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NEWS: Join the webinar on how to contribute climate change information to Wikipedia

Are you interested in contributing to Wikipedia, but don’t know how? Does your institution have climate change content to share, but has never considered using Wikipedia as an outreach channel?

If so, this webinar is for you. CDKN and Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) are hosting an introductory webinar on how to contribute climate change information to Wikipedia.

With more than 20 billion pageviews every month and as one of the most visited websites on the internet, Wikipedia has significantly more reach and impact than any other climate change website or knowledge portal. However, it is generally under-utilised by the climate change community.

With this webinar, CDKN and FCFA aim to raise awareness of the power of Wikipedia as a communication tool. We will also launch a new guide for climate change professionals on how Wikipedia works, how to get started with editing and creating articles, and how to get involved in the wider Wikipedia community.

You will hear directly from seasoned editors already contributing climate change information to Wikipedia and will  learn about:

  • The climate change information that already exists on the platform, as well as gaps and opportunities for sharing new content
  • How Wikipedia, in an era of fake news, is a powerful vehicle for sharing more robust, verified climate change information, and making climate knowledge and the latest scientific findings more freely available to the public
  • Significant challenges Wikipedia faces in ensuring diversity both in terms of editors and contributions – with a notable lack of women editors and editors from the Global South
  • How climate change specialists and researchers can use Wikipedia to boost the impact of their work

We particularly encourage women, new editors and participants from the Global South to attend, as well as those who have access to climate-related content, research, projects and references relevant to the Global South.

Date: Thursday, 29 October 2020

Time: 14:00-15:30pm SAST/CET

Register for the webinar now.

Photo: UN Women/Emad Karim, via Flickr

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