Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

Saturday 26 January 2019, 9:00AM-5:00PM
Clemson University, Cooper Library Room 200B

Registration page

Instructor: Dr. Marie A. Vitulli
Professor Emerita, University of Oregon
2019 Fellow of the AWM

Director, Women in Math Web Project
Winner, 2017 AWM Service Award
2014 AWM-MAA Etta Z. Falconer Lecturer

Edit-A-Thon poster
Meet-up page

Gender bias in Wikipedia is well documented. As of 05 Dec 2018, only 17.75% of the biographies in Wikipedia are about women. In addition, biographies of women tend to be “less extensive” and “to overuse words relating to gender and family”. Furthermore, it is estimated that less than 16% of Wikipedia editors are women; the estimation is so rough because women editors frequently decline to identify their gender or lie about it, in part, to avoid online harassment. Wikipedia also suffers from racial bias. Less seems to be known about other biases in Wikipedia.

The broadest goal of this event is to contribute to the reduction of bias in Wikipedia. Participants will receive hands-on training about editing and creating wikipedia pages with an eye toward increasing visibility of underrepresented groups on Wikipedia, especially in the mathematical and statistical sciences. By the end of the edit-a-thon, participants will edit and/or create at least one wikipedia biography.

Distinguished Lecture

Dr. Vitulli will present “Algebra and Geometry Throughout History: A Symbiotic Relationship” in Clemson’s Distinguished Speaker Series on Friday 25 January at 10:10AM in the Watt Family Innovation Center Auditorium

Lecture poster

Before the Edit-A-Thon

  • Register
  • If you have time, research a topic: suggestions (red-list) from Women in Red. Otherwise, Prof. Vitulli is preparing small helpful edit-projects for participants to work on.
  • Create a Wikipedia account. Note that new Wikipedia editors won’t be able to publish new pages until their accounts are at least 4 days old and they’ve made at least 10 edits.
  • Bring a laptop (or let us know if you need help with this)



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