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Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

The Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon is an annual event hosted in March in Moffitt 405. Experienced Wikipedians can drop in to edit with other members of the community, and newbies can attend workshops on editing.

Drop in any time, stay as long as you like!
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
12pm-5pm
Moffitt Undergraduate Library, Room 405
RSVP appreciated

Wikimedia’s race and gender trouble is well-documented. While the reasons for the gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity is not: content is skewed by the lack of participation by women and underrepresented groups. This adds up to an alarming absence in an important repository of shared knowledge.

Let’s change that. Join us in 405 Moffitt Library on Tuesday, March 5 between 12noon-5:00pm for an all day communal updating of Wikipedia entries. We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials, and refreshments. Drop in any time; brief trainings take place every hour on the hour.

Art+Feminism is a national campaign improving coverage of cis and transgender women, feminism and the arts on Wikipedia, and at UC Berkeley we will team up with the American Cultures program's Race+Justice edit-a-thon. So, bring your laptop, power cord and ideas for entries that need updating or creation! For the editing-averse, we urge you to stop by to show your support. People of all races and gender identities are invited to participate.

Schedule

12noon-5pm:
Drop in any time; stay as long as you like. Refreshments available!

How can I participate?

  • If possible, create a Wikipedia account before the event.
  • Drop in any time. Stay as long as you like.
  • Edit on your own or attend an optional training.
  • Bring a laptop or mobile device.
  • We'll provide the training, the food, and the fun!

Who is the event open to?

Any member of the UC Berkeley community. A Cal ID card is required to enter Moffitt.

Optional Trainings

We'll always have someone available to assist you personally, or plan to participate in a workshop in Moffitt 405.

Short, 15-minute workshops will take place every hour on the hour. The first will immediately follow the welcome speech.

Do I need to know how to edit?

Nope! We'll teach you.

What do I edit?

Anything you'd like! Or follow these suggestions:

  • If you have 1 hour or less, go to a training and learn more about editing Wikipedia.
  • If you have 90 minutes, go to a training and add some citations to an article in your area of expertise.
  • If you have 2 hours, go to a training and add a well cited paragraph to an article in your area of expertise.
  • If you have 2-4 hours, consider creating a new article. Be sure to gather your reliable sources in advance, or a librarian on site can help you gather reliable sources.

Related Events

Addressing Racism and Sexism in Wikipedia
Thursday, February 28, 2019
6:00p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Free Speech Movement Cafe, Moffitt Library

Speakers: Victoria Robinson (American Cultures Center, Ethnic Studies, Gender and Women's Studies), Juana Maria Rodriguez (Ethnic Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, and Performance Studies) Merrilee Proffitt (OCLC Research)

Though Wikipedia has in many ways democratized the information landscape, racial and gender bias in Wikipedia is well-documented. The alarming lack of women editors and editors of color has resulted in both biased and absent information in one of the most important collective knowledge repositories.

More information here: Free Speech Movement Cafe Educational Programs Series

Resources

Quick Links

Hashtags

#ArtAndFeminism
#BerkeleyEdits

Contact

editathon@lists.berkeley.edu

Planning Committee

Jean Cheng, Academic Innovation Studio
Lynn Cunningham, Library
Rebecca Dizon, DH at Berkeley
Corliss Lee, Library
Chris Marino, Environmental Design Archives
Douglas Parada, American Cultures
Margaret Phillips, Library
Stacy Reardon, Library, co-chair
Victoria Robinson, American Cultures 
Emily Vigor, Environmental Design Archives, co-chair
Lara Wolfe, Berkeley Center for New Media

The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact the event sponsor -- ideally at least two weeks prior to the event.

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