Submissions/Who Is Heard and Who Is Not? Reflecting Different Types of Wikipedians and Their Distinct Contributions to the Project

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This is an Open submission for Wikimania 2017 that has not yet been reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

Submission no. 2064 Subject - C2 C4 C6 C7
Title of the submission
Who Is Heard and Who Is Not? Reflecting Different Types of Wikipedians and Their Distinct Contributions to the Project
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)
Author of the submission
Manuel Merz
Language of presentation
E-mail address
Manuel Merz (WMDE)
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Institute of Media and Communication Science
Wikimedia Deutschland Evaluation & Partnerships
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

Representation of diverse voices within our movement has been a point of contention for a while now, and it is important to be aware of who is missing from important conversations. In my research, I asked 2,132 Wikipedians (of the two most commonly edited Wikipedia language versions, English and German) about their contributions to the project. The results will help us to understand whose voices are being heard and whose are not.

In the first part of the session I will introduce five types of Wikipedia editors, and their distinct contributions to the project.

In the second part, I will show that all but one of these types might be missing our conversations, for instance, but not only, here at Wikimania.

In the third part, we will together collect what might be consequences for our discourse that arise from this over-/underrepresentation.

The results of this session will help the Wikimedia movement to be more inclusive. The model can also serve as a tool to analyze other Wikipedia language versions and, as such, could be adapted and expanded to be more inclusive itself. Let’s talk about it!

What will attendees take away from this session?
The five types of editors model is introduced as a tool to think about the Wikipedia project and its contributors. It immediately adds to the participants’ expert knowledge of the Wikipedia projects. Its practical application in the session might immediately translate into a heightened awareness for the rest of the conference of the types of Wikipedia editors that are underrepresented at Wikimania.
Theme of presentation
WikiCulture & Community
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?
Primary: advanced (The model is most important for the work of community leaders and staff.)
Secondary: beginning and intermediate (Everyone is invited to give feedback on the model and its implementation.)
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)
Will be provided.
Special requests
Has a better chance of impact in the beginning of the conference.
Is this Submission a Draft or Final?

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

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