Queens Name Explorer Edit-a-Thon
Join Wikimedia NYC, OpenStreetMap US, Urban Archive and the Queens Memory Project for this edit-a-thon focused on raising awareness of Queens’ diverse and dynamic local heroes. This is an opportunity for the tech savvy to learn about Queens history and for the history savvy to hone their open data skills – plus, there will be refreshments and prizes for everyone! This edit-a-thon will be centered on the Queens Name Explorer (queenslib.org/explore) dataset of over 1200 people whose names grace the parks, streets, schools and other public spaces of Queens, in New York City. Many of these honorees are beloved civic leaders, organizers, small business owners, educators, artists, and musicians from Queens who do not have Wikidata entity records, Wikipedia articles, or OpenStreetMap entries. Edit-a-thon participants will learn how to create and edit entries in Wikidata, Wikipedia, and OpenStreetMap to bring the Queens Name Explorer dataset to international audiences. The Queens Name Explorer is hosted by Urban Archive and this edit-a-thon will put you to work improving biographical articles and finding ways to shine a brighter light on these local leaders who have helped to shape the culture and civic life in their communities. Fun projects built in wikishootme, Mix’n’Match, as well as a list of editing assignments in OpenStreetMap and Wikidata will go live on the event page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/NYC/Queens_Name_Explorer by the day of the event and be open throughout Open Data Week for participants across the city. This program is made possible by the generous support of NYC Councilmember Julie Won.