Sunday, January 26, 2014
Help make Wikipedia more womanly Feb. 1 at the Miller Center.
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.
There will be refreshments and tutorials for beginning Wikipedia contributors. Bring a laptop and ideas for new and improved entries.
These areas, and others, need new and improved entries:
- List of American scientists
- Category:18th-century American novelists (1701–1800)
- Category:19th-century American novelists (1801–1900)
- Category:20th-century American novelists (1901–2000)
- Category:21st-century American novelists (2001–2100)
- List of sportswomen
- List of inventors
- List of actors
- Lists of poets from the United States
- List of American artists
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.
St. Cloud State University