Submissions:2023/Equity, Community Engagement, and Ag: Advancing equity and increasing agricultural coverage on Wikipedia

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This submission has been accepted for WikiConference North America 2023.


Equity, Community Engagement, and Ag: Advancing equity and increasing agricultural coverage on Wikipedia


Equity / Inclusion / Community Health

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Library is in its 4th year of active Wikipedia programming through the Agricultural Law Information Partnership. Following an edit-a-thon dedicated to heirs’ property in 2021, NAL has utilized Wikipedia programming and editing to address equity issues and create community engagement through programming based on emerging issues and patron suggestions. Through their programs, NAL brings in grassroots practitioners to speak on various topics, including land access, nutrition security, climate change, seed saving, food security, etc., while sharing practical solutions and resources. These resources are utilized to write and update Wikipedia articles and make coverage of underrepresented communities and related topics more equitable.Across nine events we have had 80 editors, creating 98 articles and adding hundreds of references across the topics we have covered. By sourcing issues and information from community members and practitioners, we can more fully realize the depth of issues and identify gaps we may not have otherwise found. During this presentation, I will share the impact of NAL’s work, the strategies we have developed for community sourcing and engagement, and collaboration opportunities as we expand our partnerships with tribal and indigenous colleges and historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Presentation:

Author name:

Jamie Flood

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Affiliated organization(s):

US National Agricultural Library, Wikimedians of Indiana, and Wikimedia DC

Estimated time:

30-40 minutes

Special requests:

Have you presented on this topic previously? If yes, where/when?:


Okay to livestream?

Livestreaming is okay

If your submission is not accepted, would you be open to presenting your topic in another part of the program? (e.g. lightning talk or unconference session)

Yes, any