we can [edit], yes we can

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We can edit and we can eat cake. Picture taken by me, no rights reserved, and no leftovers.

The Women, Science and Scottish History editathon‘ series of events in Innovative Learning Week at University of Edinburgh was a great success. We ran sessions on 4 days, had plenty of new students, staff and friends join us, edited more than 30 articles and trained dozens of novice wikipedia editors.

Each day, the one-hour introduction to editing Wikipedia focused on offering tips and insight into different approaches as well as practical training. Participants were welcome to  attend as many days as they would like: everyday we  added something new. Our Wikimedia trainers (principally Ally, the Wikimedian in Residence at the National Library of Scotland)  was on hand  to provide assistance, and our librarians ( Marshall, Gavin and Grant)  provided specialised materials focusing on the subjects covered.

Knowledge was shared openly. Articles  were created or improved. Networks of connections were made and  shared topics of interest explored.   Copious cake and cookies were eaten, and a fun time was had by all. We plan to do further events and some research to maintain and sustain momentum and support our fledgling crowd community. In December, at  the EduWiki conf  Ally reported that she had not seen much engagement  from University of Edinburgh in Wikipedia projects . At least that’s changed.


The hashtag was #ILWeditathon. Read Our story in a storify

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