Stephen LaPorte | 4 Mar 05:21 2015

Editathons this week

Hi all,

There are a bunch of editathons in the Bay Area this week! Please help spread the word, and I hope to see you at one or two of these events.

Here is a recap:

March 6: Art and Feminism editathon at Gleeson Library, University of San Francisco

March 7: Art and Feminism editathon at UC Berkeley Center for New Media

March 7: Art and Feminism editathon at the California College of the Arts (Oakland) 

March 7: Art and Feminism editathon at the Kadist Art Foundation (San Francisco)

March 7-8: Art and Feminism editathon at the Fresno Art Museum

March 8: International Women's Day editathon at the Wikimedia Foundation (San Francisco)
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Proffitt,Merrilee | 27 Feb 18:15 2015

Women's history editathon at UC Berkeley, March 19th

Hi, all,


I’ve been working with folks in the UC Berkeley Libraries (specifically the Bancroft Library) trying to get them to think about hosting an editathon. We thought we might do something for Women’s History Month, but there’s already quite a bit scheduled both on March 7th and March 8th.


We were thinking about doing something on Thursday March 19th from 4-7 – so this would be a little different in that it’s a weeknight, and also East Bay based, as well as being hosted by a library (and an awesome special collections library, at that. Part of doing this on a weeknight is to get some of the library staff to come - they are unlikely to show up on a weekend, but I recognize that you all may not want to show up at the end of a work day or on a week night! I’m just testing the waters here to see people think this is a great idea, of if we’d be better pushing it into April. Would you come? Help? Thanks for your feedback!




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Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight | 22 Feb 00:59 2015

International Women's Day edit-a-thon in SF on Sun 3/8

International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8th in many countries, and there are edit-a-thons planned around the world on this day. If you're going to be in the SF Bay Area, please join us from 1p-5p at the International Women's Day edit-a-thon at the Wikimedia Foundation. If you don't know anything about how to edit Wikipedia, other editors will teach you, and we will all learn more together. Light snacks will be provided, as well as fun and great camaraderie. Remote participants are also welcome.

Please also consider attending the San Francisco ArtandFeminism edit-a-thon at the Kadist Art Foundation on Saturday, March 7th, which is part of the global Art+Feminism editing weekend.
Hope to see you there!


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Morehshin Allahyari | 20 Feb 20:57 2015

Looking for Wikipedia editors/educators for Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon event in SF


My name is Morehshin Allahyari and I'm an artist/art activist based in SF. I am working on organizing an Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon event in SF at Kadist Art Foundation on March 7th (12-6PM) and am looking for experienced Wikipedia editors. If you are interested in helping with this event, please get in touch. My email is: 

See below for more information.

Thank you!


This year Kadist Art Foundation is participating in the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon! Please join us in addressing Wikipedia’s gender gap by attending our SF satellite edit-a-thon on March 7th, 2015 from 12-6PM. We will spend the afternoon participating in a communal update session as we work together to improve and add Wikipedia entries on subjects related to art and feminism. 

You can check out our frequently-updated wiki as we plan the event:

More on the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon:
Art+Feminism is a campaign to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia. Wikipedia's gender trouble is well documented. In a 2011 survey, Wikimedia found that less than 13% of its contributors are female.[1] The reasons for the gender gap are up for debate: suggestions include leisure inequality, how gender socialization shapes public comportment, and the contentious nature of Wikipedia's talk pages. The practical effect of this disparity, however, is not. Content is skewed by the lack of female participation. Many articles on notable women in history and art are absent on Wikipedia. This represents an alarming aporia in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge.


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niki korth | 8 Dec 18:43 2014

Edit-a-thon on Internet Censorship: Sunday 14 December


Volunteers from EFF and Creative Commons are organizing an edit-a-thon on Internet Censorship this Sunday at the EFF offices in SF. We will be improving articles on Internet Censorship as a broad topic, and also updating/creating key articles about internet censorship for individual countries.

We hope you can join us, in person or online!

Date: Sunday December 14, 2014
Time: 1-5pm
Location: Electronic Frontier Foundation office: 815 Eddy Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

Here is the meet up page:


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Frank Schulenburg | 2 Dec 03:30 2014

WikiCheese California

Hi all,

I was wondering whether anyone here would be interested in helping me to improve Wikipedia's coverage on cheese.

Cheese? Yes. Background is that the French chapter recently started a project called "WikiCheese".[1] Wikipedia's coverage of food-related topics is patchy and articles about cheese are not an exception. So, French community members started WikiCheese, which aims at systematically filling content gaps.[2]

Now, Northern California has an incredibly rich and interesting artisan cheesemaker scene.[3] Cowgirl Creamery (Point Reyes Station), Epicurean Connection (Sonoma), Vella Cheese Company (Sonoma)… just to name a few.

Last weekend, I went on a tour and started photographing a couple of cheeses as well as cheese production at Cowgirl Creamery:

I'm wondering whether any of you on this list would like to join me on my next excursion (date and time tbd.) You

* don't need to be a cheese expert (I'm not)
* don't need a fancy camera (actually, text contributions would be highly welcome as well)
* don't necessarily need to own a car (I do)

All you need is some time and enthusiasm :-)

I haven't yet started a project page on Wikipedia – so in case you're interested, please send a reply to this list. Once a few people show their interest, we'll plan the next steps.



