations about local, working class history and other issues of representation to the world’s largest encyclopedia.

Join us for this dynamic interchange of people and technology, knowledge and information.

Refreshments will be served. Space is limited. Registration is suggested but not required. RSVP today! (Note: URL for more information and registration is coming soon)

Sponsored by the UW Libraries & Cascadia Wikimedians User Group


Start Activity Duration Presenter
10:30 Coffee and check in 15 min
10:45 AM Welcome 15 min Chloe Horning
11:00 Subject matter introduction 30 min Conor Casey
11:30 Representation and Wikipedia: What’s at stake? 30 min Shameran81
12:00 Introduction to Wikipedia community norms and VisualEditor 1 hour Pine/Peaceray
1:00 Break; people write on a whiteboard to propose subjects for group work based on interest; further training on Wikipedia mechanics/community, subject matter focus, etc. 30 min
1:30 Groups get organized, group work 2¼ hours
3:45 Wrap up, surveys, next steps 15 min

Suggested starting points[edit]

From Conor Casey, Labor Archivist, Labor Archives of Washington

Recent improvements[edit]

Proposed articles to edit[edit]

Proposed articles to add[edit]

Other projects[edit]

  • Out-of-copyright text may be uploaded into Wikisource. More info about Wikisource is summarized in an English Wikipedia article:Wikisource.
  • Out-of-copyright and public domain images may be uploaded into commons:Main Page
    • International decision tree:

Decision Tree on Uploading Imagesv2

  • Under U.S. copyright law, works published before 1923 are in the public domain.
  • The US Federal government places most of its works into the public domain

Copyrights of works first published in the United States


The Research Commons will be providing refreshments and asks all to please RSVP here: wikiwork — UW Research Commons

If you would, please indicate the likelihood of your attendance so we will have an idea of the Wikipedians / Cascadia Wikimedians User Group members attending.

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