Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Announcement: Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon Event

One of the best pieces of advice I received as undergraduate was to use Wikipedia. Now, before you come for me with pitchforks and throw me out of academia, let me explain. Wikipedia a wonderful resource and remains the starting point for a lot of my research, be it to familiarise myself with the basics of a new topic or to remind myself of the plot of a novel. What is also extremely handy, as I’m sure many of you have also discovered, are those references and external links at the bottom of most articles that provide excellent jumping off points to delve deeper.

Wikipedia, along with other useful resources such as Wikicommons and Wikiquote, is hosted and managed by the Wikimedia Foundation ‘a nonprofit charitable organisation dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual, educational content, and to providing the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge'. 'Imagine a world', their mission statement reads, 'in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. That’s our commitment.'

On Saturday 12th of November, The University of Edinburgh will be hosting a Wikipedia edit-a-thon in conjunction with Wikimedia and Robert Louis Stevenson Day. The Centre for the History of the Gothic is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a synchronous event, generously supported by Wikimedia, to improve the Gothic related content on Wikipedia, by gathering both experienced academics alongside members of the public. We hope that the academics' experience and knowledge can be put to use to the benefit of society at large. One of the Centre’s aims, and one that Sheffield Gothic works on improving year by year with projects such as Reimagining the Gothic, is taking Gothic Studies outside of its academic environment and opening it up to everybody.

Between the two Universities, a list of areas that require improvement have been identified and can be found on the University of Edinburgh’s event page along with details of the days itinerary and information on attending:


The event held at the University of Sheffield will also take place on the 12th of November, from 10am until 5pm, in The Diamond Building. Full schedule details will follow next week, but we’re excited to share that the morning will include a talk from Dr Frances Babbage titled 'Staging Carter's Gothic' along with a short presentation from us at the CHG.

All attendees will be provided with in depth Wiki-editing training on the day, provided by Wikimedia, before diving into the editing itself. Both events are open to any and all who wish to attend.You don’t even have to be a Goth! Sheffield Gothic will be assembling a body of resources to be used on the day for creating and referencing articles, alongside a collection of sweet treats and cake (as is their habit!).

If you would like to attend and want any further information, please email us at gothicreadinggroup@gmail.com and stay tuned to the blog, Twitter and Facebook for more details!

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