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Women's History Month and The Met has two Wikimedians in the house
Smithsonian Votes for Women Edit-a-thon
The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and Wikimedia DC held a meetup Votes for Women edit-a-thon with Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery to update articles related to the history of women's suffrage in the United States. This was produced in connection with an exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery: "Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence" which outlines the women's movement to "obtain the right to vote as part of the larger struggle for equality." It was a lively kickoff event for a series of meetups focused on the Smithsonian's American Women's History Initiative (AWHI) organized by the Smithsonian Institute's Open Knowledge Coordinator, Kelly Doyle.
Kate Lemay, curator for the exhibit, spoke to attendees about the history of women in suffrage in the United States and women who need to be written back into history. The NPG is in the process of adding more than 240 images from the exhibit to Wikimedia Commons. Some of these images were added to articles at the event as part of the Whose Knowledge? #VisibleWikiWomen challenge.
One example of this is the replacement of the low resolution lead photograph of the Sojourner Truth article, to the high resolution image from the NPG. The meetup hosted Smithsonian employees, Wikimedia District of Columbia members, and a number of brand new Wikimedians (even a mother/daughter team). Among the special guests were the Wikimedia Foundation's chief community officer Valerie D'Costa who made her first-ever edit to Wikipedia at her first edit-a-thon.
Metropolitan Museum of Art's new Wikimedia Strategist: Andrew Lih
In March, Andrew Lih (User:Fuzheado) joined The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as their Wikimedia Strategist and will complement the continuing work of The Met's Wikimedian in Residence, Richard Knipel (User:Pharos). Among the projects Andrew and Richard will focus on are the creation of systematic workflows for Wikidata and Commons contributions from the Met's collections to Wikimedia, and to provide a useful best practices toolkit for cultural institutions with open access initiatives. They are also leading The Met's work in conjunction with the Wikimedia Foundation's Structured Data on Commons team for a pilot project related to the launch of depiction properties for artworks. Andrew will be working remotely while based in Washington, D.C.
As previously reported, Andrew has worked with The Met to pioneer work in artificial intelligence and image classification for artworks, which has contributed thousands of artwork depiction statements added to Wikidata via the Wikidata Distributed Game. He has detailed the project in a blog post at The Met - Combining AI and Human Judgment to Build Knowledge about Art on a Global Scale (March 4, 2019). He will be continuing work in this area of combining the best of machine learning and humans in the loop for metadata creation.
In April 2018, the Met's chief digital officer Loic Tallon and the Wikimedia Foundation's Katherine Maher celebrated a year of open access at The Met by posing the question: how might we formalize Wikimedians as permanent members of a cultural institution's staff in an accessible and sustainable manner? (Wikimedia and The Met: A Shared Digital Vision, April 19, 2018)
A year later, The Met has answered that challenge and more. With two Wikimedians working with their full-time curators and collections managers The Met is not only contributing the museum's existing content, but investigating forward-looking projects in machine learning and linked open data for the benefit of Wikimedia's content and contributing to the world's knowledge base.
Black Lunch Table and Art + Feminism
Black Lunch Table and MoMA held a meetup, Black Lunch Table/ArtFem NY 2019 with a photobooth of artists, Black Lunch Table at MoMA 2019 AF.
Art + Feminism, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art Library and Science History Institute held a meetup, Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon with the poet laureate of Philadelphia, Raquel Salas Rivera.
Berkeley Center for New Media - Art + Feminism Edit-A-Thon
Berkeley Center for New Media held a meetup, . There was coverage in the Wikimedia Foundation blog
Vancouver ArtAndFeminism 2019
Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and Belkin Art Gallery held a meetup, Vancouver ArtAndFeminism 2019
Art+Feminism - Minneapolis Institute of Art
Minneapolis Institute of Art held a meetup, Minneapolis - Art+Feminism - Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia)
Herstory of Deaf Women Workshop
Gallaudet University and Wikimedia DC held a meetup, Herstory of Deaf Women Wikipedia Editing Workshop
Women in Natural History workshop
The National Museum of Natural History Library, Biodiversity Heritage Library, and Wikimedia D.C. held a meetup, Women in Natural History Wikipedia Editing Workshop. The livestream is archived here.
Celebrating Influential Latinas
Hispanic Reading Room at the Library of Congress and Wikimedia DC held a meetup, Celebrating Influential Latinas: A Library of Congress Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. Highlights of the Hispanic Reading Room include the Portinari murals, by Brazilian muralist Cândido Portinari, and on the wall behind the participants, a Salvador Martínez Báez portrait of former Mexican president Benito Juárez, known for the quotation, "El respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz." (Respect for the rights of others is peace.)
National Museum of Women in the Arts & Art+Feminism 2019
The National Museum of Women in the Arts and Wikimedia DC held a meetup, National Museum of Women in the Arts: Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon 2019
Women Scientists Boulder March Wiki-thon
Boulder Public Library and Wikimedians of Colorado User Group, held a meetup, Boulder/Wikipedia Day 2019, a dashboard is here
Women in Art in Asia
Asia Art Archive in America, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs of the New York Public Library and Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong, held a Art+Feminism meetup, Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon, a dashboard is here
Art & Community
College of Architecture, Art, Planning, Cornell University held a meetup, Art And Community.
LMU Library Edit-a-thon
Loyola Marymount University William H. Hannon Library held a meetup. LMU Library Edit-a-thon 2019
Diverse Young Adult Authors
The University of Maryland iSchool and Wikimedia DC held a workshop University of Maryland iSchool Diverse Young Adult Authors Wikipedia Editing Workshop.