Please save the date for an edit-a-thon celebrating the public domain - and
Wikipedia's 18th birthday! - at MIT on Tuesday, January 15, 3-6pm (and
Join the MIT Libraries during IAP for a Public Domain-themed Wikipedia
edit-a-thon! January 1st is Public Domain Day – the day when works
published in 1923 go out of copyright in the United States and enter the
public domain, making them available for anyone to reuse and remix. This is
the first time in twenty years that new published works have entered the
public domain! To celebrate, the MIT Libraries are digitizing 100 works
from 1923 selected from our collections. Because they are now out of
copyright, we can freely use images and text from these works on Wikipedia
and other open licensed projects.
Join us to explore these digitized works and learn how to contribute to
Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons. What did engineering education look like
in the 1920s at MIT? (Did you know there was once a food science program
here?) Want to explore state of the art scientific instruments from 100
years ago? What about novels and poems from classic authors?
We’ll introduce the works and give you an introduction to editing Wikipedia
and ideas for topics to work on, or bring our own topics. No prior
Wikipedia experience is required. We will have support from experienced
Wikipedia editors and librarians, as well as snacks and pizza. Join us for
an afternoon devoted to exploring engineering in the Jazz Age and
contributing to the world’s largest reference work.
We will combine this with an event to celebrate Wikipedia's 18th Birthday
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Day>! Wikipedia was founded on
January 15, 2001. We'll have pizza and cake into the evening to celebrate.
Wikipedians old and new are invited to attend.
Please join us for any portion of the event, but do *register here
<https://libcal.mit.edu/event/4841683>* or list yourself below so we have
an accurate count for lunch.
*What*: Public Domain Day Edit-a-thon
*When*: January 15, 2019, 3-6pm
*Where*: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA, *14N-132* (building 14, Room 132 - the
library computer classroom).
Hope to see you!