Submissions/Edit-a-thons with a Twist: Events of Protest

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Submission no. 2012 Subject - C5
Title of the submission
Edit-a-thons with a Twist: Events of Protest
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)
Birds of a feather discussion
Author of the submission
Tanveer Hasan AK and Shobha SV
type of submission
Birds of a Feather Discussion, Roundtable discussion
Language of presentation
E-mail address
Lahariyaniyathi and Shobhasv11
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Centre for Internet and Society
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

Events of protest were series of edit-a-thons and Scan-a-thon that Shobha SV and I organised with support from CIS to encourgae participation, content generation and improving reach regarding initiatives taken to bridge the glaring gender gap present on Global Wikimedia projects in general and Indic Wikimedia projects in particular.

We have conducted 12 events averaging one per month across a period of one year and have worked with various interest groups such as lawyers, musicians, academicians, activists, writers and like minded enthusiasts. Most of these participants were first time Wikimedians and shared with us the concern of the appalling gender gap present on Wikimedia projects. Many of them have continued to be associated with Wikimedia projects by editing, conducting outreach and involving Wikimedia activities in their course of work after participating in the edit-a-thons

What will attendees take away from this session?

Attendees will take away: # Working with special interest groups to augment content to bridge gender gap

  1. Tackling the problem to scarce resources and non traditional resources that can be employed to create articles
  2. Strategies to involve and establishing synergies between various stake holders such as Wikimedia Volunteers, participating researchers/volunteers and organising team for conducting an high impact event
  3. Employing social media and new media for coverage, reach and discussion about the event both pre and post the event
Theme of presentation
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience? inter,mediate
Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
25 minutes
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I will not be able to attend
Slides or further information (optional)
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