UofL to host ‘Edit-a-thon’ to combat gender bias in Wikipedia

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Based on a 2010 survey, females comprise fewer than 13 percent of Wikipedia editors. The resulting gender bias has caused a dearth of articles on female art.

    The public is invited to help shift that imbalance at the Louisville Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon hosted by the University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute and Bridwell Art Library March 19 from 1-5 p.m.

    The Louisville Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon is part of a global, grassroots movement spearheaded by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. This Louisville Edit-a-thon is unique in that it will be in Hite’s Schneider galleries, where the “International Honor Quilt” is on display Feb. 1-March 19. The quilt is a collaborative, feminist artwork by Judy Chicago that was recently gifted to UofL.

    “The ‘International Honor Quilt’ is an example of socially engaged art,” said Margaret Leininger, UofL fiber arts professor and quilt director. “Socially engaged art is in itself a feminist practice that encourages community participation, social action and equality and justice for all.”

    Attendees are invited to contribute to a new article that will be collectively written about the quilt. Wikipedia editing experience or a background in art history isn’t necessary; training will be provided for those interested. Attendees should bring a laptop, tablet or smartphone, a power cord for the device and set up a Wikipedia account in advance to save time. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

    “Wikipedia was originally viewed with skepticism by many librarians and professors,” said Sarah Carter, Bridwell Art Library Director. “However, many scholars now accept that information is contextual, and that an online, collaborative encyclopedia is an appropriate authority in certain circumstances.”

    For more information, contact Sarah Carter, director of Bridwell Art Library, at Art.fem.uofl@gmail.com or 502-852-6741.

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    Niki King
    Niki King Jones is positive she has the best job at the University of Louisville, serving the communication needs of the departments of fine arts and theatre, the School of Music, University Libraries and Alumni – all the fun, creative stuff. Before coming to UofL in 2015, Niki held communication positions in both private and nonprofit sectors in Louisville, Ky., including at Heaven Hill Distilleries and the Jewish Community of Louisville. For 10 years prior, she was a reporter at various newspapers across the country, most recently The Courier-Journal. Niki graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in journalism and has a masters degree in community and leadership development from the University of Kentucky.