April 2017 Opportunities
Learn to edit Wikipedia at these exciting events

AfroCROWD joins Icahn School of Medicine for a Race and Gender Wikipedia Editathon
Learn to Edit Wikipedia and Unearth Hidden Figures in Medicine

When: Sunday, April 28, 2017, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Where: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai New York
Annenberg 12-01, 1468 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10029

You are invited to this month's AfroCROWD Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City. Help discover and bring light to hidden figures of African descent in medicine like Dr. Charles Drew, creater of the blood bank, or Harlem's own, Dr. Patricia Bath, medical pioneer and inventor of the cataract laser treatment and Henrietta Lacks, a black woman with a tremendous story, who, in death, saved millions. Plus many more.

Also, did you know that Wikipedia is a growing source of medical information? Healthcare providers, trainees, and consumers alike use Wikipedia to access health information, but the WikiMed editing community remains small, predominantly male and with few people of color. Taking an active role with Wikipedia is achievable for clinicians, students and others who see and will fix errors, making it a stronger, better, open resource to communities.

Attendees of all skill levels are welcome. The event is Inspired by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Race and Bias Initiative and Wikipedia intersectional advocates, the Levy Library and partners, ISMMS WikiMed student group and AfroCROWD (Afro Free Culture Crowdsourcing Wikimedia).

As always, all of our events are free and open to the public. Wikipedia coaches will be on hand to help.

*Please bring a laptop and register for a Wikipedia account ahead of the event.

Other World of Wikimedia Happenings
Join us! August 9-13, 2017 in Montréal, Canada.

Wikimania 2017, the 13th annual international conference of the Wikimedia movement, is being held August 9-13, 2017 in Montréal, Canada. This is an action packed, fun, global conference of all things Wikipedia that is open to the public. Each year the conference is held in a new country. This year, we are happy to have it in our back yard.

Whether you actively edit Wikipedia, mostly enjoy reading the content, have thought of doing more with Wikipedia, or are just curious about the free knowledge movement, Wikimania is for you. Learn more about Wikimania 2017 here. More registration information coming soon.
Get on the Bus!

WikimediaNYC is chartering a bus from New York to Montreal for Wikimania 2017 August 9-13th. Let us know if you are interested by clicking here.

We are also working on getting accomodation for the conference. Right now they are as low as $40/night. Stay tuned.

Coming Edit-a-thon by our friends at BLT
Date: Friday, April 21, 2017
Time: 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm EST
Address: Mugar Memorial Library
with BU Arts Initiative
at Boston University
771 Commonwealth Avenue
Estin Room – 302
Boston, MA 02215
*Open to All, bring your laptop. All levels welcomed. Ongoing help available.

Sign up for
Wiki Wednesdays

Have Wikipedia questions? Want to meet other Wikipedia editors in a relaxed town hall type of setting? Join us for Wiki Wednesdays, the Wikimedia New York City Chapter monthly meetings. All are welcome. Food is provided. Click here to Sign up.

Recent Wiki Events

AfroCROWDers make history during Black History and Women's History Months, 2017

Black History Month: AfroCROWD actively participated in Black WikiHistory Month national outreach campaign for the third year in a row this February, helping bring together members of the community and general public to contribute content related to black history on Wikipedia.

We began the month with an edit-a-thon at noted management firm Accenture, partnering with their African American Employee Resource Group (AAERG) for a fun event that focused on the contributions of the African American community in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Then we headed to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem for our a Black History Month Wikipedia Edit-a-thon in honor of the Center's Black Power! exhibit. For the first time via video and satellite link, we heard from Wikipedia editors who were also editing on the topic of Black History Month in Ghana, Ivory Coast and other parts of the continent of Africa. An international effort.

The following day we book-ended our Black History Month celebrations with a meetup at the Ace Hotel, New York City focused on Wikimedia's new WikiData technology. Wikidata is an exciting new way to input and update data, including information pertinent to the black community, using games and other query methods via Wikipedia.

Women's History Month: The coming of March meant the commencement of Women's History Month during which we joined the Fashion Institute of Technology and our friends at Art+Feminism for a Wikipedia edit-a-thon on Black women fashion designers.

Photos: Left: Fashion Institiute of Technology Wikipedia edit-a-thon on Black women designers. Right: New Wikipedia editors at the Accenture Black History Month Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Blacks in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM)

We also teamed up with with black artist initiative, the Black Lunch Table, for a breakout seminar on women artists at the annual Art+Feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thon conference at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Learn more about the Black Lunch Table in the "Other World of WIkimedia Happenings" section above.

The event attracted participants from all over North America, including yellow capped students from local Democracy Prep High School who visited our MoMA session.

It's been a busy and fantastic season. We can't wait to see you at a coming event!
Photos: Top collage: Images from our breakout session seminar with the Black Lunch Table on Black women artists at the 2017 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Conference at the Musuem of Modern Art (MoMA). Middle photo: Accenture Black History Month Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Blacks in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM). Bottom photo: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Black Power! Wikipedia Edit-a-thon.
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Afro Free Culture Crowdsourcing Wikimedia (AfroCROWD) is an initiative which seeks to increase the number of people of African Descents who actively partake in the Wikimedia and free knowledge, culture and software movements. Since its launch during Black Wiki History Month in 2015, AfroCROWD has sensitized thousands in its target audience about free culture crowdsourcing and the need to close the multicultural and gender gaps in Wikipedia. AfroCROWD has also held monthly multilingual edit-a-thons in partnership with renowned cultural institutions, museums, galleries, educators, libraries, and archives in the New York Metro area and beyond. AfroCROWD has also trained future trainers in the target community.
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