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From: jayanta nath <jayantanth(a)gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 3:07 PM
Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] Women's Wiki Workshop Announce
To: "Discussion list on Indian language projects of Wikimedia." <
This is to invite you to a collaborative initiative of Sanhita, Gender
Resource Centre and Wikimedia Foundation on the issue of Women, Information
The initiative aims at exploring the use Bangla Wiki to make information on
women's rights & issues easily accessible to existing & potential users.
Sanhita is inviting representatives from various education institutes to a
brainstorming session to develop strategies of involving institutes and
young women & students with this process. Sanhita also looks forward
to motivating reasearchers, academicians, women rights activists to
contribute to Bangla Wiki thereby creating resources on gender issues in the
This workshop will be held on March 18, 2011 at the Seagull Art & Media
Resource Centre located at Bhawanipur, Calcutta.
We are looking forward to your participation & cooperation to make the
initiative a success!
*Date:* March 18, 2011
*Time:* 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm
*Venue:* The Seagull Arts & Media Resource Cente.
36 C, S P Mukherjee Road,
Kolkata 700 025
Nearest Metro stop: Jatin Das Park
(Rupchand Mukerjee Lane Between Bharati and Bijoli Cinema Hall)
Other details at
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I'm trying to get http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netball to good article
status and hopefully to featured article status. The discussion is at
The literature about netball when you start getting into media
representation basically follows similar themes: Because this is a women's
sport, it doesn't get media coverage. Because it is a non-Olympic sport, it
gets ignored in a wider sporting history. Because it is a women's sport, it
doesn't have the documented history. It is a women's sport and should be
celebrated as such, not being forced to conform to male models.
I'm having issues with the Good Article review. I've never done this before
and I'm feeling a bit frustrated. I can't figure out if I frustrated
* I think I'm right and he's completely wrong; OR
* the reviewer is not communicating clearly; OR
* the reviewer is treating this sport by standards that would be applied to
men's sport that shouldn't be applied to women's sport; OR
* I've never gone through this before and my expectations are incorrect.
Does anyone have any insight into this situation? Or can anyone provide
assistance in helping edit the article to help get it through the GA
process? I feel like I keep taking information out of the article and
taking information out and I'm not certain why we're constantly removing
information from the article or how to get information that no matter how
much searching I can't find.
Today we started the Ada Initiative Census of women in open technology
The survey (intended for both women and men) asks two broad sets of
questions: What open projects are you working on, and what is your
opinion of how women are treated in your project and in the open
community in general? The goal of the census is to periodically "take
the temperature" of women in the open technology and culture
community, so we can know what areas to work on and whether the Ada
Initiative is making a difference for women in the community.
The survey takes only 5 minutes to do. Take the census now! The
census closes on March 29th, 2011.
Want to spread the word? Check out the census page for ideas and draft text:
Please especially post this on women in open source, open data, and
other open "stuff" mailing lists, blogs, and other forums!
>From what I've seen of both men & women I've been in contact with recently, some really like Wikipedia but when it comes down to editing don't know where to start in that they have not got an idea in mind already to start their editing from. They might also be perfectionists who feel they can't contribute till they have some perfect idea.
For myself personally I tend to have these little 'inspirational' moments where I'll be out or I'll be talking to someone and it will occur to me to see if the Wikipedia entry is up to date or complete so for me it stems from from these moments. Now I'm runnng Women4Wikipedia I have been struggling to juggle running the campaign and editing Wikipedia! I have managed to add my first biography of a living person and some other bits and pieces.
I think for people who are new to Wikipedia and decide to edit due to an issue they feel strongly about, their fervour may be a double-edged sword. These people my be at most risk of their experience not living up to their hopes in that their strong opinion might imply that there are other people with equally strong opinions on the same topic on Wikipedia and facing this while also learning the syntax and everything else can result in them feeling overwhelmed.
The most common comment to me though is that women have just not thought to do it before. These women don't cite any concerns about Wikipedia- one has to be informed about Wikipedia to have heard of the reputation for conflict that has been doing the media rounds. With a bit of help and support through learning the ropes, many women I talk to on Twitter don't have a problem with the idea of editing Wikipedia and of course some have alredy done so.
Just thought I'd add my feedback to the topic.
> Message: 3
> Date: Mon, 07 Mar 2011 20:15:28 -0500
> From: carolmooredc(a)verizon.net
> Subject: [Gendergap] What motivates women to edit??
