Wikipedia is the 5th most visited website in the world and the first point of information for many people. During the Festival of Creative Learning (19-23 February 2018), we will be holding a #Vote100 and Women in Medicine Wikipedia editing event as part of 2018’s celebration of one hundred years since the Representation of the People Act (1918) came into force and women were finally given the right to vote, almost fifty years after the Edinburgh Seven fought for and won the right to train and practice as doctors.
This event at David Hume Tower Building in the central campus is a chance to learn about & celebrate the role notable women have played in the History of Medicine and the campaign for Votes for Women through researching, writing & illustrating Wikipedia articles & timelines.
As of 15 January 2017 only about 17.39% of the English Wikipedia's biographies are about women. Not impressed? The Wikipedia Women in Red edit-a-thon focusing on improving the quality of articles about notable women with a special focus on the suffragettes and women in medicine (although you are very welcome to write about any notable woman you care to research).
Join us to celebrate the lives & contributions of the suffragettes, women in medicine and all the incredible women missing from Wikipedia!
Join us this for the Festival of Creative Learning Week as we help make Wikipedia better!
No prior knowledge is required. With guest speakers including Alice White, Wikimedian in Residence at the Wellcome Library, and plenty of refreshments to support you to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of notable women, you’ll learn how to edit Wikipedia and participate in an open knowledge community.
Participants can attend the morning session, afternoon session or both and will be supported to develop articles of their choice.
NB: Please bring a laptop along to the event or email me at email@example.com if you require to borrow one for the event.
This event may be photographed and/or recorded for promotional or recruitment materials for the University and University approved third parties. For further information please contact the organiser.
Programme for Thursday 22 February 2018
10am - 10:15am: Coffee and Tea
10:15 am – 10:30 am: Housekeeping and Welcome from Alice White, Wikimedian in Residence at the Wellcome Library.
10:30 am – 11:45am: Wikipedia training
11:45am – 1:00 pm: EDIT
1:00 pm – 1:15 pm: Coffee and Tea.
1:15 pm – 1:30 pm: Housekeeping and Welcome from our Guest Speaker (tbc)
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm: Wikipedia training (for afternoon attendees).
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm: EDIT!
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Publish new content to Wikipedia and close of event.
Have a look at the event page to see if there are pages you would like to help edit/create and if you fancy learning more about Wikipedia ahead of time then you can view the Wiki Basics site.