To highlight and enhance the awareness of Black physicists, the American Institute of Physics is partnering with Black in Physics to host a Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon to address inaccuracies and incomplete information on the popular resource website about African American and Black scientists.
The event will take place during the last week of Black History Month, Feb 22-26, and bring together volunteers in the physics community to build and edit Wikipedia pages about Black physicists. Wikipedia editors will provide training and information to assist the volunteers with the Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon.
Members of AIP’s Center for History of Physics and the Niels Bohr Library & Archives will host information drop-in sessions for Wikithon editors seeking resources and best practices for citing sources on Wikipedia pages. The AIP oral history collection will be utilized as a resource for Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon volunteers to find citable material.
The Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon drop-in sessions will last about an hour but could extend depending on the work being done. Volunteers from Black in Physics will be participating in the weeklong event.