AdaCamp is an amazing initiative to increase the participation of women in open technology and culture.
The AdaCamp at Bangalore was held on 22nd and 23rd of November 2014.
The Camp was true to its claim and was designed to encourage women in every possible way . The atmosphere at the Camp was very cordial and of mutual respect. The programs were of unconference nature which made it very inclusive . Special programmes like Imposter syndrome workshops showed the commitment of the makers to address the issues of women in open technologies and culture.
Women from the Wikimedia Community made significant contributions to the camp by volunteering and also by conducting various session including and not limited to Wikimedia Projects. We conducted two sessions with regards to wikipedia
Introduction to Wikipedia, Led by Chinmayi S K and Netha Hussain
Wikipedia workshop, Led by Netha Hussain and Parul Thakur
Introduction to Wikipedia : This session was held on Day 1. It had a mixed group of first time editors to those who had the experience of editing wikipedia and had to face issues.We began the session talking about various parts of a wikipedia page and how are they significant along with their uses. There were long detailed discussions on inserting content into the page what kind of content is allowed , what would make it credible and where to host it , use of references and what kind of reference would strengthen the article. Here we also figured out why some edit or articles were disregarded and there was also a mention of sponsored edits.
The other things we were able to cover during this discussion were : Macros and templates , Namespaces , Wikitionary, Talk pages ,Portals and GLAM initiative.
At the end of the session we also had a very insightful discussion on the diversity of Wikimedia editors and the plunging numbers which are a cause of concern . How diversity affects the quality and type of articles being written and How one could contribute to increasing the number of women editors ( leading initiatives like Women’s History Month and others ) .
Wikipedia Workshop : This workshop was held on Day 2 and was a hands on session. We had three women who joined this session. The session initiated with the basics like creating an account to login and leveraging the sandbox to test and edit. On the AdaCamp internal document, a number of resources to help attendees make their first edits. For the purpose of this session, Netha and Parul shared the project pages of the previous edit-a-thons on Women Parliamentarians and Scientists. Biographies are a good starting point and hence we wanted to show these pages to the attendees. We spoke of adding categories, banners, making minor edits and backing them up with references. Throughout the session, we individually helped attendees modify/create/edit content.
Both sessions had a positive impact and was well appreciated by those who attended it. Here is two pictures of the group after the sessions .
It was encouraging to see the attendees being interested in Wikipedia sessions and as facilitators, we really wish to address the Gender Gap. More and more women participants in such sessions encourage us to take Wikipedia to a level where we could see equality both in terms of women editors and women specific content.
Attendees from the Wikimedia Community at Ada Camp :
Pavithra Hanchagaiah, Netha Hussain , Rohini Lakshané, Parul Thakur, Chinmayi S K , Nappinnai Krishnamoorthi , Juvairia Nv.
* In Love with AdaCamp – A blog post by Parul Thakur.