I was asked by a volunteer for help getting stats on the gender gap in
content on a certain Wikipedia, and came up with simple Wikidata Query
Service queries that pulled the total number of articles on a given
Wikipedia about men and about women, to calculate *the proportion of
articles about women out of all articles about humans*.
Then I was curious about how that wiki compared to other wikis, so I ran
the queries on a bunch of languages, and gathered the results into a table,
(please see the *caveat* there.)
I don't have time to fully write-up everything I find interesting in those
results, but I will quickly point out the following:
1. The Nepali statistic is simply astonishing! There must be a story
there. I'm keen on learning more about this, if anyone can shed light.
2. Evidently, ~13%-17% seems like a robust average of the proportion of
articles about women among all biographies.
3. among the top 10 largest wikis, Japanese is the least imbalanced. Good
job, Japanese Wikipedians! I wonder if you have a good sense of what
drives this relatively better balance. (my instinctive guess is pop culture
4. among the top 10 largest wikis, Russian is the most imbalanced.
5. I intend to re-generate these stats every two months or so, to
eventually have some sense of trends and changes.
6. Your efforts, particularly on small-to-medium wikis, can really make a
dent in these numbers! For example, it seems I am personally
responsible for almost 1% of the coverage of women on Hebrew Wikipedia!
7. I encourage you to share these numbers with your communities. Perhaps
you'd like to overtake the wiki just above yours? :)
8. I'm happy to add additional languages to the table, by request. Or you
can do it yourself, too. :)
 Yay #100wikidays :) https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/100wikidays
Wikimedia Foundation <http://www.wikimediafoundation.org>
Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
sum of all knowledge. Help us make it a reality!
Being put together by Eliezer Yudkowsky of LessWrong. Content is
cc-by-sa 3.0, don't know about the software.
Rather than the "encyclopedia" approach, it tries to be more
pedagogical, teaching the reader at their level.
Analysis from a sometime Yudkowsky critic on Tumblr:
(there's a pile more comments linked from the notes on that post,
mostly from quasi-fans; I have an acerbic comment in there, but you
should look at the site yourself first.)
No idea if this will go anywhere, but might be of interest; new
approaches generally are. They started in December, first publicised
it a week ago and have been scaling up. First day it collapsed due to
load from a Facebook post announcement ... so maybe hold off before
announcing it everywhere :-)
(this is an announcement in my capacity as a volunteer.)
Inspired by a lightning talk at the recent CEE Meeting by our colleague
Lars Aronsson, I made a little command-line tool to automate batch
recording of pronunciations of words by native speakers, for uploading to
Commons and integration into Wiktionary etc. It is called *pronuncify*, is
written in Ruby and uses the sox(1) tool, and should work on any modern
Linux (and possibly OS X) machine. It is available here, with
I was then asked about a Windows version, and agreed to attempt one. This
version is called *pronuncify.net <http://pronuncify.net>*, and is a .NET
gooey GUI version of the same tool, with slightly different functions. It
is available here, with instructions.
Both tools require word-list files in plaintext, with one word (or phrase)
per line. Both tools name the files according to the standard established
in [[commons:Category:Pronunciation]], and convert them to Ogg Vorbis for
you, so they are ready to upload.
In the future, I may add OAuth-based direct uploading to Commons. If you
run into difficulties, please file issues on GitHub, for the appropriate
tool. Feedback is welcome.
Hello all. I had a positive experience at WikiConference North America
last weekend, where I gave a talk on transgender issues and
Wikipedia. I'm posting because there's an active discussion in
Wikipedia Weekly on Facebook about choosing a host country for Wikimania
2018. I am concerned that some of the suggestions are not taking into
account the safety of LGBT+ people; not just those attending the
conference, but also those living in the host country.
As a queer trans atheist in a same-sex marriage, there are a number of
places where I am considered a criminal for just existing or going about
my daily routine. This applies to some parts of the U.S. as well, by the
way; I won't be visiting North Carolina as long as it's illegal for me
to use the men's restroom there. Please keep these considerations in
mind when planning meetups and conferences. Thank you.
- Pax aka Funcrunch
Pax Ahimsa Gethen | http://funcrunch.org
*Nederlands naar onder - français ci-dessous*
In the coming weekend the Dutch Wikipedia will be printed as an art project
in the city of Ghent. The project also has been done in New York and Berlin
with the English and German language Wikipedia. See also the English
article about this project at: Print Wikipedia
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/en:Print_Wikipedia>.In total exist the
encyclopedia out of 1065 books, including 2 books with the appendix of the
- Location: Zebrastraat 32/001 - 9000 Ghent
- Date: 5 November 2016
- Time: 14:00-18:00
- Entrance: frees
- Location info: http://www.zebrastraat.be/contact.html
- Exhibition: http://www.ntaa.be/
Wikimedia Belgium <https://be.wikimedia.org/wiki/> provides together with
the artist for a snack and drink and anyone interested is welcome.
