Wikipedia:University of Edinburgh/Events and Workshops/YAS editathon 2019

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Royal Society of Edinburgh
University of Edinburgh edit-a-thon


To be assured of your place at the event, you can book through the RSE website here.


Women in Red

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 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: Jocelyn Bell Burnell or the 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 of Edinburgh too.
  6. Encouragement from Ewan McAndrew, Siobhan O’Connor, Dr Sara Thomas and Dr Alice White in Women scientists being whitewashed from Wikipedia, The Scotsman, 12 March 2019

About the event[edit]

Have you ever wondered why the information in Wikipedia is extensive for some topics and scarce for others? On Wednesday 5 June 2019, the University's Information Services team will run an edit-a-thon in partnership with the RSE Young Academy of Scotland, at The Royal Society of Edinburgh. Full Wikipedia editing training will be given, followed by an editathon that will focus on improving the quality of articles about female Fellows of the RSE.

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!

We Can Edit

How do I prepare?[edit]


  • 1:00 pm - 1:15 pm: Housekeeping and Welcome from Siobhan O'Connor, YAS Co-Chair
  • 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm: Talk: Women in Science exhibition and Tapping all our Talents inquiry, Professor Lesley Yellowlees CBE FRSE, Chair of the RSE Tapping all our Talents Review 2018
  • 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm: Wikipedia training
  • 2:15 pm – 2:30 pm: Coffee and Tea
  • 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm: EDIT!


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]

Mandy (Margaret) MacLean

Mercedes Moroto-Valer

Nicola Stanley-Wall

Silvia Paracchini

Louise Heathwaite

Ruth King

Articles to be improved[edit]

Niamh Nic Daeid

Rona MacKie

Sharon Ashbrook

Sheila Rowan

Catherine Heymans

Hilary Critchley

Ineke De Moortel

Anna Dominiczak

Muffy Calder

Polly Arnold

Raffaella Ocone

Eva Hevia

Karen Faulds

Lesley Yellowlees

Rebecca Lunn

Sue Black

Anne Glover

Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Use the PrepBio tool[edit]

June 2019 priorities for WikiProject Women in Red[edit]

Join WikiProject Women in Red and add a userbox to your page.

  • In addition to our monthly editathons, you can cover women in any sphere of interest by taking part in our continuing #1day1woman initiative.

Special initiative for 2019

  • Throughout the year, we will be maintaining month-by-month interest in our Focus on Suffrage initiative.

Happening now

Recently concluded

If you participate in WiR, you can join up officially using the box in the top right-hand corner of this page. You are also welcome to add our userbox template {{User WikiProject Women in Red}} to your user page, to produce:

Women in Red logo.svgThis user is a member of WikiProject Women in Red (redlinks→blue)

Lists of red links[edit]

WiR works by filling in missing articles based on extensive lists of needed topics. The index to our wide range of topics and nationalities can be found at the Redlist index. Please make these red links blue. Notable women without a Wikipedia biography can be added to any crowd-sourced redlists they match; and added to wikidata such that they're included in wikidata-derived redlists. We also have a guide to adding names to redlists.

Interview Emily Temple-Wood discussing gender diversity on Wikipedia


Suggested sources:[edit]

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

Outcomes - New pages created[edit]

Margaret Paulin Young started science lessons for Glasgow girls

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 #3
  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!