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Selecting Someone and Preparing to Write Their Wikipedia page

This section makes suggestions for selecting a person to write a Wikipedia page about, and gives advice on preparing to write their Wikipedia page.

  1. DON'T WRITE YOUR OWN PAGE

    Wikipedia explicitly does not allow for self-promotion, even if you are a distinguished professor. Pages are suppose to be written about someone in a neutral voice, so it is better if someone else writes about you. Instead put your biography or CV on your own non-Wikipedia web page where others can find it to use that information to fill out your Wikipedia page.

    However, as a Wikipedian writer you can create a Wikipedia writer page about yourself and the types of pages you like to create and edit. More about that in another section.

  2. DECIDE WHO YOU WILL WRITE A PAGE ABOUT

    Pick a notable woman in computing who does not have a Wikipedia page. "Notable" means that a person is likely known outside of their organization, or considered a founder or pioneer. They are likely a full professor if they are in academia, or the equivalent in industry or government. They may be someone who has gotten a major award.

    If you cannot think of someone, CRA-W and the Anita Borg Institute jointly started a google spreadsheet of notable women in computing who need Wikipedia pages created or modified. If you create a Wikipedia page for someone, then please fill out the form below to let us know and we will update the spreadsheet.


  3. CREATE A SIMPLE SHORT PAGE

    When creating a new page about someone, just create a simple short page about someone. There are lots of people who edit pages, but not as many who create pages. So you don't need to list every publication and award a person has, just list a few to get the page started and others will slowly fill the page out. We saw this first hand when a famous Chemistry professor died. After three days there was no Wikipedia page for this person, so we created a simple short page for him. That same day and days following then people started editing the page and putting more information about the person on their Wikipedia page.

  4. GET ALL INFORMATION TOGETHER BEFORE WRITING THE PAGE

    It is best to collect information about a person before creating their page. You can look for a CV on their web page. You might want to contact and/or interview the person. This is a great way to get to know a notable woman in computing; however, remember that you shouldn't put statements they tell you about themselves unless you can back them up with a link to a document verifying the information.

    Here is a list of items to collect about them. If you do talk to them, you should ask if they want all these items on their page or not.

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© August, 11, 2013, Susan H. Rodger