Welcome to our Wikipedia Project Page for Art and Law! Art and Law examines how art engages with and is influenced by a breadth of legal areas. These include aspects of intellectual property, cultural heritage, privacy, contract, criminal, and public and private international law. We will consider how these legal areas and their components function (or dysfunction) during the generation of cultural content, especially in a digital environment. We also explore the dynamics of knowledge production, and how systems can be replicated in digital environments. Please note that our Wikipedia campaign is open to only University of Exeter students enrolled in Art and Law (2021).
You can find project milestones, training videos, and all upcoming events on our Art and Law Dashboard. The training videos and milestones are meant to provoke and help pace your editing over the term. Below are some examples of where you might focus your efforts.
Improve an existing article
Make small edits to an existing article. These might include revisions to make a sentence clearer, adding new sentences to improve context, editing an article to make it more accurate, and so on. These articles might include:
- Topics relevant to the course (use resources from our reading list!);
- Cases or areas of law you study in other modules (use resources from your other reading lists!);
- Artist biographies, networks, and movements (use resources from your research for your creative work!);
- Use the Citation Hunt tool to locate a snippet of text *not* backed by a reliable source, and use your research skills to add a verifiable source to it (and potentially edit the snippet too).
Enrich an existing article with images
Articles with photographs are more popular and receive more visits on Wikipedia. Consider what images might help enrich the articles relevant to your research topic, particularly for topics you feel need more visibility. Do these already exist in Wikimedia Commons? Alternatively, might you find images that are openly licensed and upload them yourself?
- How to add images
- Adding images improves the encyclopedia
- Ten things you may not know about images on Wikipedia
- Advanced FAQ - Adding Images to Wikimedia Commons (short video)
Context and reuse matters. Just because something is available online and licensed openly does not make it appropriate for display or dissemination. Be sure to consider any questions related to privacy, vulnerable individuals and communities, ethical reuse of materials, cultural sensitivity, and so on.
Contribute to citational justice
Review an article and think about what sources and authors are cited. Can you enrich the resources by adding titles by underrepresented scholars or authors, references to critical narratives and reactions, insider or Indigenous authors, in addition to the established hierarchy?
Readings to consider (please note some are not open access, so you must log in to your Uni account to view):
- Richard Delgado, 'Imperial Scholar: Reflections on a Review of Civil Rights literature'  132 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 561–578
- Robert S. Chang, 'Richard Delgado and the Politics of Citation'  11 Berkeley Journal of African American Law and Policy 28–35
- Carrie Mott and David Cockayne, 'Citation matters: mobilizing the politics of citation toward a practice of contentious engagement'  24(7) Gender, Place & Culture 954–973
- Victoria Leonard and Sarah E. Bond, 'Advancing Feminism Online'  3(1) Studies in Late Antiquity 4–16
Create a new article or expand an existing one
Research and write an article from scratch, or expand on a shorter article that you feel you can contribute to. Is there a particular topic relevant to your research that could use an article? Or an existing article that you could build on? Keep checking this space for ideas, as we collect them below.
Exiting articles to consider:
- Apeshit, The Carters
Projects to consider:
New articles to consider:
- Rayyane Tabet
- The Nefertiti Hack
- Ariella Aïsha Azoulay
Translate an existing article
Find a high-quality English article and translate it to another language that you are fluent in. Or find a high-quality article in a language that you are fluent in and translate it to English. What pages did you choose to translate, and why? Consider what edits you make to the source text in the process. What new resources might you find and cite so that they, too, are in the translated language? You can edit articles in any language you are fluent in. If you plan to edit in another language, you will need to let me know so I can add the wiki language to our module dashboard.
Create new media and upload it to Wikimedia Commons
Produce new original content (like photographs) and upload it to Wikimedia Commons under an open license or tool. Your original creations can be released as: CC BY-SA, CC BY, CC0, or via the Public Domain Mark. Are there historical sites or monuments in your area that lack representation on Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons? Also consider which historical sites or events lack monuments or public records. Can you research and create a new article that documents these sites or events, and upload the your new photographs to accompany them?
Projects to consider:
- 25 or 27 January – Seminar 1 - Welcome to Wiki!
- 22 or 24 March – Seminar 5 - Report Hack-a-thon
- 25 March – Smithsonian Institution Edit-a-thon (Voluntary)
- 26 April – Report due (TBC)
- 24 May - Report due updated
The following resources are for your own personal use and benefit. They are not required reading (aside from where they have been assigned in the module tasks).
- Introduction to Wikipedia
- The five pillars of Wikipedia
- How to edit a page
- Help pages
- How to write a great article
- Ten simple rules for editing Wikipedia
- Where you can ask questions
A bit of fun
We’ll be doing a lot of web-based research and collaborative work over the term. In the spirit of open GLAM, there are two of plug-ins you can install to your browser to “Art up your tab” so that each time you open a new tab, a new artwork will appear in the background.