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Online Research Collaborations

As more historical research is being shared online, the Society is offering new ways for people to connect with their history. In March 2013, the Society hosted its first Wikipedia “Edit-a-thon” where novice users and experienced editors alike came to update the online encyclopedia’s articles on D.C. history.

Attendees used the Society’s collections, including books, photographs, pamphlets, and ephemera, to upload new content to the online encyclopedia. For those who were unfamiliar with how to edit Wikipedia, experienced editors were available to guide new users.

We will be expanding the scope of our research collaborations to include other crowd sourcing tools and social media sites.

Researchers update Wikipedia articles about D.C. using the collections at the Historical Society.

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