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Women in Wikipedia: 2018 Sydney Edit-a-thon

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Fisher Library - The University of Sydney Library

Eastern Avenue

Camperdown, NSW 2006

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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. No experience needed: there’ll be training, cheat sheets, references and roving Wiki experts on-hand – plus snacks!

Why?

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.

When? Where?

Join us on Tuesday 20 March in Fisher Library, downstairs on Level 2, from 10am to 3pm.

You can participate all day or join us for just an hour or two, but our structured training session will run at 10am. BYO device or use a library PC (bookings essential). We'll provide training, 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. Let us know what you are working on!

If you have any questions, please email sup.info@sydney.edu.au.


FAQs

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. Closer to the event, we'll send you a link to a short online editing tutorial. We strongly encourage you to do the tutorial before the event if you can, so that you'll be ready to get stuck into editing on the day. If you don't have time, or if you need help with it, no problem: you can do this tutorial at the edit-a-thon. But if you can do it beforehand, you'll be ready to hit the ground running.

3. Check out the event's Wikipedia page. This is where we'll compile more detailed resources and suggestions for things to work on, and track what egets done on the day. A little closer to the date we'll post a list of suggested things to work on, including women whose Wikipedia pages either don't exist or need improving. If you have suggestions for 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! We will have options on the day to get you connected to wifi or logged into a library 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'll post an editable list of suggestions here soon. In the meantime, please email us your ideas at sup.info@sydney.edu.au

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!

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Camperdown, NSW 2006

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