I'm forwarding this editathon announcement on behalf of Amanda Rust and the
group at Northeastern. This is a really interesting topic with lots of
specialized library sources. Members of the public are welcome, see below &
the meetup page for details. Leave a note on the talk page if you have
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activities [mailto:BOSTONDH@LISTSERV.NEU.EDU <BOSTONDH(a)LISTSERV.NEU.EDU>] *On
Behalf Of *Elizabeth Polcha
*Sent:* Tuesday, November 21, 2017 2:02 PM
*Subject:* Decolonizing Wikipedia 12/1/17
Please see below details for an upcoming Wikipedia editing event sponsored
by Northeastern's Digital Scholarship Group and the Early Caribbean Digital
Archive. Apologies for cross-posting!
De-colonizing Wikipedia: Editing Romantic Depictions of Colonial History
When? Friday, December 1st, 2017, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Where? Snell Library, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Avenue,
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
Who? Open to the public as well as Northeastern University students,
faculty, and staff.
Inspired by two recuperative digital archives at Northeastern, the Early
Caribbean Digital Archive <https://ecda.northeastern.edu/> and the Women
Writers Project <http://www.wwp.northeastern.edu/>, this event seeks to
revise Wikipedia articles which extend romantic and orientalist
representations of colonial history and literature. Our goal is to
neutralize the heightened romantic and sentimental language used on
Wikipedia to represent historical figures, paying special attention to
representations of marginalized persons such as women, free and enslaved
people of color, and indigenous persons. We will focus on Wikipedia
articles on historical persons, travel narratives, natural histories,
captivity narratives, and slave narratives.
This hack-a-thon style session will focus on editing and updating Wikipedia
pages in a group setting. You do not need any prior experience with
Wikipedia to participate, just bring a laptop and a power supply. Attendees
from outside Northeastern will need a photo ID to sign into the
library—Just let the front desk staff know you are here for the
edit-a-thon. Bring your suggestions for articles that need to be improved
or authored, or help edit articles from the "Suggested Topics
list. Pizza will be served.
Project Manager, Early Caribbean Digital Archive
I'm posting the below on behalf of Dr. Helen Dixon, cc'd, who is organizing
an edit-a-thon at her organization's (Society for Biblical Literature)
annual conference in Boston on Sunday Nov. 19th. They're looking for people
to help out. If you're interested, please get in touch with her directly!
I’m seeking some trainers to assist at a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon we’re
organizing at the upcoming (in mid-November) Society for Biblical
Literature Annual Meeting in Boston. The idea is to host about 100 people,
and train them in editing Wikipedia pages, through a workshop focusing on
increasing the representation of female biblical scholars on Wikipedia (and
within a ‘happy hour’ setting!).
Some of us have hosted events like this before, and have done some editing,
but we’re all pretty basic users, and would love to have some more expert
editors either leading the training or just available as roaming helpers.
We understand that your expertise deserves compensation—please talk with us
about this if you are interested!
The information is as follows:
Wiki, Women, and Bible Workshop and Happy Hour at SBL
Sunday, November 19 5:30pm – 7:30pm
John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, Room 200 (Second Level)
*Society for Biblical Literature 2017 Annual Meeting
Contact: Helen Dixon, Assistant Professor of Religion at Wofford College,
South Carolina (dixonhm(a)wofford.edu)
Hello Boston Wikipedians,
Do you have any cool projects that use the WikiMedia API
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/API:Main_page>? Want to showcase your
project to a wide audience of information professionals?
The New England chapter <https://neasist.asist.org/> of ASIS&T is holding
an upcoming conference called "Understanding and Using APIs" at Simmons
College in Boston on January 8th, 2018. We are interested in inviting folks
from different disciplines to demonstrate how they use APIs in their work
or research. If you or someone you know has a project to share, send me an
email detailing your project and how it relies on the WikiMedia API.
Use a non-Wikipedia API in your work? That's great! We are looking for all
sorts of API projects to showcase so feel free to get in touch.
NEASIS&T Program Committee Co-Chair