A diverse and enthusiastic group of 20 Fordham students, professionals, and Wikipedians participated in a successful Wikipedia edit-a-thon on New York Heritage and Women of the African Diaspora. Hosted by Wikipedia for Educators at Fordham in partnership with AfroCROWD, Women’s Activism NYC, and Wikimedia NYC, the event took place on December 6 at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus.
- share scholarly expertise to evaluate articles, analyzing the content and quality of sources
- increase digital citizenship skills
- publish to the web and contribute to the largest knowledge-base on the planet
- address both gender and content gaps
From the event
We were excited to have both first-time Wikipedia editors and experienced coaches attend the event, for a total of 16 participants. Kim Dramer, from New York Women, created a new article on Dorothy Creole with the help of Jim Henderson, from Wikimedia NYC. And Alice Baker, founder of AfroCROWD, began an article for Farah Tanis, the New York City-based feminist activist.
Other new Wikipedia editors added sources, references, and disambiguation pages to existing articles.
Wikipedia for Educators will be holding more edit-a-thons this spring semester (dates to be confirmed):
NYC Digital Humanities Week, February 8
Art+Feminism, March 1
National Women’s History Month, March 6 and 7 (Partners: NYC Activism and Monumental Women)
Pi Day/STEM March 14
Poetry Month March 29
To learn more or to get involved, visit the Fordham Wikipedia for Educators website. If you have questions you can contact Kristen Treglia, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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