Women cheered on by Wikipedia


A month-long ‘edit-a-thon’ for women

To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, Wikipedia is all set to organise a monthlong ‘edit-a-thon’, consisting of a series of editing workshops and meet-ups for women contributors, to “bridge the gender gap” in content on the online encyclopaedia.

While the event (from March 1–30) aims to correct the ratio (nine out of 10 editors on Wikipedia are men), it is not only about getting more women contributors to add recipes to Wikipedia. The objective is to encourage more women to contribute through articles related to women and expand the existing bits of information (‘stubs’) on Wikipedia. It includes translating English articles into various Indian languages.

Indian languages

T. Vishnu Vardhan, programme director of Access to Knowledge — which is funded by Wikimedia Foundation and mandated to grow the Wikimedia movement in India and Indian languages — at Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore, said getting more women contributors was “simplistic”. The edit-a-thon, he said, was aimed at addressing other challenges too, about the “politics of content”, and the way information about women was getting captured, which was “deeply problematic”.

A click of the mouse is all that is required to change the presentation of facts. Recently, he said, on the site, a set of writers were moved from a section titled ‘American writers’ to a section titled ‘American women writers’, categorising them differently. There was “a politics of knowledge production” that reflects the subtle, covert undercurrents of attitude towards women, which needs to be addressed, he said.

Some people think women should use such online avenues to amplify their concerns. Partho Sengupta, professor, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar, where three Wikipedia workshops have been held, said women form half the workforce and contribute substantially to the gross domestic product (GDP), yet they had to ask for prerequisites and grapple with crime. Women today, unlike those in the 1980s, had access to technology and online media, and they must utilise the forum for their battles. “No one has given liberation on a platter,” he said.

While the month is dedicated to generating women-centric content by anyone anywhere, there will be ‘quick-start’ weekends where editors will get specific topics, with links provided, to begin writing.

Netha Hussain, Kozhikode-based medical student and Wikipedian, said weekend workshops had been organised on topics that lack content such as ‘women scientists’ and ‘women Parliamentarians’.

The event also includes on-ground editing workshops in cities including Mangalore, Bangalore, Panaji and Bhubaneswar.

For details, visit https://meta.wikimedia.org/ wiki/Women’s_History_Month,_ India-2014

 


  • Editing workshops and meet-ups for women contributors in March

 

  • Workshops in Mangalore, Bangalore, Panaji and Bhubaneswar

 


Advertisements

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

About local2globe

Faculty of soft skills, personality development and Humanities.
NBA.com | Hang Time Blog

The official news blog of NBA.com with commentary and analysis from NBA.com's staff of writers.

Grist

A nonprofit news org for people who want a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck.

TechCrunch

Startup and Technology News

The Meat & Potatoes of Life

By Lisa Smith Molinari

Attila Ovari

Loving Life and Inspiring Others

Fueled by Chocolate

A Canadian view of This, That, Then and Now

On The Heath

where would-be writer works with words

FranceSays

Observations of life in France. By an adopted Française.

Cunning Hired Knaves

a jelly-like mass of liquid corruption

End Kwote

After it's all said and done, life's just a bunch of kwotes

onesmallpot

food and other morsels...

typical guy, atypical situation

a solid soul trapped inside a broken body

Cenaclul ROMANTICII (Migdale Marius)

Prolog: Poate că Iubirea nu face Pământul să se învârtă... Dar face ca scurta noastră călătorie prin viaţă să merite!

Life Is Like That

In between times, seeking the extraordinary in the ordinary

C.B. Wentworth

Just following my muse . . .

TeMe

creativity, news, reblogging, fun...:-)

Lyrical Anarchy

Poetic Justice!

skyytv

I write about TV and movies. Also sometimes other stuff too.

wretchedshekels

finding new homes for old goodies

Memoirs of a Dragon

Dragon Thoughts and Quantum Musings

Book Hunger

Good Books and Inspirational Writing

Discovering Different

Like a Fortune Cookie... Without Calories

The Happy Wordcrafter

Sandra Pavloff Conner

The Boston Harbor Picayune

The Boston Artists' Life on a Dime -An Online Newspaper

Suzy Blue

Suzy Blue Blog

watercolourarts

watercolour, drawings, art and paintings

Unconfirmed Bachelorette

Proudly living alone with cats

Good Time Stories

Inspiring and Heartwarming Stories

kitwest61

Fiction & invention are the fabric of life

The Punchy Lands!

Embrace Your PUNCHY Nature

Sorry, I can't stay long

Be First. Be Curious. Be on Purpose. Be Grateful. Be of Service. Be Here Now

CBS Las Vegas

News/Talk 840 AM KXNT

The Scene Stealer

Taking shots at life

The accidental Blog..

Thoughts... Whatever, whenever!

carmen

Sharing and expressing... through words.

baddoodle

life without erasers

BonsEye

The way I see it...

Mustard Seed Budget

FINANCES FOR YOUR MINISTRY

writeonthebeach

Notes from the coast

Art Quench Magazine

Quench Your Creative Thirst

Guitarist India

Kapil Srivastava - One of the Best Guitar Players & Top Authors

Word Wabbit

Wrestless Word Wrestler

ironwoodwind

Just another WordPress.com site

%d bloggers like this: