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- Promote the success of the online SCAR editathon from the last 2 months
- Celebrate the SCAR Editathon
- >100 new pages, >40 new images
- Recruit new editors
- Increase skills for existing editors
- We will be running a drop-in editing clinic the three days following the event
- Add or improve content related to Women in Antarctic Science
What is the purpose of the meeting and why is it important to your community?
Most science programmes explicitly prohibited women from working in Antarctica until at least the late 1950s, over half a century after the first male scientists in 1898. Women scientists have now risen to prominent positions, including directorships of the British Antarctic Survey and Alfred Wegener Institute. Nevertheless, they are still under-represented in official recognition (e.g, Polar Medals), and public awareness (e.g Wikipedia biographies). 60% of polar early career researchers are now women - our initiative seeks to provide visible role models for them. We have addressed this shortfall through the effective engagement of multiple communities to manage a high-throughput biography pipeline. Members of the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research nominated notable women. Our committee organised >30 keen volunteers into a collaborative research-writing-editing-uploading pipeline for each biography. The Women in Red Wikiproject then aided us in passing Wikipedia's editor-review process. Over the last months, we have increased the number of biographies for Antarctic women from 7 to >90, with more drafts moving through the pipeline every day. Five have been profiled on the encyclopaedia's front page, including the first woman to set foot on the mainland, and the first to lead an all-woman science team.
If applicable, what benefits have you seen from doing this kind of meeting in the past?
We have never run anything close to this scale before. However, the "Editing for Scientist" workshops run in the past by T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo) have resulted in a >20 new editors, with one page subsequently brought to FA status.
How will you let participants know about the meeting?
Participants were invited via the SCAR international conference via this page. We are scheduled at the end of the second conferece day schedule. We have also promoted it through the SCAR facebook and twitter pages, as well as being promoted by APECS and collaborating closely with w:Wikipedia:WikiProject_Women_in_Red/Meetup/20.
How will you keep participants engaged after the meeting is over?
- Gathering emails of interested editors
- Hosting smaller, local follow-up editathons on more specialist topics
- Encouraging upload of photographs of Antarctic landmarks for use on relevant pages
- Providing handouts on the use of VisualEditor for beginners
- Further promoting the successful format for engaging scientific communities in Wikipedia editing
Preliminary programme 23 August
19:00 - Welcome from the Organisers & thank you to the volunteers
- Motivation for why we are doing this, outline for the evening
19:10 - Welcome form SCAR - Karin Lochte, SCAR Vice President for Capacity Building, Director of AWI
- A few words from SCAR on the importance of Capacity Building and the role of women in SCAR and Antarctic Research
19:20 - "The New Kids on the Block" - Aitana Forcen
- Why this matters from a young researcher’s perspective
19:30 - Appetizers & drinks?
- This time point marks the switch from more “formal stand up talks” to informal panel discussion and presentations
- Possible volunteer violinist
19:40 - Panel Discussion - Chairs: Justine Shaw & Nerida Wilson
- A Mix of perspectives on the changing role of Women in Antarctic Science, tales from the past, hopes for the future - each panelist can say 3-minutes of their impressions/stories/thoughts, then open for discussion
- HongKum Lee, Past Director of the Korean Polar Research Institute
- Terry Wilson, Ohio State, SCAR Vice President
- Jane Francis, Director of the British Antarctic Survey
- Ian Allison, Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre
- Steven Chown, Monash University
- Thomas Shafee, Wikipedian
20:10 - "Antarctic women on the map" - Carol Devine
- a community-made map of Antarctica with all landmarks named after famous women indicated
20:20 - Launch of Pages - Jan Strugnell & Thomas Shafee
- Summary stats, countries, numbers of people, scientists, politicians, etc.
- Highlighting a interesting facts from biographies
20:30 - Appetizers, drinks & time to mix?
- Possible volunteer violinist
21:00 - Closing & thanks for coming
Preliminary programme 24-26 August
10:30-11:00 - Drop in Wikipedia editing training and advice clinic
24:00-25:30 - Drop in Wikipedia editing training and advice clinic
Note: In addition to your project-specific measures of success, you will also be asked to report on some Global Metrics at the end of your final report. Please keep this in mind as you plan, and we'll support you as you begin your project.
- Number of events: 1
- Number of total participants: 400-500
- Number of people who will help organize the event: 7
Impact so far
- Article in Women in Polar Science newsletter 
- Correspondence to Nature Journal 
- Daily tweets reaching >5000 people 
Note: Local currency = Malaysian Ringgit (MYR). costs converted to USD for comparison
Conference centre package for 250 ppl (to spread over 400-500 attendees)
|Item||Price (USD)||Quantity||Total (USD)||Notes|
|Dinner for event organisers to plan the event||40||5||200|
|Conference venue room rent||200||2 hrs||This cost covered by conference package (conference registration)|
|Internet||-||-||This cost covered by conference package (conference registration)|
Several funding sources approached to cover costs
|La Trobe University||2100|
|Korean Polar Science Institute||1000|
|International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators||1500|
|GoFundMe crowdfund||2160||includes KOPRI donation, so subtracted to avoid double-counting|
Non-funding supporting associates
- Women in Polar Science
- Association of Polar Early Career Scientists
- Equal Opportunity Science
- Women in Red
- Support as nominator T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 11:32, 9 August 2016 (UTC)
- Support Baeseman (talk) 13:38, 9 August 2016 (UTC)
- Support Janstrugnell (talk) 21:25, 9 August 2016 (UTC)
- Support Ngwilson
- Support WavyGeek
- Support Criesselman (talk) 00:38, 10 August 2016 (UTC)
- Support Leehilliard
- Support Mcpolaar (talk) 03:31, 10 August 2016 (UTC)
- Support Allisonlee9 (talk) 05:49, 10 August 2016 (UTC)
- Support Nedlinda (talk) 06:46, 10 August 2016 (UTC)
- Support Caroldevine24 (talk) 08:52, 10 August 2016 (UTC)
- Support ProfessaRobinson (talk) 09:10, 10 August 2016 (UTC)
- Support Cath.king (talk) 06:52, 10 August 2016 (UTC)
- Support Iracooke (talk) 09:33, 10 August 2016 (UTC)
- Support DrShmoo (talk) 08:23, 11 August 2016 (UTC)
- Support This is a great effort and an important area that needs expert curation, like that which will happen at the SCAR 2016 conference. So glad this will be funded. Please reach out if remote assistance is needed. I'm thrilled that more work like this is being done to address women in science and gender gap! -- Erika aka BrillLyle (talk) 13:38, 11 August 2016 (UTC)
- Support Heimdallia (talk) 23:49, 29 August 2016 (UTC)
- ↑ Shafee, Thomas (2015). "Wikipedia for Scientists". La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science.
- ↑ Shafee, Thomas (2016). "Wikipedia Editing for Scientists". Lorne Proteins.
- ↑ Shafee, Thomas (2016). "Wikipedia Editing for Scientists". Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution.
- ↑ Shafee, Thomas (2016). "Women in Antarctic Research Wikibomb". Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research. (Wikipedia meetup page)
- ↑ Strugnell, Jan (July 2016). "An Antarctic Women Wikibomb: raising the profile of female scientists" (PDF) (3). Women in Polar Science. p. 6. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
- ↑ Strugnell, Jan; Shafee, Thomas; Wilson, Nerida; Downey, Rachel; Stevens, Craig; Shaw, Justine; Baeseman, Jenny. "Profiles: Kudos for female Antarctic researchers". Nature 536 (7615): 148–148. doi:10.1038/536148b.
- ↑ "#AntarcticWomen hashtag on Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 2016-08-10.