Wikipedia:University of Edinburgh/International Women's Day 2019

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Women of Edinburgh - Real Queens Fix Each Other's Crowns

University of Edinburgh edit-a-thon


What do I need? Please bring a laptop as desktop computers will not be provided. You can also Create a Wikipedia account ahead of the event.

About the event[edit]

Join us to celebrate lives & contributions of the suffragettes and all the incredible women missing from Wikipedia!

The University's Information Services team will run a Wikipedia edit-a-thon focusing on improving the quality of articles about notable women; with a particular focus on women associated with Edinburgh.

Have you ever wondered why the information in Wikipedia is extensive for some topics and scarce for others?
As of 4 March 2019 only about 17.73% of the English Wikipedia's biographies are about women. Not impressed?

No prior knowledge is required. You’ll learn how to edit Wikipedia and participate in an open knowledge community. Participants will be supported to develop articles of their choice related to notable women missing from Wikipedia. NB: Please bring a laptop along to the event or email me at if you require to borrow one for the event.

We Can Edit

How do I prepare?[edit]

  • Sign up for the event
  • Create a Wikipedia account
  • Bring a laptop (wi-fi will be provided)
  • Learn about editing if you like via our Wiki Basics tutorial.
  • Think about what you would like to edit - there are some suggested pages below we think could and should be created but you are more than welcome to prepare some materials to bring with you on the day.

First things first[edit]

Use the PrepBio tool[edit]


  • 11am-11.15am - Housekeeping and Welcome.
  • 11:15am-11:30am - Gender and Equality PhD Intern, Francesca Vavotici.
  • 11:30am-12:45pm- Wikipedia training.
  • 12:45am-1pm - Room shuffle.
  • 1pm-2pm Lunch and naming ceremony for the Brenda Moon room.
  • 2pm-4:30pm – EDIT (and badge making).
  • 4:30pm-5pm – Publish.
  • 5pm – Close.

Then you can check how long it takes for your new page to appear in Google's top ten results!


Ewan McAndrew, Wikimedian in Residence at the University of Edinburgh


  • To be determined.

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 creating new articles in this important but somewhat neglected sector on the English Wikipedia.

Articles to be created[edit]

BDSW articles[edit]

Bletchley Park women - Roll of Honour[edit]

Stub article to be improved[edit]

The Eagle House suffragettes[edit]

Commemorating the suffragettes who each planted a tree in Annie's Arboretum following their release from prison after hunger strikes.

Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women[edit]

Articles to be improved[edit]


Participants are also encouraged to make full use of the University of Edinburgh's extensive online resources, such as databases and e-journals, as well as any of their own research material that they may have access to.

Suggested sources:[edit]

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!