2020 Virtual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

2020 Virtual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the University of Louisville.

Announcing the 2020 Virtual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon hosted by the University of Louisville Libraries! Please join us as we participate in an international effort to close the gap on Wikipedia articles about underrepresented artists, with a special focus on local and regional women. You will create accounts on Wikipedia, learn how to edit articles, and use library resources to add citations and information to existing articles on your artists.

For more information, visit the 2020 Virtual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon guide.

Why edit Wikipedia articles on women artists?

Wikimedia’s gender trouble is well-documented. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, 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.

Who can participate?

UofL faculty, staff, and students of all gender identities and expressions are welcome and encouraged to participate.

How do we participate?

Join the first event on Thursday, May 14, 2-4 pm via Microsoft Teams. Join the second event on Thursday, May 21, 2-4 pm via Microsoft Teams. Please share these links with anyone who may be interested in participating in the virtual events. You can come and go as you choose.

What can we expect from a virtual event?

You will research and edit at your own pace. Your camera and microphone should be turned off unless you are speaking.

Is experience editing Wikipedia required?

No! For the editing-averse, we will provide training on Wikipedia basics and assistance throughout the edit-a-thon. If you don’t already have one, register for a Wikipedia account in advance.

Which Wikipedia articles are we editing?

Please bring your ideas for entries that need updating or creation. Work on a topic of your own or choose from the list of suggested articles. Select an artist you can research using online sources.

How do we get information about women artists?

Consult the databases, e-books, and websites listed on the Remote Resources and Services guide to find research to support your article. We recommend starting with Oxford Art Online

This sounds like a lot of work!

You aren’t expected to write an essay on your chosen artist in a two-hour time period! Here are some ideas for quick and easy edits:

  • Add citations and references
  • Add images of the artist or example artworks
  • Link to other articles on Wikipedia
  • Edit text for clarity or copy edits
  • Add bibliographical information for an artist
  • Add a list of works for artists
  • Look at other Wikipedia pages to see what sections they have that you can easily add for your artist

Do you have a question we haven’t answered here? Email artlib@louisville.edu for more information!



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