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Tackling Wikipedia’s Gender Gap


Wikipedia is one of the first sources that people turn to for information on various topics--some 450 million Internet users per month. But the site faces a serious gender gap. The large majority of its volunteer editors are male, and women have a minority voice.

On March 4 and 5, 2015, the WVU Reed College of Media and the WVU Libraries will co-sponsor a panel discussion and faculty workshop to discuss the lack of Wikipedia’s women editors and what can be done to bridge the gender gap.

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Panel Event - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Where Are All the Women? Wikipedia’s Gender Gap

7:30 pm
G20 Ming Hsieh Hall
Free and open to the public

Wikipedia is one of the first sources that people turn to for information on various topics--some 450 million Internet users per month. But the site faces a serious gender gap. The large majority of its volunteer editors are male, and women have a minority voice. This panel will discuss the lack of Wikipedia’s women editors and what can be done to bridge the gender gap.

This event is part of the Reed College of Media’s “The Future of Media - NOW! series,” which explores current and emerging forms of media being practiced by journalists, professional communicators and non-traditional storytellers.

Workshop - Thursday, March 5, 2015

Tackling the Gender Gap in Wikipedia Through Course Assignments

9 am- 12 pm
WVU Downtown Campus Library, Room 2036
Open to WVU Faculty and GTAs

Hosted by the WVU Libraries, the workshop will clarify the known gender gap in Wikipedia content, address strategies underway for correcting the problem on other campuses, and introduce the protocols of writing for Wikipedia here at WVU. Attendees will leave the session with ideas for proven course assignments and strategies for adoption in their courses. Articles for Wikipedia can be substituted for traditional research projects in courses and can result in compelling student engagement and learning.

Interested faculty members and graduate teaching assistants must RSVP online for the workshop. Space is limited - register early.

Panelists and Workshop Presenters

Adeline Koh

Adeline Koh

Co-founder of The Rewriting Wikipedia Project
@adelinekoh

Koh co-founded 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.

* Workshop Presenter: Koh uses Wikipedia research writing assignments in her classes and teaches others how to start activist instructional initiatives of their own.

Jami Mathewson

Jami Mathewson

Educational Partnerships Manager at the Wiki Education Foundation

Mathewson is the 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.

* Workshop Presenter: 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

Sydney Poore

Wikipedian in Residence at Cochrane Collaboration
@SydneyPoore

Sydney Poore has been an active Wikipedia editor since 2005 and an administrator since 2006. Poore is a 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 that is an advisory committee to the WMF Board of Trustees. Formerly, Poore was a member of the Wikipedia English Arbitration Committee, and the WMF Ombudsmen Commission.

Frank Schulenburg

Frank Schulenburg

Executive Director of the Wiki Education Foundation
@fschulenburg

Schulenburg is the executive director of the Wiki Education Foundation, a longtime Wikipedian 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.