Graphic Impact Wikipedia Editathon
- Please book through Eventbrite
About the event
With 47 million articles in 229 different languages, Wikipedia is a well-established force for the democratisation of knowledge, and a key outreach tool, with one recent study showing that the encyclopedia shapes, as well as reflects, scientific thought. However, Wikipedia has a gender problem: the encyclopedia and its content is weighted toward men. In a 2011 survey, the Foundation found that only around 9% of contributors identified as female, and less than 1% as trans*. This imbalance in demographic leads to a content gap - as of 1 January 2018, just 17.37% of biographies on English Wikipedia were about women. It’s a form of systemic bias that both the Wikimedia Foundation and the Wikipedia community are working to fix.
This event marks the beginning of Glasgow Print Studio’s two year-long project, ‘Graphic Impact: Our Lives in Print’, which is funded by the William Grant Foundation. Glasgow Print Studio’s archive collection comprises prints and related material dating from the 1970s to the present day. We collect prints made by our members and by invited artists from Scotland and wider afield as well as supporting material and items relating to the history of the organisation, including exhibition posters and photographs.
The project focuses on the early days of Glasgow Print Studio (1972-1989). The collection includes a much smaller amount of material from this period, with little information on the founding members and their role in running the workshop and developing the Studio. Women had a key role in the workshop during this period and this project seeks to find out more about how women have been involved in shaping the organisation as it is today. For this wikipedia event, we have chosen a selection of biographical articles on female printmakers working in Scotland (who have work in the GPS collection), which need to be added to Wikipedia or improved. Through this event we hope to give more visibility to female printmakers, and create more interest in our collection. The event is held in partnership with the Glasgow School of Art, who are lending research resources to support the event.
How do I prepare?
- Create a Wikipedia account
- Bring a laptop (wi-fi will be provided)
- Learn about editing if you like: Tutorial, or Getting started on Wikipedia for more information
- Think about what you would like to edit - if there's a person or topic on the hit list that particularly catches your eye, feel free to do some research in advance & bring materials with you on the day.
- Learn about creating women's biographies: Primer for creating women’s biographies
- Learn more about good practice for writing about women on Wikipedia: Writing about women
- If you have created your account, please click here to enroll in the programme dashboard (this helps us track the worldwide impact of Art + Feminism) by clicking here.
Link to Wikiproject: Women in Red
- This Wikiproject links to some great resources. Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red/Meetup/00
- This event will be held in the Learning Zone, 2nd Floor, Glasgow Print Studio
Hit list of articles to be created or improved
Helpful updates could be as simple as:
- Making sure reference links are still appropriate and functional
- Adding new inline citations/references
- Adding a photo
- Adding an infobox
- Adding data to more fields in an existing infobox
- Creating headings
- Adding categories; etc.
The following is a small sample of topics to work on. Feel free to come up with your own ideas!
Articles to be created
- en:w:Jacki Parry – Printmaker, papermaker, former lecturer at GSA, GPS founding member
- en:w:Beth Fisher – Printmaker, artist, GPS founding member
- en:w:Elspeth Lamb – Printmaker, former lecturer at GSA and Edinburgh School of Art
- en:w:Sam Ainsley – Printmaker, artist, former lecturer at GSA
- en:w:June Carey - Printmaker
- en:w:Ashley Cook - Printmaker
- en:w:Moyna Flannigan – Artist, printmaker
- en:w:Margaret Hunter - Artist, printmaker
- en:w:Jo Ganter – Printmaker, lecturer at ESA, former GPS Chairperson
Articles to be improved
- en:w:Elizabeth Blackadder
- en:w:Kate Downie
- en:w:Ciara Phillips
- en:w:Bet Low
- en:w:Claire Barclay
- en:w:Christine Borland
- en:w:Eileen Cooper
- Wikipedia is a tertiary resource, which relies upon good quality secondary sources and some primary sources. Wikipedia is not a place for fringe theories, untested hypotheses, or personal interpretation.
- For more guidance on the use of sources, see this guide here.
- We will provide a variety of reference materials on the day.
- Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
- Shareable Images can be found through a Creative Commons search(which includes Google, Flickr & Wikicommons in its search).
- Scottish Bibliographies Online
- Histories of Scottish Families
- British Newspaper Archive Available in the Mitchell Library & NLS at Kelvin Hall
- Spartacus Educational is used as a source for history teachers
- Women's History Scotland Suffrage Learning resource
- Ancestry - Available in all Glasgow Libraries
- Find My Past - Available in the Mitchell Library & NLS at Kelvin Hall