Steps to Getting Involved
Stapleton Library, in collaboration with Women and Gender Studies and the Center for Digital Humanities and Culture at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, will host an Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon March 8, from 10:00am to 1:00pm, in 201 Stabley.
This 3-hour event is designed to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia and encourage female editorship. The edit-a-thon will include an introductory talk, tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, ongoing editing support, reference materials, and refreshments. People of all gender identities and expressions are invited to participate, particularly transgender and cisgender women.
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-thons and other initiatives make an impact on the gender gap through crucial improvements to art and feminism related subjects on Wikipedia. Since 2014, over 280 Art+Feminism edit-a-thons have taken place across the work, creating and improving an estimated 4,600 articles.
Stabley 201. March 8, 2017
9:50 Setup and Sign-ups
10:00 Lynn Botelho: Introductory remarks. Coffee and Cookies.
10:10 Ken Sherwood and Dan Weinstein: Remarks on Digital Humanities, Wikipedia, and Participatory Culture
10:25 Theresa McDevitt and other library faculty share library resources
10:35 Matt Vetter reviews Edit-a-Thon goals and resources for engaging participants
What we’re doing: adding sources and content to stub articles, creating new articles
Resources: Program page, Links to other resources
10:40 Demonstrations and Practice Edits: Matt demonstrates a range of particular skill-sets, allowing time for practice:
Wikipedia Policies: Neutral Point of View, No Original Research, Reliable Sources, Conflict of Interest
Creating new editor accounts
Elements of a Wikipedia Article
Turning on Visual Editor
Visual Editor Tutorial: References, Content, Links, New Sections
Introduce Sandboxes: how to create your own sandbox
11:00 Open Workshop. Participants work on editing tasks. Facilitators help participants one-on-one with questions/issues and Vetter does additional demos as needed
12:30 Ongoing editing and tutorial demonstrations
12:50 Closing Remarks. Lynn Botelho