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Attention Collectors: Wikimedia Commons Needs You

May 15, 2024
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM


Archives, special collections, and individuals who collect primary sources typically aren’t rushing to upload their materials on Wikimedia Commons, but we argue that they absolutely should. This virtual event brings together The Feminist Institute and Art+Feminism to discuss how everybody wins when primary sources are uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.

The Feminist Institute documents feminist contributions to culture by preserving and digitizing archival materials. A postcustodial archive, all the materials digitized by TFI are publically accessible through its digital archive. The Feminist Institute will illustrate the importance of open access practices in archives of making by highlighting their work with Dindga McCannon, a feminist fiber artist, muralist, teacher, illustrator, and co-founder of the collective Where We At, Black Women Artists.

Following the presentation, A+F regional ambassador Alison Baitz will lead a brief training on uploading primary sources (and other materials) to Wikimedia Commons. The presentation will cover both the philosophical and technical aspects of uploading. We’ll consider questions like: What does contributing to the Commons mean? How is this part of information activism? Participants will have the opportunity, and are encouraged, to upload their own materials. Primary source materials, courtesy of Dindga McCannon, will also be provided.