Wikipedia:University of Edinburgh/Events and Workshops/Ada Lovelace Day 2016

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Carpenter portrait of Ada Lovelace - detail
University of Edinburgh edit-a-thon
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Interview Emily Temple-Wood discussing gender diversity on Wikipedia and WikiProject Women Scientists
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About the event[edit]

Have you ever wondered why the information in Wikipedia is extensive for some topics and scarce for others? Did you know that approximately only 16% of the biographies on Wikipedia relate to notable women?

On Tuesday 11th October 2016, the University's Information Services team are running an edit-a-thon to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day 2016 which is an international celebration day of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

There will be a range of guest speakers in the morning followed by fun technology activities from 11am to 1pm. Full Wikipedia editing training will be given at 1-2pm. Thereafter the afternoon's editathon will focus on improving the quality of articles related to Women in STEM!

Ada Lovelace portrait

Working together with liaison librarians, archivists & academic colleagues we will provide training on how to edit and participate in an open knowledge community. New editors are very welcome and participants will be supported to develop Wikipedia articles; creating new role models for young and old alike.

Come along to learn about how Wikipedia works and contribute a greater understanding of Women in STEM!


The day is split in two parts: talks & technology activities in the morning and the Women in STEM Wikipedia editathon in the afternoon.

You can attend both morning and afternoon sessions or just one.

Worried about time for lunch? The fun technology activities from 11am to 1pm can be dropped in and out of and there is the Library Cafe downstairs where you can get refreshments and a bite to eat.

Not a student or staff member of the university? You can book tickets through Eventbrite.

How do I prepare?[edit]


  • 10am to 10.10am – Housekeeping and welcome.
  • 10.10am to 11am - Talks.
    • Melissa Highton – Welcome and intro about Ada Lovelace & Mary Somerville
    • Kirsty Robertson – The mentoring programme at Edinburgh University
    • Christopher D. Hollings - The maths of Ada Lovelace.
    • Stewart Cromar – The Lego Lovelace project.
  • 11am to 1pm. – Drop-in Activities
    • Metadata games (Charlie Farley & Gavin Willshaw)
    • Creating a Lego calculator/adder
    • Fun with BBC Microbit
    • Fun with Sonic Pi.
    • Colour in Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper
  • 1pm to 2pm – Wikipedia Training.
  • 2pm to 5pm – Editing.
  • 4.30 to 5pm – Transferring to Wikipedia's live space.
  • 5pm - Close.
We Can Edit
Emily Temple-Wood - Writing Diversity back into History (2minutes27seconds)


Ewan McAndrew, Wikimedian in Residence at the University of Edinburgh

Hit list of articles to be created or improved[edit]

Helpful updates could be as simple as: Making sure reference links are still appropriate and functional; Adding new inline citations/references; Adding a photo; Adding an infobox; Adding data to more fields in an existing infobox; Creating headings; Adding categories; etc.

All are welcome to add names to the list which is intended to serve as a basis for creating new articles in this important but somewhat neglected sector on the English Wikipedia.

The following is a small sample of topics to work on. Feel free to come up with your own ideas!

Articles to be created[edit]

[1] [2] [3]

[4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18]

[20] [21] [22] [23] [24] [25] [26] [27] [28] [29] [30] Joyce Wheeler shares her story (video)

Articles to be improved[edit]


Looking for ideas?[edit]


Browsing for sources[edit]

Suggested sources:[edit]

  • DiscoverEd to find books, ebooks, journals, ejournals and more.
News sources[edit]
Theses databases[edit]

Outcomes - Content created[edit]

Articles created[edit]

