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A Wikipedia editathon for Samhuinn

Join us as we set a place for the dead, through helping to create new biography articles and improving existing articles as part of two days of celebration. 

Have you ever wondered why the information in Wikipedia is extensive for some topics and scarce for others? On Halloween, Monday 31 October, and Tuesday 1 November we are running edit-a-thons to celebrate the lives of those sadly passed on to mark Samhuinn: the Gaelic Festival for the Dead.

Each day will have different guest speakers discussing the traditions of Samhuinn, Celtic history and folklore and the importance of remembering the dead on this day. Bring your best spookily carved turnip along and win a prize. We will have tablet skulls to munch on.

Working together with Liaison Librarians, Archivists and academic colleagues we will provide training on how to edit and participate in an open knowledge community. Participants will be supported to develop articles covering areas which could stand to be improved in order to improve Wikipedia’s representation of notable lives; be they connected to the university, to Edinburgh, to Scotland or further afield.

A Wikipedia editathon for Samhuinn: The Gaelic Festival for the Dead

  • Monday 31 October, 12pm to 4:30pm, Project Room, 50 George Square
  • Tuesday 1 November, 10am to 4:30pm, The Raeburn Room, Old College

Find out more and book a place, for one day or both, on our event page -

New editors are welcome. Full Wikipedia training will be given. Please bring a laptop (no desktop computers are available). A few laptops are available to borrow - please email in advance should you need to to borrow a laptop.