WMF is planning a hackathon in Pune, India, in Feb. 2012, to coincide
with the GNUnify Conference - Feb 10-12. " A Wikimedia hackathon is a
chance to learn how to develop using MediaWiki, Phonegap, and our other
technologies, and to work alongside experts. Software engineers,
designers, and translators are welcome."
The goal is to have a healthy group of women representing, so spread the
word to your Indian colleagues (and the male colleagues too =) ) ! It's
also being coordinated by Alolita (with help from Sumana!!)
Please visit https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Pune_Hackathon_Feb_2012 for
Don't live in India or don't have a chance to attend that Hackathon?
There is also a Hackathon in San Francisco in January:
Which has an event page so sexy that I wish I could attend and I'm
better at breaking things than fixing them!
I've been fiddling with the article and content for Judy Chicago's /The
Dinner Party/ and as I've mentioned, I've wanted to clean up the list
for the 999 mythical figures and women listed on the tiles underneath
the table (called the /Heritage Floor/). I double checked the list
(which was short) and Kaldari developed a really lovely table for it.
Which we've both started to fill out a bit.
Quoting from Kaldari on WP:Feminism talk page:
" There are 999 women in the table, so it's a lot of data to add. If
you're more of a prose-writer than a table-filler, we could also use
help making sure that all of the women have decent articles, or just
articles period. "
We look forward to seeing the table fleshed out and the articles as
well. Thanks for your interest, and please spread the word!
[[User:Slowking4]] shared this link with me in #gendergap-l. It did get
me a bit emotional, and I think it's inspiring and worth watching.
It is a TED talk, so it has a number of languages available.
It's by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook. She talks about statistics
related to women in organizations and leadership (coincides with
Wikipedia data, actually), women and families, as well.
Her three points:
* sit at the table
* make your partner, really your partner (One of the best pieces of
advice I ever received was "Make sure your partner is a feminist,"
from a female director of a GLAM, and this reminded me of that.)
* don't leave before you leave
She does talk about being a mother, and while I am childless by choice,
I think it's really important to hear the voices of mother's and women
in the workplace, and how they feel gender equality plays a role in
motherhood and a professional life. I found it inspiring, and perhaps
you will too.
While starting my "trip" into /The Dinner Party/, I came across the sad
article for British women's rights activist Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence.
While there are many women in the installation who have poor or no
articles, this article struck me as rather, well, mucked up (if you will).
Perhaps someone feels like learning a bit about her and taking a go at
it =) Right now it's just a sad stub and features a pile of see also's
and a list of links to organizations she might have been involved in.
Thanks to whomever takes on the task =)
Sarah Stierch Consulting
Historical, cultural, new media & artistic research & advising.
The article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dinner_Party - which is about
the artwork by feminist artist and writer Judy Chicago, has some issues.
The issues lie in the "lists" that cover all the women featured in the
I'm in the process of a research project about the piece and the
controversy of the exhibition (...gotta get that master's) and I'm going to
start rewriting Chicago's biography while on winter break.
While I am very busy right now, I am seeking volunteers who might have
interest in evaluating how the list of women on *Dinner Party* article can
be better developed. Perhaps a separate page called "Women represented in
The Dinner Party" or a chart that is placed on the artworks own page. But,
as you can see, this list is rather poor and not the most pleasant on the
I'd prefer people to take action, over just sharing ideas with me right now
(sorry to be bossy, but, I trust *you!)*. So BE BOLD and let's make that
list as wonderful and visually appealing as the artwork itself!
Anyone who can lend a hand will receive the Archives of American Art
Barnstar (since Judy Chicago is represented in the archives collection,
where I served as Wikipedian in Residence)!
Thank you gender-gap comrades,
Sarah Stierch Consulting
*Historical, cultural & artistic research & advising.*
If people from outside Australia are considering attending but one event
seems hard to justify,
is the next weekend. :) TThe event traditionally
attracts a large number of female participants and this past year, we had
two or three people from local GLAMs attending. :)
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From: Mary Gardiner <mary(a)adainitiative.org>
Date: Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 12:42 PM
Subject: [Wikimediaau-l] AdaCamp Melbourne (Jan 14): apply today!
Dear Wikimedia Australia community,
The Ada Initiative (http://adainitiative.org/) is a new non-profit
supporting women in open technology and culture, including wiki
culture, open knowledge and free culture.
If you're interested in working to improve women's participation in
these areas, you might be interested in coming along to our very first
AdaCamp, a one day summit for people wanting to work actively on
women's participation! Wikimedia Australia has come on board as one of
our top tier sponsors, and we'd love to work more with your community.
If you know of anyone else who you think would be interested in
attending AdaCamp Melbourne, please share this email with them!
== About AdaCamp ==
One of the major goals of the Ada Initiative is to organize a series of
meetings of women in open technology and culture around the world, which
** Our very first AdaCamp will be held in Melbourne Australia on Saturday
January 14 2012. **
== Apply now ==
AdaCamp attendance will be by invitation: if you would like us to consider
please apply. Applications are now open: apply to attend AdaCamp.
Applications are open at
** Applications will close Wednesday December 14 2011. **
Some travel grants of up to AUD 500 are available.
== More information ==
AdaCamp will have an exciting, inspiring mix of people from various parts of
the “open technology and culture” world, each of whom brings something
to the event. We’re looking for people who:
- work in open technology and culture: any field involving
open/grassroots/community participation and sharing the results of your
for free (see our list of open technology and culture fields for examples)
- can share information about women’s experiences in that field, including
talking about women’s achievements and the challenges they face
- want to work together and share strategies to support and promote women
- share the Ada Initiative’s feminist approach to supporting and promoting
women in open technology and culture
- are young and old; students, professionals and hobbyists; from a diverse
range of backgrounds; and reflect the breadth of the “open technology and
AdaCamp is open to people of all genders. However, since AdaCamp and the Ada
Initiative exist to support and promote women in open technology and
prospective attendees who are not themselves women will need to demonstrate
very high level of prior engagement and experience with the issues faced by
women in those fields in order to be invited.
Find out more about AdaCamp at the event webpage.
== About the Ada Initiative ==
The Ada Initiative is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing
participation of women in open technology and culture, which includes open
source software, Wikipedia and other open data, and open social media.
Co-founders Mary Gardiner and Valerie Aurora each have ten years of
in open source software, open culture communities, and women in computing
activism. For more on our mission and strategy, see what we do:
== Contact us ==
If you have further questions, please review the event webpage or email
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