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UK EU edit-a-thon
When and Where
DateSaturday, May 14, 2016
Time10:30 am − 5:00 pm
AddressNewspeak House
133 Bethnal Green Road
E2 7DG

Full Fact, the UK’s independent, non-partisan, factchecking charity, is organising an edit-a-thon on May 14 to improve the information available about the EU before the upcoming referendum.

Wikimedia UK and Full Fact are inviting both new and experienced editors to help makes sure pages related to the European Union and the referendum are accurate and up to date.

Full Fact staff are volunteering their time but they're a small team, so are inviting you to a day of editing in East London. If you’ve never edited Wikipedia before then they will show you how. If you’re experienced already we would really like your help!

The event is taking place 10.30am to 5pm at Newspeak House, just off Brick Lane. All you need is a laptop and some enthusiasm — Full Fact will provide food and advice and can help with up to £7.40 towards travel costs.

If you can't make it but would like to help Full Fact would appreciate suggestions for articles that need updating/creating, or any tips to help the day go well.


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Orange tableEdit

Articles we can be focusing on:

Issues in the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, 2016

  • Economy: relies almost exclusively on one BBC article Wallacal (talk) 14:11, 14 May 2016 (UTC)I have extended this section and sought to find the primary sources for the statements given, as well as reordering the text into clearer sections.
  • Immigration: update to latest figures (quarterly release), missing much from EU immigration to the UK article, e.g. nothing about British citizens living abroad, could contribute with NI numbers point.
  • Security, law enforcement & defence: sources needed,
  • Nothing about sovereignty- FF’s section on control? Inhishonour (talk)
  • Science: nothing about this topic. I will add a section. MartinPoulter (talk) 14:15, 14 May 2016 (UTC)

European Union

  • Budget: update figures, auditors article
  • Area of freedom, security and justice: New border and coast guard not mentioned- wiki article and FF article - Thedaymanager (talk) 14:44, 14 May 2016 (UTC)

Schengen Area:

  • Copy-editing
  • Add references
  • Check status of temporary border controls Wallacal (talk) checked and updated
  • Schengen Information System is also in use in some non-area states. FF Thedaymanager (talk) 14:46, 14 May 2016 (UTC)


  • Add sentence or two on voting in EU council, FF Inhishonour (talk)
  • Update public debt table
  • Update information on European Fiscal Compact Wallacal (talk) - updated with info from the Wiki page
  • Update bail out provisions. Note than non-eurozone members have no responsibility (FF) Wallacal (talk)

Articles edited and other outcomesEdit

Presentation on graphsEdit

Articles we are focusing onEdit

Suggestions for articles to editEdit

About the referendumEdit

Referendum campaign groupsEdit

European institutions including the EUEdit

Trade with the European UnionEdit

History of the European UnionEdit

Previous membership referendumsEdit

Treaty referendumsEdit

Editing Wikipedia resourcesEdit

Links and resourcesEdit