Friday, March, 7th, 2014
A unique attempt to encourage more women to become regular contributors to Wikipedia, the world’s largest encyclopedia, and to research and write Wikipedia entries on Hong Kong’s women artists will take place on International Women’s Day this weekend at the School of Creative Media (SCM) at City University of Hong Kong (CityU).
The Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, to be held on 8 March at CityU, and most likely the first in Asia with such a strong feminist perspective, is geared towards ensuring Hong Kong’s art history is better represented on Wikipedia by considering not only great female artists from Hong Kong from an art history perspective, but also the meaning of having information accessible through one of the largest online knowledge bases today.
“This event celebrates International Women’s Day by generating as many new Wikipedia pages on local female artists as possible,” said one of the organisers, Dr Charlotte Frost, Visiting Assistant Professor in the SCM. “With a high gender disparity on Wikipedia—recent statistics suggest only 14% of Wikipedia contributors are women— women’s history is under-represented.”
Beginners and experienced Wikipedia contributors are welcomed alike as computers and basic Wikipedia editing guides, computers and refreshments will be provided.
The event is titled “Women, Art and Wikipedia” and is part of a Dr Frost’s project, “Arts Future Projects,” which is supported by a CityU teaching start-up grant.
What: “Women, Art, and Wikipedia”
When: Saturday, March 8, 2014, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Audio Lab (Rm M6052), 6/F, School of Creative Media, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, City University of Hong Kong.
Interested media should RSVP to ArtsFutureProjects@gmail.com. Photographers and film crews must contact the office in advance to make arrangements.