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2018 Fembot Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

McKeldin Library, Rooms 6103 and 6107
Friday, March 09, 2018 - 10:30 AM to Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 4:30 PM

Join the Fembot Collective (Fembot) for the "2018 Fembot Edit-a-Thon," a two-day digital archiving event to write women of color, trans, and/or non-conforming people and related organizations and ideas on Wikipedia.

Co-sponsored by the UMD College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU) and the African American History, Culture and Digital Humanites Initiative (AADHum); the departments of Women's Studies, English and Communications; Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH); University of Maryland Libraries; the LGBT Equity Center at UMD; and Ms. Magazine, Feminsit Majority Foundation and Wikimedia Foundation.

Partner with us to preserve the digital legacy of women of color, trans, and/or gender non-conforming people, organizations, and ideas in multiple disciplines, fields and periods of history! 

As a part of Women's History Month, Fembot's 2018 Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon is one of many around the world that aims to engage more women to edit Wikipedia, and to improve coverage about women's history on Wikipedia. This Edit-a-Thon will contribute to the world of free and accessible knowledge, while at the same time working toward an anti-racist, gender inclusive history of everything within Wikipedia’s vast database.

You're also invited to join the following keynote lecture:

"Visualizing Du Bois: The Politics of Literary Recovery" with Roopika Risam
Thursday, March 8, 2018, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH)
0301 Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20742

View the event flyer hereClick here to visit the event wiki!

At the Edit-a-Thon, we will be training people:

 + to navigate the content production system in Wikipedia
 + to make effective and engaging entries
 + to conduct research that will meet Wikipedia’s notability criteria
 + to improve on existing content with more robust citations, data, categories, infoboxes, etc.

People can participate in a number of different ways: participants can come with their own projects or join teams that will be working on projects at the event; projects may involve identifying historical figures, organizations, and ideas that are missing from the online encyclopedia, researching entries, writing entries, locating images and getting permission to use them.

Note on Remote Participiation:

If you would like to participate but are not in the Maryland Area, we invite remote participants! Please indicate in your RSVP that you intend to participate remotely, and we will be in touch with details on how to call in.

For more information and to RSVP click here

Join the conversation across platforms using the hashtags #2018fembot #wikifembot.