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University of Edinburgh edit-a-thon


Attendance at this event is ‘invite-only’ for Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows.

About the event[edit]

Have you ever wondered why the information in Wikipedia is extensive for some topics and scarce for others? On Saturday 8 June 2019, the University's Information Services team will run an edit-a-thon in partnership with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC). Full Wikipedia editing training will be given, followed by an editathon that will focus on improving the quality of articles about CSC's global alumni.

This anniversary event will offer you a chance to network with Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows studying and researching across Scotland, learn how to become a Wikipedia editor and to add and update profiles of CSC alumni on Wikipedia.

As the world’s largest web-based encyclopaedia, Wikipedia plays an enormous role in shaping how people relate to the world. But while the open nature of Wikipedia, in theory, allows content to be created by anyone, there remain significant imbalances in global participation and representation.

This event will equip you with the skills to be able to edit Wikipedia on any topic and to encourage others to do the same. Creating CSC alumni profiles to celebrate our 60th anniversary, your contribution will enhance Wikipedia’s aim to counter structural inequalities and to ensure a just representation of knowledge and people in the Wikipedia movement.

Come along to learn about how Wikipedia works and improve the knowledge available online!

We Can Edit

How do I prepare?[edit]

We are hosting this event in a computer lab so there’s no need you bring your laptop unless you have a specific setup or software on which you rely. Eduroam and guest wifi will be available on the day.

  • Create a Wikipedia account (if you only do one thing do this)
  • Learn about editing Wikipedia via our Wikipedia Basics site
  • Think about which CSC alumni you would like to write about on the day (see list below). If you have time you might want to look for a few extra sources of information in advance.


Please create an account on Wikipedia if you have not done so as yet.

  1. Join the dashboard page for today's workshop.
  2. Have a look at our new Histropedia timeline of Women's suffrage in Scotland.
  3. Have a look at our Navigation box template as an example of a Navbox template we add to the foot of pages about the Scottish suffragettes.
  4. There is a draft biography you can look at and use as an exemplar:
  5. Would you like to do more editing after today? There is a WikiProject Women in Red you can join to take part in their monthly themed editing events and we hold in-person Wiki Women in Red editing events at the University of Edinburgh too.


  • 11:00am – 11:15am: Housekeeping and Welcome (UoE staff)
  • 11.15am – 11.30am: Background and Context (Anne Anderson, CSC)
  • 11:30am – 13:00pm: Wikipedia training
  • 13:00pm – 14:00pm: Lunch
  • 14:00pm – 16:30pm: EDIT!
  • 16:30pm - 17:00 pm: PUBLISH and close.


Ewan McAndrew, Wikimedian in Residence at the University of Edinburgh

Anne-Marie Scott, Deputy Director of Learning, Teaching and Web Services 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.

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

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

Articles to be created[edit]

  1. Donald E U Ekong, Nigeria - [1]
  2. Patrick M A Chikusu, Zambia - [2]
  3. Hezekiah Lutagwaba Kamuzora, Tanzania - [3]
  4. Catherine Nanozi, Uganda - [4]
  5. Ropate Rakuita Qalo, Fiji - [5]
  6. John Douglas Waiko, Papua New Guinea - [6] - Moved to articles to be improved for John Waiko.
  7. Jitendra Gopal Borpujari, India - [7]
  8. Jabez Ayodele Langley, The Gambia - [8]
  9. Donald Agioliwhu Ukeh, Nigeria - [9]
  10. Washington A J Okumu, Kenya - [10]
  11. Aliyu Usman Mani, Nigeria - [11]
  12. Renagi Lohia, Papua New Guinea - [12]
  13. Nomthetho G Simelane Eswatini - [13]
  14. Mrs. Rita Akosua Dickson, Ghana - [14]
  15. Prof. Neelu Rohmetra, India - [15]
  16. Prof. Crispus Makau Kiamba, Kenya - [16]
  17. Dr. Gamini S V D Samaranayake, Sri Lanka - [17]
  18. Mrs. Jane Mayemu Mjojo Ansah, Malawi - [18]
  19. Mrs. Mary Dominica Kachale, Malawi - [19]
  20. Miss Ana Ineyda Luisa Namburete, Nigeria - [20]
  21. Prof. Ayodele Olajide Falase, Nigeria - [21]
  22. Prof. Simeon Chituru Achinewhu, Nigeria - [22]
  23. Prof. Olufemi Obafemi, Nigeria - [23]
  24. Dr. Eyitope Ogungbenro Ogunbodede, Nigeria - [24]
  25. Dr. Uduak Christabel Udom, Nigeria - [25]
  26. Dr. Reginald Cassius Lubisi, South Africa - [26]
  27. Dr. Muyoba Macwani, Zambia - [27]
  28. Patrick M A Chikusu, Zambia - [28]
  29. Prof. Lughano Jeremy Moses Kusiluka - [29]
  30. Ms. Agnes Ameede - [30]
  31. Prof. George William Kyeyune - [31]

Articles to be improved[edit]

Use the PrepBio tool[edit]


Suggested sources:[edit]

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

Outcomes - New pages created[edit]

To be determined.

What can I do after the event?[edit]

Join us for the event!

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

External links[edit]