In December 2015 Daniel Heath Justice (author of “Why Indigenous Literature Matters“) began a Twitter campaign to share the names of Indigenous writers. The reason for his efforts was to “…push back against the frequent assumptions that our literary history is any less complex, robust, or diverse than that of other peoples.”
So why a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon?
Wikipedia is a multilingual, web-based, free encyclopedia based on a model of open community generated knowledge. The community-driven nature of Wikipedia is meant to support Wikipedia’s goal of providing “…every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge.” However, well documented systematic bias including, information gaps, exclusions, diversity of articles and editors, and assumptions about neutrality and notability greatly impacts the information that can be found in an information source with millions of views per day.
The Indigenous Writers Wikipedia Edit-a-thon is seeking to improve the coverage of Indigenous writers on Wikipedia and to encourage diverse community editors to actively work to dissuade assumptions about Indigenous literature by raising their profile in this increasingly influential information source.
- Will Engle, Open Education Strategist, Centre for Teaching and Learning Technology, UBC
- Erin Fields, Liaison Librarian & Flexible Learning Coordinator, UBC Library
- David Gaertner, First Nations and Indigenous Studies Instructor, UBC
There will be author readings, refreshments, and door prizes. Register now!