27 Feb '15, 11pm

Finding Lost African American History with Wikipedia #blackhistorymonth

There are fewer redlinks on Wikipedia and more information about African American scientists, engineers, and mathematicians than yesterday, after the White House’s first Black History Month Edit-a-thon encouraged the public to take to Wikipedia to add them. Wikipedia lists 15 participants at the event, in which online editors joined guests, researchers, and other members of the science community on the Wiki or in person at the White House. This marked the first time that the White House opened its doors for an “edit-a-thon,” encouraging additions to the academic resource that Wikipedia has become. The site can be used as a platform to increase visibility for past and living African American heroes , the White House said. Participants gathered at the White House and took to editing, after a presentation on how Wikipedia works and best editing practices. In the end, the two-...

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