We are excited to share this guest post written by Kevin Payravi, President of Wikipedia Connection.
On March 3rd, the Research Commons hosted Wikipedia Connection’s second annual Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon. Wikipedia Connection, under the umbrella of the Ohio Wikimedians User Group, is an Ohio State student organization that hosts outreach events and help get Ohio State’s students and faculty involved with contributing to Wikipedia, the free global encyclopedia that contains millions of articles that anyone can edit.
Art+Feminism is a global campaign that occurs during Women’s History Month every year with the goal of expanding Wikipedia’s coverage of women in the arts. The vast majority of Wikipedia’s editors are men, and as a result, the encyclopedia lacks coverage of notable women and related topics. Initiatives like Art+Feminism work to help combat the gender gap. Over the years, the initiative has resulted in hundreds of edit-a-thons that occur in dozens of locations around the world in cities such as New York, Boston, London, Galway, Tel Aviv – and as of 2016, Columbus.
Undergraduates, graduates, and faculty editing Wikipedia in the Research Common’s flexible Brainstorming space.
It is expected that Art+Feminism events around the world will collectively attract thousands of volunteers through the month of March. This years’s Art+Feminism event at Ohio State attracted 34 participants who created 11 new articles and 5 new drafts, improved 24 existing articles, and added a total of over 10,700+ words.
The results of Wikipedia Connection’s 2017 Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon at Ohio State.
When it comes to Wikipedia, its millions of articles are primarily written by volunteers who spend time doing research and compiling information. For students, editing Wikipedia is a great way to improve their own research and writing skills, an activity that aligns well with the goal of the Research Commons.
In addition to Art+Feminism, Wikipedia Connection has hosted a variety of other events in the Research Commons over the past year, such as the group’s recent United Nations Day Edit-a-thon, as well as their weekly workshops. Kevin Payravi, President of Wikipedia Connection, comments, “As Wikipedia Connection continues to grow and engage Ohio State’s students and faculty, we’re delighted to have the Research Commons as our primary host and look forward to future events!”
To learn more about Wikipedia Connection, visit their website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Connection. If you are interested in keeping up to date on Wikipedia Connection’s activities and events, you may sign up for their newsletter here.