After reading an interesting related discussion on GenderGap, I have
queried the top 10 users of the thanks feature last month, on both the
English Wikipedia and Commons. Snapshot image attached and report link
Perhaps someone might think of a suitable barnstar and award these
folks for "being nice"? :-)
P.S. This is a long query to run, taking 20 to 30 minutes due to the
nature of the logging tables. However if someone wanted to make a
monthly summary on-wiki somewhere, part of an active "be nice"
campaign, I would be happy to set up an automated monthly report (if
someone discovers this is already reported somewhere, that's cool we
can use that).
Thanks for your thoughts and suggestions, everyone.
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> I have contributed to py wikipedia bot, which could easily enable
> functionality like this.
> The user specifies an article or range of articles, the substitution to be
> performed, and the bot prompts you with each instance in the text,
> something like
> > "blah blah start an *unmanned* space mission to find out blah blah
> > Replace this instance (y/n/cancel)?
> Anyways, I think anyone who would like to make such automated changes would
> have to install and learn how to use PyWIkiBot (which I have done) and then
> I think you need some bot authorization for a bot account on English
> Wikipedia (which I have not done).
> On 24 February 2015 at 19:09, JJ Marr <jjmarr(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> > You should ask down at the village pump, then if the response is
> > favorable, start a BRFA.
> > On Feb 24, 2015 10:04 PM, "Maia Weinstock" <maiapw(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> >> Hi all,
> >> There have been numerous discussions among folks in the space
> >> community that use of the word "manned" and "unmanned" in Wikipedia is
> >> outdated and gender-biased. Unfortunately, going in and fixing all of
> >> by hand would be rather labor-intensive...
> >> Someone recently created a browser plugin that replaces "manned" with
> >> "crewed." (See https://twitter.com/mcnees/status/570409472818061312) It
> >> would be such an awesome thing if a bot existed that updated these
> >> instances for real on English Wikipedia. Anyone have ideas for making
> >> happen, perhaps just limiting it to space exploration? I do see some
> >> with it being done wholesale for the whole site, as certain terms might
> >> contain terminology that would create confusion if changed
> >> (For instance, "unmanned aerial vehicles," for better or for worse, is a
> >> known term that I wouldn't advocate changing at this time.)
> >> Anyway, just thinking out loud...
> >> Maia (user:Girona7)
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In March 2015, the Wikimedia Blog will focus on women and the gender gap on Wikipedia and sister projects, to coincide with International Women's Day and related events such as WikiWomen's March.
We aim to raise awareness about issues faced by women on our sites — and invite ideas for solving them together, as part of the new Inspire Grants program that launches next week.
We are looking for a few more authors to write stories about practical solutions to this important challenge, such as:
• reports on programs that seem to be addressing these issues successfully
• overview of the best research studies on this topic
• best practices for increasing diverse contributions
Here are some of the questions we hope to answer through this coverage:
• How are women contributing to our sites today?
• What can we do to support them more effectively?
• How can we get more articles written about women and women’s issues?
We will publish up to a dozen stories on this topic throughout the month, including:
• profiles of WikiWomen that are making exceptional contributions and changing our culture
• reports about worldwide edit-a-thons on International Women’s Day
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There have been numerous discussions among folks in the space exploration
community that use of the word "manned" and "unmanned" in Wikipedia is
outdated and gender-biased. Unfortunately, going in and fixing all of these
by hand would be rather labor-intensive...
Someone recently created a browser plugin that replaces "manned" with
"crewed." (See https://twitter.com/mcnees/status/570409472818061312) It
would be such an awesome thing if a bot existed that updated these
instances for real on English Wikipedia. Anyone have ideas for making this
happen, perhaps just limiting it to space exploration? I do see some issues
with it being done wholesale for the whole site, as certain terms might
contain terminology that would create confusion if changed automatically.
(For instance, "unmanned aerial vehicles," for better or for worse, is a
known term that I wouldn't advocate changing at this time.)
Anyway, just thinking out loud...
March is an amazing month for raising awareness, excitement, and initiative
around broadening the presence women in our community and our content.
In that spirit, West Virginia University is hosting a stellar panel through
its Talking Publicly symposium series at WVU Libraries and the Reed College
*Where Are All the Women? Wikipedia’s Gender Gap*
*March 4th 7:30pm EST *
Watch it Live:
The panel includes:
*Adeline Koh -- Co-founder of The Rewriting Wikipedia Project which
supports and advocates for efforts to add entries and posts to Wikipedia
that focus on postcolonial studies as well as ethnic/minority and
marginalized peoples. Koh is currently an associate professor of literature
and the director of the Stockton College Center for the Digital Humanities.
She also is a core contributor to the Profhacker Column at the Chronicle of
Higher Education. Koh uses Wikipedia research writing assignments in her
classes and teaches others how to start activist instructional initiatives
of their own.
*Jami Mathewson -- Educational Partnerships Manager at the Wiki Education
Foundation where she develops partnerships with educational institutions
and academic associations to systematically bring more student editors and
high quality content to Wikipedia. Over the last three years, Mathewson has
focused her volunteer editing on improving content about women’s issues.
Mathewson identifies ways to support partners who are looking to promote
the use of Wikipedia as a teaching tool on a large scale.
*Sydney Poore -- Wikipedian in Residence at Cochrane Collaboration an
international not-for-profit research organization that provides
accessible, credible information to support informed decision-making health
care. Poore is a member of the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) Fund
Dissemination Committee and was a member of the Wikipedia English
Arbitration Committee and the WMF Ombudsmen Commission.
*Frank Schulenburg -- Executive Director of the Wiki Education Foundation
and former member of the executive management team of the Wikimedia
Foundation. His work primarily has focused on broadening participation and
developing the public understanding of Wikipedia, especially among subject
matter experts. Schulenburg has been involved with Wikipedia since 2005,
both as an author and as a photographer.
The following day WVU will host a 3-hour workshop to address strategies on
campuses underway for correcting the gender gap and introduce the protocols
of writing for Wikipedia at WVU with ideas for proven course assignments
and strategies for adoption in their courses.
This is only the kick-off in a year-long focus at WVU on Women and
Wikipedia. WVU Dean of Libraries Jon Cawthorne was touched and inspired
after he heard the story of Adrianne Wadewitz and is dedicating this year
of discussion, experimentation, and action to her.
For full information about both events:
*Again, March 4th at 7:30pm EST*
*Watch it Live: http://tlcommons.wvu.edu/Webcasts/
- Jake Orlowitz (Ocaasi)
In celebration of WikiWomen's History Month, the San Francisco Bay Area
Wikipedia community has two events in early March -- please consider
attending! Remote participants are welcome.
First, we have an ArtAndFeminism edit-a-thon, which will take place at the
Kadist Art Foundation from 12 noon to 6pm on Saturday, March 7. This will
be one of many sites worldwide participating in an ArtAndFeminism edit-a-thon
on March 7th. So join us as we help improve Wikipedia's coverage of women
artists and their works!
Second, we will be celebrating International Women's Day (March 8th) with
the International Women's Day edit-a-thon on Sunday, March 8 from 1pm to
5pm at the Wikimedia Foundation. Our editing focus will be on women, of
course! Light snacks will be provided, as well as fun and great
Hope to see you there!
Does anyone know if data about gender of contributors on projects other
than English Wikipedia is available? In addition to other language
Wikipedias, it would be interesring if we have data about Commons,
Wikisource, Wikivoyage, Wiktionary, Wikispecies, etc.
Also, anecodotally I obeserve a relatively high percentage of female
participation in education and GLAM activities. Do we have data about the
gender of participants in education and GLAM, particularly in leadership