> To: Increasing female participation in Wikimedia projects
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> What Motivates Women - especially to write and edit? I think finding
> motivations many women share and tapping into those to encourage women
> to start and keep editing is key to this project
> I'm an atypical task oriented political organizing/writing maniac, so
> I'm not the best judge :-) I know many women are busy with home duties
> and myself have found the last 10 years that elder dog/new young dog
> care and barter-for-rent-housekeeping certainly have taken up a lot of
> my time.
> So I know it must be more for women with husbands, kids, elderly
> parents, etc. If I was working more than very part time (plus collecting
> social security), I wouldn't have the time.
> But for those who can squeeze in a few hours a week, what might be their
> biggest kick/motivator for writing about topics of interest? If the
> motivation is strong enough, even dealing with the male culture and/or
> dominance problem is easier psychologically for those who inadvertently
> or purposively venture into articles where lots of garrulous males hangout.
> Since many women (overly?) motivated by ?selfless motives,? ?Women: make
> the world a better and smarter place - edit Wikipedia!? Just a thought,
> based on part of my own motivation.
> Anyway, feel free to brainstorm on this topic more with your own
> personal female motivation! :-)
> Carol in DC
I would like to add our image to both the existing cafepress.com store and also your own storefront :-) I'd rather not have to do it separately from your storefront if I can avoid it. I'm finding the cafepress system a bit difficult. I expect that despite that you have allowed me to use the word Wikipedia, that their system will just auto-flag it and their policy of not using organisational names may still apply. It seems easier to just throw my lot in with yours if possible. One good thing about cafepress was that it had a good range of sizes to include larger sizes that we often can't find in our local stores.
> Message: 3
> Date: Sat, 5 Mar 2011 10:27:19 -0800
> From: Jay Walsh <jwalsh(a)wikimedia.org>
> Subject: Re: [Gendergap] Wikipedia Merchandise
> To: Increasing female participation in Wikimedia projects
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> Hi Rosie - I'm in the process of finalizing a new Wikimedia merch store that the Foundation will own and operate, which will ultimately replace (and decrease overhead/customer cost) cafepress.
> You would be able to produce the designs with just the use of the name Wikipedia on cafepress or a similar service independently if you wish (and host those through women4wikipedia.net).
> It's understandable that to promote activity relating to Wikipedia, you have to use the word. Use of the Wikipedia stylized name and/or the puzzle globe is a different matter.
> I'm also in the process of developing some prospective design samples that I think would nicely complement the work of this group, and we could incorporate your logo and designs.
> We hope to have the wikimedia storefront up and running by the end of the month - getting it ready to share with the community now. In the mean time you could place your designs on zazzle or cafepress on your own (via an independent storefront). I'm going to do some research into the current cafepress store to see if you could also add the design there until we wind the cafepress store down.
> jay walsh
> On Mar 4, 2011, at 9:26 PM, Collective Action wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > I was wanting to create T-Shirts for sale to people supporting Women4Wikipedia using the images on the page found athttp://women4wikipedia.net
> > I was wondering if they could be added to the official merchandise shop on cafepress.com since the Wikipedia name may well be trademarked- besides it just seems the most logical way to go about it?
> > This is the page where the current cafepress.com designs were decided:
> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Merchandise
> > I'm not sure how to go about things from this point though and whether our designs can be used? The small header image is licenced CC0 but the larger image further down on the page is currently not in the public domain. I need to know what license is most appropriate should we be given permission to add it to the official Wikipedia merchandise designs. This larger image is also available in varying colours for different coloured T-shirts, as is the header.
> > regards
> > Rosie Williams
> > http://collectiveaction.com.au
> > @collectiveact
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> Jay Walsh
> Head of Communications
> +1 (415) 839 6885 x 6609, @jansonw
Did Ryan Kaldari post this to this group:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Kaldari/wikilove ? Forgive me if he
or someone else already has.
Ryan's just created a new widget that makes it much easier to award
barnstars (and kittens!). I think this is FABULOUS: making it easier
to be kind and friendly can't be wrong :-)
Instructions for how to download and use the widget are on Ryan's
userpage, at the link. I encourage everyone here to experiment with
offering each other love & praise :-)
(And if the barnstar concept is new to you, you can read about its use
on Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Barnstars.)
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