Sydney University Press invites you to a Wikipedia edit-a-thon
Celebrate Women’s History Month by joining Sydney University Press and the University of Sydney Library for a Wikipedia edit-a-thon. We’ll be editing Wikipedia together to improve the representation of Australian women writers and researchers. No experience needed: there’ll be training sessions, cheat sheets, reference sources and roving Wiki experts on-hand – plus snacks!
Wikipedia has a diversity problem. Women make up just 12% of Wikipedia contributors and 16% of individuals profiled. But we can fix it! Every year during Women’s History Month, gatherings like this one happen all around the world. In Sydney, we’ll be focusing especially on Australian women writers, scientists and scholars.
Join us on Tuesday 28 March in Fisher Library, downstairs on Level 2, from 10am to 4pm.
You can participate all day or join us for just an hour or two, but our short training sessions for new Wikipedians will run at 10 am, 12 pm and 2 pm. BYO device or use a library PC (bookings essential). We will provide reference works, suggestions for subjects to work on, and Wiki editing assistance. Just bring yourself, and your suggestions if you have them!
If you can’t make it to Fisher but would like to take part, we’ll be live-tweeting the event and would love you to join in at home. We will also have experts on hand to answer questions remotely!
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I've registered – what happens now?
Before the event, there are a few quick steps that will help you to get the most out of your day:
1. If you don’t already have a Wikipedia account, please create one at http://bit.ly/2aH5nRk
2. If you have time, take a look at Wikipedia’s editing tutorial: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Tutorial/Editing. (If you don’t have time, don’t worry! Sign up for one of our training sessions, running at 10am, 12pm and 2pm on the day. We'll also have roving volunteers on-hand to help you get the hang of it.)
3. A little closer to the date, we'll post a spreadsheet of notable women whose Wikipedia pages either don't exist or need work. If you’d like to work on a particular page, please add your Wiki user name to the spreadsheet or email us to let us know. If you’d like to work on somebody not already on the list, that’s great. And if you have suggestions for other subjects, even if you can’t make it along on the day, please get in touch – the more the better.
I'm not from the University of Sydney; can I still come?
Yes! Fisher Library is accessible to non-card holders between 9am-6pm on weekdays. We will have options on the day to get you connected to wifi or on a computer so that you can participate. Please let an organiser know when you arrive and we'll set you up.
Can I make a suggestion for a subject?
Absolutely. We will soon have a Google doc up and running with a list of suggested subjects for people to work on. Please add the name of your subject, and put your Wiki user name next to it to let others know that you've got that particular woman covered.
Who gets to be on Wikipedia?
Wikipedia has notability and conflict of interest guidelines that outline which subjects are notable enough to be included and who can edit them. From the guidelines: "If a topic has received significant coverage in reliable sources that are independent of the subject, it is presumed to be suitable for a stand-alone article or list." You can read more at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Notability.
I have lots of experience editing Wikipedia; can I help?
Yes! If you are a long-time Wikipedian or have particular Wiki skills and would like to assist us in a volunteer capacity we are more than grateful. Please send us an email or get in touch below and we will get you involved!
Date and Time
Fisher Library - The University of Sydney Library
Level 2, Room 214
Camperdown, NSW 2006