Connect Wikipedia Event attracts media attention!

Our recently held Wiki Editathon has attracted attention from the media with The Herald running a piece on the success of the event!

Excerpt from The Herald (Monday 16 March 2015):

‘University lecturers and students at Edinburgh Napier University have been writing female scientists back into history in a marathon online encyclopedia push.

Among those included is actress Hedy Lamarr, whose contribution to science has been overshadowed by her stellar film career

 

Female scientists and engineers staged a special “Editathon” to give women who are prominent in these fields their rightful place in history.

Staff and students signed up for the event to help ensure the contribution of a string of leading female thinkers is not overlooked by future generations…..(cont)

 

…The event at the Glassroom on the university’s Merchiston campus began with a training session on Wiki editing by Sara Thomas, Wikimedian in Residence at Museums Galleries Scotland.

The volunteers then set about their task of writing women back into history with gusto.

By the end of the Editathon they had created three new Wikipedia entries from scratch.

A further 10 articles on women in the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and maths were expanded upon or improved.’

The full article can be viewed at the following link: http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/screen-siren-among-top-female-scientists-written-back-into-history.120708267

A massive thank you to all those who attended and made the day both thoroughly enjoyable, and also a great success!

Watch this space for another Editathon being run next year!

 

 

 

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