Preparations for this year’s Ada Lovelace Day are now under way and what an exciting event it looks to be! We were so delighted by the success of last year’s Wikipedia editathon that we have decided to adopt a similiar model for the upcoming crowdsourcing event due on 14th October (see: http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/adalovelace/) Therefore, in 7 weeks time we will be inviting members from all across the University community to come join us (and a trainer from Wikipedia) for an afternoon of editing and updating relevant entries for key women who have made significant contributions to world knowledge and understanding. This is all intented to celebrate female achievements in the sciences whilst simultaneously marking the 199th birthday of the influential mathematician, Ada Lovelace. According to her own entry on Wikipedia, Lovelace is often described as the world’s first computer programmer, which is a remarkable attribute.
Next year to mark her 200th birthday, the Bodleian Libraries plan to coordinate and display a special Ada Lovelace exhibition. To ignite and inspire these discussions, we will be welcoming Ada Lovelace biographer, Betty A Toole to Oxford who will also be giving a talk on her book ‘Ada: The Enchantress of Numbers’. So as you can see, there are many fantastic things coming up before the #OxEngage programme lunchtime talks even begins! Keep an eye on this blog and the Engage Facebook page to hear the latest news and updates.