Women in Science Wikipedia edit-a-thon 3 December 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from 1:30 PM to 9:00 PM (GMT)
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Wikimedia UK and the MRC, supported by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, are organising a Women in Science themed editing event on Tuesday 3 December 2013 in Edinburgh to celebrate Women in Science. We would like to create or add to the Wikipedia pages of female scientists (who tend to be under-represented on Wikipedia), and attract more female editors to the project. The panel discussion will also serve as a forum on women's experiences in science and diversity in the workforce more generally.
At the workshops representatives from Wikimedia UK will explain how Wikipedia works and be on hand to answer questions about editing and improving Wikipedia articles.
We will have access to a rich collection of printed and electronic works about women in science, including biographies and works authored by scientists; together with target articles to edit on Wikipedia. Attendees will be encouraged to work together to edit those articles, using the location's resources.
We will also have a panel discussion in the evening led by eminent female scientists on women's experiences in science, and diversity in the scientific workforce more generally, together with how underrepresentation can be tackled in the future.
- 13.15 – Lunch for editors
- 13.45 – Introductions, Mel Nunn, Head of Equalities MRC
- 14.00 – Guidance on how to edit Wikipedia
- 15.00-18.00 – Edit a thon, including refreshment breaks
Talks and panel discussion
- 18.30 – Reception with drinks and canapés
- 19.00 - Introduction and welcome by Professor Alan Alexander, General Secretary, Royal Society of Edinburgh and Mel Nunn, Head of Equalities MRC
- 19.15 – Screening of “A Chemical Imbalance”
- 19.30 – Talks by Professor Polly Arnold, Professor Sally Macintyre and Professor Lesley Yellowlees, followed by Panel discussion
- 21.00 – Finish
You are invited!
The events are open to people who are new to Wikipedia and experienced Wikipedia editors. Female editors are particularly encouraged to attend.
Please bring your own laptop if you have one.
If you'd like to take part remotely then please join us on Twitter at: #WISWIKI
Information on location and directions can be found at: http://www.royalsoced.org.uk/291_DirectionsandMap.html
Find out more about the event, including how to get started with editing, here:
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This event is a part of a series - you are welcome to find out more about the past ones:
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