Dec. 13th is the Final AfroCROWD Wikipedia edit-a-thon of 2015. Join us all day (1-5pm) at the Brooklyn Library for this Year-End Event!

 It´s been a great year at AfroCROWD. Thank you for sharing it with us!  Join us for our 2015 Year-End Wikipedia edit-a-thon, December 13th, 1-5pm at the the Brooklyn Public Library as we close out and celebrate the year. Free light refreshments all day. Feel free to bring friends. It´s a great time to connect with new Wikipedians and old. The focus topic this session is Black film and film makers.

AfroCROWD to be featured in Crowd Consortium

Crowd Consortiumhttp://www.crowdconsortium.org/afrocrowd-brings-a-diversity-of-voices-to-wikipedia/

Afrocrowd is a new initiative which seeks to increase the number of people of African Descent who actively partake in the Wikimedia and free knowledge, culture and software movements.

Above, Executive Director Alice Backer explains why diversity is so important in crowdsourcing initiatives in this advance look at our interview.

Stay tuned until next week when we release the full interview.......

Announcing Black Film Makers Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 12/13 at Brooklyn Public Library

Sunday, Decembe13th, 1-5pm, at the Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Paza, Brooklyn, NY whether producers, directors, or other talent in-front-of and behind the scenes, this Wikipedia edit-a-thon will put the spotlight on people of African decent who have made not

Basquiat: Still Fly @ 55 and other Notable Black Artists Edit-a-thon at MoMA Nov. 10th, 2015

Who are the names behind these masterpieces of Afro-Art? Do you have a favorite black artist you wish the world knew more about? Do you want to learn more about black artists like Basquiat who have revolutionized art history? 

Join AfroCROWD, Basquiat: Still Fly @ 55 and the Black Lunch Table this Tuesday, November 10th, 6-8:30 pm at the MoMA, NYC for our Wikipedia edit-a-thon where we will explore and tell the world about Notable Black Artists and their tremendous contribution to the world of art. 

>>RSVP<< today!

 

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AfroCROWD Women of the Africa Diaspora Themed BPL Edit-a-thon "Powerful"

HIGHLIGHTS FROM AFROCROWD/DAWN AFRICAN DIASPORA WOMEN EDITATHON 10/25 at BPL 
Embedded image permalink Embedded image permalinkEmbedded image permalink After creating his first Wikipedia article at Sunday's AfroCROWD / DAWN Wikipedia Edit-a-tion, a newly minted Wikipedian exclaimed, this is powerful! I can edit the world! The "powerful" event attracted participants of all ages and backgrounds, including proud Garifuna culturist Teo Colon, and Betty Davis of the Black Librarians Caucus.  Exciting day, fun times, history liiterally made.
 
 
 

Photo credit: Teofilo Colón www.beinggarifuna.com(Photo above depicting Dionisia Amaya is by Teofilo Colón of beinggarifuna.com.) 

About 25 of you gathered at the Brooklyn Public Library's Info Commons to edit articles about African Diaspora Women on Sunday October 25th. 

Check out the articles edited/improved list. 

Among many others, Teofilo Colón ofwww.beinggarifuna.com attended. We had discussed some of his frustrations with submitting articles to Wikipedia about a month ago at WikiConference USA at the National Archives. 

Among other highlights ... 

Reserve your spot at our next edit-a-thon, Tuesday November 10th 6-8:30pm at the MoMA. >>RSVP<<  today!

AfroCROWD featured in The Signpost: the Wikipedia Journal

Here is an excerpt fromthe Oct 14th edition of The Signpost: the Wikipedia Journal featuring  AfroCROWD!

"The next morning I emerged from the Metro stop on Pennsylvania Avenue to the sounds of a brass and drum band playing "Poison" by Bel Biv DeVoe. It was the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, and the sidewalks and streets were filled with vibrant celebration and activity. Inside NARA, the day's keynote was delivered by Alice Backer of AfroCrowd; this is a new organization devoted to improving the representation and participation of Africans and African-Americans in Wikipedia and other open-access projects. It was important that their vital work was on center stage at this conference, and not scheduled during the concurrent sessions as an optional "diversity" session that most conference participants might skip.

Highlighting the example of the documentary Garifuna in Peril, and topics related to the Garifuna—a Central American language and ethnic group of African and indigenous origin—Backer noted the problems encountered by editors mentored by AfroCrowd when attempting to write about topics unfamiliar to the white male-dominated editor base of Wikipedia. This problem is hardly limited to AfroCrowd: it happens with many different groups of new editors and topic areas. Many in the audience offered examples of their own experiences with these difficulties, as I did myself...... "

AfroCROWD in the Wall Street Journal

AfroCROWD is featuerd in the Wall Street Journal's Oct. 11th article highlighting AfroCROWD and related Wikipedia edit-a-thons at the MoMA which the journal calls a "...part of a larger shift at MoMA as the venerable institution grapples with the sea change in which content is created and shared in the digital era. Rather than seeing the crowd-sourced encyclopedia as a natural antagonist to its curatorial authority, the museum has begun to embrace Wikipedia as a partner in a hyper-connected, ever-expanding information network." Also featured in the article is the upcoming AfroCROWD Basquiat edit-a-thon on November 10th which will focus on black artists.  Read all about it! http://www.wsj.com/articles/museums-open-up-to-power-of-wiki-1444613033

AfroCROWD to hold Afro-Diaspora Women Edit-a-thon on 10/25, 1-5p at US Historic Treasure - the BPL

 The next AfroCROWD Women in the African Diaspora edit-a-thon will be held at the historic Brooklyn Central Public Libary just two Sundays from now on Oct 25th, 1-5pm.  >>RSVP<< today! Childcare provided.

It looks like AfroCROWD is collecting architectural treasures. Having spoken at the National Archives for WikiCon USA this week in Washington, DC, AfroCROWD is set to hold this coming edit-a-thon in another historically significant building known the world over for its unique design, the Brookly Central Public Library....

 

AfroCROWD Keynote presentation at WikiConference USA 2015, DC a Success. Watch it Here

The AfroCROWD keynote at WikiConference USA was a success. AfroCROWD founder Alice Backer, joined by AfroCROWD project manager, Sherry Antoine, spoke to a large and engaged crowd of Wikipedians on AfroCROWD's work, overall challenges and truimphs in its groundbreaking efforts lower the gender gaps among editors of Wikipedia.

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