I think the questions raised by the event are ones that we can always apply to our cultures/sub-cultures, such as who is overlooked and why? Who and what is celebrated or challenged? Who is writing the articles? Wikipedia is interesting because it is a subculture with its own rules that is nonetheless, of course, influenced by and reflective of the broader culture. The organisation is based on neutrality and open access, but I think it also demonstrates how this kind of ‘freedom’ doesn’t necessarily lead to equity. Technically, anybody can write and edit on Wikipedia, but there are certain unspoken barriers to becoming an editor that coincide with or reflect other barriers to equity in the ‘real world’: access to education, tech skills, access to resources (books, journal articles).

via Sarah Butterill, Mary Katherine Mcintyre, and Zeesy Powers on: critical pedagogy, research, and knowledge production |

All around the world, groups are getting together to redress the gender imbalance on Wikipedia. Come along to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, see works by women artists on display in the galleries, peruse a collection of resources, and get editing! Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well documented. In a 2010 survey it was revealed that less than 13% of its contributors identify as female. The practical effect of this disparity is clear — with more articles on notable women missing when compared to Encyclopaedia Britannica — Wikipedia is clearly skewed. This represents a huge inequality in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge. We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian and reference materials. Bring your laptop, power cord and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. At 12pm there will be a floor talk by members Brown Council about their work in the MCA collection and at 1pm Senior Curator Natasha Bullock will discuss women artists in the collection.

via Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon :: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Talking #artandfeminism on Manhattan Public Access TV.

So, take a few hours out of your day and put your writing skills (and feminist knowledge!) to good use. Write up an entry on an artist you admire, beef up an entry on your feminist icon, or write about any other topic that makes your heart sing. Whatever you’re up to, make sure to jump in on twitter using the hashtag: #tooFEW (via Feminists Engage Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon | bluestockings Magazine)

"In celebration of Women’s History Month and WikiWomen’s History Month, groups across the United States are organizing both virtual and in-person meet-ups to edit Wikipedia to include more perspectives on women and people of color on Friday: #tooFEW — a feminist Wikipedia edit-a-thon! Originally conceived of as part of a virtual way to connect the upcoming THATCamp unconferences on feminism, there are now widespread events everywhere. If you can’t find a way to physically get to one of the edit-a-thon parties, please consider just jumping in, editing entries and following on the Twitter conversations using the hashtag: #tooFEW."

Upcoming #ArtAndFeminism Wikipedia Editathons in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Portland, Toronto, and elsewhere!