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U.S. Ada Lovelace Day 2012 edit-a-thon, Harvard University

(remote participants also welcome)

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Now in its fourth year, Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and related fields. Participants from around New England are invited to gather together at Harvard Law School to edit and create Wikipedia entries on women who have made significant contributions to the STEM fields.

Cambridge, MA event detailsEdit

  • Date: Tuesday, October 16th, 3:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Venue: Harvard University Law School, Wasserstein Hall/Caspersen Student Center, Room 4062; 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, USA. FYI: There is construction going on around the law school right now. Easiest way to get to our room is to arrive from the Mass Ave entrance right at 1585 Mass Ave, just south of Everett St. Through the main doors, you will see an elevator on your left; take that to the 4th floor. Our room number is 4062.
  • Cost: Free
  • Twitter hashtag: #ALDWikithon
  • Participants: The event is open to anyone who wishes to help preserve women’s STEM history! No Wiki editing experience necessary; as needed, tutorials will be provided for Wikipedia newcomers. Female editors are particularly encouraged to attend. Can’t be there the whole time? No problem. Join us for as little or as long as you like.
  • Details: Attendees should bring their own laptops and power cords. Light food and drinks will be provided.
  • Registration: Space for the physical gathering is limited. To register, please email

Confirmed Wikipedians attendingEdit

Online participationEdit

If you cannot make it to Harvard in person but would still like to participate, you are more than welcome to do so remotely. Suggested articles appear below, or you may add or contribute to one of your choosing. So that we can count you as having participated, please also add any and all contributions under the #Results section below. (Note: There will not be a webinar aspect for online participants; simply log in and log your contributions below to have them "counted!") And be sure to use the Twitter hashtag #ALDWikithon if you tweet about the event!

Online participantsEdit

Additional Ada Lovelace Day 2012 Edit-a-thonsEdit

For those who speak Swedish, check out the Swedish Wiki edit-a-thon event.

A few days after Ada Lovelace Day, in association with Wikimedia UK and the Royal Society, groups will be holding women-in-STEM Wiki edit-a-thons in England and India. Both events welcome remote contributors!

Suggested Topics for U.S. edit-a-thonEdit

The following is a sampling of suggested articles to create or add upon. However, feel free to come up with your own ideas! You may also consider cleaning up articles on more well-known women STEMmers, such as Rosalind Franklin, Marie Curie, Jane Goodall, Grace Hopper, Elizabeth Blackwell, Emmy Noether or Ada Lovelace herself. Helpful updates could be as simple as making sure reference links are still appropriate and functional. See also the Royal Society/UK-focused list here.

Articles needing creationEdit

Indian women scientistsEdit

Articles needing expansion and/or cleanupEdit

Resources: Women in STEMEdit

Note: Wikipedia pages that include lists of important women are all missing plenty of key people, so feel free to add to those lists

Resources: Editing WikipediaEdit


Articles created or expanded:

Before the eventEdit

On the dayEdit

New articles createdEdit

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Event PhotosEdit

Further eventsEdit