POSTPONED - Earth Optimism Wikipedia Editing Workshop on Endangered Species

This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date. As a public health precaution, the Smithsonian is postponing or canceling all public events through May 3. See for details. Museums and the National Zoo remain open at this time. We are monitoring the guidance of the CDC and local public health officials.

Smithsonian Earth Optimism Wikipedia Editing Workshop on Endangered Species 
Wednesday, 22 April 2020, 1-5pm ET POSTPONED
Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. In celebration, the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) and our partners are joining the global Earth Optimism movement. Spearheaded by the Smithsonian,Earth Optimismis a global event and movement to shift the conservation conversation from one of doom and gloom to hope and optimism. Occurring throughout 2020, Earth Optimism invites participants to celebrate conservation success stories and inspire continued success through social media, events, and other outreach opportunities.

Help improve information in Wikipedia about endangered species as part of the Earth Optimism Wikipedia Workshop on Endangered Species hosted by the Smithsonian Libraries (Washington, D.C.) with support from Wikimedia DC.

Drawing on BHL’s free and extensive online collections as source materials, attendees will help to improve information about endangered species in Wikipedia — the third most-visited website in the world in 2019. By including citations to materials in BHL, attendees will provide easy access points for researchers and the public alike to primary data about these species while also helping to raise public awareness about many endangered species, which can be the first step in gaining momentum for conservation activities.

This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.