Why the arts need to fix Wikipedia

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Madeleine Dore

Artists, museums and audiences are shaping art history by learning how to contribute and edit the 'world-brain' and diversify Wikipedia.

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Image: Belinda Allen, Self-portrait/Manifesto, 1981, hand-coloured silver-gelatin print

Wikipedia has a diversity problem. ​The free online encyclopaedia containing almost five million articles but a disproportionate ​number are written by young, white men.  

Less than 13 per cent of Wikipedia’s contributors are women, leading to content that is inevitably skewed towards that which interests the demographic of the contributors.

About the author

Madeleine Dore is a freelance writer and founder of Extraordinary Routines, an interview project exploring the intersection between creativity and imperfection. She is the previous Deputy Editor at ArtsHub. Follow her on Twitter at @RoutineCurator