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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law by Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines and the 36th anniversary of its overthrow during what became known as the People Power Revolution. Today, more than ever before, the narrative on the crimes committed by the Marcos administration faces widespread distortion and negation. Join us in the battle for memory as we conduct the Second People Power Wikipedia Edit-a-thon and learn how to help defend Wikipedia, the world’s largest online encyclopedia, from disinformation and propaganda.

Check out our schedule of events below for more details!

How will fellows receive training?

Interested and accepted volunteers will go through the free online Crash Course on Wikipedia Editing, created by the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU). Through this course, first-timers will be introduced to Wikipedia editing, while seasoned editors will be provided a refresher on Wikipedia, its advocacies and policies, in the context of fighting historical distortion. Course completers will be given exclusive certificates.

They will be able to collaborate with one another and gain hands-on experience, with assistance and guidance from veteran Wikipedians. Kumustahan Sessions via Zoom will also give fellows a chance to meet, strategize, and share insights on Wikipedia editing.

How can one join?

Interested participants can fill out the Registration Form. There will be limited slots for Wikipedia Editing Fellows for this event. The registration form will ask details that will allow the hosts to screen the participants and gauge their genuine commitment to learn more about and experience Wikipedia editing. You may register for the Wikipedia Edit-a-thon here.

Accepted participants will receive a confirmation email from hrvvmc.eduk@gmail.com, though this might take a few days due to the screening process. The accepted fellows will also be asked to join the HRVVMC Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Facebook Group, which will serve as the central hub for the event. Announcements, updates, and other communications may be posted here from time to time, and fellows are encouraged to interact with one another here as well.

Will I receive a certificate?

Fellows who manage to attend ALL live sessions (the opening program, the Kumustahan Sessions, and the closing program) and actively participate in the group editing tasks or assignments will be awarded a certificate of recognition for being a Wikipedia Editing Fellow during the Second People Power Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. They will be invited to participate in future Edit-a-thons hosted by the HRVVMC, and they are also free to establish networks with the Wikipedians who are involved with the event to voluntarily continue the advocacy of defending Wikipedia in the age of disinformation and propaganda.

FEBRUARY 25

Launching of the Second People Power Wikipedia Edit-a-thon and the Crash Course on Wikipedia Editing

We are looking for volunteers skilled in research, writing and data visualization to join our Wikipedia Edit-a-thon and become an editing fellow as we defend our digital spaces against disinformation and propaganda. Fellows will also be able to enroll in the Crash Course on Wikipedia Editing.

10:00 AM  – 11:30 AM

  • Opening Remarks
  • Discussion on the state of information engagement about the Martial Law years and the importance of online platforms
  • Self-introduction of editing fellows
  • Introduction to the Crash Course on Wikipedia Editing

FEBRUARY 25 – MARCH 18

Online Course and Asynchronous Editing

Fellows will be asked to complete two modules of the Crash Course on Wikipedia Editing. Module 1 provides an introduction to Wikipedia in the context of fighting historical distortion while Module 2 highlights the rules and policies on editing in Wikipedia. After completing the online course, fellows are given the chance to showcase their skills in research, writing, and data visualization as they collaborate with other editors in order to improve the content of relevant Wikipedia articles for the duration of the event. Fellows will be able to correct existing content, fill the gaps of information on selected topics, and combat attempts at historical distortion and negationism.

MARCH 4

First Kumustahan Session

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

  • Updates on online course progress among participants and sharing of experience
  • Suggestions or recommendations based on current progress, raising of concerns to the facilitators or Wikipedians

MARCH 11

Second Kumustahan Session

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

  • Updates on online course progress among participants and sharing of experience
  • Discussions on targets and expectations
  • Suggestions or recommendations based on current progress, raising of concerns to the facilitators or Wikipedians.
  • Once all fellows within their group have finished the online course, they will gain access to the Wikipedia Dashboard, following which they can begin collaboratively editing.

MARCH 18

Closing Program

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

  • Introduction of speakers
  • Presentation of Results
  • Closing Remarks 
  • Reminders

In the spirit of volunteerism, the fellows are encouraged to continue editing, collaborating and communicating with one another even after the closing of the Edit-a-thon. 

Program of Activities

February 7

4:00 – 5:30 pm Welcoming of Participants and Introduction of Speakers  
  Opening Remarks Chuck A. Crisanto 
HRVVMC Executive Director
  Overview of discussions: The state of information engagement about the Martial Law Years and the importance of online platforms

Introduction to the MODeL Online Course

Wiki Society of the Philippines and Bantayog/Marcos Regime Research Group/UPOU

  Break  
 

Q&A portion, division of participants into groups and trainings, proposition of topics for editing or research, means of output.

 
 

Closing remarks and Reminders

 

 

February 15

4:00 – 5:30 pm

Welcoming of Participants, current updates. Sharing of Experiences. Distribution into breakout rooms

HRVVMC
  Discussions among members of Current Tasks, Edits, Challenges Group Facilitators
  Target-setting if applicable. Additional suggestions or recommending sources

 

February 24 Last day of Editing (12:00 noon)
February 25

4:00 – 5:30 pm Welcoming of Participants and Introduction of Speakers  
  Opening Remarks Chuck A. Crisanto 
HRVVMC Executive Director
  Overview of discussions: The state of information engagement about the Martial Law Years and the importance of online platforms

Introduction to the MODeL Online Course

Wiki Society of the Philippines and Bantayog/Marcos Regime Research Group/UPOU

  Break  
 

Q&A portion, division of participants into groups and trainings, proposition of topics for editing or research, means of output.

 
 

Closing remarks and Reminders

 

 


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