Wikipedia:University of Derby/Events and Workshops/International Women's Day Wikipedia editathon

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International Women's Day edit-a-thon[edit]

Thursday, 8 March 2018, 10am to 4pm
Venue: The Academy Bar, University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GB

International Women's Day edit-a-thon
A badge from last years event at Cambridge - New one for this event

The University of Derby Library is organising its first Wikipedia edit-a-thon! In honour of International Women's Day, we will be contributing to the Wikipedia Women in Red project's list of missing articles (see below). Women in Red are volunteers who are trying to fix the gendergap as currently the 1.5 million biographies on Wikipedia contain only 17.4% that are about women (in English. Similar problems exist in other languages.)

It's free to anyone - Just drop in during the day - Sign up (below) if you want to indicate you'll definitely be coming.

Refreshments etc[edit]

Vouchers will be provided to the first 25 participants for a free coffee or drink from Blends or the Academy Bar. Otherwise, well, we are in a bar! NB: Alcohol consumption is not required, however!

Wikimedia UK will be providing a limited range of t-shirts and badges etc for early birds.


Limited parking is available in the pay-and-display student car park (It's limited because it's term-time). There are UniBuses from Derby that everyone can use, and there's bicycle parking, too. (See here for full details). Google map: here

What will we do?[edit]

Derby University main building 2018 - you'll find the Academy Bar off the main Atrium

Our goals for the day will be: (details to be finalised by event organiser)

  • To get newcomers started with their own user account for editing
  • To encourage attendees to select one of the numerous women who don't yet have an article about them on Wikipedia. Find one that interests you to start researching and working on. See the full list here
  • to be confirmed

Of course, if you have other topics you'd prefer to work on, we'll still have experienced helpers on hand to assist you.

Come just for half an hour - or stay the full day - and learn how to contribute to the world's greatest encyclopaedia! We can help you create an account, though it's far better to create one here before you arrive.

By the end of the day, beginners will have started down the road of becoming Wikipedia editors. You'll know how to make changes, and to support each fact you add with a good reference (citation). You'll take away a handy guide on the next steps in editing Wikipedia page, as well as showing you how to get further help should you need it.

Programme for Thursday 8 March[edit]

  • 10am - 10:15am: Coffee and Tea (vouchers for the first 25 attendees)
  • 10:15 am – 10:30 am: Housekeeping and welcome from Caroline Ball, Subject Librarian, and Catherine Shipley, Study Skills
  • 10:30 am – 11:30am: Wikipedia training
  • 11:45am – 12:30 pm: EDIT!
  • 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm: Lunch break and/or further editing
  • 1:15 pm – 1:30 pm: Housekeeping and Welcome
  • 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Wikipedia training
  • 2:30 pm - 3:45pm: EDIT!
  • 3:45pm - 4:00 pm: Publish new content to Wikipedia and close of event.

Note: this is a rough outline only. As many people often drop in just for an hour or so, we'll have people here to help anyone at any time of the day.

What should I bring?[edit]

Wiki Women's Edit-a-thon (San Francisco 2012)
  • a laptop if you have one (and charger if you're staying all day)
  • your Wikipedia login details (we can create a free account for you, but it's best to do it beforehand here)
  • refreshments and/or lunch
  • enthusiasm to help contribute to the world's greatest encyclopaedia

Sign up![edit]

Please sign below if you intend to come. If you are an experienced Wikipedian and are willing to lend a hand guiding and training students who may be new to Wikipedia, please leave a note after your signature. Remote editors are also very welcome.

  • insert your name here

(just edit the page and type four tildes, like this: ~~~~ to automatically add your username here - or simply put in your real name or email. Then click the big blue Publish changes button)

Derbyshire women[edit]

Some of the women who feature now. Could you add a snippet or fix some grammar?

Outcomes from the day[edit]

This section is currently blank, as the event has yet to take place!

Article or photo wishlist[edit]

St Mary's on the Bridge - Bridge Chapel by a bloke

. . .add your ideas here!

New, upgraded or draft articles[edit]

Add the titles of your new or upgraded articles below. Feel free to list any draft articles you're working on, too.

  1. insert article name here

New pictures and videos[edit]

  • Add the titles of any uploaded images created at this event

Participant feedback (please!)[edit]

Tell us what worked or what didn't. How could we improve in future? What did you get out of the event?

  • your comments here, please
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