Sydney, I agree completely. As a fellow female WIR, I'm happy to answer
questions and am always encouraging women to take on these positions! :)
On Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 7:54 AM, Sydney Poore <sydney.poore(a)gmail.com>
One of the issues that faces anyone who tries to
create Wikipedia articles
about women is that there is less details about their accomplishments in
reliable sources. This piece highlights the problem.
For this reason, it is great for us to form initiatives with outside
organizations who generate content so we can reinforce the importance of
creating material that covers women's accomplishments in a greater level of
Our initiatives are a two way street. Working inside of GLAMs (Galleries,
libraries, archives, museums), universities, government agencies, not for
profit organizations of all types gives us an opportunity to talk about the
best way that an organizations can create material suitable for Wikipedia.
And we gain a better understanding of how their content can be shared with
the wikimedia movement.
Wikipedian in Residence is one way for people to create initiatives with
outside organizations. Having women in these positions helps to decrease
biases. Some women are doing an awesome job in these positions now and in
My experience working at Cochrane Collaboration as Wikipedian in Residence
is positive and I encourage women to apply for these position when they are
Also, we can approach organizations that would be good partners for
creating content about women and organize initiatives with them.
If there is a strong interest, maybe we could have a google hangout call
to talk about this in more detail.
Wikipedian in Residence
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