Hoosier Women at Work in STEM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Chandler Lighty Blog Post

Sat., Oct. 21, 2017, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Indiana State Library

Hoosiers are inventors, creators and innovators—we question, we tinker, we imagine. From the development of TV to the first man on the moon to the first video game console, Hoosier scientists, engineers, doctors and entrepreneurs have led the way. Yet most of the stories we tell are stories about men. In the history of STEM and innovation in Indiana, women’s stories have often been overlooked or poorly told.

To fix this problem, Indiana Humanities, the Indiana Historical Bureau, the Indiana State Library and the Indiana Department of Historic Preservation and Archaeology are teaming up for a Hoosier Women in STEM Wikipedia edit-a-thon! Hoosier history lovers, including volunteers, reference librarians and specialists, are invited to take part in this fun and focused day of research, writing and fellowship on Sat., Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Indiana State Library.

Leading up to the big day we’ll collect stories from historians, researchers, and museum folks from across the state. We’ll gather a list of entries to be added or improved on Wikipedia. On the day of the event, we’ll have on hand librarians and experts, research materials and step-by-step instructions for how to create or edit Wikipedia entries.

Anyone can join the fun—no prior Wikipedia editing experience necessary! Stay for an hour, stay for the long haul. You can team up with others or work with a buddy. We’ll have computers available, though you’re encouraged to bring your own laptop. The event is free and snacks and caffeine will be provided throughout the day; for $15, you can pre-order a delicious box lunch to fuel your edits.

Prior to the event, we’ll send details about how to set up your Wikipedia editor account, where to park and other highlights for the day.

Pre-register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hoosier-women-at-work-wikipedia-edit-a-thon-tickets-32965968098?aff=es2#tickets

Contact Leah Nahmias, director of programs and community engagement, Indiana Humanities ( lnahmias(at)indianahumanities.org / 317-616-9804)