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The Biology and Built Environment Center is hosting a Microbiome Science Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon on May 27th, 2016 at the University of Oregon. The objective of this event is to facilitate the contribution of microbiome science edits and topics to a globally-used public knowledge resource (Wikipedia). No previous editing experience is necessary.

Coffee and light snacks will be provided.

Please bring your own laptops.

Twitter hashtags: #wikiMicrobiome2016

RSVP here Please let us know if you will be attending, might be attending, or will be attending remotely.

Those unable to attend in person are invited to RSVP and become Wikipedia editors remotely, and edit pages listed below.

When and whereEdit

May 27th, 2016
Huestis Hall 112
University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97401

You can view the location of Huestis Hall on Google Maps and/or on a University of Oregon Campus map.


The objectives of this event are threefold:

  1. learn how to contribute to a globally-used public knowledge resource (Wikipedia)
  2. add quality microbiome science edits and topics
  3. enable the contribution of under-represented authors (i.e. women, minorities) to Wikipedia.


12:00pm-12:10pm: Introductory comments: Prof. Jessica Green, Ashley Bateman
12:10pm-12:30pm: Brief review of Wikipedia editing basics, principles, research: Ashley Bateman
12:30-2:40: Research & editing time
2:40pm-2:50pm: Wrap-up & group picture

Specific GoalsEdit

Use the University of Oregon’s online library resources to:

  1. Contribute to articles that target microbiome and ecological science topics.
  2. Create and/or expand stubs pertaining to microbiome and ecological science topics.
  3. Add/update citations and/or references to targeted articles.

Articles to create, expand, or reviseEdit

The WikiProject Ecology is a great resource for finding topics to create, expand, or revise. Selected topics from that page and Ecology Stubs are listed below. Please feel free to add relevant topics to these lists.

Edit existing pagesEdit

Improve articles by adding reliable references, and expand stubs with content. The below are only examples! Feel free to work on and suggest your own topics you've found to edit.

Create a new pageEdit

Optionally, you can create a requested, and/or new article. Simply search for the topic on Wikipedia as normal, and if it doesn't exist already Wikipedia will allow you to create the new page for the topic you searched for.

Some suggested examples are listed below:

  • Pathobiont
  • Enemy Release Hypothesis (ERH)
  • Community assembly
  • Toxicocladosporium
  • Vertical Transmission: distinct from Vertical disease transmission
  • Competition-colonization trade-offs (Competitive exclusion principle)
  • Ecosystem function
  • Ecological unit (Ecosystem)
  • Erosion of biodiversity (Biodiversity)
  • Nutrient flow (Synecology)
  • Resource competition (Competitive exclusion principle)
  • Saprotrophic bacteria (Nitrogen cycle)
  • Seed crop (Pollinator decline)
  • Small-subunit ribosomal RNA (Biodiversity)
  • Nancy Love
  • Holly Bik
  • Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello
  • Indoor microbiome
  • Brendan Bohannan


Please bring your own laptops.

Scholarly ResearchEdit

*indicates that the resource requires UO log in or on-site access.

Basics on editing WikipediaEdit

RSVP here Please let us know if you will be attending, might be attending, or will be attending remotely.


Photographs will be taken to document this event. Please let one of the facilitators know at the outset of the event if you would not like to be included in these photos.

A list of pages that have been edited by the event’s participants, to publicly acknowledge our collective achievement:

Participants hard at work...
... researching & editing!