Join the GW4 and Exeter University Special Collections, in collaboration with our new Digital Humanities Lab, to grow the number of Wikipedia entries written by, and about unique and special collections at University of Exeter. These can be from the Special Collections, the Cinema Museum, or a collection/individual that interests you. The University of Exeter is providing a space for our educators, staff and students to share their knowledge and become confident editors, with the support of Wikimedia trainers.
The aim of the editathon is to empower staff, students and GW4 members to edit and create new Wikipedia articles, whilst making our knowledge of related material held in our collections accessible. There will be an opportunity to make additions to existing Wikipedia articles and to create new articles.
We particularly encourage participants to write about women’s history to celebrate our Hypatia collection, the subject of a recent online resource created by volunteers at http://hypatia.exeter.ac.uk/exhibits
Why engage with Wikipedia?
• Wikipedia remains a key source of knowledge worldwide and is often used as a first point of reference by our students• Women are particularly welcome as contributing to and writing about women on Wikipedia addresses gender inequality in Wikipedia content• Creating new, well referenced articles around niche subject areas in Wikipedia provides the editor with credibility in their field
The editathon takes place from 10:00-14:00 and will cover the following key topics:
• How to get started with wikis and Wikipedia• Sourcing and supporting a project• Group discussion and networking
Please bring a laptop as desktop and laptop computers will be limited. If you don’t have one already, you may wish to create a Wikipedia account ahead of the event: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:CreateAccount
Please note that this event is open for bookings by University of Exeter staff, students and GW4 members. Numbers are limited to 15 and brunch will be provided on arrival, tea and coffee will be provided throughout the event.
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Read our review of the #DCDC Conference 2017, and the session which motivated us to host editathons at the Digital Humanities Lab.