3500 PAGES CREATED OR IMPROVED BY 2500 PARTICIPANTS AT OVER 175 EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
MARK SUCCESS OF ART+FEMINISM’S 2016 WIKIPEDIA EDIT-A-THON
New York City — Over 2500 participants at more than 175 events around the world participated in Art+Feminism’s third annual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, resulting in the creation of 2000 new pages and improvements to 1500 articles on Wikipedia. This represents a significant increase over the 2015 events, with more than double the number of participants and triple the number of articles created or improved. Organized around Women’s History Month, the Edit-a-thon was designed to generate coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia and encourage female editorship — a response to the well-known gender gap on Wikipedia.
Alongside the central event at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the 175+ events were held across every inhabited continent and in 30 countries at venues including: Ashesi University Brekuso, Accra; Tate Britain, London; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; Gus Fisher Gallery, The University of Auckland; Archives Nationales, Paris; The Menil Collection, Houston; SCAD Hong Kong; Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Lima; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC.; and a month-long online edit-a-thon hosted by Women In Red. As of this writing an additional 10+ events are scheduled for later in April.
Highlights of the 2016 Edit-a-thon include new Wikipedia pages for Unity Bainbridge, Manon de Boer, Tina Charlie, Otelia Cromwell, Aurora Reyes Flores, Liz Magic Laser, Park McArthur, Elizabeth McIntosh, Divya Mehra, Anne Pasternak, and Sara Greenberger Rafferty and improved articles for Megumi Igarashi, Julie Mehretu, Ana Mendieta, Wangechi Mutu, Lorraine O’Grady, Porpentine, Faith Ringgold, Martine Sims, Carrie Mae Weems, and Zitkala-Sa. Detailed results for many of the global events are being catalogued on Wikipedia on an ongoing basis, viewable on our 2016 Outcomes page.
In New York, the Edit-a-thon featured an expansive conversation on contemporary feminisms and digital culture with writer Orit Gat, artist and activist Reina Gossett, and New York Times technology columnist Jenna Wortham, moderated by Fiona Romeo, MoMA’s Director of Digital Content and Strategy and afternoon breakout groups about related issues, including intellectual property, notability, and LGBTQ visibility on Wikipedia. In Paris, 600 participants convened for two days of long table conversation and editing at the Archives Nationales. And in València, the City Councilor in charge of gender equality, Isabel Lozano, attended and edited.
Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well-documented; in a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female. This lack of female participation has led to an alarming dearth of content about women and art in the world’s most popular online research tool. Art+Feminism’s Edit-a-thon impacts the gender gap through crucial improvements to art and feminism related subjects on Wikipedia. In 2014, the Art+Feminism organizers were named to Foreign Policy magazine’s list of Leading Global Thinkers.
The 2016 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon was organized by Art+Feminism, led by Siân Evans/Art Libraries Society of North America’s Women and Art Special Interest Group, Jacqueline Mabey/failed projects, and Michael Mandiberg, in collaboration with the Professional Organization for Women in the Arts (POWarts) and The Museum of Modern Art, with support from Tekserve, Wikimedia NYC and the Wikimedia Foundation.
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