Culturally diversifying Wikipedia
The Khalili Collections/ Wikimedia UK partnership has been running since February 2020. That work is being placed under the umbrella of the Khalili Foundation, a charitable foundation that promotes inter-faith and inter-cultural understanding. This makes little practical difference to the work done on-wiki, which will still center on using image uploads and publications from the Khalili Collections to improve articles relating to Islam, Japanese art, and enamels. The slightly expanded scope allows for work that promotes cultural diversity on Wikipedia, beginning with visual art. This work can involve engaging with and advising other collections apart from the Khalili Collections.
A session proposal was accepted for the WikiArabia 2022 conference and so I will be attending the English stream of that conference in late October.
The bulk of the work this past month was in building project pages for a global visual arts task force; a kind of Women In Red for art and artists outside the Western canon. Using the list compiled by the Ahmed & Poulter research, I identified 129 biographies of visual artists from outside Western culture which were not tagged with WikiProject Visual Arts, and added them to the WikiProject.
There were no new articles or image uploads this month.
I have created a Wikidata query to track translations of articles from this project into other language versions of Wikipedia. This is easy to adapt for other projects: just change the list of Wikidata Q-numbers in the fourth line of the query.
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