I'm a new member of this mailing list.
I set an Edit-a-thon event in my home city, Tehran, Iran. I had in mind
arranging a wikipedia workshop for women and found this event a suitable
I have created the event page for the Adrianne Wadewitz Tribute
Edit-a-thons that will be taking place around the world in May. This event
is a coordinated project of HASTAC and FemTech. We hope you'll plan an
event - no matter how big or small - and participate.
Please spread the word and add your event listing here:
Diverse and engaging consulting for your organization.
Hello Gender Gap,
With some collaborators, I submitted this panel for Wikimania 2014 "Reform
of citation structure for all Wikimedia project" . Despite my best
efforts (and continuing efforts), I couldn't find any non-men to be on the
panel. I asked each of the potential panelists if they knew any other
qualified speakers (not specifically women, just other people), asked my
old colleagues, put a call out on social media. But it just ended up being
Is it desirable to write something to the effect of "we are cognizant this
is an all-male panel, and would like to change the underlying factors" as a
preamble to the submissions? And if so, what is the right way?
I'm not sure if it is proper to introduce yourself upon joining this list, so I
thought I would. My name is Derric Atzrott. I'm an editor on the English
Wikipedia and feel that the gender gap on Wikipedia, and honestly in many places
in general, is problematic and something needs to be done about it. I do a lot
of informal outreach, though in the past month or two I've begun trying to do a
bit more formal outreach, and have, since I realized there was a problem, tried
to place an emphasis on getting females to become editors.
The news of the deaths of both Andrianne and Cynthia is heart breaking. While I
didn't know either of them it always pains me to hear about members of our
community dying. The death of both of them, who I understand were active on
this list, has prompted me to try to step up my efforts as well, which is why I
have joined this list.
Honestly, there is a good chance to I'll mostly just lurk on this list like I do
wikitech-l and libraries, but if I see anything I can help with I'll do my best
to do so, and if any of you know of anything I can help with, please ask.
Sorry if this email is inappropriate for the list.
Forwarding from the Wikimedia list, Cynthia was a contributor to this
list and very active in Gendergap issues on Wikipedia and other
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From: Bence Damokos <bdamokos(a)gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:07:43 +0200
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Cynthia Ashley-Nelson
To: wikimediaannounce-l <WikimediaAnnounce-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
It is with great regret that we need to confirm that Cynthia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Cindamuse ) passed away on Friday,
April 11. Our thoughts are with Cindy’s family, friends and the
Wikimedia community. Her next of kin have been informed prior to
releasing this announcement.
Cindy was elected vice-chair of the Wikimedia Affiliations Committee
on April 10, 2014. She had traveled to Berlin in order to attend the
Affiliations Committee’s annual meeting during the international
Wikimedia Conference. Both a long-time Wikipedia editor and an expert
in organizational development with a professional background of 25
years, she devoted her time, passion and vast expertise to contribute
in numerous ways to the free knowledge movement. Cindy was deeply
committed to supporting the Wikimedia Foundation’s Global Education
Program and to tackling the gender gap issue on Wikipedia.
In the short time since January that Cindy has been with us in the
Affiliations Committee, we have come to value her thoughts, passion
and refreshing ideas. She was working very enthusiastically with us,
and we are all saddened that we won’t have the chance to learn from
all of her ideas, insights and experiences. The months we shared
proved her to be a very valuable and engaged member of the committee,
which led to her election as AffCom vice-chair.
We are sad beyond words and so is everyone who came to Berlin to
participate in the Wikimedia Conference. Her passing is a great loss
for everyone in the Wikimedia movement. This morning all the
conference attendees gathered together to grieve and talk about the
loss of Cindy. We decided that all of us at the Wikimedia Conference
could choose to continue the conversations about the future of the
movement Cindy cared so much about, as well as spending our time here
to remember and celebrate her. She will be greatly missed.
You can share your condolences and memories of Cynthia on her user
talk page (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Cindamuse ).
On behalf of the whole Affiliations Committee, and the other community
members gathered here in Berlin:
Chair, Wikimedia Affiliations Committee
Outgoing chair, Wikimedia Affiliations Committee
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FYI: «Increase support to challenging the gender gap to at least 1.5
percent of total grants spending, and host at least two diversity events
in order to build out an executable gender gap strategy (baseline:
2013-14 YTD grants to gender gap issues ~1 percent; current year’s
target: 1 percent).»
I want to encourage people on this mailing list to volunteer to assess the
Wikimedia Foundation's draft of the annual plan that is now in the review
phase with the Fund Dissemination Committee. I've included a forwarded
email from Sue Gardner that gives an overview of the this year's process
for drafting the WMF annual plan.
