“Amplifying Appalachia'' Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, an effort to boost the stories and figures of under-represented Appalachian artists, writers and other creators, particularly women, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals, is open to all and will run virtually March 1-5.
Participants can contribute whenever it is convenient for them and prior Wiki experience is not necessary.
Wikipedia Edit-a-thons are events where people come together, virtually or in person, to edit and create Wikipedia entries. They often tackle particular themes or topics, but most are focused on:
increasing the diversity of people editing entries on the site.
developing pages about lesser-known and discussed topics.
promoting wider understanding of how Wikipedia works and encouraging students, faculty, and community members alike to contribute their expertise in real-world writing scenarios.
A 2011 Wikimedia Foundation survey found that fewer than 10% of Wikipedia editors identify as women, and less than 1% as transgender and this discrepancy undoubtedly shapes the content we find on Wikipedia. For example, only 17% of all biographical articles on Wikipedia focus on women. Edit-a-thons, therefore, are a critical response to gaps in Wikipedia’s coverage.