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Have you ever looked at a Wikipedia article and thought you would like to correct it or add more information? Come to our Edit-a-thon and find out how. You don’t have to be an expert, anyone who can do library research, and write clearly, can contribute to Wikipedia.
Wikipedia is a web-based, free-content encyclopedia project. Based on a model of openly editable content, Wikipedia is written collaboratively by largely anonymous volunteers. Anyone with Internet access can write and make changes to Wikipedia articles (except in limited cases where editing is restricted to prevent disruption or vandalism). You can contribute anonymously, under a pseudonym, or, if you choose, with your real identity.
What is an Edit-a-thon?
An Edit-a-thon is an all-day attempt to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of a particular topic. Led by an experienced Wikipedia editor, Mike Dickison, you will learn to edit pages, correct mistakes, add references, and upload photos. Complete beginners are welcome, training and troubleshooting is provided. This edit-a-thon will focus on adding New Zealand plant and animal species to Wikipedia.
10am: Museum opens, arrive, setup and create an account if necessary
10.15am – 12noon: Learn how to create and edit species articles on Wikipedia
12.30pm – 5pm: Wikipedia editing. Wikipedia editors will be available to help.
Full information, background, what to bring etc. can be found on the Edit-a-thon Project page
If you have any Wikipedia questions, email Mike Dickison on [email protected]
To ensure there are places for all, please use the ‘book now’ button to register to attend.
Feature image: Image composited by User:Giantflightlessbirds from public-domain An Elementary Manual of New Zealand Entomology (1892), by George Vernon Hudson