Women in Science Editathon 2013

300px-Ada_Lovelace_color_svgWomen in Science Editathon: Ada Lovelace Day 2013

About the event

The University of Oxford’s IT Services and Bodleian Libraries are organising an editathon focused on women in science to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day on 15 October 2013. The editathon will take place at IT Services on Banbury Road, Oxford, and will include some basic training by the JISC Wikimedian Ambassador.

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 editathon 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 editathon is to add to and improve the coverage of individuals, events and resources related to women in science.

We are pleased to announce that the editathon will be opened by prominent astrophysicist, Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell.

Come along to learn about how Wikipedia works and contribute a greater understanding of the role of women in science!

  • Date: 2-5pm, Tuesday 15 October 2013
  • Venue: IT Services, University of Oxford (directions)
  • Participants: All welcome! The event is open to anyone who wishes to help preserve women’s science history. 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. Can’t be there the whole time? No problem. Join us for as little or as long as you like.
  • Can’t get to Oxford? Virtual participation is welcome. Stay tuned for details of how to chat with us on the day.
  • Registration: Please sign up 
  • Cost: Free!
  • Contacts: Any questions?
  • The editathon event on Wikipedia.

On the day

We will be based in a computer lab, so there is no need to bring your own laptop (thought you are very welcome to do so; wifi will be available).

Want to learn more about editing?

If you want to learn more about editing before you come, try these introductions:

Looking for ideas?

You can find a list of suggestions for new articles and articles to improve on the Wikipedia event page.

Last year, a similar event in Oxford attracted contributions to expand or improve Mary SomervilleBertha SwirlesThe Million Women StudyCynthia Longfield,Thekla ResvollSydney Mary ThompsonEdith BülbringMarthe VogtIda MannJoyce LambertRosalind Pitt-Rivers, and June Almeida, and create Julia Bodmer.

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