Ada Lovelace Day & Wikipedia week

300px-Ada_Lovelace_color.svgTo raise the profile of women in science and celebrate the bicentenary of Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer, IT Services and the Bodleian Libraries have organised a series of Wikipedia ‘a-thons’.   Each Wikipedia event is open to anyone with an interest in developing public understanding of women in science. No wiki editing experience is necessary although experienced editors are very welcome.

Yesterday’s first ever Wikipedia transcribe-a-thon was a great success in which participants came together to transcribe and publish important works by women scientists.

There are still some places available at the remaining events this week. Book now and join us in person or  ‘on-wiki‘ to contribute.

13 October (Ada Lovelace Day): Wikipedia: Women in Science edit-a-thon

Wikipedia edit-a-thon: create or improve Wikipedia articles about women scientists and their achievements. To celebrate Ada Lovelace Day a catered tea will be provided. For more info and to book, see

14 October: Wikipedia: Women in Science improve-a-thon

Tuesday’s event looked at creating new articles about women in science. This session looks into Wikipedia’s quality scale and review processes, and at how we can get articles showcased. For more info and to book, see

15 October: Wikipedia: Women in Science image-a-thon

We will illustrate Wikipedia articles with images from various sources, with a focus on women in science. For more info and to book, see

The  week programme will be opened by Professor Ursula Martin, who will give a introductory talk on Ada Lovelace and her role.

More information on Oxford’s Ada Lovelace celebrations is available at:

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