12 Nov 2018

Wikipedia Asian Month 2018

November 2018 is Wikipedia Asian Month. Wikipedia Asian Month is an annual online Wikipedia event held in November that aims to promote Asian content in different languages on Wikipedia. Each participating community runs a month-long online edit-a-thon every November at their local language Wikipedias and create new content or expand the old articles about Asia except their own country. Participation is not limited to Asian communities.

In Hong Kong, for example, Asia Art Archive is hosting an Edit-a-thon on Exhibition Histories in Asia on November 24 - the event is free and open to the public on registration.

Following up on March’s Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Women in Art in Asia, M+, West Kowloon Cultural District and Asia Art Archive present a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on exhibition histories in Asia. With the assistance of Wikimedia User Group Hong Kong, the event invites participants to discuss, create, share, and improve articles and information about exhibition histories in and about Asia on Wikipedia.

Aligned with Wikipedia Asian Month 2018, which addresses the under-representation of articles about Asia on Wikipedia, this event is part of an ongoing effort to contribute to discussions about the representation of art and visual culture in Asia on open source knowledge platforms. The edit-a-thon helps participants edit Wikipedia to improve its coverage of art exhibition histories in Asia.

The first iteration of the Wikipedia Asian Month began in 2015 and each year, the article counts and participating communities have diversified and expanded. In the past three years, over 20,500 high qualities articles have been added in more than 50 language Wikipedia by more than 2000 Wikipedia editors.

As a part of friendship and culture exchange of Wikipedia Asian Community, participants who create at least four articles receive a special Wikipedia Postcard from another participating community.

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