Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 2018:

I made the Internet smarter today.

UMWA presented the Wikipedia Edit-a-thon:  "I made the Internet smarter today"  a one-day event on Friday 31 August 2018, where the research community came together to improve Wikipedia content.

Join us for a relaxed day of Wikipedia editing, discussions, and upskilling. Hone your skills for communicating your research to the general public using Wikipedia as a platform! At lunchtime, we will be joining colleagues at La Trobe University for a virtual "#shutupandWiki" session, an hour of intensive editing.

New and experienced Wikipedians welcome. There will be time for your own Wikipedia work, with helpful Wikipedians on hand throughout the day to show newcomers how to make edits and create articles. Not sure where to start? There'll be a list of articles for you to work on. You will also get to create your own Wikipedia-themed badge.

When: Friday 31 August, 2018


  • Parkville 10:00am - 4:00pm,  followed by end-of event drinks & cheese 4:00-5:00pm
  • Southbank - cancelled due to low registrations - please join the Parkville event
  • Virtual 12:00pm - 2:00pm (via webinar)

What to bring to Parkville: BYO lunch and laptop. We will provide light refreshments throughout the day. WiFi network will be available.

Prepare: We recommend that prior to the event you:

While this is a full-day event you are welcome to drop in any time, but please let us know you are coming by registering.

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The Digital Studio, Arts West (map)

10.00 AM - 10.15 AMWelcome, housekeeping & setup
10:15 AM -10:45 AM

"I've done my research, now what?" Pru Mitchell (President, Wikimedia Australia) will address questions such as

  • Is Research and Wikipedia a thing?
  • Can I promote my research through Wikipedia?
11:00 AM -11:45 AMIntroduction to Wikipedia editing (workshop) OR independent editing
12:00 PM - 12:30 PMIntroduction to Wikipedia editing (webinar) with Q&A
link will be sent to registrants prior to the event
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Virtual meet-up to join La Trobe University's "Shut Up & Wiki" (webinar) 
Note: link will be sent to registrants prior to the event

  • "Shut up and Wiki" is an informal community of practice where you can devote time to editing, writing, and developing Wiki resources. We use the "Shut up and write" format of 25-minute focused sprints (a.k.a. pomodoros), with a short break in between.
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Independent editing and lightning talks on topics such as

  • Deletion-proofing your article
  • Wikidata
  • Your own topic or question!
4:00 PM - 5:00 PMEnd-of-event cheese & drinks


  1. If you don’t already have a Wikipedia account, please create one. Please consider your privacy when creating a username.
  2. If you have time (and don't worry if you don't!):
    1. Take a look at Wikipedia’s editing tutorial.
    2. Watch this short How to Edit a Wikipedia Article video. Or this Learn to Edit series of Wikipedia editing videos (Art+ Feminism).
    3. Read these Wiki rules and guidelines that outline which subjects are notable enough to be included and who can edit them.

More Information

For more information about the Wikipedia-edit-a-thon event contact: