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Women. Wikipedia. Design.

Start Date: 08 Mar 2015 - 12:00PM

End Date: 08 Mar 2015 - 06:00PM


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ArchiteXX invites us all to help write into Wikipedia women designers, architects and all those involved in the creation of our built environment. It is seeking to create a global effort in order to have the most diverse and wide ranging selection of women written in on this day. With so many women to write about, the team at ArchiteXX hopes that this will be the beginning of an annual event.

Parlour, a site for active exchange and discussion that brings together research, informed opinion and resources on women, equity and architecture in Australia, is very keen to support this initiative. In particular, it encourages Parlour supporters to help add entries on Australian women in architecture and design.

What

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.

Why

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 puts 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.”

How

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 the team knows how many women will be written about, and who they are.

You may also want to read the advice from the Anita Borg Institute How to Edit Wikipedia: Lessons from a Female Contributor.

When

8 March, International Women’s Day

Where

Former Architecture Australia editor, Timothy Moore and his architecture office, SIBLING, are generously opening their doors for a Melbourne Wikiparty as part of the events. This provides a place for people to work together to increase the number of women in the built environment represented on Wikipedia.

SIBLING can provide the wikiparty Wi-Fi and coffee. Parlour has produced a spreadsheet to syncronise efforts on the day.

Seating options: you can choose to be desk-based indoors or sprawled outside in the adjacent park.

Everyone is welcome, but please let SIBLING know if you are coming via sister@siblingnation.net.

Location

SIBLING / 4 Wood Street, Fitzroy

www.siblingnation.net