Wiki Club Brussels
This page is about the Wiki Club Brussels, organised since October 2018 in Brussels.
Over the years we have learned that people who (newly) edit Wikipedia often like to meet other editors so that they can help each other. Editing Wikipedia together often leads to better results and more fun. Also this gives the opportunity to ask questions to more experienced editors. For that reason we started to organise biweekly Wikipedia writing sessions. At these meetups participants can work on articles in Wikipedia, ask questions and learn how others are editing Wikipedia.
The subject participants often focus on are women in the tech industry, but participants are not required to write about this topic.
History and background
The idea started at the Women in Tech edit-a-thon in October 2018 that focussed on writing about well known women working in the tech industry, but who had no article on Wikipedia yet. This is part of the GenderGap and is the focus of many edit-a-thons and activities worldwide to make the gap smaller. "Wikipedia is the 5th most visited website in the world. But did you know that only 17% of wikipedia’s bios were about women? Part of the reason is simple: more than 80% of Wikipedia contributors are...men. Take an example: the computer programmers category lists 180 profiles, of whom fewer than 10 are women. But history hasn’t been documented well: a lot of women have contributed to shaping the internet as we know it today." Eventbrite page Why it is important to close the GenderGap? Read this article: Why we need to close Wikipedia's gender page gap archived version
To organise an edit-a-thon only once or a few times is not enough to solve the bias, as well as that to become a more confident Wikipedia editor, it takes some time. By organising periodically meetings for a stable group of people editing Wikipedia, we make it easier to edit Wikipedia and get more knowledge available.
The biweekly meetups are organised at the same time as Civic Lab Brussels.
The Wiki Club Brussels meetings take place on Tuesdays biweekly from 18:15 - 20:30 in BeCentral, situated in the building above Brussels-Central railway station.
- Address of BeCentral: Cantersteen 12, Brussels ( )
- Directions inside the railway station: If you are standing inside the main hall of the railway station facing the ticket offices and actual timetable, you go right up the stairs and walk outside to the left, BeCentral is the first entrance on the left.
- Directions inside BeCentral: On the ground floor you take the stairs right of the elevator, and on the first floor you go right and walk to the last room.
- 19 October 2018 - Invitation sent out for Wiki Club Brussels meetings
- 23 October 2018 - 1st Wiki Club Brussels meeting during Civic Lab Brussels (meetup page on Wikipedia)
- 6 November 2018 - 2nd Wiki Club Brussels meeting (meetup page on Wikipedia)
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- Number of edit-a-thons and workshops: 2 (until 6 November 2018)
- Generic meetup page Wiki Club Brussels meetings on the English Wikipedia
- Photos Wiki Club Brussels on Wikimedia Commons