Swiss Archives Day 2017

Wikipedia and Academia?!

Panel discussion and Wikipedia edit-a-thon at ETH Zurich

9 June 2017 is International Archives Day. In Switzerland, Archives Day 2017 (external link) is entitled "Archives ∞ connect". The Swiss Association of Archivists (VSA) is initiating cooperative events all over the country under this motto.

At ETH Zurich the main library's archives

and the Archives of Contemporary History (external link) are offering a varied programme in cooperation with Wikimedia CH (external link).

First of all, a panel will discuss the ambivalent relationship between academia and Wikipedia, and the contribution that archives can make in this field.

Afterwards, there will be an evening writing workshop (Wikipedia edit-a-thon (external link), in German), which will continue on 10 June. It offers an ideal opportunity to write or enhance articles with the help of experienced Wikipedians and thus contribute your own specialist knowledge to Wikipedia.

The archives involved will provide diverse and extensive text and image material with their online sources and records.


Friday, 9 June 2017

Panel discussion"Wikipedia and Academia?!"

ETH Zurich, Main building, Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zurich
Lecture hall HG E 5 (ground floor)


 Dr Stefan Wiederkehr (ETH Library, Head Archives and Collections)


  • Prof. Gesine Krüger (University Zurich, Chair of General Modern History)
  • Jenny Ebermann (Wikimedia CH, Executive Director)
  • Prof. Andreas Kilcher (ETH Zurich, Chair of Literary and Cultural Studies)
  • Micha Rieser (Wikipedian / Wikipedia Administrator)
  • Dr Gregor Spuhler (ETH Zurich, Head Archives of Contemporary History)
  • Michael Gasser (ETH Library, Head Archives)

 Rolf Probala (former Head of Communications ETH Zurich)

Wikipedia edit-a-thon

ETH Zurich, Main building, Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zurich
Kuppelraum HG K 30.1 (K floor)

19:00–19:15Welcome to the Wikipedia edit-a-thon (external link)
19:15–20:15 Introduction to Wikipedia and editing/writing articles
(Patrick Borer, Wikipedian / Wikipedia Administrator)
20:15–23:00Practical writing and enhancement

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Wikipedia edit-a-thon follow-up

ETH Zurich, Main building, Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zurich
Kuppelraum HG K 30.1 (K floor)

10:00–13:00Edit-a-thon follow-up
13:00–14:00Presentation of the results and close

Entry is free. The panel discussion and the edit-a-thon can be attended independently of each other. Please send registrations for the edit-a-thon to