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Disability Editathon[edit]

I have heard from Penny Richards that a Disability Editathon might be happening sometime in June - in a just few weeks time. Further information will be posted as it becomes available. Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 14:42, 17 May 2015 (UTC)

@Penny Richards - any news on this, is it happening or not? Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 07:25, 15 June 2015 (UTC)
@Dodger67 - It didn't, but I still had the tentative date on my calendar, so I made a new entry for Dwight D. Guilfoil Jr. on that day; my one-woman Disability Editathon. ;) If we organize something, folks are definitely interested, they just couldn't fit the event into the busy schedule of the Society for Disability Studies annual meeting this past weekend.Penny Richards (talk) 15:54, 15 June 2015 (UTC)
@Penny Richards - I understand what you mean about the difficulty of fitting it into a larger event as a "sideshow". Perhaps we could arrange something with a university class or similar group. Maybe the Wiki Education Foundation could help us? I'm afraid this WikiProject is slowly decaying - for such a broad topic there is very little activity on this page. An "injection" of new participants through an editathon or class project would hopefully kick some new life into it. Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 16:46, 15 June 2015 (UTC)
P.S. Idea! How about writing a short item about the Wikipedia and this Wikiproject for the Disability Studies Quarterly? Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 17:02, 15 June 2015 (UTC)
All good ideas. I'm not an academic scholar and don't have students or space to hold an in-person event, but if someone picks a date and organizes something, even an online-only editathon, I'll be glad to publicize and participate. (Summer's not great for me to organize anything--kids home from school and all that.)Penny Richards (talk) 20:46, 15 June 2015 (UTC)

Disability during the Industrial Revolution[edit]

This BBC news article looks interesting - "What role did disabled people play during industrial revolution? - BBC News". Bbc.com. Retrieved 2015-06-15.  If further sources can be found we might have enough for a new article, or at least to add significant content to existing ones. Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 07:23, 15 June 2015 (UTC)

Interview for The Signpost[edit]

The WikiProject Report would like to focus on WikiProject Disability for a Signpost article. This is an excellent opportunity to draw attention to your efforts and attract new members to the project. Would you be willing to participate in an interview? If so, here are the questions for the interview. Just add your response below each question and feel free to skip any questions that you don't feel comfortable answering. Multiple editors will have an opportunity to respond to the interview questions, so be sure to sign your answers. If you know anyone else who would like to participate in the interview, please share this with them. Thanks, Rcsprinter123 (visit) @ 17:36, 21 June 2015 (UTC)

The article is at WP:Wikipedia Signpost/2015-07-01/WikiProject report. Unfortunately it received very little attention before or response after publication. Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 09:30, 13 July 2015 (UTC)

Copyright Violation Detection - EranBot Project[edit]

A new copy-paste detection bot is now in general use on English Wikipedia. Come check it out at the EranBot reporting page. This bot utilizes the Turnitin software (ithenticate), unlike User:CorenSearchBot that relies on a web search API from Yahoo. It checks individual edits rather than just new articles. Please take 15 seconds to visit the EranBot reporting page and check a few of the flagged concerns. Comments welcome regarding potential improvements. These likely copyright violations can be searched by WikiProject categories. Use "control-f" to jump to your area of interest (if such a copyvio is present).--Lucas559 (talk) 16:17, 2 July 2015 (UTC)

Planning a virtual edit-a-thon to improve Justin Dart's article, August 30, 2015[edit]

Hi, staff from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History (NMAH) would like to hold a virtual edit-a-thon on August 30th to add content and links to the article for Justin Whitlock Dart, Jr. to help expand disability-related information in Wikipedia. NMAH has some significant objects that Justin Dart donated and other content such as scans of his speeches, photos of objects, and images from the ADA25 celebration. I would appreciate the help of anyone interested in improving this article, and any feedback or suggestions you might have. Thank you! Uncommon fritillary (talk) 14:27, 13 August 2015 (UTC)

Hi Uncommon fritillary I've never heard of an edit-a-thon dedicated to only a single article. User:Penny Richards is our edit-a-thon specialist, though I'd be happy to help where/when I can. Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 11:41, 17 August 2015 (UTC)
Funny this came up today, because I spent some pleasant time yesterday doing the TAFI (Today's Article For Improvement), which was soufflé--several folks working together to improve a single article on the same day. So that can certainly happen. But remember the "no original research" rule (WP:OR)--scans and photos of primary sources like letters or unpublished speeches might not be as helpful as imagined for the purposes of improving the Dart entry. I'm happy to help with the Dart entry, but I'd also be very happy to see the event expanded to include other disability content on Wikipedia--there's plenty of work to be done.Penny Richards (talk) 15:22, 17 August 2015 (UTC)
Yes indeed Primary material is of very limited value and remember that per WP:Verifiability anything cited must be accessible, either as an actual publication, or in a GLAM (gallery, library, archive, museum) collection that is open to the public. I hope this may be expanded to more articles and topics related to disability. Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 16:27, 17 August 2015 (UTC)
Thank you very much for your comments and suggestions. I just created the Justin Dart virtual edit-a-thon event page today at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/DC/Justin_Dart_Jr._Virtual_Edit-a-thon_2015 . If you know of any related ADA25-themed articles that could use expanding or creating, please feel free to add them to the event page or suggest them to me to add. The National Museum of American History has made some photos and documents available on its Flickr site https://www.flickr.com/photos/nationalmuseumofamericanhistory/albums/72157657296517198/with/20825040086/ which includes some pdfs from publications for reference. I am curious how this event will turn out, especially since it was pulled together on short notice. In addition to Katherine Ott of NMAH, the organizers are from the National Council on Disability, the Executive Office of the President of the U.S., and Wikimedia DC. I think they'll be promoting the event well to their communities. Thanks again! Uncommon fritillary (talk) 22:40, 24 August 2015 (UTC)
Looks great, already facebooked and tweeted it, and added myself to the RSVPs, and added a couple topics to the list of possible new articles. I love edit-athons. Penny Richards (talk) 04:14, 25 August 2015 (UTC)

New WikiProject![edit]

In the spirit of Wikipedia:WikiProject Autism and Wikipedia:WikiProject Deaf, I have created Wikipedia:WikiProject Epilepsy. The goal will be document and improve anything and everything related to epilepsy, seizures and seizure diseases. Please join. :) Andrea Carter (at your service | my good deeds) 00:05, 20 August 2015 (UTC)