Why the Kamloops museum wants your help to edit Wikipedia pages

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KAMLOOPS - How much do you know about historically prominent Kamloops women?

If you've spent time at the Kamloops Museum and Archives, you might recognize a few names like Kenna Cartwright or the Beattie Sisters. But if you rely on online resources such as Wikipedia, you may not find much on these Kamloops women.

That's why the local museum is inviting the public to spend an afternoon editing Wikipedia pages to improve the representation and information available.

"The reason why we are doing it is because October is women's history month," Kamloops Museum educator Keely Bland says. "There's not a lot of stuff on Kamloops women (online) so we thought we would be a great place to host this event since we have so many archives."

The event is in collaboration with the Thompson Rivers University library, Bland says. 

"(TRU) did one last year so we got in contact with the folks who did it there and the main goal is to put more local women on that site because people use it every day," she says.

People who register for the event will be taught how to edit, add articles, photos and make descriptions of local women more full, Bland says. 

The museum is looking for suggestions on women they think should be added to Wikipedia. Suggestions can be sent to the museum's social media accounts.

Anyone who's interested in local history is invited to attend, Bland says.

"We would love for people to register (on Wikipedia) ahead of time because if we have too many people registering from the same IP address (Wikipedia) locks you out," she says. "So if you can, make sure to get signed up beforehand and bring your own computers."

Bland says there will be three extra computers available for people who aren't able to bring laptops.

The Women's History Month Wikipedia Edit-a-thon will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 207 Seymour St. To register for the event call 250-828-3500.


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