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Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 2016
ICA, 5 March 2016

Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Please note this event will take place from 11.15 am until 3.15 pm, with a break for participants.

Wikimedia’s gender trouble is well-documented. In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female. The reasons for the gender gap are up for debate; suggestions include leisure inequality, how gender socialization shapes public comportment, and the sometimes-contentious nature of Wikipedia’s talk pages. The practical effect of this disparity, however, is not. Content is skewed by the lack of female participation. This represents an alarming absence in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge.

Let’s change that. Join us again for a half day of communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to art and feminism. We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials and refreshments. Bring your laptop, power cord and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. We invite people of all gender identities and expressions, particularly transgender, cis-gender, and gender non-conforming women, to participate. For the editing-averse, we urge you to stop by to show your support.

The event is intended to contribute new articles and edit existing articles on Wikipedia that focus on developing a list of black British women artists and group exhibitions of their work. During the event we also work on the UK profile page focused on art and feminism

The global 2016 Wikipedia Edit-a-thon has been initiated by Art+Feminism, and the event in London at the ICA is organised by the CREATE/Feminism Research Cluster at Middlesex University, concurrently with the Edit-a-thon at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.