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Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

March 8, 2017 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

201 Stabley Library, Indiana University of PA


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  4. Come to the library on March 8th



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.



Preliminary Schedule

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

    • Article lists

    • 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

    • User Interface

    • 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 

  • 12:00 Refreshments 

  • 12:30 Ongoing editing and tutorial demonstrations 

  • 12:50 Closing Remarks. Lynn Botelho