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Art + Feminism Announces Third Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

2015 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

2015 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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Art + Feminism has announced that it will hold a third Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on March 5, following the enormous success of the event’s last two editions, in 2014 and 2015. Once again, the edit-a-thon will take place at the Museum of Modern Art’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Education and Research Building from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., though a press release notes that additional satellite edit-a-thons will take place during the month of March at more than 100 locations around the world, including Tate Britain, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Yale University, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Library, Ashesi University Berekuso in Accra, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City, Archives Nationales in Paris, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.

The edit-a-thon originated in 2014 as an all-day event intended to create more pages for women and the arts on Wikipedia—including articles about female artists, feminist art movements, and feminist scholarship—and to encourage female editorship. In 2014 some 600 volunteers created 101 new Wikipedia entries, while last year’s event boasted 1,500 volunteers and 334 new articles.

This year’s edition will include a panel discussion, editing support, childcare, and tutorials for beginner Wikipedians, a feature that was introduced in 2015. Additionally, Art + Feminism will be hosting a Wikipedia workshop at the Guggenheim on February 16 following a tour of the current show Photo-Poetics: An Anthology with curators Jennifer Blessing and Susan Thompson. Training will be provided in the way of tutorials and information on best practices for writing Wikipedia entries, and participants will subsequently practice making edits to pages relevant to Photo-Poetics.

Beginning at 10 a.m., the edit-a-thon will also be launching a series of conversations. Writer Orit Gat, artist and activist Reina Gossett, and New York Times technology columnist Jenna Wortham will be discussing contemporary feminism and digital culture in a talk moderated by MoMA’s director of digital content and strategy, Fiona Romeo. Later in the afternoon, smaller group discussions will cover a variety of related topics, including intellectual property, notability, and LGBTQ visibility on Wikipedia.

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