Today from 1:30PM PST onwards, there will be a Wikipedia edit-a-thon to improve the coverage of underrepresented philosophers and philosophy (see our earlier posts about the editathon here and here), in honor of Kevin Gorman, whose passionate work on behalf of women in philosophy we highlighted in an earlier post (see also here). The editathon will be in the San Diego Central Library as part of Wikiconference North America, but you may also join us remotely from wherever you are. If you’d like to join remotely, please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). (If I don’t get back to you right away, that will probably be because I’m on my way to the event — I’ll definitely get back to you well before it begins!)
We will have Wikipedia-savvy folks on hand to help newbies learn how to edit, but if you are intimidated by the prospects of editing, you can also just email me stuff, e.g., in a Word doc, to hand off to the seasoned editors. At this point we have a lot of the basic background information about a lot of folks. Going forward we’ll probably most need external references, for example, discussions of people’s work, awards, or service which appear outside of their personal and faculty webpages, such as a book review that emphasizes the contributions they’ve made, or a short news article mentioning an honor. If you’re not sure whether something is useful or relevant, please err on the side of sending it my way rather than withholding it!
See our earlier post for working lists of folks about whom we’ll try to write pages (see also here). (Thanks again to everyone for your suggestions! I’m sure there are still tons of names being left out, of course, so keep those suggestions coming.)