GLAM/Newsletter/February 2015/Contents/Catalan areas report
Edit-a-thons about archaeology in Gavà and biochemistry in Barcelona
Archaeology Edit-a-thon in Gavà
On October 2014, Amical co-organised its very first archaeology edit-a-thon in Barcelona. As a result of this event, a group of enthusiastic people, formed by university teachers, researchers, archaeology amateurs and sector professionals from several institutions, decided to draft a project to promote and improve archaelogy refered content on wiki. This project has 3 branches: 1 based on education, where students of the Autonomous University of Barcelona have started to improve content related to Catalan Archaeology. The second one is based on professionals and amateurs improving related wikipedia articles on their spare time and the 3r done is organising outreach events like the edit-a-thon which took place in the Gavà municipality (15 miles away from Barcelona). The calll for volunteers and organisation was managed both by University and Research Center and Gavà Museum and the Local public library kindly hosted the event for free. We particulary love these kind of projects where many cultural and educational institutions collaborate at their own rythm to improve Wikipedia. Appart from the improved articles, Sabadell History Museum asked to be the next place to host next Archaeology Edit-a-thon. All the project was led by an Amical volunteer, User:Vàngelis Villar
Biochemistry Edit-a-thon in Barcelona
The Institut d'Estudis Catalans, also known by the acronym IEC, is an academic institution which seeks to undertake research and study into "all elements of Catalan culture". The IEC is known principally for its work in standardizing the Catalan language, but it also have a powerfull science section. On Friday February 27, 2015, first joint edit-a-thon took place at the IEC Headquarters.
From morning until afternoon, a dozen people attened: both Wikipedia regular editors and Biochemistry students, researchers and entrepreneurs interested in the subject. For some participants, this was the first contact with Wikipedia as partners and served to demystify it. Before the edit-a-thon, the project page was filled in with a glossary of related discipline topics divided into different categories (e.g.: Resources or institutions) and we measured the relevance (Article visit) of the term in other language Wikipedias.