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Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon: 2021

Art+Feminism+Race+Justice Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

WIKIPEDIA EDIT-A-THON

The Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon is an annual event hosted in March. Usually held in Moffitt Library, this year's Edit-a-Thon will be virtual. The event will begin with a presentation by Dr. Alexandria Lockett scheduled from 1pm-3pm followed by a drop-in, community editing session in breakout rooms from 3pm-5pm. Wikipedians of all experience levels can "drop in" to the Zoom room to edit with other members of the community, and, in addition, newbies can attend workshops on editing.


Wednesday, March 10, 2021
1pm - 5pm

To get the Zoom link, please fill out this RSVP form

Keynote SPEAKER

This year's Edit-a-Thon keynote speaker will be Alexandria Lockett. Dr. Lockett is a professor of English at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and a scholar of Wikipedia and new media technologies.

  • Dr. Lockett will discuss how both new and experienced editors can meaningfully contribute to underrepresented knowledge of Wikipedia through alternative research practices. In particular, she will describe and analyze some of the challenges of editing pages about notable Black Women, whose herstories tend to be erased by racialized gendered database architectures, as well as archival and citation practices, which typically privilege male authors, Western scholarship, colonial history, and so on. To address these issues, Dr. Lockett will offer several research strategies that center Black scholarship and media as key sources that support the creation of well-documented articles on underserved Wikipedia topics.

WikIPedia's Race and Gender Gap

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 on Wednesday, March 10 between 1pm-5pm for a workshop and a communal updating of Wikipedia entries.

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-thon. So, fire up your laptop and bring ideas for entries that need updating or creation! For the editing-hesitant, we urge you to drop-in. People of all races and gender identities are invited to participate. See below for more information on participation.

** Individuals not affiliated with UC Berkeley are welcome to attend! Please fill out this RSVP form to receive the Zoom link.

SCHEDULE

1:00 Presentation and Q&A with Dr. Alexandria Lockett

3:00 Open editing time (wiki helpers available)

3:15 Hands-on Workshop: Editing Basics (30 minutes) (optional - breakout room)

3:45 Open editing time (Wiki helpers available)

5:00 End of event

HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?

  • If possible, create a Wikipedia account before the event.
  • Once you have a Wikipedia account, log in to the Event Dashboard
  • Drop in any time between 3-5. Stay as long as you like.
  • Edit on your own or attend an optional training.

WHO IS THE EVENT OPEN TO?

Open to all who have RSVPed.

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 want a project moving forward, consider creating a new article. Be sure to gather your reliable sources in advance, or a librarian at the event can help you gather reliable sources.

Don’t know what to work on? We have you covered!

RESOURCES

QUICK LINKS

HASHTAGS

#ArtAndFeminism
#BerkeleyEdits

CONTACT

editathon@lists.berkeley.edu

PLANNING COMMITTEE

 

Kristina Bush, Library

Savannah Cragin, American Cultures

Lynn Cunningham, Library

Ann Glusker, Library

Corliss Lee, Library

Douglas Parada, American Cultures

Margaret Phillips, Library

Stacy Reardon, Library

Victoria Robinson, American Cultures

 

The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact Accessibility Coordinator, Amber Lawrence at libraryevents@berkeley.edu or 510-459-9108 within a minimum of 7-10 days in advance.