Chemical Heritage Foundation Wikipedian in Residence & Edit-a-thon, May-June 2013
Mary Mark Ockerbloom joined the staff of the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) as CHF Wikipedian in Residence for May and June 2013. The Chemical Heritage Foundation is a collections-based nonprofit that preserves the history and heritage of chemistry, chemical engineering, and related sciences and technologies. The collections are used to support original scholarship that illuminates chemistry's role in shaping society.
Goals of the project included educating the CHF community about Wikipedia, conducting an initial assessment of resources at Chemical Heritage Foundation for potential usefulness on Wikipedia, and sharing resources on Wikimedia. Because of the short time period involved, activity focused around three events: an initial talk describing Wikipedia and its policies, a workshop on how to edit, and an edit-a-thon, open to Wikipedians and the CHF community.
The edit-a-thon was held on June 20, 2013. Visitors toured the museum, rare book room, and archive. The coaching of guest Wikipedians was greatly appreciated by the CHF staff and other visitors, who spent a very enjoyable afternoon creating and editing articles and linking images and videos to articles, many about women chemists. Remote participants were also active.
The two-month CHF Wikipedian in Residence project was received positively by CHF staff. They have a diverse collection of resources, and a strong interest in sharing them. Working with the Chemical Heritage Foundation was a pleasure.