(This was supposed to be an offline event. However, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, this event will be held online. Details below.)
Hello everyone! Just like last year, this year too we are supporting the #VisibleWikiWomen campaign run by the good folks at Whose Knowledge?. If you think our Internet should be diverse, then this event if for you.
What is it about?
It’s the #VisibleWikiWomen 2020 Campaign!
Women’s knowledge and contributions to the world are invisible in so many ways. When we look at women’s invisibility online, Wikipedia is a good proxy to explain why this is such a critical issue. Less than ¼ of Wikipedia biographies represent women. Many biographies of notable women don’t exist or are incomplete.
More often than not, women biographies don’t have images. We estimate that less than 20% of Wikipedia articles of important women have pictures. And, when women’s faces are missing from Wikipedia, that invisibility spreads. Half a billion people read Wikipedia every month, and it is the 5th most visited website in the world, so gaps in Wikipedia have a big impact on the broader internet. (Courtesy: Whose Knowledge?)
Co Media Lab and The Centre for Internet and Society are very happy to contribute to Whose Knowledge‘s Visible Women Wiki campaign- 2020.
Centre for Internet and Society, 194, 2nd C Cross Road, 2nd Stage, Domlur, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560071. Google Maps This is a remote event now.
14 March, 2020
What will we do during the editathon? (Info courtesy: Whose Knowledge)
Since this is a remote event, this is what you can do sitting at the comfortable confines of your home.
- Search for images of notable women who are (or must be) on Wikipedia.
- Select images that are in the public domain or have a free and open license.
- Upload them to the #VisibleWikiWomen campaign here: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Campaign:VisibleWikiWomen
What you need to have:
- A laptop (you can use your mobile phone too, but it’s less convenient).
- A user account on Wikipedia / Wikimedia Commons. Log in, or create an account.
- If you don’t know where to start, check out this list with the names of the women who don’t have an image on Wikipedia. Before you choose a name, please make sure to search on Wikimedia Commons if they have an image or not.
What you need to learn:
- How to find images on the internet for illustrating Wikipedia
- How to upload images to Wikimedia Commons
- Getting and giving consent for images on Wikipedia
- How to find images on the internet to illustrate Wikipedia
- Dos and Dont’s for adding images to Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia
- How to create drawing for Wikipedia
- How to ask for image donations
And don’t forget…
- Use the Upload Wizard and add the VisibleWikiWomen 2020 category to your uploads.
- Creative Commons licenses allowed: CC BY and CC BY-SA
- The image is usually in the public domain if the author of that creative work (the artist, photographer, etc) died more than 70 years ago.
- If you use Google Images refine your search results with this option : Tools > Usage rights > Labeled for reuse with modification
- If you search on Flickr refine your results with: Commercial use and mods allowed
- When you find a source with many free images, use it! Browse that image collection looking for other women who are missing on Wikipedia.
- Do you need to upload many Flickr images at once? Do it with this useful tool: Flickr2Commons.
If you have any doubts, please feel free to write to us at email@example.com or contact Whose Knowledge on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or email them at visiblewikiwomen[at]whoseknowledge[dot]org.
More information about the campaign: https://whoseknowledge.org/initiatives/visiblewikiwomen-2020/
Event details can be found here as well.