Sweet Briar is hosting an Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, in the top floor of the new wing of Cochran Library.
A what, you say? You can find a detailed description and links to more information on Wikipedia here, but the general idea is that Kimberly Morse Jones and the students in her Seminar on Women Artists invite anyone who is interested to join them in an international campaign to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia.
Morse Jones, who teaches art history at Sweet Briar, recently became aware of the project in which librarians, academics, curators and anyone they could recruit planned to come together at the Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in New York for an art-themed “edit sprint” on Wikipedia. Held Feb. 1, the initial New York meet-up spawned 30 satellite events around the world and resulted in more than 100 new articles on Wikipedia and improvements to many others. It has grown from there, with more groups organizing similar events.
“I thought it would be a great project for the class,” Morse Jones says. “The students are excited about it.”
Sweet Briar’s event is registered on Wikipedia. They will use the library’s resources and focus on women artists whose work is owned by the College.
Morse Jones stresses that anyone is welcome, including men.
“The more the merrier!” she says, adding that there will be refreshments to keep everyone focused.
Attendees should bring their own laptops and power cords. No experience editing on Wikipedia is necessary. Tutoring will be provided, but online training is available for those who want to check it out in advance.