User digest/Imbalance

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User Digest Title: Imbalance

As requested here I upload the slides of my talk with the sources on the last pages. -> Wikimania 2016 Imbalance

Date: Friday 24.06.2016

Time: 14:30pm

Venue:Gym Palace (map)

Presenter: Saskia Jasmin Ehlers

Biography of Presenter: 26 years old. Industrial Engineer (TU Berlin). Currently working in a scholarship program between the European Union and the Middle East. I've been contributing to (mostly the German) Wikipedia since 2013. I have contributed to several projects focused on women in Wikipedia. In connection with those I've held several workshops on how to edit Wikipedia and the gender gap in wp at congresses or events.

Overview of topic:
"Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge"

-> Are there barriers that prevent viable knowledge from being published and how many people do really have access to Wikipedia?
During this presentation different aspects of Imbalances within the Wikipedia community will be explored. These imbalances include disparities concerning: Gender, age, race, social status, educational background and geographical distribution to name a few. I will try to focus both on imbalances in contribution but also imbalances in access to the information. Further more imbalance on how content is presented is a very important and difficult topic that I will focus on.

Another concern is the imbalance between the project being run by volunteer contributions but those volunteers not having enough power in the decision making in terms of how the budget, that is generated by their contributions, is spend. This is a power imbalance between the foundation and the Wikipedia community.

Presentations with similar content at Wikimania 2016

On geographic distribution:

25.06 at the Theatre 11:00 In Morocco We Don't Know We Have Wikipedia Zero by Zakaria Oudrhiri

25.06 in the School at 11:15 Going mobile and keeping editing: needs and challenges to edit Wikipedia from mobile devices (room 11)

25.06. in the School 14:00-14:45 Content translation across Wikipedias(room 12)

26:06 in the Theatre 11:30-12:00 The one true international language is translation: addressing the language barrier by Johan Jönsson, Benoît Evellin

26:06. at the School 10:30-11:15 Wikimedia projects and Wikimedia movement in the Global South: the way forward (room 11)

26.06. at the Gym Palace 14:30-15:00 Adapting for mobile consumption by Jon Katz

On the gender gap:

25.06.2015 in the Hall from 10:30-12:00

"Identity-based motivation in Wikipedia as a key to collaboration and content spreading between language editions by Marc Miquel-Ribé and David Laniado"

"Gender gap in the global south: Lessons from policy and outreach by Rohini Lakshané"

"Content Gender Gap, an International Movement by Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight

25.06. in the Museum from 16:00- 17:30 Women in Red edit-a-thon by Rosiestep, Sydney Poore/FloNight

25.06. in the School 16:45-17:30 Community health II: Tackling harassment (room 12)

26.06. at the School 11:15-12:00 Women and Gender Gap: the way forward (room 11)

On imbalance between the WMF and the community

24.06. at the School 16:30-17:15 Board discussions I: Transparency & Communication (room 11), Board discussions II: Finance (room 12), Board discussions III: Human Resources(room 30)

25.06. at the Hall 14:00-14:30 Analyzing conflict and possible solutions around WMF software development by Quim Gil, Wes Moran

Supporting material:

Internet access and Wikipedia usage: (this also covers imbalance in language and geographic distribution): WikiStats

A general overview on editorship: Wikipedia:Wikipedians

On gender imbalance (source collection): Gender Research Wikipedia