Wikipedia is a multilingual, web-based, free encyclopedia based on a model of open community-generated knowledge. The community-driven nature of Wikipedia is meant to support Wikipedia’s goal of providing “…every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge.” However, well-documented systematic bias including, information gaps, exclusions, diversity of articles and editors, and assumptions about neutrality and notability greatly impacts the information that can be found in an information source with millions of views per day.
The Honouring Indigenous Writers on Wikipedia event is seeking to improve the coverage of Indigenous writers on Wikipedia and to encourage diverse community editors to actively work to dissuade assumptions about Indigenous literature by raising their profile in this increasingly influential information source. This year, instead of our annual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon we have put together a schedule of events and Wikipedia-related activities designed to be easily accessed and doable online with more flexibility.
There are challenges every week with a range of difficulty and amount of Wikipedia editing experience required, so feel free to jump in at whatever level you feel comfortable with. If you miss one week, you can go back and do them at any time during the month. To engage in the weekly challenges, you will need a Twitter account.
Every week, we are providing opportunities to develop your editing skills, gather online in community, and learn more about Indigenous authors. Check out the HIW Schedule for more details.