Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus
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Fordham University
When and Where
DateFriday, February 8, 2019
Time2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
AddressFordham University at Lincoln Center, 113 West 60th Street, New York City, New York
City, StateNew York City, New York
Editathon coaching

Wikipedia for Educators at Fordham in partnership with Digital Humanities NYC and Wikimedia NYC will be hosting a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon focused on information and democracy on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus.

The edit-a-thon will include tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, ongoing editing support, reference materials, refreshments, and a pizza reception following the event. This event is free and open to the public.  People of all gender identities and expressions are invited to participate.

We will have a list of possible names and reference materials available but we encourage you to share ideas and suggestions of possible articles.

  • Date: Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Time: 2:00 pm-8:00 pm
  • Location: Fordham University at Lincoln Center, 113 West 60th Street, New York City, New York
  • Subway: 59th St/Columbus Circle: A•B•C•D•1

How to prepareEdit

  • Bring your laptop: Editing Wikipedia is easier with a keyboard (if you don't have a laptop don't worry, the event will be in computer labs on campus). Also see Access to the Fordham WiFi Network.
  • 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 hashtag/handles are #WikiFordham #NYCHDHWEEK19 @nycdh

About the organizersEdit

Wikipedia for Educators at Fordham Wikipedia for Educatorssupports and promotes the use of Wikipedia in the classroom,  organizes edit-a-thons on campus and promotes Wikipedia events in the community.  This is an open group made of faculty, staff, and students of Fordham University. Founded in 1841, Fordham University, the Jesuit University of New York, is committed to the discovery of Wisdom and the transmission of Learning, through research and through undergraduate, graduate and professional education of the highest quality.

Wikimedia NYC is a volunteer run 501c3 non-profit committed to connecting New Yorkers and New York institutions with Wikipedia, Wikimedia, and the larger free culture movement. It is one of 37 global chapters officially recognized by (but separate from) the Wikimedia Foundation.

Event AgendaEdit

Shareable flyer for event
1:30-2:00 PM - Sign in and registration to dashboard and accounts
2:00-2:10 PM - Introductions
2:10-2:40 PM - Debbie Rabina, Library and Information Science Program Coordinator at Pratt Institute:
Stable repositories maintained by institutions and schools that are not based solely on grant funding
How to cite resources such as census documents, city tables, and legislative bills
Examples of citations or articles that can be edited
2:40-3:30 PM - Presentation on editing Wikipedia. Training by Wikipedia for Educators at Fordham/Wikimedia NYC.
4:00-7:30 PM - Editing time! Participants will have the Wikipedia editing experience; demos and support are offered mostly to individuals
5:00 Pizza time!
7:30-7:35 PM - Photo time
7:35-7:50 PM - Discussion, let's take a look at what we did today
7:50-8:00 PM - Wrap up time

Note, We will have light snacks and drinks throughout the event.

Group photo

Welcome to the Edit-a-thon!Edit

Add yourself to the Dashboard for this event. Please note, we do not tolerate harassment of participants or volunteers in any form. We follow the Wikimedia NYC's Code of Conduct and anyone violating these rules at our event will be sanctioned or expelled.

What is Wikipedia?Edit

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

Our mission for todayEdit

Thanks for coming today and helping the #WikiFordham initiative to celebrate the #DigitalHumanities. Today's mission: Add at least once sentence or other contribution to Wikipedia about a notable figures and events related to the topic of Information and Democracy.

Did achieve today's goal? Tell 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 today’s event
  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.

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

Useful Sources / ReferencesEdit

Relevant Media and VideoEdit

Edit-athon began with Debbie Rabina's lecture about sources


Please add your username

Likely Attendees