_MYTH-O-PEDIA - Edit-a-thon: to improve coverage of women working with technology and the arts on Wikipedia_
(a critical expansion of the recent Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thons)
This event invites you to address this absence in an all-day, communal updating of Wikipedias entries on contemporary art and feminism.
There are tutorials for the beginner Wikipedia entrant, digital and print materials to reference, below. Light refreshments provided but do BYO water and decent coffee if you are picky.
Attendees are encouraged to edit any entry of interest related to art, feminism, gender studies. All are welcome: women, woman-identified, queer, and their comrades.
+ Adding feminist contribution to already existing content on Wikipedia
+ Creating and expanding articles on women who played and are playing important roles in history and current events
+ Making Wikipedia readers and editors more aware of the systemic gender bias inherent in the encyclopedias structure
+ Encouraging feminists, artists, academics, and activists to contribute to Wikipedia and help revolutionise its culture
+ Participating and critiquing in Wikipedias processes
By adding articles and information to Wikipedia about women and feminist scholarship, we are making certain women and their contributions to culture are remembered and acknowledged in the digital landscape. By becoming contributors to Wikipedia, we are helping change the demographics of Wikipedia editor-base in order to create a more equitable, inviting space. Saying that this project is called _Myth-o-pedia_ and is a derivative of _Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon_ because even though 'anyone can edit' is still true, Wikipedia is a rather rule-bound system, so knowing the rules is important, even and perhaps especially if one disagrees with the rules and wants to challenge them. This applies to both the technical rules and the sociocultural rules of engagement within the community.
Wikipedia is one of the world's most used sources of knowledge, but also one of the most criticized. There is a paradox in the way Wikipedia presents its articles that intrigued me in creating this event under the name _Myth_o_Pedia_. On the one side Wikipedia wants its users to be aware of how older articles tend to be more comprehensive and balanced, while newer articles more frequently contain significant misinformation, unencyclopedic content, or vandalism. With this awareness they can obtain valid information and avoid misinformation that has been recently added and not yet removed. On the other side, the way Wikipedia presents its articles now cannot create such an awareness.
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 Wikipedias talk pages. The practical effect of this disparity, however, is not. Content is skewed by the lack of female participation. Many articles on notable women in history and art are absent on Wikipedia. This represents an alarming aporia in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION BEFORE GETTING STARTED
1. create your own Wikipedia account; see the top right hand corner of this link ->
2. Read this useful article with three bullet points that get you start writing ->
3. Do you want to know even more? (best to watch before joining in)
This one hour-long video introduces new editors to the core principles and techniques of editing Wikipedia:
Wikipedia and the Politics of Open Knowledge
06 November 2014 - 10:00 - 17:00 AEST Australian Eastern Standard Time UTC + 10 hours - till 4pm
in person : Gallery 146 Arts Tasmania Elizabeth Street Hobart Tas 7000 | remote tune in : irc.indymedia.org #/etc
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To register for the workshop please email missdespoinas [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line MYTH-O-PEDIA.
BYO your own computer, bottle of water and read all the information below
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