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Despite the values of freedom and openness, the free culture movement’s gender balance is as skewed (or more so) as that of the computing culture from which it arose. Based on the collection and analysis of discourse on gender and sexism within this movement over a six–year period. I suggest three possible causes: (a) some geek identities can be narrow and unappealing; (b) open communities are especially susceptible to difficult people; and, (c) the ideas of freedom and openness can be used to dismiss concerns and rationalize the gender gap as a matter of preference and choice.
freeculture  feminism  wikipedia  women 
january 2013 by pfctdayelise
Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2011-09-05/Opinion essay - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Surely being a Wikipedia editor has a higher chance of making you become a giant copyright nerd than just about anything short of attending law school. Good job Moonriddengirl (although more detail about what to do would be useful).
copyright  wikipedia 
september 2011 by pfctdayelise
Wikimedia blog » Blog Archive » Update on Virtual Community History Research (Spanish-language Wikipedia)
I’ve developed an interest in the dynamics of conflict and conflict resolution in Spanish-language Wikipedia. One could look at this question from many angles, but I’m interested in the area of language usage, broadly speaking — what you might call “fights over words.” This is an issue that various interview subjects have already pointed out to me, and is already a topic of discussion among Spanish-speaking editors.

More specifically, I am talking about conflicts over “civismo” and “etiqueta” (how one should speak to and debate with other members of the community), as well as over the how to determine the “correct” use of Spanish, in a community that is linguistically and culturally diverse. It may seem that “fights over words” are a trivial thing — certainly some editors think so — but they are recurrent, and I think they can tell us something about the internal dynamics of the community.
spanish  wikipedia  community 
september 2011 by pfctdayelise
[note from one of the authors at]

International Journal of Communication, Vol 5 (2011)
Gender Bias in Wikipedia and Britannica
Joseph Reagle, Lauren Rhue


Is there a bias in the against women’s representation in Wikipedia biographies? Thousands of biographical subjects, from six sources, are compared against the English-language Wikipedia and the online Encyclopædia Britannica with respect to coverage, gender representation, and article length. We conclude that Wikipedia provides better coverage and longer articles, that Wikipedia typically has more articles on women than Britannica in absolute terms, but Wikipedia articles on women are more likely to be missing than articles on men relative to Britannica. For both reference works, article length did not consistently differ by gender.
wikipedia  women  research  geekfeminism 
september 2011 by pfctdayelise
Editor Survey 2011/Women Editors - Meta
Results from the 2011 Wikipedia Editor Survey, only available to logged-in users (so, different to the 2008 UNU-Merit study - WMF intends to use this one as a baseline for future studies). Had 4,930 total respondents, of which 434 (9%) identified as female.
geekfeminism  wikipedia  women  statistics 
august 2011 by pfctdayelise
Lightning talks: Saturday - YouTube
@chrisjrn investigates the xkcd comic that claims all links lead to 'Philosophy', eventually.
wikipedia  visualisation  video 
august 2011 by pfctdayelise
WikiChix Lunch 2011 - Outreach Wiki
Wow, the most detailed write-up of a wiki meet-up I have ever seen. :)
wikipedia  wikimania  wikimedia  women  geekfeminism 
august 2011 by pfctdayelise
Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2011-08-15/Women and Wikipedia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Roundup of recent news relating to women editors of Wikipedia, including a mention (and nice picture) of the now-traditional "Wikichix" meetup at the recent Wikimania conference.
women  wikipedia  geekfeminism 
august 2011 by pfctdayelise
Women, Let’s Claim Wikipedia! : Ms Magazine Blog
I believe that more women would be involved in editing Wikipedia if it were a social activity, rather than an insular one, so I hosted a WikiWomen party at my house to make the experience collaborative. In attendance were five female chemists: myself, Anna Goldstein, Rebecca Murphy, Chelsea Gordon and Helen Yu. We started the night with a dinner, over which we discussed the experience of being a graduate student and how writing for Wikipedia compares to teaching undergraduates.
geekfeminism  wikipedia  women 
august 2011 by pfctdayelise
Sue Gardner Talks Women in in Tech - Female Tech Executive on Women in Wikimedia - Marie Claire
"I don't believe that the Wikipedia community is in any serious way sexist. The same is not true of the Silicon Valley media."
wikipedia  women  geekfeminism 
may 2011 by pfctdayelise
Tom Morris - Channel 4: showing the fruits of ‘content lifecycle’ idiocy
For a public service broadcaster, or any media outlet, there’s no point in having such a “content lifecycle”. If you designed a car or a computer or a book with built-in obsolescence, that’s a bad product. If you are producing creative works (even–dare it be said?–works of art), the point is that they should strive in some sense to have lasting significance. Unless, you know, you are subverting that for artistic effect. But that’s not really applicable to the BBC News coverage of the 1997 General Election or websites containing war stories solicited from British citizens who lived through World War II. (Yeah, seriously. That’s fucked up beyond all measure. You can have considerably more latitude fucking around with the collective memories of sci-fi fans than you can with the ever more rapidly vanishing generation who fought Hitler. Nobody can justify getting rid of chunks of the historical record about World War II.)
wikipedia  internet  digital  history  wtf 
march 2011 by pfctdayelise
Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2011-02-14/Accreditation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Gaining accreditation as Wikimedia photographers at sports events

