Wikipedia edit-a-thon

Dear WHOM Colleagues,
I just stumbled on this notice of a Wikipedia edit-a-thon that the History of Science Dept is sponsoring at Oklahoma next month: .  “The event is open to anyone who wishes to help preserve women’s history! No Wiki editing experience necessary; as needed, tutorials will be provided for Wikipedia newcomers. Female editors are particularly encouraged to attend. Can’t be there the whole time? No problem. Join us for as little or as long as you like.  The first hour will be focused on introducing newbies to Wikipedia tenets and markup  language.”
I went to my first Edit-a-thon at the Brooklyn Museum earlier this month and it really was a life-changing experience.  As I said to the organizer later, better to engage with Wikipedia than to grumble at its inaccuracies.  That experience gave me the courage to take on what had been a truly awful page dedicated to the Trotula texts:   And I was able to create a new page for the real historic woman, Trota, who previously had been invisible because nobody contributing to Wikipedia was engaging with the most recent scholarship: .
Engaging with Wikipedia isn’t quite as “easy” as everyone says.  You need to figure that you’ll have to spend a number of days getting fully up-to-speed with the editing protocols, etc.  But I highly recommend that we all begin to engage with it.  After all, this is the best way to make sure that feminist scholarship gets incorporated into basic cultural narratives.
Monica H. Green
Member, 2013-14
School of Historical Studies
Institute for Advanced Study
Einstein Drive
Princeton, NJ 08540
office:  (609) 734-8192

I wholeheartedly agree that we need to get on board trying to improve this resource.   Lament as I may the fact that students seem to rely on it way too much, it makes more sense to step up and improve it.   I wonder if it might be worth it to start compiling a list of entries we think need improving so that if someone has the time or a particular interest, they might agree to take it on.

I spent so much time on a couple of entries last year, that I had it put into my performance plan for this year!

Suzanne Junod


Just to cheer you on — it’s not just students who rely on Wikipedia.  I know I go to it when I need a quickie background picture of a topic that’s outside my field.  I would highly value all of your entries!

Speaking of Wikipedia edit-a-thons, Claire Potter and I are hosting one at the Berkshire Conference this spring.  It will be Saturday afternoon from 2-5pm.I’ll also be discussing Wikiproject Women’s History as part of a session on Medical History in Other Venues at AAHM.

Heather Munro Prescott

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