Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon focuses on making a difference

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The Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon is Thursday, March 8.

The Bowes Art & Architecture Library will host an Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Thursday, March 8, which is also International Women’s Day. Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to drop in anytime between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to participate.

Turns out that less than 10 percent of Wikipedia contributors identify as women, according to a 2011 survey conducted by the Wikimedia Foundation. The lack of inclusive participation has led to an alarming gap of content in the world’s most popular online research tool.

“Wikipedia’s editing standards encourage strong research-based citations,” said VANESSA KAM, head of the Bowes Art & Architecture Library. “We are surrounded by reference material; it makes sense for this event to be hosted in the library where verifiable sources are within reach.”

Stanford Libraries hopes to attract a diverse group of editors throughout the day. The edit-a-thon will include tutorials for people who have never edited Wikipedia, as well as ongoing editing support, reference materials and computers, although individuals with laptops are encouraged to bring their own device. People of all gender identities and expressions are invited to participate.

“This event is open to anyone who wants to make a real and immediate difference,” Kam said.

Since 2014, Art+Feminism edit-a-thons have taken place across the world, creating and improving over 11,000 articles.

“We have collections and reference material of amazing artists, including many from the Bay Area, like Rosy Keyser, Bessma Khalaf and Brie Ruais,” Kam said.  “The edit-a-thon allows the Libraries to connect our materials to the growing body of content online and thus improve the presence of art and female artists on a popular reference site.”

The Bowes Art & Architecture Library is located at 355 Roth Way, Room 201. Additional information about the Art + Feminism Edit-a-thon can be found on the Stanford events calendar.

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