Women's Arts Practices editing event at Women's Art Library, Goldsmiths

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Women's Art Practices Wikipedia workshop at the Women's Art Library, Goldsmiths - In a nutshell

  • Where?: Special Collections, The Library, Rutherford Building, Goldsmiths University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW
  • When?: 8 March 2014, 11am-4pm
  • Point of contact: Toni Sant (toni.santatwikimedia.org.uk) for Wikimedia UK, or Althea Greenan A.Greenanatgold.ac.uk) for the Women's Art Library, Goldsmiths
  • Cost: Free
  • How do I sign up?: Eventbrite registration required
  • Photos from the event: here

About the event

Attendees at the editathon

The event will focus on editing pages related to women's arts practice, making use of resources available at the Women's Art Library, Goldsmiths.

How do I prepare?

Here are some notes prepared by the event organisers for this workshop...
  1. Before coming please create a Wikipedia account via this page. If a lot of people try to create new accounts at the same place it can trigger the wikipedia sockpuppet trap and lockout any new accounts from that IP address for the day so you might not be able to create an account on the day.
  2. If there is an artist you want to write about then email Althea (A.Greenanatgold.ac.uk) with the name so she can see if the Library can get the research materials ready ahead of time. Wikipedia has Category:Stub-Class Women artists articles which list hundreds of existing articles on women artists which need work.
  3. There are some online tutorials for editing wikipedia if you want to study before hand.
  4. WikiProject Women artists has some interesting resources and a list of other wikipedians interested in this.
  5. Bring a laptop if you have one. We will have a few laptops available on the day but not enough for everyone. iPads and other tablets are not ideal for new editors.
  6. Event will be in the 'Special Collections Room' in Goldsmiths Library, New Cross, entrance opposite the Marquis of Granby pub.
  7. Nearest bus stop 'Marquis of Granby'. Nearest stations 'New Cross' and 'New Cross Gate' (each about 10 minutes walk away). Both of these stations are on the Overground and on the mainline from London Bridge,
  8. A list of names will be left at the library reception. Walk all the way through the library. The Special Collections room is at the far end.
  9. Event will start at 11am.
  10. The first part of the event will be a training session led by a volunteer from Wikimedia UK.
  11. The training session will be followed by lunch provided by Goldsmiths.
  12. After lunch we will get started on editing Wikipedia articles. A number of experienced wikipedians will be available to help with any questions or problems.
  13. If you are an Artist who has a wikipedia article then we would ask you not to edit your own article however we would be very grateful if we can record a voice intro by you for your article and if you can help us find books and news articles about you and images of your work which other people can use to improve your Wikipedia article.


this is draft

  • 11:00-11:30 introductions and getting set up
  • 11:30-12:30 initial Wikipedia editing training for everyone
  • 12:30-13:00 break for lunch (?)
  • 13:00-16:00 creating articles with support from the Wikimedia UK trainers

Target articles

There has been no substantial discussion about session content except that the general subject area is women's art practices. This is something Joe could explore with Althea before the event.


to be created

to be improved


Background information:

  • About 20 trainees will be present for this event
  • The room has capacity of 25 in total, including trainers
  • There are power sockets for people to use
  • Attendees should be encouraged to bring their laptops but 2 laptops and 1 notebook from Goldsmiths can be on hand, and the room has a computer hooked up to the big lcd screen.
  • As for internet access within the university, Eduroam is available and Althea plans to provide wifi passwords for those who do not have access to Eduroam

The trainers who will be present on the day are:

  1. Leutha (talk)
  2. Filceolaire (this is actually walking distance from my house!)
  3. Thryduulf (talk: local | en.wp | en.wikt)
  4. Daria Cybulska (WMUK) (talk) - lead


A quote from the organiser:

The workshop was attended by a multi-generational cross-section of artists, students, lecturers, a trainee archivist and a musician, and all felt welcome into the conversation. I think that's not only because I invited them to the Women's Art Library to take a place at the table, but because, yes, I think Wikipedia is a good place to start redressing the balance. There is a very rich world of women's art practice that we are aware of but which should become part of our shared knowledge too.

Blog post: https://blog.wikimedia.org.uk/2014/04/improving-wikipedia-coverage-of-women-artists/