At NYC Digital Humanities Week: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Information and Democracy

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Group photo of participants

Fordham University closed out the 4th annual NYCDH Week with another successful Wikipedia edit-a-thon, which concentrated on Information and Democracy on Friday, February 8, at Lincoln Center.

Debbie Rabina, professor of library studies at Pratt Institute, began the session began with a 30-minute workshop on “Citing Government Sources in Wikipedia Articles.” Dr. Rabina offered practical advice and shared useful examples for editing Wikipedia using government resources. Also included in her presentation were hands-on exercises and suggested articles for participants to edit at the event. The presentation covered:

  • Stable repositories maintained by institutions and schools that are not based solely on grant funding
  • How to cite resources such as census documents, city tables, and legislative bills
  • Examples of citations or articles that can be edited
Edit-a-thon coaching by Jim Henderson shared under Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

A group of 16 Fordham staff, professionals, and Wikipedians participated in the event, including 2 people who signed up for a new account and made their first edits to Wikipedia. A Wiki user from Turkey joined us and edited articles in Turkish.

Altogether, 26 edits were made and 7 articles were edited. A total of 4,660 views were garnered by the end of the event.

Get involved!

Wikipedia for Educators will be holding more edit-a-thons this spring semester. RSVP for them on the Fordham IT News and Event Calendar.

  • Art+Feminism, March 1 at LC
  • National Women’s History Month, March 6 & 7 at LC
  • Pi Day/STEM March 14 at RH
  • Poetry Month March 29 at LC
  • Pi Day/STEM March 14 at RH
  • Poetry Month March 29 at LC

To learn more or to get involved, visit the Fordham Wikipedia for Educators website.  If you have questions you can contact Kristen Treglia, at treglia [at]fordham [dot]edu.


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