Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

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It is time for the Union’s yearly collaborative wikipedia edit-a-thon!

On 26th February 2020 we will revisit the “sustainable fashion” page on Wikipedia to add and update its content. The page is an entry-point and resource with an average of 400-500 daily visits, so the UCRF hopes to keep the information as reliable as possible. We are happy much of the information and links to resources and peer-reviewed articles and books has been added to the page, as well as a critical analysis on the topics related to sustainable fashion. A recap of last year’s edit-a-thon is here.

Now, on February 26th, volunteers from the Union signatories are invited to yet again collectively manifest an ‘activist knowledge ecology’ by editing the sustainable fashion page on Wikipedia. We aim to make this a recurring yearly event to keep the page an accurate and critical resource on the topic.

It is our hope that Union members can help add a global perspective on sustainable fashion, adding more perspectives and voices on sustainable fashion. Also, after merging the “sustainable clothing” page last year, we see a definite need for more references and links to the material and fiber sciences as well as life-cycle analysis, just to name a few topics. 

Members of the UCRF board will be active between 3pm South Africa / 1 pm London / 8am New York to 11pm UK / 6pm NY / 3pm SF

Here’s a guide to getting started editing on Wikipedia:

1. Familiarise yourself with how to edit a Wiki page. I recommend the resources here: http://www.artandfeminism.org/editing-kit/ (these pages focus on gender, but the underlying editing issues are all relevant). There are some Wiki principles to familiarise yourself with and some basic editing tools that will help you. 

2. Open https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Sustainable_fashion and click edit. 

3. Create a Wikipedia account if you want to. It is your choice. There is some guidance available to help you make various decisions by following the links. 

4. Open our designated chat room and meet whoever is online https://meet.jit.si/RuthlessBearsLaughRuthlessly There will be a host in the chatroom throughout the session. The chat room has been set up to enable interaction between the editors whilst the editing is live. The host will greet you and be available for conversation. It is unlikely the host will be able to answer all questions, but will help figure out the answers where possible. 

5. Choose a section to edit on the Sustainable Fashion Wikipedia page. To prevent ‘conflicts’ because different people are working on the same section, consider to work with about one sentence at the time. If you work on larger sections, send a quick message in the chat room to say which section you are working on. It isn’t the end of the world if more than one person edits the same section at the same time, but it will require some manual editing afterwards which won’t be much fun…!

6. Get going editing. Wikipedia is fairly intuitive and there are lots of links to help pages. Start with a small edit and build your confidence, or add one reference or link. There are no specific UCRF guidelines about what to edit other than Principle 1 of the Union of Concerned Researchers manifesto: Create an ‘activist knowledge ecology’, that is, to develop a system of knowledge about fashion sustainability that is concerned with how knowledge is organised and shared as well as the data points themselves and to direct such a system purposefully towards fostering change

6. When you publish you will be asked to describe your changes – mention briefly what your edit is about.

7. You can use the ‘Talk’ tab at the top of the Wiki page to discuss issues with the wider Wikipedia community that is interested in editing the Sustainable Fashion page. 

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