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Editors at the Petrie Museum's editathon, hosted on 8 March. Another editathon, focusing on women in science, will be held on the 18th at the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Wikimedians around the world gathered to celebrate Women's History Month and the associated International Women's Day by holding editathons. If you lived in the United Kingdom, you had the opportunity to attend Wikimedia UK's event at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, part of University College London and host to one of the largest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese artifacts in the world.

Eleven to twelve participants gathered with five provided laptops, two trainers, and refreshments to edit Wikipedia topics related to the museums. Four articles (Margaret Stefana Drower, Violette Lafleur, Elinor Wight Gardner, and Veronica Seton-Williams) were created, and four additional articles (Winifred Brunton, Margaret Murray, Gertrude Caton-Thompson, and Hilda Petrie) were updated with information from the museum.

Email questions sent to Wikimedia UK were not returned as of publishing time.

Coming up, there will be a women in science editathon that is currently asking for more remote participants. Hosted by the Smithsonian Institution Archives on 18 March, the event has a lengthy to-do list populated by important female figures in science—many of which do not have a Wikipedia article at the present time. Individuals watching over the Internet will have access to "live stream of a behind-the-scenes tour and a discussion on the Science Service collection and the portrayal of women in the media by Archives' research fellow, Marcel LaFollette."

Chicagoans interested in the event can attend remotely with other Wikipedians at Loyola University by contacting Keilana.

On 30 March, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC will host its second annual Women in the Arts meetup and edit-a-thon.

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Congrats to Wikimedia Azerbaijan. -- Doc James (talk · contribs · email) (if I write on your page reply on mine) 07:19, 15 March 2014 (UTC)[reply]

Well, if a national wikipedia gets supported by the government one of these Asian post-Soviet states, I'd rather get worried. Staszek Lem (talk) 20:36, 18 March 2014 (UTC)[reply]


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