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AfroCROWD Street Culture Wikipedia Edit-a-thon and Year End Celebration
The topic for our final Wikipedia Edit-a-thon for 2017 is Street Culture, which includes break dancing as seen here in this Wiki Commons photos of this break dancer in Faneuil Hall, North Carolina, USA
When and Where
Date:Saturday, December 16, 2017
Time:1:00 pm – 5:00 pm EST
Address:Ace Hotel
20 W. 29th Street
New York, NY 10001

AfroCROWD Street Culture Wikipedia Edit-a-thon and Year End Celebration - Final Edit-a-thon of 2017

So that we have enough food, please also register on our Eventbrite Clicking here to RSVP:

December 16th, 1-5pm at the Ace Hotel NYC help un-hide street culture icons, legends or facts missing from the Wikipedia lexicon. We also have invited speakers from the skateboarding, graffiti art and sneaker culture community and more, so this should be good!

This AfroCROWD Wikipedia Edit-a-thon and panel discussion aims to take a look at the many aspects of street cultures including: Sneaker Culture- Skateboarding - Street Photography- Street Wear- Zine Culture-Break Dancing-Tattoo Art Graffiti - Hip Hop Culture- Messenger Culture - Street Art- Street Musicians-Buskers- Punk Music Culture and more.

This is also the last AfroCROWD Wikipedia Edit-a-thon of the year, so we are celebrating with some drinks and good food. Our focus this time: street culture!

Wiki Coaches from Wikimedia NYC will be on-hand to help you learn to edit Wiki or work on your skills.

All are welcome. Come as you are.

Don't forget to bring your laptop. Bring a friend. All languages and levels of Wikipedia exposure welcome.

We also invite guests to write on any subject of interest.

Get a head start, register for your own Wikipedia account by clicking "create account" at the top of this page or by clicking here.

Event details[edit]

Please use hotel entrance
(not restaurant entrance)
Transit details

Social Media[edit]

Invited Speakers[edit]

  • Rodney Smith
  • David Schmidlapp
  • Sean Williams
  • Matthew Christian

Ideas to whet your editing appetite[edit]




  • Rodney Smith (Listed on Wikipedia Under Zoo York:- Clothing (SPEAKER)
  • Alex Corporan Supreme Clothing and Author of "Full Bleed: New York Skateboard Photography"



  • David Schmidlapp "International Graffiti Times": Listed on Worldcat :Libraries (SPEAKER)


  • Sean Williams, Obsessive Sneaker Disorder (New Wikipedia Entry) (SPEAKER)



Red Hook Crit

Please feel free to add to the list

Mentioned by today's panelists:

Task list

Please check with a WikiCoach before starting new pages – recommend beginners start editing existing pages vs. starting new pages

Quick + easy! Infoboxes, stubs, obits with tons of biographical info, Wikidata, etc.
Add an infobox!

It's fun, not super hard, and improves Google search results! Plus you don't need citations for infoboxes!

Improve an existing stub article!

Clean up existing citations, add a new citation, add a selected works and publications section for published authors

Add citations to articles that have none!
Other easy ideas

Obituaries are a useful starting point, have tons of biographical info!

Are you into more tech-based data? Are you a librarian? Add Authority Control info to Wikidata!

Update Wikidata using Virtual International Authority File (
  1. Go to
  2. Search for person (last name, first name)
  3. At bottom of page, where it says History of VIAF, expand section. See Werner Herzog example
  4. Add each listed Authority to Wikidata if its info is not already populated in Wikidata
  5. Add {{Authority control}} after External links section above Categories
  6. Refresh Wikipedia page


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