Participate in Africa's first-ever Wikipedia edit-a-thon on climate change

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) invite researchers to apply to participate in the first Wikipedia edit-a-thon to be hosted on climate change in Africa. The aim of the event is to boost the quality and accessibility of information on climate change on the world's largest online encyclopaedia.

The edit-a-thon will bring together approximately 30 researchers, as well as veteran Wikipedia editors, to update and add content related to climate change in Africa. The three-day event will be held from 30 July - 1 August 2019 at the SouthSouthNorth office in Cape Town, South Africa. All expenses will be covered for participants, including flights, transfers, accommodation, visas and meals.

With an average of 16 billion page views a month, Wikipedia provides readily accessible information to millions in the broader public, but can also boost the impact of science. Thompson and Hanley (2018)* found that scientific articles referenced in Wikipedia receive more citations, suggesting that Wikipedia complements the traditional journal system by pointing researchers to key underlying scientific articles.

The edit-a-thon will equip participants with new skills in how to edit and contribute effectively to Wikipedia, and therefore increase the global exposure and impact of their research.

We are encouraging the following people to apply:
- Early to mid-career researchers
- Researchers of African nationality, or those whose main research focus is on Africa

Please complete and submit this form by 24 May 2019 to be considered for the edit-a-thon.

For more information, please refer to the concept note: https://cdkn.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Wikipedia-edit-a-thon-concept-note-final.pdf

If you have any queries please contact beth@southsouthnorth.org or emma@southsouthnorth.org.

Best wishes,
CDKN & FCFA
www.cdkn.org
www.futureclimateafrica.org

*https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3039505

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