Join us Friday afternoon, March 4th, for the Art+Feminism Wikipedia-edit-a-thon at the UT Fine Arts Library (map).  The edit-a-thon, hosted by UT student organizations the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) and Advocating for Women in Technology (AWIT), is an event to bring together diverse communities to expand the coverage of women artists on Wikipedia.  We are very excited to be working on Wikipedia articles featuring women in the arts as well as providing expertise and support to participants during the event.

The Wikipedia Edit a Thon from 2013 at the iSchool at the University of Texas

So, what is an edit-a-thon?

Simply put, it’s a bit like a marathon. Get together with a bunch of like-minded people working towards a single goal. This particular -thon is about bringing together diverse communities to create and work on Wikipedia articles related to women in the arts.

The event was started by a group in New York called Art+Feminism, with the goal of increasing female participation in Wikipedia editing as well as increasing the coverage of women artists on Wikipedia. You can learn more about the gender gap at WikiProject Women and read more about the Art+Feminism campaign on their website.

the flyer for the wikipedia edit a thon

Who can participate?

Anyone! We are inviting members of the UT and Austin community at large to come join us.

We’ll have trainers and subject-matter experts on hand to help with your Wikipedia and art history questions.

Why participate?

Wikipedia is constantly changing and growing, and it can be daunting to consider trying to participate. But it’s a great skill to have and Wikipedia needs diverse contributors like you! Join us to learn where to get started.

A little bit more…

  • Don’t forget to bring something to edit on (laptops, tablets—and for the super tech-savvy, mobile devices can work too).  
  • We’ll have friendly folks from the Blanton on hand to help with researching artists and citing references!
  • Also, we’ll have food during the event—sandwiches, snacks, coffee and soft drinks—so no one will go hungry!

The details:

a map of the fine arts library at the university of texas

When: March 4th from noon to 4:30pm (come for the whole time or just drop by for a little while)
Where: Fine Arts Library (Address: Fine Arts Library, Austin, TX 78712)
Facebook event | Wikipedia Event Page
Twitter handles (AWIT and ASIS&T): @awit_ut  ; @asistUT
Hashtags for event: #artandfeminism #atxeditathon
Parent event: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/ArtAndFeminism
Learn more about Art+Feminism: http://art.plusfeminism.org

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