OER Service Digital Skills Events

The OER Service runs a wide range of workshops and events as part of the University's Digital Skills programme. Our up and coming events are listed below, and you can find a full list of workshops we offer here:  OER Service Digital Skills. If you would like us to come to your school or college to run a session tailored to your requirements, please contact us at open.ed@ed.ac.uk.

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Women in Red – a monthly workshop to add more biographies of women to Wikipedia

July 29 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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

Join us in our monthly Wikipedia Women in Red ‘edit-a-thon’. This event focuses primarily on improving the systematic bias on Wikipedia by adding more articles about notable women missing from the free and open online encyclopedia where only 19% of biographies are about women.

These are social and supportive workshops where you can meet like-minded colleagues, learn a new digital skill and feel free to edit on any subject. The first hour is devoted to learning how to edit, thereafter you are free to apply your new skills by researching and writing new content which you can publish by afternoon’s end.

  • 1:00pm2:15 pm Intro, say hello, discuss work and crash course in Wikipedia
  • 2:15pm-2:30pm – Choosing the article to work on and short break.
  • 2:30pm-4:30pm – Research and EDIT!
  • 4:30pm-5pm – Publish, event recap and close.

Then you can check how long it takes for your new page to appear in Google’s top ten results!

No prior knowledge is required. You’ll learn how to edit Wikipedia and participate in an open knowledge community. Participants will be supported to develop articles of their choice related to notable women missing from Wikipedia.

We’ll be there to answer questions and provide support and chat from 1pm to 5pm, so join us when you can 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 19% of biographies are about notable women.

More 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).

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

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

Please ensure you are using a laptop or desktop computer for this online workshop in order to take part. 

Bookings via MyEd: https://edin.ac/3tjorNi


July 29
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm




Ewan McAndrew