Join Edit-a-Thons at Conferences to Improve Wikipedia Science

At the edit-a-thons, get the chance to learn the basics of Wikipedia editing and make substantive changes to Wikipedia articles within your area of expertise

The Wikipedia edit-a-thon at the AAAS 2016 meeting. Credit: Simons Foundation

This year is the Wikipedia Year of Science, an initiative of the Wiki Education Foundation. One of its major goals is to engage and train scientists via a series of ‘edit-a-thons,’ workshops and invited talks at conferences throughout the year, presented in partnership with major scientific societies. During the edit-a-thons, conference attendees get the chance to learn the basics of Wikipedia editing, make substantive changes to Wikipedia articles within their area of expertise, and find out more about the Wiki Education Foundation’s classroom program.

The Simons Foundation is hosting these events in partnership with the Wiki Education Foundation. Below is a list of 2016 meetings at which the foundation has hosted or will host an edit-a-thon. Details about how to join upcoming events, as well as additional conferences, will be added as soon as they are available, so check this page periodically. Reminders will also be posted on the Simons Foundation Facebook page.

If you would like to inquire about organizing a Wikipedia Year of Science edit-a-thon at your organization’s scientific conference, please contact John Tracey.

American Association for the Advancement of Science
Held February 13-14 – read more about the event here

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 
Held April 4 in San Diego – read more about the event here

American Astronomical Society
Held June 15 in San Diego 

American Society for Microbiology – ASM Microbe 2016
Held June 19 in Boston
American Society for Plant Biology 
Held July 11 in Austin
International Society for Computational Biology – ISMB 2016
Held July 11 in Orlando

American Chemical Society
Held August 24 in Philadelphia

Society for Neuroscience
November in San Diego – more information coming soon

American Geophysical Union – Fall Meeting
December in San Francisco – more information coming soon

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