Wikipedia:University of Edinburgh/Events and Workshops/Feminist Writers editathon 2019

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University of Edinburgh edit-a-thon


  • If a member of staff or student at the University of Edinburgh, book through Event Booking - book here.
  • If coming from outside of the university then you can book through Eventbrite - book here.

All are welcome!


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

Women in Red
  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 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: Mary Blathwayt.
  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 too.

Use the PrepBio tool[edit]

About the event[edit]

Have you ever wondered why the information in Wikipedia is extensive for some topics and scarce for others? On Wednesday 10 July 2019, the University's Information Services team will run an edit-a-thon at the Chrystal Macmillan building. Full Wikipedia editing training will be given, followed by an editathon that will focus on improving the quality of articles about notable feminist writers.

Working together with Academic Support librarians, archivists & academic colleagues we will provide training on how to edit and participate in an open knowledge community. Participants will be supported to develop articles covering areas which could stand to be improved; including distinguished Edinburgh alumni, historic locations etc.

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

We Can Edit

How do I prepare?[edit]


  • 12:00 pm - 12:15 pm: Lunch and badge-making
  • 12:15 pm - 12:30 pm: Housekeeping and Welcome
  • 12:30 pm - 13:00 pm: Guest speaker: Professor Liz Stanley on the Olive Schreiner Letters Online archive.
  • 13:00 pm – 14:00 pm: Wikipedia training
  • 14:00 pm – 15:30 pm: EDIT!
  • 15:30 pm – 15:45 pm: Coffee and Tea!
  • 15:45 pm - 17:00 pm: PUBLISH and close.


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.

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]

Articles to be improved[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]

Participants - Sign Up Here![edit]

Prior to the event:

  1. RSVP:
  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!