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American Folklife Center Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 2020
APS hosts an annual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon in collaboration with other organizations to create and improve Wikipedia pages that highlight the accomplishments of women and other historically marginalized groups in physics. An edit-a-thon event usually lasts about three hours and includes:
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by contributing to Wikipedia articles about Hispanic physicists and their contributions to the field. Raise awareness of the accomplishments of marginalized groups within physics and improve the public’s access to physics knowledge. No prior Wikipedia editing experience is required to participate.
This afternoon event will include a plenary talk, an introduction to editing Wikipedia, and writing and editing Wikipedia articles. We will also have opportunities for networking, a puzzle room, and online museum exhibits celebrating Hispanic Heritage to visit.
APS’s most recent edit-a-thons took place as part of the April Meeting 2022 and March Meeting 2021, where participants collaborated to update and create Wikipedia pages focused on women and other historically marginalized groups in physics.
At the Juneteenth edit-a-thon, Jess Wade speaks with Gladys West, PhD, a celebrated mathematician whose work has been pivotal in global positioning system (GPS) technology.
To highlight the work of Black physicists, APS has also partnered with the organization Black in Physics to host a Juneteenth edit-a-thon in 2021. This event honored the contributions of Black physicists while strengthening connections between physicists and the movement to support Black individuals entering the STEM fields. By bringing attention to the achievements of Black physicists so that diverse groups of people can see themselves in science, this edit-a-thon contributed to fostering a just and equitable environment where Black physicists can thrive.
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APS supports members interested in hosting their own edit-a-thons. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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