Adrianne Wadewitz Memorial Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
This special session will honor our beloved, brilliant colleague, Adrianne Wadewitz, who died in April 2014 in a tragic rock climbing accident. An 18th-centuryist, Wadewitz was also an innovator in digital humanities. In particular, she worked tirelessly to increase the representation of women and minorities on Wikipedia–an online resource which historically has been edited primarily by men. Concerned with content, she wanted to ensure that a diversity of stories and voices were being recognized. During our extended session, we will thus add new entries and expand incomplete (“stub”) entries for important literary, historical, artistic, and scientific figures from our period. In essence, we hope to contribute to an Encyclopédie project for the 21st century, following Diderot’s aim: “to change the way people think.”
The statistics that drove Adrianne are striking:
- Less than 8.5% of Wikipedians are women
- Under 1% are transgender or transexual
- Only about 8% have a PhD
- 35% have a Bachelors or associates
- Half of all editors are younger than 28
- Most editors are probably English-speaking, probably from the northern hemisphere, probably wealthy-enough to have an internet connection
- roughly 70% of Americans have broadband at home
- this percentage is significantly smaller for minorities (53% among Latinos)
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Drop-in when you have time!
What to bring:
Your laptop and charger
Snacks and drinks will be provided!
- Click here to open today’s Wikipedia Meetup page in a new window.
- Create or Log in to your Wikipedia account using links at upper right.
- Keep this window open for links to resources.
For step-by-step instructions on editing Wikipedia, refer to Editing Wikipedia: A guide to improving content on the online encyclopedia (featuring Adrianne).
You can also use the shorter East of Borneo Editing Guide, or the slides shared below.
Image use policy
Mathematics & Science Resources
Museum of Mathematics
The Mac Tutor History of Mathematics Archive (University of St. Andrews, Scotland)
Biographies of Women Mathematicians (Agnes Scott College)
Mathematicians of the African Diaspora (SUNY Buffalo)
Women in Math Project (University of Oregon)
Profiles of Women in Mathematics: The Emmy Noether Lectures (Association for Women in Mathematics)
Biographies of Women in Science (Eastern Illinois University)
Art History Resources
Archives of American Art: Oral History Interviews!
Pacific Standard Time exhibitions list
Online Archive of California
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980
Southern California Architectural History blog
African American Performance Art Archive