Writing for Wadewitz: An Adrianne Wadewitz Memorial Edit-a-Thon


This is part of a global event to memorialize eighteenth-century scholar and Wikipedian Dr. Adrianne Wadewitz, who died suddenly in April. This loss has deeply affected Wikipedia and the academic world. Her work is recognized internationally as helping to encourage more women to contribute to Wikipedia to tackle the gender gap and systemic bias in its content. Wadewitz was one of the first academics to bring Wikipedia into the classroom as part of the Wikipedia Education Program, working with her students to improve Wikipedia instead of writing traditional term papers. At the time of her death, she was Mellon Digital Scholarship Fellow at Occidental College. She had over 50,000 edits and wrote numerous featured and good articles, including Mary Wollstonecraft. You can read more about Wadewitz and her contributions via The Wikipedia Signpost, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and the Omaha World-Herald.

What to bring: Your laptop and a power adapter.
Cost: Free
You do not need to be an experienced Wikipedia editor in order to attend, just bring a willingness to learn.
Hashtags: #wadewitz and #wikiwomen
RSVP: Either sign up on the Wikipedia Event pages using your username. If you are unfamiliar with Wikipedia, try this training module. There will also be alternative RSVP information on the event pages.

A group at Brown and Northeastern University will hold Write-Ins on Wednesday, May 21st and Thursday, May 22nd. Another Boston group is planning an event for June. Information for each, including links to RSVP are below.

Writing for Wadewitz: THREE New England edit-a-thons in memory of Wikipedian and Digital Humanities scholar Dr. Adrianne Wadewitz.

1. Boston: May 21, 2014, 4-9pm, Digital Scholarship Commons at Northeastern University Snell Library.

2. Providence: May 22, 2014, 1:30-6:00pm, Digital Scholarship Lab at Brown University Rockefeller Library.

3. Boston: June 25, 2014, 6-9pm, location TBD.

More information about Dr. Adrianne Wadewitz is on the main listing for these memorial edit-a-thons.

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