Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon Adds 6,500 Female Artists to Online Encyclopedia
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NEW YORK–The fourth annual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon added or improved over 6,500 entries about female artists in the online encyclopedia, reportsArtnet’s Sarah Cascone. More than 175 Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon events were held around the world over the course of March 2017 drawing 2,500 participants in total. Art+Feminism, which organized the event and other initiatives to improve the records of women in the arts on Wikipedia and to encourage more women to become Wikipedia editors, reported that 2017’s efforts almost doubled the number of articles created or improved in 2016.
Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thons were established after a 2011 Wikimedia Foundation internal survey found that less than ten percent of its editors identified as female. A 2013 New York Times article by Amanda Filipacchi reported that female authors had been reclassified from “American Novelists” to a subcategory “American Women Novelists.”
Organizers Siân Evans, Jacqueline Mabey, McKensie Mack, and Michael Mandiberg said in a statement, “We were heartened by the response to our call to arms to fight against disinformation and fake new with facts. We continue to be inspired by all the dedicated folks who make room in their busy schedules to share skills and improve a collectively held resource like Wikipedia.” Edit-a-Thon events took place at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Californian College of Arts, San Francisco, as well as internationally at the Impact Hub, Accra and the Archives nationales, Paris among dozens of other locations worldwide.