Submissions:2021/Vaccine Safety Edit-a-thon

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This submission has been accepted for WikiConference North America 2021.


Vaccine Safety Edit-a-thon


Global & Local, Other

Type of session:



During WikiConference North America, KNoW Science and Wikimedia DC would like to build on momentum from previous events to facilitate a Spanish and English Vaccine Safety Edit-a-thon. We hope to update our submission with support from Wikimedia Mexico as well.

This edit-a-thon will be the culmination of an event series which is aimed at improving vaccine safety information on different language Wikipedias. Our multilingual events have brought together Wikipedians and health/science subject matter experts who are interested in creating, editing and improving articles and citations for vaccine-related content pages. This content has become increasingly important as we all continue to grapple with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and ramp up worldwide vaccination campaigns.

Edit-a-thon participants can choose from articles in curated task lists in English and Spanish that have already been created through the Vaccine Safety Project with help from Netha Hussain and members of Wikimedia Mexico. These task lists are divided by skill level, with articles that preferably require advanced science/health knowledge to beginner articles which require no health background in order to edit.

Our kick-off event in August 2020 was organized with support from the World Health Organization’s Vaccine Safety Net (VSN), the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) and Wikimedia DC. Subsequent events were organized with Wikimedia Mexico and Malayalam Wikipedia in English, Spanish and Malayalam.

Please see the following links for more information about our initiative and past events: KNoW Science: Vaccine Safety Project: Previous Vaccine Safety Edit-a-thons:,_2021

Academic Peer Review option:


Author name:

Andrea Bras

E-mail address:

Wikimedia username:


Affiliated organization(s):

KNoW Science - NewsQ

Estimated time:

1.5 hours

Special requests:

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


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. Please consider us for another part of the program if ours is not chosen.

Early notes: Vaccine editathon along the lines of a series like this one: w:Wikipedia:Meetup/DC/Vaccine_Safety_Wikipedia_Edit-a-thon_June_12,_2021. We'll have WHO people, KnowScience people, and ... We will work in English and Spanish, in a couple of zoom breakout rooms. We'll offer training if needed.