Join us at our women in science Wikipedia Editathon each afternoon 16-19th Feb
Have you ever wondered why the information in Wikipedia is extensive for some topics and scarce for others?
Did you know that the Edinburgh Seven were the first women to matriculate to study medicine in HE in the UK? Do you know when? Do you know their names and the things they went on to do? Do you know about the Surgeons Hall riot?
Did you know that of the 300,000 people who make regular edits to Wikipedia only 13% are women?
It seems like there is work to be done to enrich the quality and quantity of articles which might inspire people to know more about the history of women in science, particularly in Edinburgh where we have such cracking stories to be told.
During Innovative Learning Week, the University’s Information Services team are running a series of four Wikipedia ‘editathons‘ with the support of the School of Literature, Languages and Cultures, the Moray House School of Education, EDINA, and the National Library of Scotland. We will focus on improving the quality of articles about women in Scottish science history. Working together with archivists, academic colleagues and Wikimedia experts, we will train you how to edit and add information to Wikipedia. It really is very easy.
We will explore how writing Wikipedia articles develops digital literacy and academic writing skills. You will be supported to develop articles covering women in science, Scottish women in history, Edinburgh as the birth place of medicine, the Edinburgh Seven, University history, distinguished Edinburgh alumni etc. We will bring out content from the University archives which has never been mentioned on the Web before and you can bring your research, your knowledge, your search skills, your writing skills.
This series of events will run over a series of afternoons with focused topics. You can attend just once or on multiple days, and can select topics that interest you and which need development on Wikipedia. Training, technical support and subject area advice will be provided throughout. One day we will focus on editing biographies and people pages, another day buildings, places and linking to maps, another day on adding images, but you can work on any of those as we go along.
Each workshop is open to all: campus-based students, distance learning students, alumni, all staff and members of the public.
Once you have learned to edit you will want to do it again and again. Trust me.
As a starting place we have selected people, mostly women, who are significant to the University, medicine and science, past and present, and will bring interesting source materials that will support article development. You are welcome to bring your own topic and source materials. We will be working to improve and extend the articles about:
- Mary Anderson (Edinburgh 7)
- Charlotte Auerbach
- James Miranda Steuart Barry (aka Margaret Ann Bulkley)
- Emily Bovell (Edinburgh 7)
- Matilda Chaplin (Edinburgh 7)
- Sir Robert Christison (opponent of the university education of women)
- Mary Crudelius (campaigner for women’s education)
- Helen Evans (Edinburgh 7)
- Elsie Inglis (maternity health)
- Sophia Jex-Blake (Edinburgh 7)
- Eve Johnstone (Psychiatry)
- Judith MacKay (tobacco control)
- David Masson (supporter of the university education of women)
- Noreen Murray (molecular geneticist – as in Ken and Noreen Murray Library)
- Edith Pechey (Edinburgh 7)
- Elsie Stephenson (nursing)
- Isabel Thorne (Edinburgh 7)