Women are currently represented by less than 18% of the biography pages on Wikipedia, and in academia it’s even worse – just 12% of the subjects of pages about academics are women (data from here). I’ve written before about joining WCCWiki, a project run by the Women’s Classical Committee aiming to improve the representation of women classicists, archaeologists, and other scholars of the ancient world on Wikipedia, which people of all genders and backgrounds (not just women, and not just classicists!) are encouraged to join. I’m organising a training session and editathon for anyone interested in finding out more about this project and learning how to edit Wikipedia on May 8th, 1:30-4:30pm, in room 2.03 of the Cambridge Classics Faculty. (This room is on the second floor; step-free access is available via a lift, and a wheelchair-accessible toilet is available on the ground floor near the lift. Please note the doors to access the lift and toilet are not automatic; we can provide help with these if required).
The session will consist of an introduction to the WCCWiki project (by me), a Wikipedia training session (led by Charles Matthews from Wikimedia UK and Francesca Mazzilli, Cambridge Archaeological Unit), and an editing session for participants to work on pages they have selected to improve (with support from all the organisers). Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided, and no prior experience of editing Wikipedia is required!
This is a free event, but places are limited, so if you would like to attend, or if you have any questions or need to specify any access or dietary requirements, please email me (apj31 [at] cam.ac.uk). For more information about the project, please see the WCC project page, media coverage of the project, or follow #WCCWiki on Twitter for the latest news.