Useful tips for members of volunteer groups on how to present themselves in order to gain official press accreditation as photographers.
wikipedia  volunteering  photography 
february 2011 by pfctdayelise
Notabilia – Visualizing Deletion Discussions on Wikipedia
What decides whether consensus is reached is the administrator closing the AfD discussion, not a headcount. As a result, the proportion of Keeps and Deletes may be at odds with the final decision, as illustrated by the above visualization. AfD discussions also take a variety of shapes depending on how they evolve over time.
Varieties of AfD patterns:
1. Controversial
Particularly controversial discussions where Deletes and Keeps alternate tend to follow a straight line as opposing opinions balance each other and consensus is hard to reach.
2. Swinging
Discussions follow an s-shaped trajectory when a series of Deletes is followed by a consistent series of Keeps or vice versa. This pattern may indicate that participants with similar opinions flock together and join the discussion at the same time.
3. Unanimous
Unanimous discussions tend to get curly. An ideal discussion in which there is a total agreement among participants will approximately look like a logarithmic spiral.
wikipedia  visualisation  graphics 
january 2011 by pfctdayelise Confirms Expansion into Overseas Market, Invading Wikipedia's territory | SYS-CON MEDIA
As to the reasons for expanding into overseas market, Dr. Haidong Pan, founder and CEO of, pointed out, "First, it's very easy for overseas Chinese to accept as the 'Wikipedia of China.' Second, is well recognized by a large group of Chinese-American scientists. Third, has more and more visitors from North America, and obviously it has been the first stop for overseas Chinese to seek the most up-to-date China-related knowledge like 'Cheating Horse' and 'Lonely Generation II.'"

Prof. Dan Qun Fang, a Chinese-American scientist living in Los Angles, is an expert on noise control and also a heavy user of [...]
"It's the right time for to reach the overseas Chinese community," said Haidong Pan, a Boston University graduate. "We think we understand the Chinese language and people better than Wikipedia. We believe we can do a better job."
chinese  wikipedia 
october 2010 by pfctdayelise
Aapka Apna Wikipedia
If Indian-language Wikipedias are windows to a multicultural world, their contributors are the hinges that prop them open. Some are driven by a sense of duty towards their native language and for others, it is the sheer joy of jogging their mind for words, or the challenge of inventing a modern lexicon. A lot of Indian-language Wikipedia content is translated from the English under the Commons licence, but what do you do about technical words with no equivalent in your language? You can transliterate them, but Sundar has a better idea. He puts out word requests in the article’s talk page, where experts often help him coin terms. “Over time I learnt the trick: split tech terms to their Greek or Latin roots, translate the roots to basic Tamil words, and combine them. It’s a very rewarding experience,” says Sundar
wikipedia  india  linguistics  terminology 
october 2010 by pfctdayelise
Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2010-09-13/WikiProject report - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This week we met up with five wikigraphists—members of of the Wikipedia Graphics Lab. We chatted with JovianEye, Begoon, Fallschirmjäger, Gringer and Orionist.

Unlike a conventional WikiProject, the Lab does not work with articles – only images, grouped into three "workshops": one for illustrations, one for photographs and one for maps. When the project started in 2006, requests were all grouped in one area, as the Graphics lab. Since then, the three separate workshops have been created, focusing people with relevant skills on the specific area they can work on rather than having to look through all requests. However, this sometimes means keeping watch on three different pages, each with a lower level of activity, as well as the sister project on Wikimedia Commons.
wikipedia  wikimedia  wikimediacommons  graphics  inkscape 
september 2010 by pfctdayelise
On Wikipedia, Cultural Patrimony, and Historiography |
This guy put all the edits to the article on the Iraq War into books. 12 volumes. very interesting.
wikipedia  books  publishing 
september 2010 by pfctdayelise
$20 Wikipedia Reader Uses 8-Bit Computing Power | Gadget Lab |
A digital book reader could bring information to students in developing countries using a technology that is long past its prime: 8-bit computing.

