Sep 13

wikipedia logoThe world’s 5th largest website, Wikipedia, wants to help improve the world’s knowledge of endangered species, and they have to come to ARKive for help.

ARKive has teamed up with Wikimedia UK to hold a ‘Wiki Wildlife Editathon’ on Thursday 15 September in The Watershed Media Centre, Bristol, to offer hints and tips on improving existing Wikipedia species texts and to recruit more volunteer editors to help raise awareness of the world’s endangered species.

The ‘editathon’ aims to encourage many new and existing Wikipedia editors to take part in this special event to help improve Wikipedia’s text articles on endangered plants and animals, such as the intriguing indri and the magnificent manta ray. During the event, participants will use the ARKive website with its collection of over 13,800 multimedia species profiles to help with researching and writing the endangered species texts. Wildscreen’s team of ARKive Species Text Authors will also be on hand to give tips and advice to participants on writing about the wonderful diversity of life on Earth.

Indri photo

The Endangered indri is the largest of all the lemur species

Interactive and hands-on, the ‘editathon’ will also be an opportunity for people to gain a better understanding of Wiki and its growing community of editors.

The event will be split into two sessions, the first from 1.30pm to 5pm, with the second from 6pm to 9.30pm.  The second session will repeat the first. Anyone wishing to attend is asked to register their interest online:

Afternoon session (13:30 – 17:00) http://wikiwild1.eventbrite.com

Evening session (18:00 – 21:30) http://wikiwild2.eventbrite.com

For more information about the event please visit: http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Wildlife_Bristol

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