Thank you for the thoughts and organization! I am out of town on the 14th
and am in general pretty absentee, but let me know if there is anything I
can do on the teaching museum people about Wikipedia front.
On Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 2:58 PM, Gaurav Vaidya <gaurav(a)ggvaidya.com> wrote:
On 19 Nov, 2013, at 7:14 PM, Todd Allen <toddmallen(a)gmail.com> wrote:
At DYK. My suggestion for a hook is:
Did you know that the first branch of the Boulder Public Library
built in 1906 for $15,000 from a donation by Andrew Carnegie?
Any other ideas?
I think there's a link between the original funding of the
BPL and Mary
Rippon, possibly the first woman to ever teach in a state university (
). There was something about that in
one of the books at the last meetup, but I unfortunately didn't start the
BPL article until Starbucks. Another reason to meet again at the BPL, I
On Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 9:25 PM, Todd Allen
Also, we're about 300 characters away from
getting the Boulder Public
Library article on the main page DYK. :) If anyone can
suggest some more
references, I'll try to get it over 1500 and submitted.
Woah! We'll be famous!
If we do end up doing the museum one I can bring
two. My wife has said
she's interested in going for that one as well.
I spoke to a few people at the museum, and they seem quite excited by this
idea! We brainstormed some ideas yesterday, and figure the most useful
format for the museum might be a two-part event, in which:
1. Museum people show us around the collections, and then
2. Talk to us about the best way for them to contribute to Wikipedia.
I think this sounds like a lot of fun, since this way it'll be pretty
freeform: we'd probably start at 2pm in the public collections, to give
people time to show up; at some point, we'll all move to the collections
building and be shown around the collections. The goal here will be for us
to suggest how those collections could benefit Wikipedia -- would we like
photographs of the items in the collection themselves? What articles could
we write about the items in the collection or the people associated with
the museum? After this, we could have a normal editathon, or we could
continue working with museum people on a particular item which catches our
interest. Do you think that's a good way of organising this? Do you have
any other suggestions?
If everything goes according to plan (hah!), I should have some details
finalised by early next week. Once that's done, I'm going to need your help
in publicising this. I'll make sure a Geonotice goes up, but there was some
talk of writing on the user talk pages of (1) anybody who's ever attended a
local Wikipedia event, and (2) anybody in relevant categories ("Wikipedians
interested in Colorado", "WikiProject Colorado members", and so on). If
can do a lot of that over Thanksgiving weekend, I think we'll be a good
place going into December.
An event page for Saturday, December 14 is up at
I'll update it as more details are finalised on the Museum's side, but
please fix anything that needs fixing, and do e-mail me if I've messed
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