Windsor Holds Art And Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Windsorites put their editing skills to the test Saturday as part of the Art and Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon.

This is the first time the city has taken part in the edit-a-thon.

The international event is designed to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia.

Managing Director of Windsor Hackforge, Sarah Morris, says she is hoping to expand the event in the future.

"Hackforge is very much invested in getting people engaged in technology and feeling empowered to contribute to technology and online communities. So it is a natural fit for us to have it here because having technology with art and research just makes a lot of sense to us."

University of Windsor Student, Adrienne Crossman, says events like these help to paint female artists in a more positive light.

"Well it feels very empowering to feel like we do have the tools to help shape the information that other people get when they research these artists and the projects they have been apart of. It felt very rewarding doing this work and then also showing other people that they can do it too and it is not as hard as they thought it might be."

Morris adds the event is an opportunity to teach people new computer skills as well.

"It can be very daunting to get started on Wikipedia. However, Hackforge is all about peer to peer learning so we are here to teach each other and show each other how to do it and it is very simple. So there is no reason why people can not become a part of it and put their knowledge and research skills to use."

Since 2014, over 280 Art and Feminism Edit-a-thons have taken place across the world, creating and editing an estimated 4,600 articles.