Submissions/Using Wikidata to track the Gendergap

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Submission no. 2123 - C4, TWD
Title of the submission
Using Wikidata to track the Gendergap
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)
Author of the submission
Jane Darnell
Language of presentation
E-mail address
Country of origin
Netherlands/ USA
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Personal homepage or blog
d:User:Jane023/Gendergap report
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)
The Wikipedia "Gendergap" is officially a participation problem on the English Wikipedia project whereby the number of female contributors is less than 15% of the total. Participation is necessary for content creation across the projects, and we can't measure editor gender without surveys, but we see a correlation between confirmed editor gender and surveyed editor gender. We say "Wikipedia Gendergap" only because other projects have not been surveyed for gender, but the same effects of the Gendergap can be seen on Commons and Wikidata. As a member of the WMNL Gendergap workgroup I am always looking for ways to measure the effects of the Gendergap. Our lack of female eyes on things in the Wikiverse results in a general lack of Wikilove for female-related things. How can we measure a "lack of something"? The "Women in Red" project addresses a lack of biographies of notable women, and "Art&Feminism" has concentrated on art by women. How can I measure their progress and what else can I measure? We also lack articles about the daily occupations of women through the centuries, their hobbies and significant achievements. In this talk I quickly round up what I have learned about the Gendergap in the Wikiverse from my work in the Netherlands using Wikidata to measure Gendergap-related indicators for the Dutch Wikipedia. The Netherlands Wikipedia Gendergap was surveyed in 2011 (6%) and in 2015 (11%). To encourage women to participate, we have started a workgroup to brainstorm, make contact with external womens' organizations, and create a project on Dutch Wikipedia to promote the issue and encourage writing articles about women-related topics. The indicators we use can be applied to any other language Wikipedia and may help others to start their own local Gendergap workgroup.
What will attendees take away from this session?
Learning about Wikipedia's Gendergap. Where to go for tools to measure the Gendergap in their area of interest. Some inspiring stats on work done by both wikiwomen and wikimen in Gendergap workgroups.
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)
25 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Slides or further information (optional)
c:Category:Individual slides by Jane Darnell (these slides, made for previous talks in NL, are examples that may be augmented and updated for this talk)
Special requests
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  1. Schiste (talk) 07:45, 10 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
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  5. Not attending in person, but will follow this talk and watch online. --Netha Hussain (talk) 10:38, 1 August 2017 (UTC)[reply]