KU Libraries to host "Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon" on March 10

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

KU Libraries will host an Art+Feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thon event on Saturday, March 10.

Art+Feminism edit-a-thons aim to make an impact on the gender gap through crucial improvements to gender, feminism and art-related subjects on Wikipedia. The all-day edit-a-thon will include tutorials for beginner Wikipedia users, ongoing editing support and reference materials.

Since 2014, Art+Feminism edit-a-thons have taken place across the world, creating and improving over 11,000 articles. This is the second such edit-a-thon to be hosted at KU, and this year’s event is being coordinated by Library Associate Paul Thomas, Fine Arts and Humanities Librarian Andi Back and Art Library Operations Manager Andrea Pitt.

“For some time now, people have been discussing the gender gap on Wikipedia. It’s not a minor issue: a disproportional numbers of Wikipedia editors identify as male, and the encyclopedia has less in-depth articles concerning cis and trans women,” said Thomas. “Edit-a-thons are thus ways to fight the gender gap and work towards a more balanced encyclopedia.”

This event is free and open to all. Neither registration nor prior experience are required. The edit-a-thon will be held at the Murphy Art and Architecture Library from 12-5 p.m.

For questions, please contact Paul Thomas at paulthomas@ku.edu

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