Schomburg Center Black History Month Wikipedia Edit-a-thon with AfroCROWD, Wikimedia NYC: Black New York is February 16, 2019.

The Schomburg Center
The AfroCROWD User Group
When and Where
DateFebruary 16, 2019
Time12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Address515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037


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How to prepareEdit

  • Bring your laptop: Editing Wikipedia is easier with a keyboard.
  • Bring a published source to cite: Suggested books and papers will be available at the event. If you like, bring an academic paper or other reliable source of information to cite, to support your addition to Wikipedia. You will use Wikipedia to distribute information from this source. Try to bring the highest quality most reputable source you can find for the information.
  • Create a Wikipedia account, if you do not have one already.
  • If you wish, take Wikipedia's own 30-minute online training and tour at The Wikipedia Adventure.
  • Social Media: Tweet, like, comment or follow us on social media. Our hashtags for today are #BLackNYWikiHistory and #AfroCROWD. Our Twitter handle is @AfroCROWDit and on Instagram and Facebook @AfroCROWD.

Event AgendaEdit

We will open the area for registration at 1:30 PM, with introductions and the primary training session to start at 2:05 PM. We will have a brief time take a group photo at 3:30PM and time to share at 4:15PM. The program will end at 5:00 PM with wrap up to begin 30 minutes before that.

Hardworking editors

Welcome to the Edit-a-thon!Edit

Please ask the event organizer for the Wifi Information.

What is Wikipedia?Edit

Wikipedia is the fifth most visited website on earth (World Economic Forum), and the most-used encyclopedia ever. A couple million people have written bits of it, but most of Wikipedia is written by tens of thousands of volunteers around the world. [7] (See the statistics page for more information.) We start with a few improvements, learn, and build up from there. You, can, too!

Our mission for todayEdit

Thanks for coming today and helping make history with the #AfroCROWD initiative to help close the Wikipedia diversity gap on notable people of African Descent. Today's mission: Add at least once sentence or other contribution to Wikipedia about a notable person of African descent or a place or cultural item associated with the the African Diaspora, especially associated with the New York area.

Did you achieve today's goal? Tell a wiki coach, and we can help check your edit(s) for you

Let’s begin:Edit

  1. Get your account/ create a username: Please don’t use your real name. It should be 6-8 characters. If you need help, please ask a Wikimedia coach
  2. Add your user name to the Dashboard
  3. Listen to the training or if you are editing from home or online head here for the basics overview. Head here for a simplified tutorial.
  4. Browse Editing Ideas below and choose a topic to edit (or if you already have one skip to the next step)
  5. Edit: in short - (1) click edit (2) add a sentence (3) provide a citation (4) repeat
  6. Ask for help: Don’t worry about perfection, the Wiki Coaches are here to help you.

Editing contribution types for new Wikipedia editors:Edit

Is this your very first time? Try this:

  • Add a biographical sentence: Start with a name, a birthday, an occupation or title,  what they famously did,  and (very importantly) a citation to verify your information from a credible source(s).

How to make a citation (bibliographical reference):Edit

1) First, click on the pencil icon on the right to begin using "Visual Editor". Visual editor makes editing easier - like writing a school paper.

2) In Visual Editor, click on the area you want to add the citation. Then click cite. If you have a website as a source, add the website to the blank area.

If you do not have a website source, click manual and follow the prompts. Then click publish. If you have questions, ask a Wikimedia coach or go to Wikipedia:Tutorial/Citing sources.

3) Then click publish.

Two editors work out an improvement

Editing Ideas: These have lists of potential articles to create/editEdit

New YorkersEdit

Relevant videos and other mediaEdit


More useful resourcesEdit

Learning tools


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