Open Book Festival, together with the University of Cape Town, will be presenting a Wikipedia Edit–a-thon focused on South African literature. It will run from August to September 2014 at various venues around Cape Town. The sole aim of this series will be to update and create Wikipedia pages for as many South African authors as possible, thus allowing South Africa to be a part of creating knowledge and crafting history.
It is becoming apparent that most of the content on Wikipedia pertaining to South Africa, and the continent in general, is curated by people from outside of South Africa and, as such, much of it is outdated or inefficient. Open Book Festival wants this to change. Therefore, thirteen editors from the University of Cape Town’s mentorship program and another thirteen volunteers have been chosen to participate in four events to update the South African literature content on Wikipedia.
The series of events are as follows:
All literature enthusiasts are invited to send through information on authors, literature festivals or general South African literature that they would like to have included on the Wikipedia pages. The content will be fact-checked before it goes live at the Edit-a-thon in September.
This is a huge undertaking and one that cannot be completed in its entirety during the festival, therefore the Open Book team hopes that this Edit-a-thon will start a chain reaction that encourages individuals to upload pages for the authors that interest them. The primary goal is to increase not only the amount of information available to literary fans around the world, but the quality thereof.
Notes to Editor:
The first event, the Wiki-how workshop, will be held on Friday 25th July 2014, in room A116, Arts Block, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town from 4pm – 6pm.
Please contact Frankie Murrey (firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out how to get involved.