Wikipedia Art+Feminism Edit-A-Thon

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Due to the efforts of more than 1500 participants in the 75+ satellite sites from around the world during the Wikipedia Art+Feminism Edit-A-thon, over 400 articles were created and over 500 articles were improved. The event was centered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York along with various satellite sites around the world, including a site at UC Berkeley. Hosted by the Berkeley Center for New Media, the Berkeley Edit-A-Thon began with the basics of Wikipedia editing for beginner editors. Over the course of the day, participants created new articles and enhanced existing entries relating to women and art.

Press Coverage

The event has been featured by press in the East Bay Express, The Daily Californian, and KQED. Check out the news coverage of this exciting and innovative event!

East Bay Express: East Bay Schools to Host Art and Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thons

The Daily Californian: UC Berkeley students enter Edit-A-Thon to increase representation of female artists on Wikipedia

KQED: Wikipedia’s Gender and Race Gaps

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Writeup by Anna Carey, co-organizer with NWMEDIA 201 instructor – and activist artist – Jill Miller.

Coinciding with International Women’s Weekend, on Saturday, March 7, Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon helped tip the balance of content about women in the arts on Wikipedia. The event was centered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York along with over 75 satellite sites around the world, including a site at UC Berkeley. Hosted by the Berkeley Center for New Media, the Berkeley Edit-A-Thon began with the basics of Wikipedia editing for beginner editors. Over the course of the day, participants created new articles and enhanced existing entries relating to women and art. The event came about because of low female participation on Wikipedia — estimated to be around 10% — and the resulting skew of content. Wikipedia has become an enormous repository of human knowledge, and, in many ways, is a reflection of our reality. The site should therefore reflect what is true — that there are many, great female artists. Thanks to the Berkeley site’s participants and the editing that occurred around the world this past weekend, Wikipedia has an expanded female editor base and now better reflects the valuable contributions women have made to the arts. See the Berkeley site’s results on their meet-up page:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Berkeley/ArtAndFeminism_2015

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Wikimedia’s gender trouble is well-documented. In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female. The reasons for the gender gap are up for debate; suggestions include leisure inequality, how gender socialization shapes public comportment, and the sometimes contentious nature of Wikipedia’s talk pages. The practical effect of this disparity, however, is not. Content is skewed by the lack of female participation. This represents an alarming absence in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge. Let’s change that.

Join Berkeley Center for New Media on Saturday, March 7 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. for a collaborative edit-a-thon of Wikipedia entries on subjects relating to art and feminism. We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedians, reference materials, and refreshments. Bring your laptop, power cord, and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. For the editing-averse, we urge you to stop by to show your support. Women, women-identified, and male allies welcomed. RSVP on Facebook and register on our Wikipedia Meet-up page. We look forward to seeing you there!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1595505167330247/

Wikipedia Page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Berkeley/ArtAndFeminism_2015