Scottish Women in Contemporary Art Wikifest and Editathon, Dundee 2014

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Scottish Women in Contemporary Art Wikifest and Editathon, Dundee 2014

Where? EduZone, University of Dundee Main Library (12:00-16:00) and Rm 400, Crawford Building (17:00-20:30)

When? Thursday 13 March, 12:00-16:00 and 17:00-21:00

Point of contact: Ally Crockford NLS Wikimedian in Residence, Sarah Cook, Reader and Fellow, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design

Twitter: @wikimediauk or #SWOW (Scottish Women on Wikipedia)

Cost: Free

How do I sign up? Register via our Eventbrite booking page.

About the event[edit | edit source]

Building on the incredible success of the international Art+Feminism Meetup event in February, the University of Dundee's Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design are excited to host a follow-up editathon and Wikifest as part of the Women who Shaped Scotland project. Organised by the National Library of Scotland and Wikimedia UK, the project consists of a series of editathons run during March 2014, aiming to improve Wikipedia's coverage of influential Scottish women in a variety of professions.

The Scottish Women in Contemporary Art event will look to add and improve information about Scottish women who have made a significant artistic impact in the UK and around the world. Graduates from the Duncan of Jordanstone college and affiliated artists are ideal subjects for contribution, but we encourage participants to focus on any Scottish women artists or artists who worked or studied in Scotland. Whether creating entirely new articles for women who have been overlooked thus far, or working on existing articles to make them better and more informative, any contribution is welcomed!

The day will be split into three parts. The first will be an informal drop-in training and information session for any students, faculty, staff, or members of the public who would like to learn more about Wikipedia and how to contribute. This will be followed by a formal round-table discussion on the relationship between artists, their work, and intellectual property rights in an increasingly open access digital world. Finally, all are welcome to join us in a tea-and-biscuit-fuelled editathon to put their newly acquired editing skills to work creating and improving articles about Scottish women who have left a lasting legacy in the artistic world.

How do I prepare?[edit | edit source]

Articles to edit[edit | edit source]

Norah Neilson Gray

A major list of articles that need improvement or missing articles focusing on women artists was compiled during the Art and Feminism meetup that took place on 1 February 2014. This list is expansive, and does not focus specifically on Scottish women artists. You may also find useful articles for creation in the WikiProject on Women artists. If you know of a woman or a topic specific to this event that you would like to focus on, please add below:

Programme[edit | edit source]

University of Dundee's EduZone - Main Library

  • 12:00 - 16:00 - Informal drop-in training and information session

Rm 400, Crawford Building

  • 17:00 - 18:00 - Round table discussion on Art and IPR in Open Access Digital Policy
Round table speakers:
  • Dr Ally Crockford (Wikimedian in Residence, National Library of Scotland)
  • Dr Sarah Cook (Dundee Fellow and Curator, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design)
  • Alan Bell (Records Manager and Information Compliance Officer, University of Dundee)
  • Dr Cornelia Sollfrank (Artist and Lecturer in Art and Media, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design)
  • 18:00 - 18:30 - Break: tea, coffee, drinks and nibbles provided
For those who are new to editing Wikipedia or who would appreciate the chance to brush up on their skills, there will also be a brief training session provided at this time
  • 18:30 - 20:30 - Editathon!
Ample refreshments will be provided during editing

Materials[edit | edit source]

WiFi access will be provided, but participants are asked to please bring their own laptops on the day. In addition to digital resources available through the University of Dundee, participants will have the option to register for access to the National Library of Scotland's licensed digital collections (all you need to sign up is a home address in Scotland!), which includes e-resources like JSTOR, Credo Reference, EBSCOHost e-book collection, and Europeana. In addition, a selection of relevant texts will be provided by the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design Library.

Attendees[edit | edit source]

Once you have signed up and created your Wikipedia account, why not add your username below? Don't worry about formatting if you aren't sure, we can help you on the day!

Trainers[edit | edit source]

Below is the list of trainers that will be present on the day.

  1. User:ACrockford
  2. User:Graeme Arnott

Outcomes[edit | edit source]

While participation in the drop-in session was low, the round-table discussion was very active and saw approximately 15 participants gather to discuss Intellectual Property Right and Art with relation to digital open access policies. Approximately 50% of the participants stayed for the following editathon, where 7 participants, some new and some existing contributors, created and improved several articles on women artists

The Women who Shaped Scotland

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This event is part of a series of editathons dedicated to improving the profile of influential Scottish women on Wikipedia. These events will run throughout March 2014 to coincide with International Women's Day and Women's History Month.
Scottish Women in Contemporary Art, Dundee (13 March) / Scottish Women in Computing, Edinburgh (21 March)