Extraordinary Women in Engineering: a WES Wikithon – LSE London

18th May 2019

Betty Laverick

Join the Women’s Engineering Society, Heritage Open Days, and The Women’s Library at the LSE in London to edit and add information about women in engineering to Wikipedia. Help to celebrate some of the brilliant women engineers who deserve a more prominent place in the world's favourite online historical record.

We can help you to develop your digital skills and learn how to edit Wikipedia in order to harness the power of the web.

Complete beginners and experienced editors are both welcome to attend - we'll provide training for anyone new to editing. If you already have some wiki editing experience, we can help you improve your skills and learn a few new tricks. If you’ve spotted an article that needs improving, bring along your queries and we’ll see what we can do to help.

WARNING: Editing Wikipedia can become addictive... and it's FREE!

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE 1:00pm to 5:00pm 

We will provide a light late lunch between 2.30-3.30 in the gallery area which will also give you a chance to see the new exhibition The Sacred Year 1919: Women and the Professions (1 May to 8 September 2019 in LSE Library Gallery)

The Women’s Engineering Society (WES) is celebrating its centenary in 2019 – one hundred years of women forging careers in the field of engineering. We are creating a Centenary Trail that will use Wikipedia pages to illustrate the number and variety of women who have left a legacy of achievement in the field of engineering. By creating and improving the Wikipedia entries of inspirational engineers you can help to really put them on the map!

Don’t worry if the idea of creating a whole new page sounds daunting. Some of the most valuable work is done by people adding new information and improving data. On the day we will also be demonstrating how working with Wikidata can make women’s history more searchable and accessible.

WES are working with Heritage Open Days (HODS) to run this event for the celebrated Women’s Library, at the LSE. Training will be delivered by inspiring Wellcome Wikimedian, Dr. Alice White.

BOOK HERE https://bit.ly/2tYiLtd

Take a look at @WESCentenary on Twitter or @wes_centenary on Instagram to learn more about some of the brilliant women engineers who don’t have a Wikipedia page … yet. Or perhaps be inspired to add one of the Extraordinary Women nominated for Heritage Open Days’ special Wall of Women.

Find out more about Heritage Open Days at www.heritageopendays.org.uk or @heritageopenday on Twitter and @heritageopendays on Instagram

The WES Centenary Trail is funded by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.