Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Saturday, February 1, 2014 @ 9am to 3pm

Room 293, Neuberger Hall, Portland State University, 724 SW Harrison St Bring laptops and snacks! Drop in or stay for the whole thing. INFORMATION: See the original event: Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well documented: in a 2010 survey, Wikimedia found that less than 13% of its contributors are female. The reasons for the gender gap are up for debate: suggestions include leisure inequality, how gender socialization shapes public comportment, and the contentious nature of Wikipedia’s talk pages. However, the practical effect of this disparity is not: content is skewed by the lack of female participation, with more articles on notable women missing on Wikipedia in comparison to Encyclopaedia Britannica.

This represents an alarming aporia in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge. We invite you to help address this absence. Join us at Eyebeam’s Annual Showcase on Saturday, February 1, 2014 for a Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon from noon to 6 p.m. We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials, and light refreshments. For those looking to start early, try this tutorial and sign in to the event For the editing-averse, we urge you to stop by to show your support. Confirmed satellite events will take place at: University of Texas at Austin School of Information; Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives at the Banff Centre for the Arts; Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum (co-hosted by Project Continua); Luke Lindoe Library at the Alberta College of Art and Design; Flaxman Library, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; NSCAD University Library; University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Library & Information Studies; Eastern Block (organized by Studio XX), Montreal; University of the Arts’ Greenfield Library, Philadelphia; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; Art Metropole, Toronto; Portland State University in Portland, OR, and National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC. Eyebeam is an art and technology center that provides a fertile context and state-of-the-art tools for digital research and experimentation.

It is a lively incubator of creativity and thought, where artists and technologists actively engage with culture, addressing the issues and concerns of our time. Eyebeam challenges convention, celebrates the hack, educates the next generation, encourages collaboration, freely offers its contributions to the community, and invites the public to share in a spirit of openness: open source, open content and open distribution. Organized by Siân Evans/Art Libraries Society of North America’s Women and Art Special Interest Group, Jacqueline Mabey/The office of failed projects, Michael Mandiberg, and Laurel Ptak/Eyebeam Fellow.

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