Have you ever wanted to learn how to write and publish a Wikipedia page that’s free from problems and looks professional, moderated and well-researched? Disability Arts Online, in partnership with Wikimedia UK are offering a group of lucky participants the chance to learn from the experts in a series of three ‘editathons’.
As well as learning how to properly research, reference and present a Wikipedia page, participants will have the chance to help us populate Wikipedia with pages about some amazing disabled artists.
Wikipedia is one of the most used and trusted sources of information in the world, but unfortunately it is sorely lacking in information about deaf and disabled artists and the disability arts movement. Disability Arts Online wants to change all that, and needs volunteers to help to do it.
Participants will get feedback on the pages they produce from Wikimedia volunteers and will produce around 2-3 new pages per editathon. As well as being informative, the workshops will be a great networking opportunity to meet other people and pick the brains of some experts both on Wikipedia and the disability arts movement.
The qualities to make a great Wikipedia writer are:
- Research skills
- Writing skills
- The ability to identify useful information very quickly
- Keenness and willingness to give it a go
- Excitement at being part of a writing community
BSL interpreters have been booked for the editathons and Disability Arts Online is encouraging participants to state access requirements clearly when signing up via EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/disability-arts-online-wikimedia-editathons-tickets-19477033331?aff=eandmyevshre&ref=eandmyevshre
The workshops will take place at Goldsmith’s University, London on 3 December, 4 February, 3 March 11am-4pm, with an hour for lunch.
The editathons form part of a wider project called Viewfinder, funded by Arts Council England and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.
The Limping Chicken is the UK’s deaf blogs and news website, and is the world’s most popular deaf blog. It is edited by Deaf journalist and filmmaker Charlie Swinbourne.
Please note that the views of the writers are their own, and not necessarily the views of the Editor or site as a whole. Read our disclaimer here.
- Phonak: innovative technology and products in hearing acoustics
- Ai-Live: Find out 5 ways to fund live captions at your event!
- Bellman & Symfon: home alerting solutions
- Deaf Umbrella: sign language interpreting and communications support
- Clarion: BSL/English interpreting and employment services
- Appa: Communication services for Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing people
- SignVideo: Instant BSL video interpreting online
- 121 Captions: captioning and speech-to-text services
- Hearing Direct: Online hearing aids
- The National Theatre: Captioned and BSL accessible theatre in London
- Doncaster School for the Deaf: education for Deaf children
- Signworld: online BSL learning and teaching materials
- CJ Interpreting: communication support in BSL
- Sign Solutions:, language and learning
- Action Deafness Communications: sign language and Red Dot online video interpreting
- SDHH: Project Development and Consultancy
- BSLcourses.co.uk: Provider of online BSL courses
- British Society for Mental Health and Deafness: Promoting positive mental health for deaf people
- deafPLUS: Money advice line in BSL
- Happy: Microsoft Office courses taught in BSL and SSE by a Deaf trainer – all abilities catered for
- Hamilton Lodge School in Brighton: education for Deaf children
- Lipspeaker UK: specialist lipspeaking support
- Ozen: Australian hearing aid specialists
- Elmfield School, Bristol: Inclusive education for Deaf pupils
- Exeter Deaf Academy: education for Deaf children
- DCAL: Find out how to study at the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre, London
- cSeeker: Deaf-led educational communication support service
- Signed Culture: Advocating for BSL access to arts and culture
- Sarah Gatford: BSL interpreting, training and consultancy
- SignHealth: healthcare charity for Deaf people