Royal Society Wikipedia edit-a-thon to improve coverage of women scientists

The Royal Society, the self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine, is holding a Wikipedia edit-a-thon on Friday October 19 to improve coverage of women scientists on Wikipedia:

The event is open to people who are new to Wikipedia and experienced Wikipedia editors. Female editors are particularly encouraged to attend.

At the workshop representatives from Wikimedia UK will explain how Wikipedia works and be on hand to answer questions about editing and improving Wikipedia articles.

The Society’s library holds a rich collection of printed works about women in science, including biographies and works authored by scientists. At the event the Society’s librarians will explain more about the collections and provide guidance on finding sources.

The event is being held in celebration of Ada Lovelace Day, which celebrates the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Before the event the Society will select Wikipedia articles relating to women in science which need improving. Attendees will be encouraged to work together to edit those articles, using the library’s resources.

Please bring your own laptop if you have one. Alternatively, a limited number of laptops are available, please contact us if you would like to reserve one. Power points, WiFi and drinks refreshments will be available.

The Edit-a-thon will take place from 2:30pm – 6:00pm.

If you’d like to take part remotely then join us on Twitter at #WomenSciWP

The event will be held at the Royal Society in London, registration is required.

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