February 22, 2018

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at Stanford Libraries aims to improve coverage of female artists online

Stanford, CA-- Less than 10% of Wikipedia contributors identify as women, according to a 2011 survey conducted by the Wikimedia Foundation.  It is suggested that the lack of inclusive participation has led to an alarming gap of content in the world’s most popular online research tool.

The Bowes Art and Architecture Library will host an Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Thursday, March 8, 2017, which is also International Women’s Day.  This is the second year Bowes Library has hosted the event. Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to drop in anytime between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to participate. 

“Wikipedia’s editing standards encourage strong research-based citations,” said Vanessa Kam, head of the Bowe’s Art & Architecture Library.  “We are surrounded by reference material; it makes sense for this event to be hosted in the library where verifiable sources are within reach.”

Stanford Libraries hopes to attract a diverse group of editors throughout the day. “This event is open to anyone who wants to make a real and immediate difference,” said Kam.  The edit-a-thon will include tutorials for people who have never edited Wikipedia, as well as ongoing editing support, reference materials, and computers, although individuals with laptops are encouraged to bring their own device. People of all gender identities and expressions are invited to participate.

Since 2014, Art+Feminism edit-a-thons have taken place across the world, creating and improving over 11,000 articles.  

“We have collections and reference material of amazing artists, including many from the Bay Area, like Rosy Keyser, Bessma Khalaf, and Brie Ruais,” said Kam.  “The edit-a-thon allows the Libraries to connect our materials to the growing body of content online, and thus improve the presence of art and female artists on a popular reference site.”

The Bowes Art & Architecture Library is located at 355 Roth Way, Room 201, on the Stanford campus. Additional information about the Art + Feminism Edit-a-thon can be found at http://bit.ly/art-fem-wiki-edit.

2017 Art+Feminism event hosted by Stanford Libraries