Instructions for Contributing to “Legacies of Eugenics” Wikithon 02 May 2020

By | January 6, 2020
Wikithon2020 | Legacies of Eugenics

Following our call for participation in a one-day Wikithon (aka, an “edit-a-thon”) to improve Wikipedia resources associated with the history of eugenics at UCL and the history of eugenics across Britain, this page provides instructions for participation. This event is  intended to further the impact of the final report published by University College London’s Commission of Inquiry to Investigate the History of Eugenics at UCL. However, it is not part of the Inquiry’s work. The Wikithon is part of a longer term Legacies of Eugenics project in UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS), directed by Professor Joe Cain.

You do not need to attend the workshop to participate in the Wikithon. Registration for the Wikithon is free but compulsory because places are limited. (Registration will be via EventBrite once we have a venue booked.)

2. Register to attend the Wikithon, 02 May 2020

Please register for the Wikithon via Eventbrite. Registration for this event is separate from the workshop.  We will send joining instructions and some tips for preparation to those who are registered. No submission of materials prior to the event is requested.

3. Encouraging contributions

Those of us in groups judged low by eugenics policies and advocates are especially welcome to contribute.

Wikithon organisers will be happy to discuss adjustments to facilitate inclusion by those who sometimes find participation difficult, whatever the reason. For example, if you can only attend some of the Wikithon owing to caring commitments, or if you have specific access or engagement requirements, we will work with you to accommodate as best we can. We also will have methods for participation-at-a-distance for those with concerns about the sustainability of travel or with difficulties participating in large groups.

Send questions or requests to us:

Workshop email address

4. Additional information

Our top priority for the Wikithon is to improve Wikipedia resources associated with the history and legacies of eugenics at UCL. We also want to improve associated materials, and we want to explore how best to improve materials associated with philosophical themes associated with legacy projects in general. The editorial rules for these events are defined by Wikipedia.

We’ll also will use this opportunity to identify additional material for an open access reading list about history and legacies of eugenics for use by students and researchers in UCL.