Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon, our first event!

Come join the University of Toronto’s newest science policy group, the Toronto Science Policy Network (TSPN), in our kick-off event: a Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon! The goal of #TSPNWikiEdit18 is to create and update Wikipedia pages for Canadian scientists to highlight their scientific research, role in science policy and/or science communication.

At #TSPNWikiEdit18, we’ll teach you how to edit a Wikipedia page in a short crash course, and then we’ll edit Wikipedia together in three structured sessions.

We are partnering with the University of Toronto’s Libraries (specifically the Inforum Library) to host this free event. We are also partnering with different student groups to host hubs on specific topics (see below).

TSPN will provide a target list of Wikipedia pages with a focus on women and individuals belonging to marginalized groups (as Wikipedia’s gender gap and racial bias is well-documented), but we welcome all edit-a-thon attendees to create and/or update pages they are interested in. Do you have a suggestion? Feel free to share it with us on social media using the hashtag #TSPNWikiEdit18, or via this Google sheet!

To make the most of the event, please bring your own laptop, and your own mug for refreshments. Food and coffee/tea will be provided.

All members of the University of Toronto community are welcome to join. Participants from other institutions with eduroam access are also welcome! Please let us know your coming by registering on Eventbrite. Don’t worry the event is totally free!


11:45 AM – Registration
12:10 PM – Introductory remarks & keynote speaker (TBA)
12:35 PM – Crash Course: How to Edit a Wikipedia Page
12:50 PM – Editing Session: Copy-Editing!
1:20 PM – Break
1:30 PM – Editing Session: Expand Current Wiki Pages
2:30 PM – Break
2:40 PM – Guest Talk: How To Find Reliable Sources
3:00 PM – Editing Session: Create New Wiki Pages
4:45 PM – Reflection & Wrap-Up

Partnering Clubs & Groups

1. University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information
2. University of Toronto Libraries
3. Women In Chemistry Toronto (WICTO)
4. Women Of Colour In STEAMM Canada (WOCScan)
5. UofT Coders

If your club or group wants to partner with us on #TSPNWikiEdit18 please email

#TSPNWikiEdit18 Poster

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