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Writing Women into Wikipedia IAP Workshop @ MIT
Although Wikipedia is one of the most popular encyclopedias in the world, women are highly underrepresented on its pages. In this Massachusetts Institute of Technology IAP workshop, participants will create original Wikipedia articles about notable women in history. Emphasis will be placed on women in the STEM disciplines, but attendees may chose women from any field. Participants will learn the nuances required of successful Wikipedia biographies; discover how to add appropriate images to Wikipedia articles; research notable women missing from Wikipedia's pages using multimedia resources from MIT's libraries; and come away having created at least one viable new article. No Wikipedia editing experience required.

The event is organized by the Women's and Gender Studies program at MIT.

Cambridge, MA event details[edit]

  • Date: January 12-15, 2015 7-9 p.m. all days except Jan. 13, which will be 6-8 p.m.
  • Venue: Room 14E-316, MIT Campus, Cambridge, Mass., USA. (Map)
  • Cost: Free
  • Session leaders: Maia Weinstock of the New England Wikimedians user group and Kim Surkan of MIT Women's and Gender Studies
  • Participants: This multi-day workshop is open to all members of the MIT community, but space is limited to a maximum of 16 attendees. As such, registration is required (details below). No Wikipedia editing experience is necessary, however, participants should make themselves familiar with basic Wikipedia markup language (see the markup language cheat sheet for a tutorial). Registrants should plan to attend all four sessions.
  • Registration: Please register here
  • What to bring: Attendees should bring their own laptops and power cords. Please also be sure to create a Wikipedia account prior to the first class.
  • Etherpad:

Workshop outline[edit]

  • Day 1: Group introductions; intro to Wikipedia editing and the Wikipedia gender gap; communicating on Wikipedia; selection of subjects
  • Day 2: Hayden Library guest speaker and potential field trip (6 p.m.); how to organize your article; references and citations
  • Day 3: Adding images to Wikipedia; categories and linkbacks; submit Sandbox drafts for evaluation
  • Day 4: Revisions and publication; further article development; submission to Wikipedia main page/DYK


Suggested Topics[edit]

The following is a sampling of suggested articles to create or add upon. However, feel free to come up with your own ideas! There is an extensive list of article suggestions on the WikiWomen's History Month missing articles page.

Articles needing creation[edit]

Articles needing images (MIT alumnae)[edit]


Women in STEM Resources[edit]

Editing Wikipedia Resources[edit]


New articles created[edit]

Articles expanded, improved, or cleaned up[edit]

Event Photos[edit]

Writing Women into Wikipedia image - MIT


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