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University of Edinburgh edit-a-thon
The Fruitmarket Gallery, 45 Market Street, Edinburgh


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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? On Friday 24th November 2017, the University's Information Services team will run an editathon at The Fruitmarket Gallery in partnership with the Centre for Design Informatics (Edinburgh College of Art). Full Wikipedia editing training will be given to attendees. Thereafter the afternoon's editathon will focus on creating and improving the quality of articles about Scottish living artists.

Working together with Academic Support librarians, archivists, academic colleagues and curators we will provide training on how to edit and participate in an open knowledge community. Participants will be supported to develop articles where Wikipedia's coverage needs improved; including distinguished Edinburgh alumni, Scottish artists, their notable works etc.

Several of the pages to be created are those of Scottish women artists. In November 2014, just over 15% of the English Wikipedia's biographies were about women. Founded in July 2015, Women in Red has brought the figure up to 16.83%, as of 29 January 2017. But that means, according to WHGI, only 242,601 of our 1,441,879 biographies are about women. Not impressed? "Content gender gap" is a form of systemic bias, and this event seeks to address it in a positive way.

Come along to learn about how Wikipedia works and create new role models for young and old alike!

We Can Edit

How do I prepare?[edit]

The Manual of Style[edit]

Wikipedia has help pages which set out style guidelines for pages being created on certain subject areas. Please have a look at the following pages:


Please bring your own lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided.

  • 12:30pm – 12:45pm: Housekeeping and Welcome.
  • 12:45pm – 1:15pm: Tour of Jacqueline Donachie exhibition at The Fruitmarket Gallery.
  • 1:15pm – 2:30pm: Wikipedia training.
  • 2:30pm – 2:45pm: Comfort Break.
  • 2:45pm – 4:15pm: Research & EDIT!
  • 4:15pm – 4:45pm: Transferring drafted text to Wikipedia's live space.
  • 4:45pm – 5:00pm: Close.


Ewan McAndrew, Wikimedian in Residence at the University of Edinburgh

List of Attendees[edit]

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!


Articles to Create[edit]


Artist-run galleries

Articles to Improve[edit]


Suggested sources:[edit]

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

Individual artists[edit]

Online sources, as starting points for creating pages.

Sara Barker

Tony Swain

Toby Paterson

Kate Davis

Ilana Halperin

Torsten Lauschmann

Tessa Lynch

Niall MacDonald

Jonathan Owen

Anthony Schrag

Victoria Morton

Ross Sinclair

Kate V Robertson

Corin Sworn

Claire Barclay

Jacqueline Donachie

Outcomes - To be determined[edit]

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!