In addition to the general community review, the Fund Dissemination
Committee is looking for members of the community to do a through assess of
all or part of the draft WMF proposal that is submitted on Meta as part of
Round 2 proposals.
As an experiment we are having a team of people do a review of the WMF
proposal that is similar to the Staff Assessment that is done by the WMF
staff that support the FDC. We would like to include people from the
community at large as well as people in both large and small WMF chapters,
and thematic organizations.
In addition to a general call for help, we will be directly asking people
to help. If you know of anyone who would be a good fit for this work, or
would like to help yourself, let me know. We need to get moving on this
work right away, so send me names by next Monday April 14.
Additionally, the talk pages of all Round 2 proposals are available for
comments. The organizations writing the proposals spend a good bit of time
writing them, and appreciate comments about them from the community.
Member of FDC
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From: Sue Gardner <sgardner(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 11:05 PM
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] WMF FDC Proposal: we invite your participation
To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
The purpose of this note is to remind you that the WMF will be
participating in the FDC Process Round 2, which begins tomorrow. I'd
like to invite you to comment on the plan-in-progress, which will be
at this URL within about 24 hours:
The WMF welcomes your thoughts on the draft plan. Of course you're
free to ask questions and make comments on whatever aspects of it
interest you, but we'd probably find high-level input the most useful.
Does it seem to you that the WMF's 2014-15 planning is generally on
the right track? Do you believe the four "crucial initiatives" as
described in the draft are where the WMF should be focusing its
energy? What do you think about our plans WRT the technical
infrastructure, our mobile work, editor engagement, and non-technical
movement support? Bearing in mind that we're an organization focused
fairly narrowly on product & engineering and on grantmaking, is there
anything really significant that you see as missing from the draft?
Are we missing any important risks to the organization or to the
Please don't reply here, because your input might get missed by the
people who should see it. Please reply on meta, at the link above.
And a few explanatory caveats:
First, it's important to know that the plan, at this point, is draft.
That's new. Last year the WMF submitted material after it had been
approved by the WMF Board and after the fiscal year had begun. That
was an okay first step to getting input from community members, but
obviously the input will have more impact if we get it before the
plan's locked down. That's why this year we're submitting a draft
version of the WMF plan, rather than a final version. We've
deliberately synched up the timing of the WMF planning and FDC review
processes such that the community/FDC input will come in during April
and early May, which is exactly when the plan is being actively
refined and revised on a near-daily basis by the team responsible for
it (primarily the C-level people, and also the people who work in
their departments).The benefit of this timing is that community/FDC
input can easily be incorporated into our thinking while we're
actively discussing and rethinking and revising internally at the WMF.
The drawback is it means you'll be reviewing material that is still a
work-in-progress, and so you may find mistakes. The plan may also be a
little confusing, which is partly because it's still in-progress, and
also partly because we are merging this year the original
WMF-Board-only format with the FDC proposal requirements. It'll be a
little clunky: we ask you to bear with us as we work out the kinks.
Second. You'll need to bear with us if we seem a little slow or
unresponsive during the discussions. It's a busy time for the WMF:
we're currently actively recruiting my successor as ED, which means
Erik, Geoff, Gayle and I are far busier than we normally would be.
And, the WMF will be working through roles-and-responsibilities for
the FDC process in real time during the discussion period, which means
questions may languish for a while before we figure out internally
who's supposed to answer them. It might also be worth me saying that
we won't have unlimited time for the process, and we're hoping it will
be broadly participatory rather than being dominated by a small number
of people. That means that if any particular person has lots of
questions and follow-ups, we may eventually be unable to keep
responding. If that happens to you, please don't be insulted -- it
won't be personal. Also, if questions are asked and you know the
answers (or can link to answers or more information) please feel free
to help each other as well: you don't need to wait for us.
Third. You should know -- the WMF is not asking the FDC to recommend a
dollar allocation for the WMF to the WMF Board for approval. Partly
that's because from a timing perspective there's no good way to make
it work. The WMF Board needs to approve the plan by 1 July 2014 when
the new fiscal year begins, and the FDC input is released 1 June. That
month-long window doesn't leave sufficient time for the WMF to
adequately incorporate a dollar amount recommendation from the FDC
into our cycle, particularly given that the window needs to also
include WMF Board approval. Ultimately, I think it's fine that the WMF
Board would approve a dollar amount from the WMF rather than the FDC:
I think the most important function the FDC can play here is to help
the WMF to evaluate and assess the strength of the plan overall. And
so, I've asked the FDC to i) provide input on the plan on the WMF's
proposal page during the community review period (the month of April),
ii) give the WMF formal feedback (reinforcement, support, suggestions,
concerns) on 8 May, and iii) if it chooses to, give a more full and
detailed assessment of the WMF plan as part of its overall package of
recommendations on 1 June. Any June assessment will not be received in
time to significantly influence the plan upon which the Board votes,
but we would take it under advisement as the year plays out. This is
perhaps not ideal but there is no perfect solution, and I think it's a
step forward from last year, because it'll mean the WMF gets community
and FDC input at the point in the process when it will be most
I am really pleased to have the WMF participating for the first time
with its full draft plan in the FDC process. The draft will be posted
within the next 24 hours, and your input is welcome from then until 30
April. We look forward to hearing what you think.
