This is making me come over all Commissioner Gordon
Claire Millington has been in touch and I’m passing on her request in the belief that HARN members are in a prime position to help. Claire is a Classics Research PhD student at King’s College London and is putting together a Wikipedia editathon on the 23rd of September to improve the quality of women classicists’ pages on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetups/UK/Institute_of_Classics_Sep_2014)
TrowelBlazers http://trowelblazers.tumblr.com/manifesto held a similar event last year https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:GLAM/Natural_History_Museum_and_Science_Museum/Trowelblazers and Claire was involved http://thewordmuses.wordpress.com/2013/10/22/absent-or-absenting-archaeology-women-and-wikipedia/ and see this post from Brenna Hassett of TrowelBlazers http://britgeopeople.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/wikipedia-gets-trowelblazer-treatment.html
Claire says ‘My event also takes as a starting point a ‘Women as Classical Scholars’ conference (http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/classics/eventrecords/2012-13/wacs2013.aspx), which was excellent except that it didn’t have enough in the way of archaeologists in it!’ Claire wants names of women classical scholars and archaeologists, bibliographies, references and general background information would be wonderful, but she really needs those names!
So, fellow HARNers, can we help her? Love or loathe Wikipedia it is certainly a force on the web and as all lecturers know many students will use it as part of (or sole) research for their work. Given Wikipedia is here to stay we need to make it as strong as possible. And, given that Wikipedia is editable by anyone then, as Claire says ‘if you don’t want Wikipedia to simply be the next place where women’s achievements are written out of history, then pick a woman who has contributed to something you’re interested in, find out about her, and write it’.
How to contribute:
You can leave a comment here and I will forward it to Claire.
You can email Claire directly at Clairedotmillingtonatkcldotacdotuk (I’m trying to avoid filling her inbox with spam so take out the dots and put in the @) or leave a message on her Wikipedia talk page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Claire_75
- Sign up for the event
- Create a Wikipedia account – Special:UserLogin/signup
- Go to Institute of Classical Studies, Room 243, Senate House, Malet Street on the 23rd of September
- Bring a laptop (wi-fi will be provided), if you don’t have a laptop then email jonathan.cardywikimedia.org.uk as Wikimedia UK has a limited number for such events
- Learn about editing if you like: Wikipedia:Tutorial, or Getting started on Wikipedia for more information.
There will be Wikipedia trainers on hand to help.
Virtual access: If you can’t make it to the event but would like to be involved then Claire is arranging for remote access via Skype and there will be a Wikipedia trainer specifically to give attention to those attending virtually.
Over to you HARN Heroes!
‘Holy Winifred Lamb, Batman! Those Classicists need our help!’ (I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist)
Have a good weekend