ResearcHERs Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
This event was held on the 25th August 2017 simultaneously at Parkville and Southbank campuses. Opened by the Provost, Professor Margaret Sheil, the day featured a range of sessions on different aspects of Wikipedia, training and informing on content creation, Wikipedia protocols and guidelines, and Wikidata. View the event's Wikipedia page here.
Overall, as part of this event, 38 pages were created, 17 new users made accounts, and 74 revisions were made. A number of articles were created on the day for a variety of notable women working in many fields, including pages for:
- Mildred Barnard
- Kathleen Funder
- Jean Laby
- Diane Lemaire
- Philippa Maddern
- Lorna McConchie
- Dulcie Hollyock
- Constance (Connie) Frazer
- Alice Hoy
- Kiffy Rubbo
- Hilda Bastian
- Jocelyn Hyslop.
As part of the exercise, a new category was created for the University of Melbourne, and 112 pages were added to it https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:University_of_Melbourne_women.
3CR Radio interviewed Dr. Hannah McCann, Lecturer in Gender Studies at the University, one of the organisers: http://www.3cr.org.au/tuesday-breakfast
Read Pursuit article Balancing the history books, one Wikipedia entry a time written by Dr. Mary Tomsic (ARC Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne) and Deborah Thomas (Senior Policy & Strategy Advisor, University of Melbourne) published 11 December 2017.