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Here is a blog post interviewing Emily Temple-Wood, the co-founder
Countering the Systemic Bias on Wikipedia : An Interview With Emily
Wikipedia <http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/news/wikipedia/>, United
, Editing <http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/news/editing/>, Gender
, Interview <http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/news/interview/>,
, Woman <http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/news/woman/>, UK Tech
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"I love to collect information, and I love that I get to share that
information with the world," says Emily Temple-Wood, a veteran editor on
English Wikipedia. Emily, who likes reading encyclopedias from
cover-to-cover, finds writing on Wikipedia a transition from being a
consumer to a creator of knowledge.
Her first attempt at writing on Wikipedia was in 2005, when she was 10
years old. She wrote a page about her little sister saying that she was a
"stupid butthead", which got removed from Wikipedia instantly. As she grew
older, she knew that she could do more productive things on Wikipedia.
In 2007, when Emily Temple-Wood created an account on Wikipedia, she was
just 12 years old. She started off by categorizing and cleaning up existing
wikipedia articles. Eventually, she found it and useful to contribute
knowledge to Wikipedia. Her first interest was endangered languages. She
created several articles related to endangered languages and became
dedicated to Wikipedia.
Emily, now 19, has written over 200 articles on Wikipedia. Lately, she has
been writing about rare genetic diseases, Islamic history and mythology.
Her pet project is Wikiproject: Women
an initiative to create and expand articles about women scientists.
"WikiProject Women Scientists is growing into a nice space for contributing
to this less-covered area and we are gaining some active participants, so
that is great! I'm so glad to be a part of something that is making a real
difference on Wikipedia," she says. She is also an administrator on
Wikipedia, a trusted editor who has been granted the technical ability to
perform special actions on English Wikipedia.
Emily is an undergraduate student at the Loyola University in Chicago,
majoring in molecular biology with additional two minors : Arabic and
Islamic world studies. She aspires to go to graduate school and get an MD/
PhD in medicine to fulfil her dream of becoming research physician. She has
basic knowledge of Arabic, Korean and French and wants to be a fluent
speaker of these three languages someday. She is undergoing training as an
emergency medical technician along with her undergraduate studies. Because
of the many real-life commitments, Emily is not being able to spend as much
time for writing articles as she wants.
"First of all, I schedule time to edit, either with workshops or with
friends. Editing with friends makes it a lot easier to make the time for
it. I also edit as I read. Like many of us, I use Wikipedia every day to
look up facts and whenever I see something that needs to be fixed, I do it.
Treating my editing as a social endeavor has been really helpful and
definitely motivates me to contribute more, and I think that's my message
to fellow women. Have fun together while editing - enjoy food and drink and
socialize! Some people take Wikipedia too seriously and make it an
anti-social space a lot of the time, so you can counter that by enjoying
wiki-socialization in real life and being serious online.", says Emily when
asked about how she manages her time to be able to do a variety of
real-life and online volunteering.
She is also a Individual Engagement
the Wikimedia Foundation <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home>, the
not-for-profit organization that hosts Wikipedia. In her role as a grantee,
she is aiming to create a new model for bringing women into the Wikimedia
movement and creating more content to fill the coverage gap with topics
related to women, especially biographies of women. She is trying to change
the gender situation on English Wikipedia where only around 10-25 percent
of all contributors are women. She is also looking forward to create a best
practice kit for running workshops on systemic bias. Systemic bias is an
insidious problem on Wikipedia, where women, people of color, and
non-Western topics are severely underrepresented. She thinks that her
biggest contribution to the Wikipedia community has been helping to bring
awareness about the systemic bias problem. She has attended three
international conferences, where she presented her learnings and
experiences in working with Wikipedia. She finds it exciting to get to
travel around the world and meet amazing Wikipedians from different
Emily thinks that "women's voices are so important in this [Wikipedia]
community and [women] need to speak up, especially because there are so few
women participating in the movement". She asks women "to trust in their own
competence and jump in, and don't take criticism too hard," to be a
successful writer on Wikipedia. You can view Emily's userpage on Wikipedia
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