The Hunt Museum ran a Wikipedia Editathon, a hackathon for Wikipedians on the January 20th 2022. It focused on sharing sketches, designs and scanned items from the Sybil Connolly archive and publishing them on Wikimedia/Wikipedia. This editathon will widen the audience for the Sybil designs and sketches and make them accessible to the public online. With the help of Rebecca O’Neill, Ireland’s Wikipedian, participants learned to set up a profile, upload and edit content to Wikipedia.
Ireland’s Wikipedian Rebecca O’Neill says:
Fashion and design really needs a boost in Wikipedia so adding this collection to Wiki-Commons is brilliant. The Sybil Wikipedia Editathon at the Hunt Museum aims to also get a few more people able to create and improve Wikipedia articles.
Jill Cousins, Director of the Hunt Museum explained:
“We want to reach new audiences with our collections and believe that opening up will help us achieve this. With the help of the Wikipedia Editathon, we will improve the data and deepen the research of the Sybil Connolly Collection. We will then upload it to Europeana Fashion and together with the Wiki Commons upload serve the education research and creative industry communities across the world in more ways than we can imagine.”
John Connolly commented:
“I am very pleased that this collection can find and influence new audiences allowing Sybil to live on for new generations, contributing to the knowledge that Ireland is an exporter of design and ideas, twenty years after her death in 1998.”