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Join the 2022 ‘Amplifying Appalachia’ Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

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WVU Libraries will host its “Amplifying Appalachia” Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, an effort to amplify the stories and figures of under-represented Appalachian artists, writersVand other creators, particularly women, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals.

“Amplifying Appalachia” is open to all and  will run virtually from March 21-25. Participants can contribute whenever it is convenient for them. 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:

1) increasing the diversity of people editing entries on the site

2) developing pages about lesser-known or discussed topics

3) 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 less than 10% of Wikipedia editors identify as women, and less than one percent as transgender; 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.

For questions or interest in participating or incorporating the Edit-a-thon into courses, contact or