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)


Photo by  Karen Sayre, via Wikimedia Foundation, CC BY-SA 3.0

American Society of Eighteenth Century Studies, Annual Meeting
Westin Bonaventure
San Pedro (Lobby Level)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Drop-in when you have time! 

What to bring:
Your laptop and charger

Snacks and drinks will be provided!

Getting Started

  1. Click here to open today’s Wikipedia Meetup page in a new window.
  2. Create or Log in to your Wikipedia account using links at upper right.
  3. 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.

Adrianne Wadewitz Memoriad Wikipedia Edit a-thon slides from anitaconchita (Many thanks to Stacey Allan of East of Borneo, who shared her previous slides)