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How the Smithsonian and Wiki Education are adding biographies of American women
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In 2021, the [https://womenshistory.si.edu/ Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative] partnered with Wiki Education to run a series of four Wiki Scholars courses with [https://affiliations.si.edu/ Smithsonian Affiliates]. Smithsonian Affiliates are a diverse group of over 200 GLAM organizations across the US with a variety of focuses and ways of engaging with their patrons. In Wiki Scholars courses, Wiki Education staff lead participants through a six-week course on how to edit Wikipedia in a particular topic area, meeting once per week on Zoom and with outside of class work to research and write articles. These GLAM professionals learned how to improve biographies of women on Wikipedia, particularly those relevant to their local institutions' collections and contexts. Throughout 2021, we've run three editions of this course, with a fourth happening at the time of submission. In the first three courses, 55 participants edited more than 100 articles, making this a successful opportunity to improve Wikipedia's coverage of American women's history. Participants also contributed to a list building project (similar to the [https://womenshistory.si.edu/news/2019/11/because-her-story-funk-list Vicki Funk List]) that provides us with names and metadata about notable women for inclusion in Wikidata or Wikipedia to increase the representation of American women from across the country online. In this session, Wiki Education's LiAnna Davis and the Smithsonian's Kelly Doyle will discuss how we collaborated, share more about what the outcomes are for Wikipedia, and describe additional collaborations currently underway to continue improving biographies of American women throughout history.
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