‘Changing the historic lack of women’s representation on Wikipedia’ is the titled of two Art+Feminism workshops to be held on Friday, March 8, from 3.30 to 6.30pm and on Saturday, March 9, from 10am to 4pm, at Space A, St James Cavalier, Valletta, to coincide with International Women’s Day,
Womens’ histories on Wikipedia are dramatically under-represented, which the Art+Feminism Wiki Edit-a-thon is working to remedy. It aims to bring together people who are interested in learning how to edit Wikipedia to create new articles and improve existing content about women artists in Malta and their works.
Social media is another tool to amplify the online presence for women artists, which also leads to an amplified Wikipedia presence. Pinterest is the most overlooked social media tool, but is incredibly useful, as are Facebook artist pages, Twitter, Instagram, and academic versions of social media. All of these tools help create content that can be sourced for Wikipedia pages, which require citations.
This hands-on workshop will be led by Toni Sant and US Fulbright scholar and historian Tracy Prince, a research professor at Portland State University’s American Indian Teacher Programme. In her talk, Prince will focus on publishing with both academic and trade publishers for books, journals, and encyclopedic entries, and amplifying those publications on academic versions of social media.
The workshop will also feature research presentations by Nadette Xuereb (Suor Maria de Dominici), Caroline Tonna (Adelaide Conroy), and Letta Shtohryn and Andrew Pace (Early Women Photographers in Malta). It is being held in association with Wikimedia Community Malta, the M3P Foundation, the Gabriel Caruana Foundation, and the US Embassy Valletta.
The workshop will be held on Friday from 3.30 to 6.30pm and on Saturday from 10am to 4pm, at Space A, St James Cavalier, Valletta,
To register, fill in the form at the link below. Participants are asked to bring a laptop computer or tablet device with them. The workshop is part of the international Art+Feminism project.