Informatics' Equality and Diversity Blog

June 1, 2017

Women in Red Wikipedia project

Filed under: Athena SWAN,Encouraging STEM subjects,Women in STEM — hwalker2 @ 3:17 pm

As part of the university’s commitment to Athena SWAN, the University’s Information Services team is running an informal, monthly Wikipedia drop-in / edit-a-thon to address the systemic bias on Wikipedia, where only 16.97% of biographies are about notable women.

The Wikipedia editing will focus on creating and improving the quality of articles about notable women on Wikipedia using source texts such as (but not limited to) The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women (working through surnames A-Z over the course of the next few months ahead) to turn red-linked articles that don’t yet exist into blue clickable ones that do.

So this is a chance to create or improve Wikipedia pages about prominent women in computer science.

Knowledge of Wikipedia editing is beneficial but if you have not edited before you can go along at the beginning of the session for a quick crash course.

Further details can be found on the Women in Red page:

Ewan McAndrew. Tel: 07719 330076, Email:

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