Wikipedia for Peace 2017: Women for Peace
Description: The online encyclopedia Wikipedia was started in 2001 and is today one of the most popular websites worldwide, being used by internet users all over the world for its open content created by volunteer writers. Over 38 million articles in over 250 languages exist already. However, approx. 90% of all editors of Wikipedia are male. These has consequences like an inherent male bias in articles, most biographies on Wikipedia being about men and written by men. This camp is the third cooperation between Wikimedia Austria, a local chapter of the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation, and SCI Austria. We will get to know Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects and will support the aim to make quality content about important women available.
Type of Work: Doing research for Wikipedia articles, writing/translating new articles and improving existing articles in your native language. This year we will mainly write and improve biographies of women who fought for peace and justice around the world, who don‘t have articles in a lot of languages yet. SCI Austria will create a list of 100 women, on whose biographies we will all work together. Taking pictures for Wikimedia Commons on cultural and natural monuments close to where we are. Writing dictionary entries for Wiktionary. Sharing your new knowledge with the Austrian Wikipedia community and maybe also giving workshops on your new knowledge and skills to locals.
Study Theme: There will be a big emphasis on studying in this workcamp. We will learn how to write good Wikipedia articles and take pictures for Wikimedia projects. We will learn about the principles behind Wikimedia projects as well as free licences/open content philosophy in general. We will learn about feminism, gender equality and its connection to peace - through your own research, through exchange with other participants and through external inputs.
Accommodation: We will intentionally live a simple and sustainable lifestyle during the workcamp. We will sleep in shared rooms in an easy sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring your own sleeping bag. We will receive simple vegetarian food supplies and will be in charge of cooking and cleaning ourselves.
Language: We will speak English in the group. You can write Wikipedia articles in any language you want. We encourage you to write in your native language.
Requirements: It is crucial that you are interested in gender equality, peace issues and web culture, that you like writing and that you like to do research on your own and in groups. You don’t have to have knowledge on Wikipedia already. Since this workcamp is supposed to be as environmentally-friendly as possible, we kindly ask you not to arrive via plane, but to look into other modes of transport.
Approximate Location: The camp will take place in Jenbach, a small town in the region Tyrol in the west of Austria (close to Innsbruck). It‘s a mountaineous area with great views, lakes and waterfalls.
Notes: Take a look at this video of our 2014 „Wikipedia for Peace“ camp in Vienna: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlp6ymHN5e0 If you want to write articles about women already before the camp, take a look at the „Women in Red“ initiative on the English-speaking Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Women_in_Red