(Photo: Eyebeam Gallery)
The Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon is being held this Saturday to reverse a worrisome trend on Wikipedia: only about 13 per cent of the crowdsource website's current group of editors is female — and, according to the organizers of the event, that inequality has led to numerous missing entries on notable women and a general lack of thoroughness in existing entries on female subjects.
The event's organizers at the Eyebeam Gallery in New York believe that the only way to fix this is to take action on the site directly. On the event's website, they write: "We can cry to the heavens all we want, denouncing this as pure shittiness through and through, but that won’t fix anything; we need a more diverse crew of Wikipedians."
The event is being held at the Eyebeam and 17 other locations around the world, including five places in Canada: Halifax, Banff, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto.
In most cases, the events are being held in galleries or libraries where resources exist to help cite facts in entries. People are encouraged to come with laptops and work collaboratively to add or change entries related to art, feminism, gender studies and LGBTQ issues.
“The aim of the Edit-A-Thon is to get women and men involved," says Eleanor King, co-cordinator of the Halifax event, "and to sort of level out that playing field a little bit.”
Via The Coast