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AFS Needs Help Curating Folklore in Wikipedia

Friday, March 27, 2015   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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AFS has begun a project to increase the quantity and coverage, and improve the quality, of Wikipedia pages on folklore-studies topics, but the project requires the assistance of AFS members. We all know that for many people Wikipedia has become the customary initial source to search for information about many topics. Given this reality, we believe that our best strategy is to engage with Wikipedia.

Last summer, AFS interns Virginia Siegel and Kaitlyn Berle of Western Kentucky University assembled an initial list of some 100 Wikipedia pages on folklore-studies topics. (Our thanks go to Virginia and Kaitlyn for their work.) You can find a PDF of their list at

Please look at this PDF, and then contact Tim Lloyd at with:

  • information about existing Wikipedia pages, including personal pages, that our initial survey may have missed.
  • folklore topics that need to be covered in Wikipedia but are not.
  • existing Wikipedia pages that are in need of improvement.

We also ask you to volunteer to work with us to revise existing pages or to create new pages.

Once we have a more complete inventory of what is currently available on Wikipedia, and have identified volunteers interested in working with us, we'll create a plan and some basic Wikipedia-editing training to make this increase-and-improvement project possible.


Patricia Sawin says...
Posted Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Have you considered sponsoring Wikipedia-thons?--meetings at which people get together, get some training in how to research, structure, and write an entry and then sit together and get started? At UNC the American Indian studies folks did one and the art historians participated in a nation-wide event to write more entries on women artists. We could certainly get the library here to sponsor an event. What about holding these concurrently at all the schools that give graduate degrees in Folklore--a little friendly competition perhaps? Definitely happy to talk more about how to collaborate and raise our profile. --Patricia Sawin

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