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Wanted – participants and helpers for a “Women in Science” Wikipedia Editathon at #UCDavis March 4

Dawn Sumner, a Geology Professor at UC Davis has suggested it might be good to host a Wikipedia Edit-athon on Women in Science at UC Davis March 4 to go with the one happening at the Royal Society.  Some more detail is below:

  • What is an Edit-athon?  It is a coordinated effort to create and edit Wikipedia pages in an area in need of more / better content.
  • Why have one for Women in Science?  Well, many have identified a need for more information in Wikipedia about various women scientists.
  • What is happening at the Royal Society? They are hosting an Edit-athon on March 4.  More information is here.  And also see this article from the Guardian.

So – anyone interested? I think this is a wonderful idea and am posting about it here since it seems like it has a great connection to the UC Davis ADVANCE program.  I am hoping to find some other people at UC Davis who are interested in participating. If you are send me an email, post to Twitter, or comments below.


Physical Sciences & Engineering Library will be hosting event

See Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Women in Science Please join us for a Wikipedia edit-a-thon, open to all: Tuesday March 4, 2014 Shields Library Instruction Lab (map) 1:00pm-3:00pm Focus: Writing about women in science On March 4, the Royal Society in London is hosting a Wikipedia edit-a-thon to Promote diversity in science and engineering to celebrate International Women’s Day. There is a long list of biographies of women scientists on Wikipedia that either don’t exist or need to be improved, as well as articles about their discoveries and work. More information about the event is in this recent article from the Guardian. Professors Jonathan Eisen and Dawn Sumner of UC Davis proposed that we should have a “sister event” here at Davis to join in, and we are happy to host it at the library as part of our year-long Wikipedia project! Please join us to help make March 4 a world-wide Wikipedia editing effort to improve coverage of women scientists. What to expect: Library computers are available or bring your laptop We will also have reference books featuring biographies of women scientists available to help add references to articles, and can give help searching library resources as well Everyone is welcome No Wikipedia editing experience is fine — we will help you get set up with an account and can give tutorials on getting started If you have any questions, please contact Phoebe Ayers,

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