The Human Rights Violations Victims’ Memorial Commission in partnership with the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation helped organize a successful Wikipedia Editathon online last September 21-23.
Wikipedia Edit-a-thons are editing workshops that are focused on specific topics, with the goal of building awareness about gaps in these topics on the website while also introducing new editors to the system. With the need to go beyond the traditional way of education highlighted amidst the Covid-19 pandemic – the event was conducted as a means to engage in learning and research on the Martial Law Years in the digital sphere.
The Edit-a-thon began with a beginner’s workshop on September 18 held with veteran editors on the platform with experience on Martial Law Period content. A total of 33 experienced and newly-registered wiki editors, from different academic and research backgrounds, participated. Throughout the event, attendees were made free to add and adjust pages of their interest, and given access to 782 images and 214 documents sourced from the Memorial Commission, the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation and Task Force Detainees of the Philippines. Consultations were also made readily available from resource persons in Amnesty International Philippines, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation and Rappler.
A total of 145 edits amounting to 7,350 words were produced overall, with 83 references added across various pages. Of particular note were additions made regarding various massacres and similar incidents attributed to the period. Approximately 26,000 total views from other wikipedia users were also tracked across all of the edits made.