Come join us as we set a place for the dead; through helping to create new biography articles and improving existing articles as part of a day of celebration.
Have you ever wondered why the information in Wikipedia is extensive for some topics and scarce for others? On Halloween, Monday 31st October 2016 and Tuesday 1st November, the University's Information Services team are running an edit-a-thon to celebrate the lives of those sadly passed on to mark Samhuinn: the Gaelic Festival for the Dead!
Programme - Tuesday 1st November 2016 (The Raeburn Room, Old College)
- 10:00am – 10:15am: Housekeeping and Welcome
- 10:15am – 10:45am: Guest speakers
- 10:45am – 12:00pm: Wikipedia training.
- 12:00pm - 1:00pm: Beginning to research and edit.
- 1:00pm - 1:30pm: Lunch
- 1:30pm - 4:00pm: EDIT!
- 4:00pm – 4:30pm: Transferring drafted text to Wikipedia's live space.
*Lunch will be provided on Tuesday 1st November along with tea, coffee & tablet skulls!
Each day will have different guest speakers discussing the traditions of Samhuinn, Celtic history & folklore and the importance of remembering the dead on this day. Feel free to suggest notable lives & articles we’ve overlooked & should be creating too.
Bring your best spookily carved turnip along and win a prize. We will have tablet skulls to munch on and guest speakers telling us about Celtic customs, beliefs & folklore. Hopefully, we may even be visited by the Faerie Porters too…..
Samhuinn is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year. Traditionally, it is celebrated from the very beginning of one Celtic day to its end, or in the modern calendar, from sunset on 31 October to sunset on 1 November. Samhuinn was seen as a liminal time, when the boundary between this world and the Otherworld could more easily be crossed. This meant the Aos Sí, the 'spirits' or 'fairies', could more easily come into our world. Offerings of food and drink were left outside for them. The souls of the dead were also thought to revisit their homes seeking hospitality.
Between the worlds of the living and the dead
A Wikipedia editathon for Samhain: The Gaelic Festival for the Dead.
- Monday 31st October 12pm to 4.30pm – Project Room, 50 George Square.
- Tuesday 1st November 10am to 4.30pm – The Raeburn Room, Old College.
Book for one day or both!
Working together with liaison librarians, archivists & academic colleagues we will provide training on how to edit and participate in an open knowledge community. Participants will be supported to develop articles covering areas which could stand to be improved in order to improve Wikipedia's representation of notable lives; be they connected to the university, to Edinburgh, to Scotland or further afield.
New editors very welcome. Full Wikipedia training given.
Bring a laptop (no desktop computers are available) but a few laptops are available if you need to borrow one. Message firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to borrow a laptop.