Public Wikipedia Edit-a-thon starts tomorrow

FILE PHOTO: A European Union flag is seen outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo

A public ‘editing’ event for the upcoming European elections starts this Thursday.

The three-day Edit-a-thon focuses on an information and knowledge exchange with the public creating and editing articles primarily on the Maltese language about Malta’s involvement in the European Parliament.

The sessions take place between Thursday 16th and Saturday 18th.

The event, which is being coordinated between the European Parliament Information Office in Malta and Spazju Kreattiv, kicks off at the Spazju Kreattiv in Valletta from 10am until 4pm.

The 3-day event will open with a ‘meet-up’ at the St Paul’s Cathedral Undercroft at 5pm in Valletta. This is meant to allow participants to meet members of the Wikipedia Community in Malta as well as from the European Commission Representation in Malta.

Dr Toni Sant is expected to lead a workshop for new Wikipedia editors at Spazju Kreattiv in Valletta at 5pm. Wikimedia members will be on hand to provide assistance to editing participants.

The organisers stress that the event will not include information about the parties and candidates running in the upcoming in the European Parliament Election. The focus instead is on ensuring accuracy and availability of information about Maltese MEPs and former European Commissioners.

Attendance to all the events is free of charge but you’re asked to register at dgt-valletta@ec.europa.eu and bring a laptop with you.  Free wifi will be available on site on all days.