The Humane Reader, a device designed by computer consultant Braddock Gaskill, takes two 8-bit microcontrollers and packages them in a “classic style console” that connects to a TV. The device includes an optional keyboard, a micro-SD Card reader and a composite video output. It uses a standard micro-USB cellphone charger for power.

In all, it can hold the equivalent of 5,000 books, including an offline version of Wikipedia, and requires no internet connection. The Reader will cost $20 when 10,000 or more of it are manufactured. Without that kind of volume, the each Reader will cost about $35.

“Everything about it is related to the cost,” says Gaskill. “It’s meant to be an absolute basic system that can deliver Wikipedia and e-books for educational and non-profit use.”
wikipedia  technology 
august 2010 by pfctdayelise
[Foundation-l] encouraging women's participation
A thread from mid June. Long thread that devolves into "how can we make Wikipedia a social networking site" about half way through. so many words!
wikimedia  women  technology  geekfeminism  wikipedia 
june 2010 by pfctdayelise
Talking GLAMs, the British Museum and low hanging fruit with Wikimedia's Liam Wyatt | Culture24
Q. If you could change one thing about the GLAM sector what would it be?
A. I would say to not treat digital visitors with a different level of rights than in-person visitors. Yes, it is more difficult to measure engagement online but sometimes digital-visitors to GLAM institutions are treated at best as a burden and at worst as art thieves.

For sure, nothing can or should replace the *actual experience* of visiting a museum - but the reach of a museum can be so much greater online and the impact can be much broader with unexpected benefits. Moreover, the internet is a great leveller - even the biggest physical institution only has access to the same software and platform as the smallest. It's not a matter of what you've got but what you do with it!
wikipedia  wikimediaaustralia  wikimedia  glam 
june 2010 by pfctdayelise
All The Modern Things: Is mass collaboration all it's cracked up to be?
Copy of my talk given at the National Library's Innovative Ideas Forum 2010.
briannalaugher  iif2010  wikipedia 
april 2010 by pfctdayelise
Video – Students Building Legacy with Wikipedia | November Learning
I would like to share a video that was developed by Pat Kyle, a teacher in the Washington D.C. Public School System who worked with a group of students on the early stages of a project called Stories from Shaw. These students, with the help of Pat, a local public librarian and others within the community, are working to build up a written history of places in their community for inclusion within Wikipedia. Their first piece, still in progress, was written about Shiloh Baptist Church.
wikipedia  education  video 
march 2010 by pfctdayelise
This wiki is about Levitation, our effort to convert the Wikipedia database into Git repositories.
wikipedia  mediawiki  git  dvcs 
december 2009 by pfctdayelise
Joseph Reagle
left a comment... is only promising to deliver a free encyclopedia, rather than letting everyone create such a thing, a failure of imagination?
september 2009 by pfctdayelise
Wikipedia Diver :: Add-ons for Firefox
This extension creates an sqlite database in your profile directory, and then logs all clicks between pages on Wikipedia to that database. It adds an item in the tools menu titled "WikiDiver Graph," which loads a page that allows you to see a graph of your Wikipedia browsing, arranged into "dives" (where a dive is a series of links through Wikipedia).

I love randomly wandering through Wikipedia, and I became curious about what my own browsing history would look like. For example, how did I start reading about Holland, and end reading up reading about Oliver Cromwell's head? Where did I go in between? This extension was an attempt at answering that.
wikipedia  firefox  extension  visualisation 
september 2009 by pfctdayelise
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web services personified: facebook, twitter, myspace, wikipedia, deviantart (the only woman!), youtube, google
wikipedia  graphics  filetype:jpg  media:image 
august 2009 by pfctdayelise Indywiki - Develop
desktop app for "visually" browsing Wikipedia. Uses PyQT4
wikipedia  software  python 
august 2009 by pfctdayelise
Okawix - Home page
Okawix lets you download the whole content of Wikipedia, with or without images, so that you can browse it offline:
Okawix is available in 253 languages and includes sister projects of the Wikimedia Foundation (Wikisource, Wiktionary, Wikiquote, Wikibooks).
august 2009 by pfctdayelise
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