Dalit History Month 2017 edit-a-thon in Delhi, India

Posted by Tito Dutta at Jun 21, 2017 06:09 AM |
Dalit History Month edit-a-thon was conducted in Delhi on 20 May 2017. Here is a report.

A Dalit HIstory Month edit-a-thon was conducted Delhi, India on 20 May, 2017. This event was organised by Whose Knowledge?. A member from the Center for Internet and Society, Bangalore, attended the event as a resource person. The history of Dalit movement, and their knowledge are not very-well represented on Wikipedia, and it is essential that attempts are made to bridge such gaps. This edit-a-thon was such an initiative. On 15 April, this year, an edit-a-thon was conducted in Berkeley, US, and the Delhi edit-a-thon was followed by that.

14 editors participated in the edit-a-thon (not counting the resource persons). In the introduction speech Wikimedian and the primary co-ordinator of the event Inaaya explained the details the importance, scope and objectives of the edit-a-thon. This was followed by hands' on editing activities. A few participants were new to Wikipedia, and they created their accounts. Discussions took place to understand the gaps, and the difficulties. It was noticed that finding references to create or expand articles is sometimes a big challenge. Other than referencing, other topics such as Wikipedia manual of style, images, image license policy etc. were also discussed. Although it was a one-day workshop, the aim was to continue it after the event as well, so the participants were encouraged to continue editing. We have statistics of last 1 month, and it shows that in this time period: 45 articles were edited, 11 articles were created, and more than 10 thousand words were added.

There are plans to conduct follow-up Wiki-events. A few students of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, showed interest to form Wikipedia club in their campus. Although, the edit-a-thon was not very big in scale and size, taking such an initiative itself is challenging, and hopefully such initiatives will help reduce the knowledge gap on Wikipedia.

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