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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!
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
11am-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 Wednesday, March 4 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.

** Individuals not affiliated with UC Berkeley are welcome to attend! Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 3 and provide your full name as it appears on your government issued ID. Upon arrival, you will check-in with entrance monitors at Moffitt. Don't forget your ID and a laptop.

 

SCHEDULE

11:00: Open Editing time (Wiki helpers available)
12:15: Talk by Merrilee Proffitt, OCLC Research and Wikipedia Expert
12:45: Cal Students Editing for Change: with Student Presenters (Amber Du, Ash Tan, Frankie Colosimo, Savannah Cragin), moderated by Naniette H. Coleman
1:10: Workshop: Editing Basics (30 minutes)
1:40: Open Editing time (Wiki helpers available)
2:40: Understanding the Legal Engine Powering Wikipedia: Copyright, The Public Domain, and Open Licensing: Tim Vollmer, Scholarly Communications Office
3:10: Workshop: Editing Basics (30 minutes)
3:40: Open Editing time (Wiki helpers available)

HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?

WHO IS THE EVENT OPEN TO?

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

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.

RESOURCES

QUICK LINKS

HASHTAGS

#ArtAndFeminism
#BerkeleyEdits

CONTACT

editathon@lists.berkeley.edu

PLANNING COMMITTEE

Kristina Bush, Library
Lynn Cunningham, Library
Ann Glusker, Library
Corliss Lee, Library
Chris Marino, Environmental Design Archives
Douglas Parada, American Cultures
Margaret Phillips, Library
Stacy Reardon, Library
Victoria Robinson, American Cultures
Emily Vigor, Environmental Design Archives

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 even

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