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Buller’s Birds-themed Wikipedia edit-a-thon

  • Elma Turner Library, Actvity Room 27 Halifax Street East Nelson, Nelson, 7010 New Zealand (map)

Edit-a-thon to improve Wikipedia coverage of Buller’s Birds related entries

IMAGE: KEN DOWNIE  CC BY 4.0  FROM  WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

IMAGE: KEN DOWNIE CC BY 4.0 FROM WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

In this interactive full-day workshop held at NCC’s Elma Turner library we're improving the coverage of Sir Walter Buller’s iconic book A History of the Birds of New Zealand in Wikipedia to coincide with the current exhibition on the same topic at Nelson Provincial Museum!

The workshop will be led by New Zealand's first ‘Wikipedian-at-large’, Dr Mike Dickison.

New Wikipedia editors welcome

Come along, even if you've never edited Wikipedia before; keen writers/researchers, hobby-ornithologists, bird friends, and researchers welcome. There will be an introduction to Wikipedia editing at the start, and experienced editors available to help.

We'll be creating articles related to the book, improving others, adding references and images, and helping correct Wikipedia's gender bias.

You don't need to be a native bird expert  or professional researcher to join in: anyone can help with editing, researching, proofreading, and adding photos.

Other useful information

Complete beginners are welcome. Bring your own laptop or other device. Free Wifi available.

There's lots of useful information about what to expect and what to bring on Wikipedia. Also information about what you can do before the event including creating a Wikipedia account.  The more you prepare the more you can get done.

About the speaker

Dr Mike Dickison is New Zealand’s first Wikipedian-at-Large. With support from the Wikimedia Foundation he is spending a year is in organisations ranging from museums to nature reserves, from Northland to Invercargill, training staff and helping them use their expertise to improve Wikipedia and make images, text, and video freely usable by the public.

During June 2019 he is Wikipedian-in-Residence at the Nelson Provincial Museum. Mike has a full programme of edit-a-thons and talks for the public, staff and sector colleagues, and the Wikipedia volunteer community.

Wikipedia:GLAM/New Zealand Wikipedian at Large

This event is kindly hosted by Nelson Public Library in collaboration with Nelson Provincial Museum.


  • Date: Saturday, 15 June, 2019

  • Time: 9:30am for 10:00am start. Ends 4:00pm. Tea and biscuits provided

  • Cost: Free, with limited spaces so please RSVP.

  • Location: Elma Turner Library, Activity Room, 27 Halifax St E, Nelson City, Nelson 7010

  • Contact Details: please RSVP by emailing Rosamund (rosamund.feeney@ncc.govt.nz)

  • More information on the Wikipedia event page

Earlier Event: June 11
How Wikipedia Works
Later Event: June 20
What Wikipedia means for GLAMs