Wikipedia is consulted millions of times each month by people all over the world, yet only around one in ten contributors is female. This bias is reflected in the quantity and quality of articles relating to women, both living and historical, and their achievements.
The Bodleian Libraries and IT Services are helping to address this state of affairs by supporting a series of edit-a-thons to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of women. Over the past six months, participants have created articles about Oxford chemist Véronique Gouverneur, internet security pioneer Anne-Marie Eklund Löwinder, 17th century diarist Diana Astry and numerous others. We have also made improvements, or uploaded images, to dozens more articles. In addition, we have transcribed works by Mary Somerville, making them available in electronic form for the first time.
Our next edit-a-thon, on 23 March, is not just about women in science and technology, nor is it restricted to biographies. There are books or other works by women, or issues affecting women, that deserve quality articles on Wikipedia. If you have a topic for a new article, or have spotted an article that you think needs improvement, come along! Even if you don’t have a specific idea in mind, join us anyway – we’ll have plenty of suggestions for you to explore.
This event is open to all, whether you’re a seasoned Wikipedia editors or a newcomer. Martin Poulter, the Bodleian Libraries’ Wikimedian in Residence, will provide training.
In addition to Oxford, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, Tate Britain and the Archives Nationales in Paris are among dozens of institutions around the world working to create open knowledge about women this month.
2-5pm, Wed 23 Mar
IT Services, Banbury Road
To register your interest, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event is made possible by funding from Wikimedia UK, a charity which supports Wikimedia projects.