KU Libraries to host Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Monday, March 7, 2016

LAWRENCE, KS—The University of Kansas Libraries and partners will host “Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon” on Saturday, March 26 from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. in the Murphy Art & Architecture Library. This event is dedicated to narrowing the gender gap in Wikipedia, and is one of many edit-a-thons taking place worldwide in March.

“Wikipedia’s content and community skews male, creating gaps in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge,” says Andi Back, Fine Arts and Humanities librarian for KU Libraries. “The edit-a-thon is a half-day, communal opportunity to encourage participants to update Wikipedia’s entries related to art and feminism in order to address this absence.”

Tutorials will be provided for the beginner Wikipedian, as well as digital and print materials to reference. Attendees are encouraged to edit any entry of interest related to art, feminism, gender studies and LGBTQ issues. Participants are asked to bring a laptop, power cord and ideas for entries that need updating or creation, or they can choose from an existing list of suggested entries. Public computers are available, but limited. The creation of a Wikipedia account prior to the event is encouraged. Light refreshments will be provided.

The KU Libraries edit-a-thon partners include the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, Spencer Art Museum and the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

“Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon” is free and open to the public. No prior experience or knowledge is needed to participate. More information about the event can be found on the event information page.

For general information about other Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thons events visit art.plusfeminism.org.



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