|23 Mar 2024
|S2 Alison Richards Building
How do we learn about the world around us and what sources do we trust for information? We may turn to teachers and books, but we also turn to collective knowledge online. Each month, Wikipedia and Wikimedia entries are viewed over 20 billion times. And those pages are fed into AI tools like ChatGPT to share answers to more directed queries.
While Wikipedia has relatively robust citation and source verification protocols, it is a free, volunteer-led project. Wikipedia is only as robust and balanced as its contributors make it, yet there is an imbalance in who editors are; as many as 90% of Wikipedia editors are male. How might that influence the knowledge and perspectives that are amplified?
This edit-a-thon gives you a chance to share information about topics that you know and care about. We seek to provide an accessible space to help new and returning Wikipedians share their expertise. While organisers will present a list of articles that could benefit from expansion, it’s entirely up to participants what information they’d like to add.
We’ll begin the workshop with a brief presentation on objectivity, neutrality, and critical reading before diving into Wikipedia best practices and protocols. Some potential edits that participants could make include:
- Translating pages between languages they are fluent in.
- Adding quotes by women on any topic to Wikiquotes as part of the #SheSaid campaign.
- Expanding the synopsis or context on books or films that you enjoy.
- Sharing local history that you think deserves more recognition.
The goal of this workshop is to improve young adults’ media literacy and help all participants share their expertise to diversify knowledge in our global community. Suitable for adults and young adults.
Requirements: please bring your own (charged) laptop.
Claire Carroll is interested in the aesthetics of interactive fiction (IF) and how they might connect to broader digital behaviours. More specifically, she’s exploring how the normalised usages of the second person voice and the present tense in IF create slippage for players’ immersion as they are simultaneously readers and characters, thus balancing and bouncing between extra/diegetic modes of engagement. Her research methodologies include actor-network theory, disability studies, critical code studies, and new media theory. Last year, Claire co-hosted the Cambridge Theatre Hackathon, a fast-paced workshop and performance exploring the contours of digital interactive theatre around the theme of memory allocation. This year, she is co-convening the Cultural Politics of Code, a critical code studies reading group.
Claire is the recipient of the Judith E Wilson Studentship and is a 2023-2024 Methods Fellow affiliated with Pembroke College. Claire holds a B.A. from Yale University in English and Computer Science and has completed her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the University of St Andrews. She is from New York (state) and likes to cook (pasta).
The Alison Richard Building is located on the University of Cambridge’s Sidgwick Site and has step-free access. This room (S2) has wheelchair access, accessible toilets on all floors, and lift access. Disabled parking is available outside the Alison Richard Building.
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