The 1,000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf takes place on 23 April and to mark this occasion, Wikipedia is supporting the first ever Irish live Wiki editing event in Dublin’s Science Gallery this Saturday, 19 April to improve the Battle of Clontarf Wiki pages.
There is also an ongoing blow by blow re-enactment of the run-up to the battle and the battle itself on Twitter @1014retold for everyone to follow.
The online events are being facilitated by 1014 Retold, a digital storytelling project that aims to bring the tale of the Battle of Clontarf to life for a modern day audience using digital tools and social media.
The organisers are actively looking for volunteers to participate in the Wiki live editing event. No special skills are needed, just an interest in learning how Wiki pages are edited and published.
Described by comedian and presenter Dara O’Briain as reading like “a sort of Irish Game of Thrones”, the Twitter feed offers perspectives on the battle from a variety of characters, including Brian Boru, Mael Morda and Sitric, as well as lesser known participants.
“It’s fantastic to be involved in Wikipedia’s first Irish Edit-athon event, especially as we’re working on the Battle of Clontarf wiki entries for the 1,000th anniversary,” said Alan Doherty of the 1014 Retold project team.
“The battle was a culminating event in Irish history and we’re hoping to bring it to life on social media to enhance understanding of its significance.”