Submissions/Wikipedia as Activism and Archive

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This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

Submission no. 2060 Subject - C2
Title of the submission
Wikipedia as Activism and Archive
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)
Author of the submission

Rachel Wexelbaum (RachelWex on Wikipedia)

Language of presentation

English (although I will provide French subtitles or a French transcript for those who require it).

E-mail address

rswexelbaum {{@}}

Country of origin
United States of America
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

Wikipedia is a social, historical archive of information on any topic. The more important a particular topic is to the world, and the greater its longevity, the more likely it will receive updates and improved citations over a continuous span of time. In the current political climate of the United States, attempts to shut down authoritative news sources, government agencies, and activist movements can inspire use Wikipedia as the vehicle to present the truth. One can achieve this mission through uploading Creative Commons-licensed images to Wikimedia Commons as well as traditional editing and creation of articles. St. Cloud State University librarian and Wikipedan Rachel Wexelbaum will present some global Wikimedia projects involving the uploading of images, as well as a recap of the April “Wikipedia as Social Activism” edit-a-thon at St. Cloud State University that brought faculty, students, and community together for a common cause, and the successes and challenges that Wikipedia faces in providing an idealized archive of truth.

What will attendees take away from this session?

Attendees will leave this session with new ideas on how to use Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons for social justice.

Theme of presentation
WikiCulture and Community, Legal and Free Culture, GLAM, Education
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?

Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced.

Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)

25 minutes (including time for Q+A)

Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Slides or further information (optional)
Special requests
Is this Submission a Draft or Final?

This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

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  1. Slowking4 (talk) 03:32, 10 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
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  3. Rosiestep (talk) 23:03, 11 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Ben the Bos (talk) 00:33, 12 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  5. Rachel has spoken on this topic around the United States and also published on this topic. She would be an ideal speaker for this at Wikimania. Lots of people talk about this, but Rachel has done it, and published on it, and trained others. A+ speaker. Blue Rasberry (talk) 01:54, 12 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
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