Submissions/"English Wikipedia is the most complete": a systemic bias, post colonial and diversity reflection

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This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

Submission no. 2035 Subject - C7
Title of the submission
"English Wikipedia is the most complete": a systemic bias, post colonial and diversity reflection
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)
Lightning talk
Author of the submission
Iván Martínez
Language of presentation
Preferably Spanish, English.
E-mail address
ivan@wikimedia.mx
Username
ProtoplasmaKid
Country of origin
Mexico
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Wikimedia Mexico
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract
During seven years as a Wikipedia trainer I heard the same comment in at least one of two workshops or talks that I give in Spanish: "English Wikipedia is the most complete". Beside the obvious size comparison between English and Spanish Wikipedia, I want to do a reflection and start a discussion about our perception of "complete", find some possible reasons behind the perception considering systemic bias, lack of diversity (according to socio-economical conditions of editors around the world, Gender Gap and internet access) also local sources as a measure of completion. I will use an example to compare an English Wikipedia article considering their sources and point of view to a Spanish Wikipedia using local and physical sources to build a new article to demonstrate that the perception of "complete" are more about size than quality.
What will attendees take away from this session? I want to raise the attention to our Wikipedia problems around systemic bias and lack of diversity of our movement and the need of take urgent actions around it.
Theme of presentation
  • WikiCulture & Community


For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?
Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
10 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Maybe yes
Slides or further information (optional)
Special requests
Is this Submission a Draft or Final?
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