Free and open to the public.
SFMOMA is delighted to host another edition of Art+Feminism’s ever-essential Wikipedia edit-a-thons, this time as a virtual gathering. Join us online for an evening of collaborative Wikipedia updating focused on entries related to gender, art, and feminism.
To help get this research party started, SFMOMA staff will provide a sampling of suggested topics and artists whose entries you might create, augment, or update — including various artists from the upcoming SFMOMA exhibition Nobody’s Darling. We will be joined by an experienced Wikipedia editor, who will begin our program with a platform tutorial. (Note: The editor will remain available throughout the four-hour session to answer questions. Drop-in attendance is welcome.)
People of all gender identities and expressions are invited to participate. Please create a Wikipedia account before the event; you can learn how to do that here.
We will be honoring Art+Feminism’s Safe Space/Brave Space policy. Please review the policy before attending.
Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well documented. In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than ten percent of its contributors identify as female. Further, data analysis tools and computational linguistics studies have concluded that Wikipedia has fewer and less extensive articles on women; those same tools have shown gender biases in biographical articles.
This is a problem. When cis and trans women, non-binary people, people of color, and Indigenous communities are not represented in the writing and editing on the tenth-most-visited site in the world, information gets skewed and misrepresented. The stories get mistold. We lose out on real history. That’s why Art+Feminism is here: to change it.
Since 2014, over 18,000 people at more than 1,260 affiliate events around the world have participated in edit-a-thons, resulting in the creation and improvement of more than 84,000 articles on Wikipedia and its sister projects.