A Wikipedia Memorial Edit-a-Thon
May 21-22, 2014
Boston and Providence
Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
Wednesday, 21 May 2014, 4:00 to 9:00pm
Digital Scholarship Commons at Snell Library
Brown University (Providence, RI)
Thursday, 22 May 2014, 1:30 to 6:00pm
Digital Scholarship Lab at Rockefeller Library
What it is: Participants from around New England are invited to gather at Brown and Northeastern to edit and create Wikipedia entries on women and other underrepresented subjects. Resources will be available, especially for Massachusetts and Rhode Island topics, to use as citations in your entries.
What to bring: Your laptop and a power adapter.
You do not need to be an experienced Wikipedia editor in order to attend, just bring a willingness to learn.
Hashtags: #wadewitz and #wikiwomen
RSVP: Sign up on the Wikipedia Event pages using your username or the alternative methods found on the event pages.
Writing for Wadewitz is part of a global event to memorialize eighteenth-century scholar and Wikipedian Dr. Adrianne Wadewitz, who died suddenly in April. Her work is recognized internationally as helping to encourage more women to contribute to Wikipedia to tackle the gender gap and systemic bias in its content. Wadewitz was one of the first academics to bring Wikipedia into the classroom as part of the Wikipedia Education Program, working with her students to improve Wikipedia instead of writing traditional term papers. She had over 50,000 edits and wrote numerous featured and good articles, including Mary Wollstonecraft. You can read more about Wadewitz and her contributions via The Wikipedia Signpost, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and the Omaha World-Herald.
If you cannot make the May events, there's also a June 25th Boston Meetup scheduled.
Questions? Contact Co-Organizer, Emily MN Kugler.