Stockholm. March 10, 2017. The Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) is calling on the help of the world’s billions of toilet users and Wikipedia enthusiasts for a major upgrade of Wikipedia’s sanitation-related pages between now and World Water Day on 22 March.
Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6) calls for everyone everywhere to have access to clean water and decent sanitation by 2030. This Edit-a thon is a chance to help realize this ambition.
Working around the world and around the clock, anyone can join the SuSanA Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. Simply register here to join the group of volunteers and start editing: registration link
“Wikipedia is the “go to” source of information – the fifth most visited site on the Internet – so that’s why we want to upgrade sanitation information there,” says Esther Shaylor, Programme Adviser with Oxfam GB, who originated the SuSanA Edit-a-thon idea.
“We need to get this knowledge out there,” says Arno Rosemarin of Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). “We are looking forward to seeing what committed people can accomplish when they put their minds and hands to work … on their computer keyboards.”
Examples of sanitation-related Wikipedia articles the global team of volunteers will aim to improve include for example open defecation, sustainable sanitation, dry toilets, behaviour change, fecal sludge management, water- and sanitation-related diseases (e.g. worm infections), and reuse of excreta.
Working together in virtual space, volunteers will edit and improve existing Wikipedia articles, add images and references, create new articles, and translate English articles into other languages.
For more information:
- Visit the SuSanA Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Meetup page
- Contact: Elisabeth von Muench (consultant for SEI)
- Twitter: #edit4impact
- This SuSanA Wikipedia Edit-a-thon is part of a larger knowledge management project