2013-11-22 / Community

Wiki Rockaway Updates Wanted

It’s a Wiki world, and Queens, especially the Rockaways and Broad Channel, needs their updated place in it. The Queens Library is ready to help make that happen.

Millions and millions use Wikipedia every year as an all-purpose reference tool. Unfortunately, according to a release by the library, some of the most prominent people and places in Queens history are not well represented.

To balance that out, the Queens Library is hosting a Wikipedia Edit- A-Thon to enrich the record. It will be held on Friday, December 6th from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. at Queens Library-Central at 89-11 Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica.

“We need the help of history lovers, long-time Queens residents or anyone in the community who would like to help. Drop in at any time and stay as long as you like,” a spokesperson for the library said. “No previous computer experience is needed. If you would like to learn more about adding information and pertinent photos or letters to Wikipedia, this is a wonderful opportunity.”

Anyone contributing to the project can work on any Queens-related topic that needs richer information on Wikipedia.

The Queens Library, according to a media release, has targeted these particular topics to highlight with more complete and up to date information: “Richard George and the Beachside Bungalow Association; former Queens Councilwoman Julia Harrison; Emil Lucev, Far Rockaway historian; photographer Frederick Weber; the Women's Industrial Service League, an organization based in Far Rockaway; The Store Front Museum; local historian Robert Friedrich; photographer Eugene Armbruster; The Parsons Family of Murray Hill; LIRR historian and photographer Ron Ziel; the Long Island Daily Press and the Sunnyside Gardens Arena.”

The spokesperson added, “You may have other topics that are of interest and should be accessible to researchers around the world. If you have photographs, letters or family records, we can help scan them, as well.”

Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon event is being presented by Queens Library, Wikimedia NYC, and the Metropolitan New York Library Council. For more information, contact dhoward@gmail.com.

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