Komend weekend wordt de Nederlandstalige Wikipedia uitgeprint als onderdeel
van een kunstproject in Gent. Het project is ook al eens onder andere in
New York en Berlijn gedaan met de Engelstalige en Duitstalige Wikipedia.
Zie eventueel ook het Engelstalige Wikipedia-artikel: Print Wikipedia
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/en:Print_Wikipedia>. In totaal zal de
encyclopedie uit 1065 boeken bestaan, inclusief 2 boeken met de appendix
van de bijdragers.
- Locatie: Zebrastraat 32/001 - 9000 Gent
- Datum: 5 november 2016
- Tijd: 14:00-18:00
- Entree: gratis
- Locatie info: http://www.zebrastraat.be/contact.html
- Tentoonstelling: http://www.ntaa.be/
Wikimedia België <https://be.wikimedia.org/wiki/> zorgt samen met de
kunstenaar voor een hapje en een drankje en iedereen is welkom.
Aanmelden is niet verplicht, maar wel handig om een inschatting te kunnen
maken, en kan op: Wikipedia:Ontmoeten#Wikipedia_uitgeprint
Wie foto's wil maken is ook van harte welkom! Dit moet natuurlijk goed
gedocumenteerd worden. Tot dan!
Salut à tous,
L’encyclopédie d’internet Wikipédia néerlandaise sera imprimée le weekend
prochain à Gand dans le cadre d’un projet d’art. L'impression de la
Wikipédia a également été faite à New York pour l’edition anglaise et à
Berlin pour l’édition allemande. Vous pouvez trouver plus d’information
dans la page Print Wikipedia
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/en:Print_Wikipedia>. La Wikipédia imprimée
se composera en total de 1065 livres, dont un annexe de deux livres avec
une liste de contributeurs.
· Lieu de la manifestation: Zebrastraat 32/001 - 9000 Gent
· L’heure: 14:00-18:00 (5 novembre 2016)
· L’entrée est gratuite
· La route: http://www.zebrastraat.be/contact.html
· L’exposition: http://www.ntaa.be/
Wikimedia Belgique <http://be.wikimedia.org> et l'artiste vous invitent
pour des rafraîchissements, vous êtes les bienvenus.
My name is Sam and I'm part of the online fundraising team. I'm writing to
let you know that we just published our 2015 - 2016 Fundraising Report, and
would love for you to check it out.
Link here: https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/2015-2016_Fundraising_Report
I've been a happy and small part of the fundraising team for almost two
years. And I think I speak for everyone when I say *thank you* for the time
and energy you put into making the Wikimedia projects the vibrant,
priceless resources that they are for millions of people around the planet.
It's a joy to help share your work with the world.
Let us know what you think and what we can clarify.
There is a new internship opportunity in the Community Engagement
department for a Technical Design Intern. We are looking for a candidate
who works and/or studies in the field of computer science and information
systems, has experience in advanced wiki markup and design skills for web,
and the ability to excel in a fast-paced, multitasking environment, among
other qualifications. Knowledge and or experience with Wikimedia Projects
The Technical Design Intern will work closely with the Communications and
Outreach Coordinator (that would be me!) on the Wikimedia Resource Center,
the redesign of the Evaluation Portal on Meta Wikimedia, and migration and
archiving of L&E portal pages from existing namespaces to new namespace,
among other tasks. You can find the complete job description here:
If you are interested, please apply. If you know someone who might fit this
position, please forward the email to them!
*María Cruz * \\ Communications and Outreach Coordinator, L&E Team \\
mcruz(a)wikimedia.org | Twitter: @marianarra_
We are pleased to announce the Top 10 best photos Wiki Loves Monuments
Algeria who will compete for the international competition the largest
photo competition in the world
Congratulations to the winners and thank you all for your best photos,
which as you know will help build articles contained in the global internet.
Open source, open data, open knoledge, free accessible to all
thank you again to all participants
leader WikiDZ Algeria
Congratulations, Kelly and Rosie, and to the Board of Wikimedia DC! Very
On Sun, Oct 30, 2016 at 1:27 PM, Kirill Lokshin <
> Hello everyone,
> I'm very pleased to announce that Kelly Doyle and Rosie
> Stephenson-Goodknight have joined the Wikimedia DC Board of Directors.
> I'm sure that most of you already know Kelly and Rosie; for anyone who
> doesn't, Kelly currently serves as the Wikipedian in Residence for Gender
> Equity at West Virginia University Libraries, while Rosie is a co-founder
> of WikiProject Women in Red and the WikiWomen's User Group, among many
> other projects.
> Please join me in congratulating them on their new roles!
> Kirill Lokshin
> Wikimedia District of Columbia
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