Chemical Heritage Foundation Project Page in Wikipedia

June 6, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA

The Chemical Heritage Foundation Project Page was created to document the collaboration of the Chemical Heritage Foundation with Wikipedia. As part of WikiProject GLAM and the Wikipedian in Residence initiative, staff of the Chemical Heritage Foundation will be working with Wikipedian Mary Mark Ockerbloom during May–June 2013.

The Chemical Heritage Foundation

The Foundation’s institutional goal is to “collect, use, and share the history of science and technology,” with particular attention to chemistry and molecular science. CHF’s resources include the Othmer Library and oral-history collection, museum collections of scientific objects and artwork, and extensive archives (including the papers of several Nobel laureates). CHF organizes exhibits and symposia and has an active fellowship program for scholars. CHF also grants several significant awards.

A Wikipedian in Residence

This project seeks to coordinate the sharing of resources between the Chemical Heritage Foundation and the Wikimedia community in a way that is beneficial to both. Because of the short time period (May–June 2013), activity will focus around three specific events.


“What Is Wikipedia?” Brown Bag Lunch, 12:00–1:00 p.m., May 21, 2013, information session

CHF’s Wikipedian in Residence, Mary Mark Ockerbloom, will demystify how Wikipedia works and explain why contributing knowledge there is vital to the relevancy of cultural institutions. She will also explore how Wikipedia became the world’s most popular information source, powered by the wisdom of the crowd around the world. Since a very small percentage of our heritage resources are publicly accessible, we’ll wrap up with a fun discovery session themed “We Have Wonders.” We’ll quickly brainstorm ideas for enriching Wikipedia beginning with our personal favorites from CHF’s rich trove of collections and scholarship. Whether you have hopes of becoming a respected Wikipedian or simply want to understand how to use the service more effectively, this is a critical primer.

“Wikipedia 101” Workshop, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., June 5, 2013, training session

This is a no-stress opportunity to start your journey as a Wikipedia contributor. If you aren’t concerned about uploading images, you are welcome to attend only the first half.

  • 10:00–11:30 a.m., Part I: Editing a Wikipedia Document
  • 11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Lunch break (lunch is provided)
  • 12:00–1:00 p.m., Part II: Uploading Images

In the first part of the presentation Mary will walk through creating an account, searching, editing pages, and creating new pages. If you bring a computer, you can create your username and password, make your first edit, and practice editing in your sandbox. After the editing overview we’ll break briefly for lunch. In the second part of the workshop, after the break, Mary will talk about uploading images and metadata to Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons. Ideas from the previous brainstorming session may be used as starting points to illustrate working with Wikipedia. If you aren’t concerned with uploading images, feel free to attend only the first part of the talk.

Before the presentation, if you want to take a look at the slides and try some of the things I’ll be talking about, you’re welcome to do so; you can also use them as a reference guide after the presentation to try working through examples on your own.

“Wikipedia Edit-a-thon,” June 20, 2013, 12:003:00 p.m., open to CHF, Wikipedian visitors, and online participants

Members of the CHF community and guests will have an opportunity to work on Wikipedia pages of interest to them. Activities may include editing pages, creating new pages, and adding images and metadata. Coaching will be provided. CHF’s collection of women scientists will be a focus. If you have a favorite chemist, alchemist, or past award recipient, help write him or her into Wikipedian history!


  • 12:00–1:00 p.m., Visitors Tour of the museum, rare-book room, and archives (meet in main lobby)
  • 1:00–1:20 p.m., Orientation to the Edit-a-thon and the target resources (Franklin Room)
    • A snack will be provided in the Edit-a-thon room.
  • 1:20–3:00 p.m., Editing (CHF staff and visitors)
  • 3:00–4:00 p.m., Optional time; people may leave, others continue to edit, chat, or visit the museum until it closes at 4:00 p.m.

We would love to include Wikipedians as guest coaches for the Edit-a-thon, and to promote this event online under the hashtag #GLAMCHF. If you would like to participate, please e-mail me or edit this page to add yourself as a participant. If you do not have experience editing Wikipedia, please be aware that this Edit-a-thon will build on the “What Is Wikipedia” and “Wikipedia 101” talks given at CHF rather than repeating the information presented there.

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