Wikipedia and WINN come together to increase the number of women in the global encyclopedia
6 September, 2019
Wikipedia is one of the 10 most visited websites in the planet. With its 14 million daily users, this free encyclopedia is the Internet most popular and largest consultation platform, not only for the wide range of subjects and characters included in it, but also for its updating speed.
Winn + Wikipedia

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By Gabriela Oliván, for Diario Financiero (Chile)

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Wikipedia is one of the 10 most visited websites in the planet. With its 14 million daily users, this free encyclopedia is the Internet most popular and largest consultation platform, not only for the wide range of subjects and characters included in it, but also for its updating speed.

[/vc_column_text][cesis_share_shortcode link=”https://winnlatam.com/wikipedia-y-winn-se-unen-para-aumentar-la-presencia-femenina-en-la-enciclopedia-global/” title=”WINN y Wikipedia se unen” type=”cesis_share_rounded” color_type=”cesis_share_grey” facebook=”yes” twitter=”yes” linkedin=”yes” mail=”yes”][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text font_size=”20″ text_resize=”yes” text_minimum=”14″ line_height=”30px” css=”.vc_custom_1566326406570{margin-bottom: 40px !important;}” font_color=”#000000″]Interestingly, this collaborative site born in 2001 is being built thanks to the contribution of thousands and thousands of volunteers around the world who identify, write, and edit time and again the articles of people, institutions, or facts considered to be «relevant».».

But what is relevant for Wikipedia? The relevance in wiki is given by the «online reputation», i.e., by the recognitions, prizes, publications, and digital mentions that prove the truthfulness of the information published on the site. These sources are verified by a large number of voluntary users and also by multiple systems and algorithms certifying from IP addresses to camera serial numbers of those people who transfer the rights of their images.

However, , this rigorous quality control may represent a constraint for «relevant» people but with a poor «digital reputation». . Women in general are found within this group—only a few have a strong online presence evidencing their achievements or, in Wikipedia terms, their «relevance».

On the other hand, there are also inequalities at Wikipedia «back office». Ninety percent of voluntary editors or «wikipedists» are men and therefore, they work and edit articles according to their views and interests. And this replicates in the 300 languages in which this free encyclopedia is written.

Consequently, sonly 20% of all Wikipedia biographies are written by women.
How can these gender biases be reverted in digital encyclopedias?

The answer is simple:
with more and better collaboratiosn. That is why WINN joins the Group of Latin American Women Users in Wikimedia to create the Latin American Women in the News Media project.

WINN is an initiative sponsored byAccenture and constitutes the first Latin American network of women journalists. Its goal is to promote digital collaboration and fluency in face of the challenges of the future of journalism, focused on training, collective intelligence, and knowledge transfer among peers. Through its partnership with Wikimedia, WINN aims at placing value to the work of women reporters, writers, intellectuals, war correspondents, researchers, economists, scientists, and so many other women who, from the news media, have been contributing to creating a fairer, more equitable, and developed society.

The task is simple: to propose women journalists and communicators who are «recognized» for their track-record, bringing the links of their achievements to be written up by wikipedists in their articles. How can you do that? By filling out the five- question form you will find here..

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