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LiAnna Davis | 1 Dec 22:52 2014

Wiki Education Foundation open house December 18

Hi Bay Area community!

The Wiki Education Foundation is having a holiday open house on Thursday, December 18. We'll provide hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and tours of our new office in the Presidio. In the spirit of Wikilove, we'd like to extend the invitation to the Bay Area editing community too. If you're interested in joining us, please let me know offlist so I can add you to the invitation and you can get the full details.

Hope to see you on the 18th!

LiAnna Davis
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Yana Welinder | 18 Nov 02:13 2014

Fwd: San Francisco: Speak out on net neutrality on Thursday, 11/20

Hi all, 

EFF asked us to pass on this invite to local Wikimedians who may be interested in attending an SF City Hall hearing on net neutrality. 


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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: April Glaser | EFF Activism Team <action-juUERV/>
Date: Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 12:35 PM
Subject: San Francisco: Speak out on net neutrality on Thursday, 11/20
To: Yana Welinder <yanawelinder <at>>


Dear Yana,

You are invited to join EFF next Thursday, November 20, for a free public event on the quickly unfolding national debate on net neutrality, to be hosted at San Francisco City Hall.  

The event is “Bay Area Speaks: A People’s Hearing on the Future of the Internet,” where you are invited to testify at City Hall about why net neutrality matters to Bay Area communities. Attendees will also receive an update from the lawyers, policy analysts, and activists who have been working on the front lines to make sure the FCC takes the right path forward.

Before the hearing, supporters will rally outside City Hall at 5:30pm and are encouraged to bring cell phones, laptops, and flashlights for a cell phone vigil and to hold signs and colorful art to demonstrate support for Internet freedom. Download this image to display on your screen at the rally.

What: “Bay Area Speaks: A People's Hearing on the Future of the Internet”

Who: Former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps; Amy Sonnie, Outreach Director of the Oakland Public Library; Jay Nath, Chief Innovation Officer for the City of San Francisco; Corynne McSherry, Director of Intellectual Property at the Electronic Frontier Foundation; Malkia Cyril, Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice; Tim Poznar of; and others.

Date: Thursday, November 20

Time: Rally – 5:30 pm, Hearing – 7 pm

Where: San Francisco City Hall
1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place; Room 305


The People’s Hearing comes at a key moment in the debate over net neutrality. Last Monday, President Barack Obama issued a statement in support of full, clear net neutrality rules, echoing the demands of the 4 million Americans who have spoken out in favor of the same reforms throughout the year. The FCC is weighing its options now and is expected to act as early as December.

It’s time to make sure California voices are heard in the national discussions.The fight isn’t over yet; come meet us at the front lines.

Hope to see you there,

April Glaser
Activism Team

PS: Can’t make it to the event? We’ll be streaming live starting at 7pm on Thursday, November 20.


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Aimi Watanabe | 6 Nov 02:14 2014

New in Town.

Dear Wikimedia-SF,

I moved here from NYC recently, and I was loosely involved with Wikimedia-NYC (they hosted the WikiConf this year). I'm interested in participating in a similar community of editors here in SF.

Is there already a regular meet-up? 

IF SO, please let me know how I can join.

IF NOT, then please let me know if you would like to help plan some edit-a-thons or other wiki-centric events!

Hope to hear from you,
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Litquake Edit-a-thon

Hello everyone,

You're invited!

San Francisco Meetup #22, the first ever Litquake Edit-a-thon, will occur in parallel with Litquake, the San Francisco Bay Area's annual literature festival. Writers from all over the Bay Area and the world will be in town during the nine day festival, so the timing is just right for us to meet, create and improve articles about literature and writers (... or anything else, of course). This event will include new editor training. All levels of Wikipedia editing experience are welcome. Create editors, create community, create content!

Event details -
  • Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
  • Time: 1–5pm
  • Location: Wikimedia Foundation offices (149 New Montgomery Street, 6th Floor San Francisco, CA 94105)
  • What is this event?: This Edit-a-Thon will focus on creating, expanding, translating, and improving articles related to literature and writers.
  • What it isn't: This event is not officially sponsored by Litquake. 
  • Twitter: #editlitquake
  • Facebook:
  • Participants: Anyone can edit Wikipedia, including you! No wiki editing experience is necessary, and support will be on hand to help you out! Can't be there the whole time? No worries; join us as long as you can.
  • Computers: Participants should bring their own laptop and power cords.
  • Register here:
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niki korth | 22 Aug 19:26 2014

Edit-a-thon for Zone9 bloggers this Sunday (8/24) in SF

Please join us this Sunday for an edit-a-thon at the Wikimedia Foundation office in support of the Zone 9 bloggers. 

Zone 9 is a group of bloggers and journalists based in Ethiopia who started a blog in 2012 in efforts to facilitate civic engagement and open discussion about Ethiopia. In April of this year, 6 members of the collective were arrested in Addis Ababa and now face terrorism charges for their work. Read more about their case here:

Endalkachew Chala, one of the co-founders of Zone 9 who has been a fellow with EFF for this summer, is helping to organize this edit-a-thon and will be joining us on Sunday. 

Please come to help us to improve articles about Ethiopia, freedom of the press, the Ethiopian constitution, digital journalism, the bloggers themselves, and more! 

Date/Time: Sunday 24 August, 1-5 pm
Where: 149 New Montgomery, San Francisco
What: Edit-a-thon for Zone9 bloggers


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