The ETCL and University of Victoria Libraries invite you to two events featuring our 2020–21 Honorary Resident Wikipedian, Silvia Gutiérrez De la Torre. All events are online, free, and open to everyone.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

10:00–11:00 Pacific Time

Barriers to Diversity in Wikipedia: The Importance of the Worlds We Don’t Know About

Silvia Gutiérrez De la Torre (College of Mexico)

Slides from this presentation are now available to view.


We’ve seen monolithic narratives in action: they can form parties, they can create countries. However, in a world collapsing from climate change and social inequalities, we need to do better than that. We need to embrace diversity, and in order to care, we ought to learn. Wikipedia, as one of the most visited websites in the world, could be a good place to start. The bad news is it is not quite there yet. The good news is we can do something about it. In this talk, UVic’s Honorary Resident Wikipedian, Silvia Gutiérrez De la Torre, will address barriers to diversity in Wikipedia.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

10:00–11:00 Pacific Time

Designing for Accessibility: Authoring Effective Alternative Text Descriptions

Adam Wilton and Jennifer Jesso (Accessibility Resource Centre BC)

11:00–12:00 Pacific Time

Wikipedia Accessibility Edit-a-Thon

Silvia Gutiérrez De la Torre (College of Mexico) and J. Matthew Huculak (UVic)


Designing for Accessibility is a free workshop for anyone who would like to create more accessible web content. Learn how to author and use alt-text descriptions effectively to ensure that your web content is available to all researchers, including those who are using screen readers and other forms of access technology. Adam and Jennifer will describe key principles for authoring alt-text, and will offer guidance on generating alt-text for complex images like diagrams, graphs, and maps. Universal design principles help to build a web that is better for everyone.

In the Wikipedia Accessibility Edit-a-thon, we will walk you through the process of creating an account, getting started with Wikipedia editing, and creating alt-tags and image descriptions to help make Wikipedia more usable for all humans.

These events are part of UVic’s Honorary Resident Wikipedian program, brought to you by the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab and the University of Victoria Libraries.