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Wikipedia Women in Red – Learn how to edit and help create biographies of notable women

19th September 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Three red hearts with the white silhouette of a woman's head.

Join us to write new Wikipedia articles to surface knowledge about notable women missing from Wikipedia. Suggested pages to edit/create will be provided but you will be supported to edit on any topic or person you wish to. No experience necessary.

We’ll be there 2pm to 7pm so join us when you can (lunchtime, tea time, home time) and stay as long as you want to/need to (some people get VERY into writing their articles when they get started).

Open to all. Everyone is welcome.

As part of the university’s commitment to Athena SWAN, the University’s Information Services team run this session as a monthly Wikipedia meetup/edit-a-thon to address the systemic bias on Wikipedia where only 17.70% of biographies are about notable women.

Further details can be found on the Women in Red page.

These are informal drop-in sessions so knowledge of Wikipedia editing is beneficial. However, Wikipedia editing can be easy to pick up as this 5 minute walkthrough of the new Visual Editor interface demonstrates. (If you have not edited before then please come at the beginning of the session for a quick crash course).

The editing will focus on creating and improving the quality of articles about notable women on Wikipedia using source texts such as The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women (working through surnames A-Z over the course of the next few months ahead) to turn red-linked articles that don’t yet exist into blue clickable ones that do.

Come along to learn about how Wikipedia works and create new role models for young and old alike!

Did You Know: In November 2014, only about 15% of the English Wikipedia’s biographies were about women. Founded in July 2015, WikiProject Women in Red strives to improve the figure which has reached 17.70% as of August 2018. But that means, according to WHGI, only 249,079 of our 1,468,135 biographies are about women. Not impressed? “Content gender gap” is a form of systemic bias, and Women in Red addresses it in a positive way through shared values.

NB: The room has no PCs so bring a laptop along with you (along with a charger cable) or email ewan.mcandrew@ed.ac.uk if you want to borrow one.

Please also create a Wikipedia account ahead of the event. This takes 2 minutes to do and asks you just to create a username and password but it is important it is done ahead of time.


Bookings via MyEd: https://edin.ac/2oYWvwS


NB: Want to host a ‘Women in Red’ event local to your part of the university? Drop me an email: ewan.mcandrew@ed.ac.uk


19th September 2018
2:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Ewan McAndrew


Edinburgh University Library, George Square, Room 1.11
EH8 9LJ United Kingdom + Google Map