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 <> wrote:
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 detail. 

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 the past. 

My experience working at Cochrane Collaboration as Wikipedian in Residence is positive and I encourage women to apply for these position when they are posted. 

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.

Sydney Poore
Wikipedian in Residence
at Cochrane Collaboration

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