Like Moya Bailey, I am really looking forward to our THATCamp Feminisms (TCF) kick off event. TCF is a national event happening in local spaces. Part of our local/national effort is a collaborative event called Feminists Engage Wikipedia.
Women and men around the country (heck, it could be the world) are invited to sign into Wikipedia, edit targeted entries and add new ones to help improve and increase the quality of the content on Wikipedia. The work that we will be doing is characterized by feminist and queer-friendly principles, which might take a number of different instantiations.
We will be working in person (at Honnold-Mudd Library in Claremont) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST. We are encouraging all THATCamp attendees to join us and we welcome those who cannot attend in person to join us virtually.
Here are some of the ways that you can get involved:
Help generate ideas for new entries or entries to be improved – you can add your ideas to our working list here
Participate in wikipedia community
Sign up for a wikipedia account (consider using a pseudonym at the outset, you can always change it once you’re comfortable)
Watch this video to learn just how to edit wikipedia. Be sure to set aside some time for this video, it’s an hour long, and I recommend clicking on FLASH – it tends to play better that way.
Join us virtually by doing your work during our edit-a-thon, tweet to let us know you’re out there using the hashtag #tooFEW. Join us in person in Claremont: 2nd Floor of Honnold-Mudd Library – follow the signs – 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Tell Somebody (quoting Moya’s great ideas here)
Students – Do they need extra credit? Can this be a class project? Are you learning about some really cool people in POC/Trans*/Queer/Women’s History that don’t have wiki pages or have pages with bad information? You can fix it!
Friends – Do you know other folks who should know about this? Please spread this information to activists you know, faculty, etc. Everyone is welcome!
Organizations – These edit-a-thons work best with lots of folks working on specific things. Do you know orgs like INCITE or SONG that know specific types of folks who should be added to wikipedia or projects folks should know about?
Too swamped to be able to edit yourself? Post your ideas as comments below, or send me an email and I’ll add it to the agenda.
Please spread the word far and wide!