Preserving paralympic history
Following the recent 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, the Australia Paralympics History project was back in full swing this month with an edit-a-thon held by City of Sydney to increase and improve content relevant to our diverse communities.
Held online due to COVID-19 restrictions on 25 September, participants worked to improve the pages of a wide range of Australian paralympians, adding their recent results from the Tokyo Paralympics, held in 2021.
Highly decorated wheelchair basketball player and passionate advocate Sarah Stewart spoke at the event about the importance of diverse voices in documenting Australian Paralympic history.
One Australia's longest running and most successful Wikipedia equity projects, Wikipedians Tony Naar, Greg Blood and Ross Mallett have worked since 2010 to create and improve pages about Australian paralympics, also partnering with the Australian Paralympics team to release images under an open license for use across Wikimedia platforms.
The project is responsible for the creation of 1095 Wikipedia articles that were viewed more than 2.5 millions times during the Tokyo Paralympics.
Supported by Wikimedia Australia's Toby Hudson and Caddie Brain who offered Wikipedia training and advice, around 12 former paralympians and other participants worked on pages such as:
Since the edit-a-thon, all Australian Paralympians listed have had their pages updated to reflect their performances at the 2020 Games.
See the full results of the event at the dashboard here.
City of Sydney is partnering with Wikimedia Australia to hold regular edit-a-thons addressing Wikipedia's many diversity issues, by improving content relevant to marginalised communities and growing a increasingly diverse local editing base.
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