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Bragging Writes - Wikipedia editathon for International Women’s Day 2017
Wed 8 March 2017, 12:30 – 16:45 GMT
Have you ever wondered why the information in Wikipedia is extensive for some topics and scarce for others?
As part of Gather Festival 2017 and to mark International Women's Day, on Wednesday 8th March 2017, the University's Information Services team will run an edit-a-thon at the School of Informatics.
Full Wikipedia editing training will be given to attendees. Thereafter the afternoon's editathon will focus on improving the quality of articles about Women Writers and Women in Art.
In November 2014, just over 15% of the English Wikipedia's biographies were about women. Founded in July 2015, Women in Red has brought the figure up to 16.83%, as of 29 January 2017. But that means, according to WHGI, only 242,601 of our 1,441,879 biographies are about women. Not impressed? "Content gender gap" is a form of systemic bias, and this event seeks to address it in a positive way.
Working together with Academic Support 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 where Wikipedia's coverage needs improved; including distinguished Edinburgh alumni, Scottish artists & authors, international artists & authors, their notable works etc.
Come along to learn about how Wikipedia works and contribute a greater understanding of female authors & artists!
Tea and coffee will be provided.