by Dorothy Howard, METRO's Wikipedian-in-Residence
Institutional partnerships, events, and communities around Wikipedia continue to flourish in New York. Here's a snapshot of what METRO’s members are doing to create and edit content on the online encyclopedia:
Center for Jewish History Edit-a-thon
On Sunday, May 4th, Center for Jewish History hosted an Edit-a-thon on "Women in Jewish History." Articles on Dina Abramowicz, Pauline Wengeroff, and Rosika Schwimmer were added to Wikipedia. The event attracted some 30 attendees, including librarians and archivists, scholars, Wikipedians, and members of the public. The event was organized by CJH’s Wiki Subcommitee.
7-Sisters Edit-a-Thons at Barnard and Women’s History Edit-a-thon at Columbia in March
On March 1st, the 7-Sisters Colleges virtual Wikipedia Edit-a-Thons kicked off with events hosted at Barnard College in New York, Mount Holyoke, Bryn Mawr, Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College, and Smith College. The purpose of these events was to add articles about women’s history to Wikipedia.
On March 18th, Columbia Libraries/Information Services, CDRS (Center for Digital Research and Scholarship), and Barnard Library and Academic Information Services participated in the #GWWI (Global Women Wikipedia Write-In) as a virtual Edit-a-thon with Emory University. The Columbia event was held at the Studio@Butler space in Butler Library and included faculty, staff, students, and members of the public.
Józef Piłsudski Institute of America GLAM-Wikipedia Project
The Józef Piłsudski Institute of America GLAM project is going strong after the Institute appointed a volunteer Wikipedian-in-Residence. The Institute has been adding articles in English and in Polish on their archival materials and uploading images in Wikimedia Commons.
Wikimedia NYC continues to plan WikiConference USA 2014 set to take place at New York Law School in TriBeCa for the weekend of May 30-June 1st. Registration is free and all sessions are open to the public.
If you are interested in learning more about METRO’s Wikipedia and Open Data projects please contact Dorothy Howard at dhoward [at] metro [dot] org.