October 27, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The Graduate Center, The City University of New York
365 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016
Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well documented. In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that only 8.5% of its contributors are female. 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, representing an alarming absence in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge.
The tools of change are in your hands. Art+Feminism is pleased to announce Train the Trainer, a series of workshops in advance of the second annual international Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. We will provide tutorials for both the beginner Wikipedian and the more experienced editor. Learn the best practices on writing entries that stick and how to facilitate the empowerment of your community. The first workshop will take place on October 27, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. Women, women-identified and male allies welcomed. Experienced editors please get in touch with us via email to help co-facilitate. Light refreshments will be served; RSVP required.
Organized by Siân Evans/Art Libraries Society of North America’s Women and Art Special Interest Group, Dorothy Howard, Jacqueline Mabey/failed projects, and Michael Mandiberg, with support from POWarts.
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).
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.
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AN INCOMPLETE LOOK AT PARTICIPANTS IN FEMINIST ONLINE ART MOVEMENT(S):
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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)
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