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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Help make Wikipedia more womanly Feb. 1 at the Miller Center

Help make Wikipedia more womanly Feb. 1 at the Miller Center.

Help make Wikipedia more womanly Feb. 1 at the Miller Center Facebook cover image about St. Cloud State's #WikiWomen editing session 

The Feb. 1 "We Can Edit!" initiative aims to improve the number and quality of Wikipedia entries about accomplished women.

"Many famous women—particularly those in the sciences—are overlooked or poorly noted in Wikipedia," said organizer Rachel Wexelbaum, a collection management librarian in the library of the James W. Miller Learning Resources Center.

One explanation is that only 9 percent of contributors to the 13-year-old, free, collaboratively edited Internet encyclopedia are women, according to Mashable, a social media watchdog and help site. View Mashable's infographic on the problem.

Interested persons can join an editing session 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 1 in Room MC135G, on first floor of the Miller Center. Email an RSVP through Jan. 29.

There will be refreshments and tutorials for beginning Wikipedia contributors. Bring a laptop and ideas for new and improved entries.

Entries for tennis champion and human-rights advocate Billie Jean King and conservation scientist and writer Rachel Carson are examples of how Wikipedia can serve accomplished women.

These areas, and others, need new and improved entries:

The Feb. 1 editing session at St. Cloud State is part of a national movment to make Wikpedia contents better reflect its audience, which Mashable says is 50 percent female. It coincides with the annual March celebration of Women's History Month in nations such as United States, United Kingdom and Australia.

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