Tomorrow (Tuesday 14 October 2014 ) is the big day whereby IT Services in collaboration with the Bodleian Libraries and Wikimedia UK, will be running a wiki edit-a-thon to celebrate female contributions to science. The afternoon will include some basic training by Wikipedia trainers as well as a welcome by computer scientist Ursula Martin. Not to forget the cutting of an Ada themed cake!
Ada Lovelace is widely held to have been the first computer programmer, and Ada Lovelace Day aims to raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) by encouraging people around the world to talk about the women whose work they admire. This international day of celebration helps people learn about the achievements of women in STEM, inspiring others and creating new role models for young and old alike. A Wikipedia edit-a-thon celebrates the spirit of Ada Lovelace Day by helping people learn about the contribution of individual women to the world of science, and the aim of our edit-a-thon is to add to and improve the coverage of individuals, events and resources related to women in science.
This free event is open to anyone; no Wiki editing experience is necessary, though experienced editors are very welcome; tutorials will be provided for Wikipedia newcomers. Female editors are particularly encouraged to attend.
We have a limited number of spaces left so if you know that you would like to get involved then please book your place at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TWOE
Here is our wiki page for the event (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_University_of_Oxford/AdaLovelaceDay2014) and a helpsheet in preparation for tomorrow’s editing (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1elVB0d-9SA2B_8poGhEclyL8XmiOwi2snclw1FK7pfY/edit)
So come along to learn about how Wikipedia works and contribute a greater understanding of the role of women in science!