During International Open Access Week on October 19-25, 2015, there is a global, virtual editathon to improve Open Access-related content on Wikipedia. Specifically, we hope to improve already existing Open Access-related pages, to create new content where it needs to be added, and to translate Open Access-related pages into languages where they don't yet exist. The theme for this year’s Open Access Week is “Open for Collaboration,” and Wikipedia is the perfect example to highlight.
Most importantly, we need volunteers to help with the edit-a-thon if it’s going to be a success! If you’re interested in getting involved—from simply participating to helping lead the event—please add your name as a participant below and keep reading to learn exactly how you can get involved.
Remember, Please be sure to record any edits, additions, and translations on the progress page, so we can count your work!
The International Open Access Week Edit-a-thon is taking place Monday October 19th, through Friday October 23rd. You're encouraged to contribute whenever you can during the edit-a-thon; however, we will be having daily check-ins each day to review our progress and answer questions. In addition, we will be hosting two training webcasts on how to edit Wikipedia during the two weeks leading up to Open Access Week. More information on these sessions will be posted closer to the event and will be linked from this page.
"free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited."
The best collection of examples of OA media integrated into Wikimedia projects is at Commons:Commons:Open Access File of the Day. Each of these files is used in a minimum of 3 Wikimedia projects, for example, Wikipedia articles in three languages. Check any of these for ideas of what OA content exists and how it can be used in Wikimedia projects.
These files were manually staged and manually curated from this project page.
To maximize the usefulness of these files, they need to be properly categorized and described, so that they can be more easily found by people wishing to illustrate Wikipedia articles, Wikidata items or blog posts.
To join the daily check-in calls from your computer, go to https://www.uberconference.com/SPARCconference. Note: the conference call platform requires Google Chrome or Firefox. Other browsers, such as Safari, will not work. If you plan to join by computer, we suggest you plan to log on at least 5 minutes early in case you have technical difficulties and need to switch over to the phone line.
To join the daily check-in calls by phone, dial +1 855 277 1599. Outside of the United States, see https://www.uberconference.com/international. This page provides local dial-in numbers for 50 countries. If available, you can dial into the local number for your country then enter our conference line information when prompted (phone number: 855 277 1599). If a local dial-in number isn’t available for your country, we suggest you either login from your computer using the instructions above or dial the US number using Skype.
Julia Havelick, University of Colorado Boulder, Gemmill Library of Engineering, Mathematics and Physics (184 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309), 3-6PM MST, Tuesday, October 20th. This event is being hosted in celebration of Open Access Week. Contact: Wikipedia:User:jhavelick.