Women. Wikipedia.Design – Help Architexx rewrite history on International Women’s Day March 8, 2015 – join Women Wikipedia Design.
ArchiteXX invites us all to help write into Wikipedia women designers, architects and all those involved in the creation of our built environment. They are seeking to create a global effort in order to have the most diverse and wide ranging of women written in on this day. With so many women to write about, they hope that this will be the beginning of an annual event.
Women Wikipedia Design is a global call for people to contribute Wikipedia entries about women in architecture, urbanism, design and construction. It aims to address the bias and underrepresentation of women in these disciplines and in the collective canon of notable figures online.
Join us on March 8 to write in those whose work has impacted you.
Despina Stratigakos starts her excellent essay Unforgetting Women Architects by reminding us that ‘History is not a simple meritocracy: it is a narrative of the past written and revised — or not written at all — by people with agendas.” She ends with a call for positive action.
Contributing to Wikipedia … represents a real opportunity to provide … a more accurate perception of women’s participation in architecture.
There is also something very satisfying about writing a forgotten figure — a professional ancestor, maybe even a pioneer — into history. And as the long and rich history of women in architecture becomes more broadly known, it will become that much harder to ignore them, whether in the classroom, the museum, or on prize juries.
As Sue Gardner of Wikimedia put it, “Wikipedia will only contain ‘the sum of all human knowledge’ if its editors are as diverse as the population itself: you can help make that happen. And I can’t think of anything more important to do, than that.”
Architexx has created a help sheet including wiki entry protocol and citing criteria to help participants navigate the complexities of Wikipedia writing and editing. Download the Wikibomb_Instructions here.
Start by developing a list of women you would like to write in, collecting information and references you will be citing as well as any images to include.
Sign up to the Architexx list so they know how many women will be written about, and who.
You might also want to read the advice from the Anita Borg Institute How to Edit Wikipedia: Lessons from a Female Contributor.
8 March, International Women’s Day
You can contribute from anywhere, but you might also consider hosting a wiki writing party in your area. Let Architexx know if you are interested.
Please sign up via this link to participate
ARCHITEXX signup sheet, to help crowdsource possible subjects, references and resources, and to help avoid duplication.
Please take a few minutes to add your suggestions and to indicate if you are able to write yourself. Please also encourage your colleagues to participate.
If you are keen to write some entries, we recommend that you start researching and collecting material ahead of time, so that you are all set to go with it before March 8.
We also advise you to each take on a small number of entries – writing Wikipedia entries involves time and effort, so it is better to do a couple well. And if lots of people do one or two we can make a real difference.
If you would like to self-organise a Wikipedia writing ‘party’ in your area please do!