On October 20th, 2014, the Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group (GPOW) of the Association of American Geographers is hosting the GenderGeog Hackathon 2014 to celebrate International Women’s Day. A hackathon is a time when a group of people come together to work on a digital project together, usually by coding and creating content for an app or website.
How will I spend my time?
- a computer with access to the internet
- some basic experience learning programs such as Zotero (similar to EndNote / RefWorks) and GoogleDocs (similar to the MSOffice suite) (20-25 minutes) — no previous skills with these apps or geography and gender studies required
- time to dedicate into clicking on–no typing needed! amazing!–and cleaning citations (min 30-40 minutes / max up to you)
- in sum, for this hackathon, you will need these resources and skills, and a total of around 1 hour but can go as long as you wish
Our hackathon will focus on having folks from around the world add to, clean data from, and organize the Gender and Geography Bibliography in the citation management system Zotero. Created by two amazing women over a span of 20 years, the bibliography now hosts thousands of sources that were hard-typed in various citation formats and kept on one html page.
What would I be doing?
- taking the bibliography went international by adding sources, journals, and books in languages other than EnglishAdding missing citations based on your own knowledge base
- cleaning citations (so that they all say, for example, Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography instead of GPC, etc)
- searching through known geography and geography-related journals as well as women’s, gender, and sexuality studies journals for related articles
- curate you own recommended reading lists on your topic of expertise with the community
Can I work with others?
- yes! You will be chatting with others via the GoogleDoc chat
- we encourage universities and schools to host a space on the 20th or 21st to take part in the Hackathon–bring drinks, snacks, music, and friends
- we also encourage our faculty colleagues to offer credit or extra credit for participation in order to make this an even wider community event
In this process, you will learn a great tool and help many others who follow in your path.