Academic Dress editathon

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This page relates to an event that took place in April 2013
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Academic Dress editathon - In a nutshell

  • Where?: Deloitte, 2 New Street Square, London EC4A 3BZ (near Chancery Lane tube station)
  • When?: Saturday 25 May 2013 11am-4pm, with a break for lunch
  • Point of contact: Harry Mitchell,; Nicholas Jackson,
  • Participants: list below

What is it?[edit | edit source]

We have been contacted by the Burgon Society, an educational charity dedicated to the study of academic dress and related topics. The society was interested in an editathon-style event at which its members could work collaboratively with experienced Wikipedians to improve Wikipedia's coverage of the subject area. Some reference material was available on-hand. The idea was to model the event on 2012 successful Coventry History Editathon (and the report).

Attendees[edit | edit source]

At work

14 people were present, half without previous editing experience.

  1. Harry Mitchell - lead
  2. Nicholas Jackson - co organiser
  3. Katherine Bavage
  4. Toni Sant
  5. Paul Coxon
  6. Tom Morris
  7. John Horton
  8. Rock drum
  9. Alessio Kolioulis
  10. 1 other

Provisionally attending[edit | edit source]

  1. Charles Rupert Tsua
  2. Nat Buckley
  3. Stephen Spencer
  4. 1 other

Outcomes[edit | edit source]

Please see here and here for reports.

Content that could be improved[edit | edit source]

  • Improving articles related to the history, design and practice of academic dress.
  • Creating new articles or improving existing articles about related topics.
  • Using photographs or scans of items from the Society's collection to improve coverage of relevant topics.

Relevant articles[edit | edit source]

These are some suggestions for articles that attendees might like to focus on, or which might provide inspiration for other relevant articles.

Questions and Answers[edit | edit source]

Written for prospective attendees.

  1. Do I have to register to attend, or can I just turn up on the day?
    We'll need your name in advance to ensure that we book a large enough room and order enough sandwiches for lunch. (Also, the Deloitte security desk will want to know who to expect on the day.)
  2. Do I need to know how to edit Wikipedia already?
    No. We'll have some experienced editors present to help out, and will also have supplies of editing guides and quick-reference sheets.
  3. Should I bring a laptop computer?
    If you've got one then please do. We might have a spare one or two on the day, but if you've got your own then that would be great. But if you don't have one then you're still welcome.
  4. Can I bring a camera?
    Yes, please do! We hope to have some items from the Burgon Society's collection available for photographing, and it would also be nice to have a record of the day's events.
  5. What about lunch?
    A sandwich lunch will be provided.
  6. Do I have to be a member of Wikimedia UK or the Burgon Society?
    No. This event is open to anyone who's interested in attending. But if you'd like to join either the Burgon Society (membership form here) or Wikimedia UK (membership form here) then you're welcome to do so.
  7. Are there age requirements to participate in this event?
    No, although those under the age of 18 should be accompanied by a responsible adult.
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