  • Mary_Bownes - molecular and developmental biologist; she is Vice Principal Community Engagement and Emerita Professor of Developmental Biology at the University of Edinburgh. She has taught genetics, molecular biology and developmental biology at all levels and was previously Head of the Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology at the University from 1998-2001.
  • Sheila May Edmonds - British mathematician, a Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, and Vice-Principal of Newnham College from 1960 to 1981.
  • Ann Katharine Mitchell - Decrypted messages encoded in the German Enigma cypher at Bletchley Park. Wrote several academic books about the psychological effects of divorce on children. Won a place to study maths at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford (1940–1943). At the time relatively few women went to Oxford and even fewer studied maths. There were only 5 women in Ann Williamson's year at Oxford and she remarked that the men coming to university had been taught maths much better at school than the girls. Indeed, it was suggested to her by the headmistress of her school that studying maths was "unladylike" and her parents had to overrule her school to allow her to take up her place at Oxford. Returned to university in 1970s to study social policy and in 1980 she graduated with a Master of Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh.
  • Margaret Marrs - Senior Operator of the original Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Computer (EDSAC). EDSAC was an early British computer constructed at the University of Cambridge Mathematical Laboratory in England, and the second electronic digital stored-program computer to go into regular service.
  • Code First: Girls - Not for Profit Social Enterprise that works exclusively with women in Britain to develop coding skills. The organisation promotes gender diversity and female participation in the technology sector by offering free and paid training and courses for students and professional women. It also supports businesses to train staff and develop talent management policies. As of June 2016, Code First: Girls is reported to have provided in excess of £1.5 million worth of free coding courses to more than 1,500 women since 2013.
  • PLUS another 5 Wikipedia articles were translated from English Wikipedia to Portuguese Wikipedia by Lucy Viegas using Wikipedia's new Content Translation tool.
  1. Tamar Ziegler translated to Tamar Ziegler here. Ziegler is an Israeli mathematician known for her work in ergodic theory and arithmetic combinatorics. Much of her work has focused on arithmetic progressions, in particular extensions of the Green–Tao theorem.
  2. Vyjayanthi Chari translated to Vyjayanthi Chari here. Chari is an Indian–American professor of mathematics at the University of California, Riverside, known for her research in representation theory and quantum algebra. In 2015 she was elected as a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.
  3. Stefanie Petermichl translated to Stefanie Petermichl here. German mathematical analyst who works as a professor at the University of Toulouse, in France. Topics of her research include harmonic analysis, several complex variables, stochastic control, and elliptic partial differential equations. She became a member of the Institut Universitaire de France in 2013.
  4. Cornelia Druțu translated to Cornelia Druțu here. Romanian mathematician working in the areas of geometric group theory, topology, and ergodic theory and its applications to number theory. She is a fellow and a tutor in pure mathematics at Exeter College, and lecturer in the Oxford University's mathematical institute.
  5. Mildred Sanderson translated to Mildred Sanderson here. American mathematician, best known for her mathematical theorem concerning modular invariants. She is mentioned in the book Pioneering women in American mathematics. A Mildred L. Sanderson prize for excellence in mathematics was established in her honor in 1939 at Mount Holyoke College.

Articles improved[edit]

What can I do after the event?[edit]

Join us for the event!

Helpful links[edit]

Once you've learned the basics of editing using Wikipedia’s Visual Editor, I hope that you'll stay logged in and edit or create more articles. I've added some booklets and some links below that you may find useful. As a first step you may like to check out what What Wikipedia is not along with its 5 guiding principles: The 5 pillars.

  • Please sign your messages on talk pages with four tildes (~~~~). This will automatically insert your "signature" (your username and a date stamp). The Button sig.png or Insert-signature.png button, on the tool bar above Wikipedia's text editing window, also does this.
  • If you would like to play around with your new Wiki skills without changing the mainspace, the Sandbox is for you.

You may find these useful if you want to learn further about editing:


Join us for the event!

Video guides to editing Wikipedia[edit]

Tutorials on Wikipedia editing[edit]

One page handouts[edit]

Talkpage templates[edit]

  • If the woman was born before 1950 use: {{WikiProject Women's history}}
  • If the woman was born after 1950 use: {{WikiProject Women}}
  • Add to Biography with:{{WikiProject Biography|class=|s&a-priority=|living=|s&a-work-group=yes}}
  • Add to WikiProject Women scientists:{{WikiProject Women scientists}}==Templates==


{{WikiProject Women scientists}}

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Project This article has been rated as Project-Class on the project's quality scale.

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WikiProject Women scientists.

External links[edit]

Participants - Sign Up Here![edit]

Prior to the event:

  1. RSVP: Book your place here
  2. Do you have a Wikipedia User Name?
    No? Create a Wikipedia account
    Yes? Go to Step #2
  3. Sign up! Add your Wikipedia User Name to this section by clicking the blue button below (follow instructions). Your name will be added to the bottom of this page
Don't worry! If you haven't edited Wikipedia before and don't have a Wikipedia User Name yet, we will help you on the day of the event! And remember to have fun!