Rossella Vignola 7 December 2018

An edit-a-thon will take place in Berlin on January 26th to boost the availability of accurate knowledge on media freedom in the largest open encyclopedia worldwide

As part of its action within the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom , OBC Transeuropa is organising on 26th January in Berlin a Wiki4MediaFreedom edit-a-thon in cooperation with in cooperation with Wikimedia Deutschland and the Berlin wiki group WikiBär.

A portmanteau word of “edit” and “marathon”, edit-a-thon is an organised editing event featuring a bottom-up collaborative experience of knowledge production, where editors work together to improve specific contents on Wikipedia. The edit-a-thon is a pre-event of the conference Uncovered - Investigative Journalism for Europe Conference , that will take place on January 31st and February 1st 2019 in Berlin. Uncovered is organized by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom.

The Wiki4MediaFreedom event aims at fostering new alliances between media freedom activists, journalists and the Wikipedia and open knowledge communities to boost the availability of accurate knowledge on media freedom and pluralism-related issues in the largest open enciclopedia worldwide.

To this aim, the Wiki4MediaFreedom edit-a-thon - now at its third editions, after the Belgrade (2016) and Sofia (2017) ones - will gather media freedom activists, journalists, media experts and a group of experienced Wikipedia volunteers. For half-a-day they will work together editing articles related to some of the most concerning issues affecting the media systems in Europe today, namely: transparency of media ownership, media concentration, access to public information and self-censorship, investigative journalism, and the like. 

The Wiki4MediaFreedom edit-a-thon will take place at the WikiBär in Berlin-Mitte on Saturday 26th January 2019, from from 10.00 AM to 6.00 PM. After a short introduction  and a tutorial on Wikipedia editing processes, 4-5 hours of collaborative editing will follow, with experienced Wikipedia editors working side by side with participants to edit entries, verify sources and references, and fill missing information.

The edit-a-thon is a follow up to a GLAM  project (“Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums”), a global Wikipedia initiative which helps cultural institutions to share their contents with Wikipedia and its many collaborative projects, implemented in 2015 by OBC Transeuropa in cooperation with Wikimedia Italia. Ultimately, it will contribute to the Wiki4MediaFreedom component of the Resource Centre on Media Freedom in Europe, adding to the work of the Resource Centre curators that regularly engage in Wikipedia to further disseminate its contents.

For more info, please contact vignola@balcanicaucaso.org or caranti@balcanicaucaso.org

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