Coventry History Editathon

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Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry

Coventry History Edit-a-thon - In a nutshell

What is it?[edit]

The Herbert Backstage Pass, October 2011

Following on from the success of the backstage pass event at the Herbert, the donation of images from the Herbert under a Creative Commons license for use on Wikipedia, and an editor recruitment event titled "Wikipedia and You", this editathon has been organised to build upon the already successful relationship between Wikimedia and the Herbert.

The onsite Coventry History Centre holds information on Coventry's history.

An edit-a-thon is an event aimed at sharing the expertise of real-world cultural institutions with our wiki-expertise. Principally this involves an organisation or interest group hosting an event for the benefit of Wikimedians and in reciprocation we help improve the content on Wikimedia projects that is relevant to that organisation.

Location & timing[edit]

Saturday, March 31st, 2012 at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry.
The museum is located at Jordan Well, CV1 5QP. Coffee and tea was available from 10:00 in Learning Space 2. The event was signposted, with staff at Reception on hand to offer assistance.

The museum is located in Coventry city centre, about 15 minutes' walk from Coventry railway station. There is no parking available at the museum, but there are a number of pay and display car parks nearby. Blue Badge holders may park on Bayley Lane opposite the entrance to The Herbert. Bike racks are available directly outside the museum.

Coventry City Council has produced a city centre map which details car parks, Park and Ride bus stops, the railway station and the bus station: City Centre Map. The Herbert is located in the Cathedral Quarter at the corner of Bayley Lane and Jordan Well. See also the Museum's getting here instructions for directions.

What happened[edit]

Pariticpants were asked to bring your laptops. We started with a brief introduction to collaboration with the Herbert, the resources available and the goals of the day. Attendees had access to books and other secondary resources, including the History Centre. This targeted edit-a-thon was made possible by access to free WiFi, knowledgeable staff and primary and secondary resources.

Schedule[edit]

Time Activity Room Led by
10:00 - 10:30 Meet for tea and coffee Learning Space 2
10:30 - 11:00 Welcome and Introduction Learning Space 2 Erin Hollis, The Herbert
Rock drum
Harry Mitchell
11:00 - 11:30 Tour 1: Introduction to the History Centre History Centre Rayanne Byatt
11:30 - 12:00 Tour 2: Guided tour of "Wonderful Watercolours" Gallery 4 Martin Roberts
12:00 - 12:30 Tour 3: Details TBA TBA TBA
12:30 - 13:00 Introduction for newbies Learning Space 2 Experienced Wikimedians
Editing session All
13:00 - 13:30 Meet for Lunch - Curators and Wikimedians (Learning Space 2)
13:30 - 17:00 Editing session Learning Space 2 All
17:00 onwards End and Pub/Dinner TBA All invited
 

Identified content for improvement[edit]

  • Improving articles related to the history of Coventry.
  • Creating new articles or improving existing articles about specific artefacts in the museum's collection related to historic Coventry.
  • Using photographs and information about museum objects and archives to improve related topics.
  • Suggesting text that The Herbert owns which could be incorporated into Wikipedia subject to appropriate copyright licensing.
Relevant articles

These are some suggestions made for articles that attendees to focus on, or which might provide inspiration for other relevant articles. Several of these are the subject of watercolours which will be part of an exhibition at the museum on the day of the event.

Artists with works on display in Wonderful Watercolours: Views of Coventry and Warwickshire

Accessibility[edit]

The Herbert is fully wheelchair accessible and there is lift access to every floor. Accessible toilets are available on both the ground and first floors. If you have an queries about accessibility, please contact erin.hollisattheherbert.org.

Sign ups[edit]

Attending[edit]

Maybe[edit]

Apologies[edit]

  • PatHadley (talk) 14:31, 8 March 2012 (UTC) Sorry, I'd love to come to this but I'm already tied up with something!
  • Dilip Mutum Sorry, something urgent has turned up. Will be participating online.
  • Mike Peel - apologies, too exhausted from a busy week. Will participate online.

Participating online[edit]

  • Will do some, probably mostly the artists. Johnbod (talk) 13:34, 13 March 2012 (UTC)

Parking[edit]

The museum is located in Coventry city centre, about 15 minutes' walk from Coventry rail station. There is no parking available at the museum, but there are a number of pay and display car parks nearby. Blue Badge holders may park on Bayley Lane opposite the entrance to The Herbert.

Coventry City Council has produced a city centre map which details car parks, Park and Ride bus stops, the rail station and the bus station: City Centre Map. The Herbert is located in the Cathedral Quarter at the corner of Bayley Lane and Jordan Well. See also the Museum's getting here instructions for directions.

The nearby car park on Lower Ford street has a special, cheap Saturday tariff of 50p for up to two hours and £1.00 beyond that.

Any Questions? Add your own[edit]

  1. Do I have to register to attend, or can I just arrive on the day?
    Due to the limited number of places, the only way to guarantee a place is to sign up.
  2. Is there a minimum number of Wikipedia edits I have to have made to be allowed to attend?
    Of course not. However, this event is about editing so we expect you to get involved, if you attend.
  3. Do I have to be a member of Wikimedia UK?
    No, this is open to all. However if you would like to join Wikimedia UK and get involved in other projects like this or start your own, you can do so here.
  4. Can I bring my camera?
    Yes, please do!
  5. What about lunch?
    Lunch will be provided, courtesy of the museum and Wikimedia UK.
  6. Do you have to own/bring a laptop?
    If you have access to a laptop, it would be helpful if you could bring it. Wikimedia UK may be able to provide one or two spare laptops for the event.
  7. Are there age requirements to attend this event?
    There is no minimum (or maximum) age limit - as long as you're interested and have permission from the relevant parent.
  8. Is there a car park?
    See #Parking - the short answer is that there is no 'dedicated' parking, but the museum is close to a fair few public car parks.
  9. Are there bike racks?
    According to the City Council's website at http://www.coventry.gov.uk/downloads/download/780/cycle_storage, yes. They're located "at the entrance of the building, and also further up the road towards the Cathedral. There are also hoops located either side of Jordan Well, which is located between Earl Street and Gosford Street." It is a safe area to leave your bike, as it is opposite the cathedral and the university, which are both very touristy and frequented by cyclists.

Results of the day[edit]

Articles created
Content improved
New users
Images donated by the museum
Press coverage