Ada Lovelace Day Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 11 October 2016

Ada Lovelace Day Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

11 October 2016 2-5pm

Malet Street Room 151

Ada Lovelace Day (ALD) is an international celebration day to celebrate the achievements of women in science. It aims to increase the profile of women in STEM and, in doing so, create new role models who will encourage more girls into STEM careers and support women already working in STEM.

Come and celebrate Ada Lovelace, the founder of analytical computing, and learn new skills.

The aim of this event is to improve the coverage of women on Wikipedia and also Edit-a-thons improve the quality of the encyclopaedia and help people learn how to edit.

The event aims to sharpen up coverage of individuals, events and resources related to women in science whether that is writing an article or simply checking that articles have accurate references. In particular, participants are encouraged to prepare and bring along material related to one of Birkbeck’s alumna or to the work of an unsung scientific researcher or teacher.

Interest rather than experience is needed. Editing training is provided for new users.

We are addressing ‘Wikipedia’s woman problem’ while supporting Birkbeck’s aims of advancing the careers of women in academia.

Wikipedia sites are viewed 370 million times a month, and it can help develop the skills that courses are trying to impart: critical thinking and reasoning, the ability to convey information clearly – with references. Wikipedia  presents a unique opportunity for academics for our  knowledge to flow outside the university walls.

Open to All: students, staff, and members of Birkbeck, men and women welcome.  This is an event  organised by the College Athena SWAN SAT.

Although not necessary, if you are planning to attend it would be helpful to send a brief note to George Roussos