Somerville, science and wikipedia

CRRUgQZWEAA_WbhBack in October Academic IT with the Bodliean Libraries ran a week-long series of Wikipedia ‘a-thon’ events to  improve the web of knowledge to fairly represent women’s achievements in Science. The events, which were timed to celebrate Ada Lovelace day, included Wikipedia’s first ‘transcribe-a-thon’. They were a great success with 8 new biographies created, 16 Wikipedia articles improved, and 20 articles enhanced with copyright-free images. We also began that week a transcription of Mary Somerville’s Preliminary Dissertation on the Mechanisms of the Heavens; a book described by the astronomer John Herschel as ‘by far the best condensed view of the Newtonian philosophy which has yet appeared’. The transcription was finished this month, and it and other texts are available through Somerville’s Wikisource profile. Many thanks to all who attended the events  and joined us for tea and cake!

A full report of the Wikipedia Women-in-Science week has been published by the Bodleian Libraries’ Wikipedian in Residence Martin Poulter and is available on  Oxford’s Ada Lovelace website.

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