Art+Feminism editathon in Japan 27 February 2024

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On 27 February 2024, I and User:Takenari Higuchi, a student of Nagoya University and a member of Student Wikipedian Community in Waseda University Tokyo held a small Art+Feminism editathon in the central library of Nagoya University, Japan.

Before the editathon

As a Wikimedian who loves classical music and is interested in closing the gender gap, I have long wanted to join the Art+Feminism movement, which encourages people to improve Wikipedia articles about female artists.

What made me to organize an event for the movement is friendship with Jessie Mi, a director of Wikimedia Taiwan and East Asia Regional Ambassador of Art+Feminism. After we became friends at Wikimania 2023 in Singapore, we have sometimes shared information about Wikimedia Movement on Telegram chat and wrote a blog article “What we have gained from Wikimedia” together. Such experiences broadened my eyes and motivated me a lot.

Then, I invited my friend User:Takenari Higuchi, who are also interested in closing gender gap, to organize a small event like Wikimedia Japan-Türkiye Friendship Editathon in Japan 13 October 2023. Only a few days after the decision, we implemented the plan!

Art+Feminism Logo (Ilotaha13, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Let’s edit…… after lunch!

We met at Nagoya Daigaku (University) station and went to a Chinese restaurant “牡丹亭 (Botan-tei)” near the university. While enjoying fabulous fried rice and ramen, we shared our interests in the Wikimedia movement. I think the charm of the offline editathon is that we can communicate directly with other Wikimedians and learn about different movements.

A Chinese restaurant 牡丹亭 (Botan-tei) (Eugene Ormandy, CC BY-SA 4.0)


Then, we went to the central library of Nagoya University and started the editathon! We looked around bookshelves, picked up some books, and edited articles at workspace in the library.

Central Library of Nagoya Universuty (Eugene Ormandy, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Articles, Comments, and Podcast!

At the editing event, I improved [[ヒルデ・ギューデン (Hilde Güden)]] and Takenari Higuchi created [[シャディア・マンスール (شادية منصو‎)]] and [[ソニータ (映画) – Sonita (film)]] on Japanese Wikipedia. We collected the results and added comments on a project page MetaWiki [[User:Eugene Ormandy/Art+Feminism editathon in Nagoya, Japan 27 February 2024]].

Eugene Ormandy

I’m very honored to join Art+Feminism movement. I would like to continue working to improve the gender gap on Wikimedia (of course also in the “real world”).–Eugene Ormandy (talk) 08:08, 27 February 2024 (UTC)

Takenari Higuchi

This is my first time I have participated in Art+Feminism and I have enjoyed the pleasure to improve Wikipedia through this editathon. —Takenari Higuchi (talk) 11:33, 27 February 2024 (UTC)

MetaWiki [[User:Eugene Ormandy/Art+Feminism editathon in Nagoya, Japan 27 February 2024]] 11:34, 27 February 2024 (UTC)

In addition, Takenari reported the event on a podcast “Citation Needed Wiki Stories Podcast(要出典なウィキ話).” In the podcast, Takenari introduced our conversations at the event, especially about notability.

Cover work of Citation Needed Wiki Stories Podcast (Takenari Higuchi, CC BY-SA 4.0)

After that, I made an archive on outreach dashboard and the website of Art+Feminism following Jessie’s advice.

As an organizer

I have organised more than 10 editathons, some of them large, in collaboration with various institutions such as the Japanese Embassy, ASEAN, universities and GLAMs. Of course I love those events and hope more and more people join Wikimedia Movement, but I also love small events like this time. We can easily host them and have deep discussions with participants. So if you are interested in editathons, why don’t you go to cafe or library with your friends? If there is even one edit at the tea time, it truly deserve “editathon”!

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