DHWI is delighted to partner with Melanie Kill of the Department of English at the University of Maryland to offer a Public DH Event: the Wikipedia DH Edit-A-Thon.
Wikipedia is a collaboratively-compiled, open source, born-digital encyclopedia with over 30 thousand active editors and 450 million users supported by the Wikimedia Foundation. In keeping with its five pillars, Wikipedia serves as one of the largest and most frequently consulted research resources for non-academics and so offers humanists the opportunity to ccontribute content with incredibly broad public reach. Well-crafted articles not only provide accurate and up-to-date introductions to humanities topics, but also cite and link to source materials and external resources for further research and exploration.
We invite DHWI attendees—as well as Wikipedians and digital humanists in the DC region—to join us for an evening of Wikipedia editing. We’ll talk a bit about the core content policies of Wikipedia and guidelines relevant to contributing in one’s area of expertise, offer some tips and tricks for navigating the resources, and then get online and begin sharing our knowledge and skills.
All experience levels are welcome. Tables will be organized so that those interested in particular tasks (copyediting, wikifying, linking out to GLAM and DH resources, etc.) or articles (see ideas below) can team up. Adventurous souls can even start a new article.
To get you started thinking of possibilities, we thought we’d offer some topics that get a lot of interest:
Digital Humanities (viewed 5623 times in 11/12)
Humanities (viewed 93,865 times in 11/12)
History (viewed 110,269 times in 11/12)
Literature (viewed 136,119 times in 11/12)
Art (viewed 146,916 times in 11/12)
Cultural Studies (viewed 20,240 times in 11/12)
(A few of these pages are semi-protected and will require that new editors’ accounts be autoconfirmed before the workshop. No problem! Just create an account at least four days in advance and make your first 10 edits. You can check the community portal to find some quick tasks to get you started.)
Also important is to think about expanding the scope and diversity of knowledge represented on Wikipedia. You can register your topic here for others to join in your editing task: