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Africa Groundwater Atlas Wikipedia edit-a-thon
At the 46th IAH Congress 2019 we will be running a Wikipedia edit-a-thon to transfer content from the Africa Groundwater Atlas into Wikipedia, making hydrogeology information for Africa more visible and accessible to a wider audience.
What is an edit-a-thon?
A Wikipedia edit-a-thon is an event where people get together to edit Wikipedia - often focused on a specific topic. It is an opportunity for people with similar interests to get together to improve the content of Wikipedia, while learning how to edit the online encyclopedia and often eating snacks and drinking beer (although this is optional).
There are currently no Wikipedia pages related to the hydrogeology of Africa. This edit-a-thon aims to change that by creating "Hydrogeology of ..." pages for every country in Africa. These will be based on the existing country pages in the Africa Groundwater Atlas, which are already written in the wiki software, providing a great starting point!
During the edit-a-thon the content of the existing country pages will be summarised and edited to create content that is more suitable for a general Wikipedia audience, making African groundwater more accessible and visible to a wider audience.
We hope you can join us to support this effort!
Where and when is it happening?
The edit-a-thon is taking place at the 46th IAH Congress in Malaga, Spain. The Congress runs from the 22nd to 27th September at the Trade Fairs and Congress Centre of Malaga.
The Africa Groundwater Atlas Wikipedia edit-a-thon will take place on Monday 23rd September from 4 - 7pm.
Are you attending the 46th IAH Congress? Do you have an interest in African groundwater (no experience necessary!)?
If the answer is yes to these questions, we would love to see you at the edit-a-thon. The idea is that each participant will be assigned a country to work on and together, in a room with beer and snacks, we will create new pages in Wikipedia based on the existing content in the Africa Groundwater Atlas. All you need to bring is a laptop - everything else will be provided.
To plan and manage numbers, we are asking people to register an interest (not necessarily a commitment) before the event by dropping an email to AfricaGWAtlas@bgs.ac.uk with the following information:
- African country or countries of interest (remember no experience necessary!)
If you'd like any further information about the edit-a-thon, please also feel free to email AfricaGWAtlas@bgs.ac.uk
Create your own Wikipedia account
You'll need a Wikipedia account in order to start editing. You can create your account before the event to speed things up - Create a Wikipedia Account.
You'll set up a Username that will be visible to everyone viewing any pages that you edit. You don't have to use your real name if you don't want to - but you can if you want. Note that accounts (and usernames) are for individuals and not organisations.
Getting started with Wikipedia editing
In the event we'll lead you through everything you need to know about editing Wikipedia pages! But if you want to get started learning how in advance, try
The Wikipedia Adventure, where you can learn to edit Wikpedia in about an hour.
Not attending the IAH Congress but still interested in getting involved? Drop us an email at AfricaGWAtlas@bgs.ac.uk with the info above and we can tell you more about helping remotely!
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