In conjunction with the SCAR 2016 Open Science Conference
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
This event will be a celebration of female Antarctic researchers and plans to raise their profile to help provide more visible female role models for early career scientists. The event will consist of a 'Wikibomb' where ~75 wikipedia biographies of Antarctic women will be launched. A few short speeches and hopefully some refreshments will be provided should sponsors be found.
The SCAR Community is asked to nominate influential female Antarctic researchers and those involved in supporting research, both past and present, to potentially be included in our Wikibomb event.
Special thanks to Jan Strugnell, Thomas Shafee, and and Wikipedia’s Women in Red and the rest of the Wikibomb Committee: Nerida Wilson, Craig Stevens, Justine Shaw and Jenny Baeseman and to everyone who nominated outstanding women and contributed to this unprecedented activity.
This effort was made possible by the dedication of an amazing group of volunteers - thank you for your time!
Allison Lee, Carol Devine, Morgan Seag, Christel Hansen, Tristy Vick-Majors, Nicole Hill, Alix Post, Nor Radziah, Aitana Forcen, Jenna Knox, Siti Musalmah, Jesse Blackadder, Christine Siddoway, Sharon Robinson, Will Pena, Gisela Gacitua, Nur Sakinah, Tammy Russell, Aitana Forcen, Hanne Nielsen, Gabriela Roldan, Jennifer Austin, Katya Uryupova, Ana Maria Barrios, Bryn Dhir, Laurton McGurk, Nicole Dakin, Nicola Wilmot, Jessica Rosenfels, Tebogo Masebe, Jenna Tracy Knox, Emma Jefferys, Nadezhda Filimonova, Michaela Louise Coote, YongMei Gong, Kiran Gurung, Maddie Brasier, Charlotte Ditlevsen, Lena Padukova, Jordan Owen
Background: The Representation of Women on Wikipedia
The editor community on Wikipedia suffers from he same gender biases as the STEM community at large. The percentage of female editors on Wikipedia is around 16% (up from 8.5% in 2011, but quite obviously nowhere near 50%).
Over the last 5 years there has been a push to ensure that notable women are portrayed on Wikipedia, and women now make up ~35% of biographies (of people who are notable for achievements pre 1950) . However, the quality of those articles is still far lower than for men, with significant shortcomings in their length, content, connectivity to other pages and prominence on the site's front page. This is because achieving a number of articles is an easily visible and achieved target. Ensure high quality of articles is the real long-term goal.
The approach of the Wikimedia foundation and editor community is to simultaneously improve recruitment of female editors and to focus editor efforts towards notable women.
The Wikimedian 2011 survey
Wikimedia's Inspire campaign to address gender bias
The Wikipedia Gender Gap Revisited: Characterizing Survey Response Bias with Propensity Score Estimation
It's a Man's Wikipedia? Assessing Gender Inequality in an Online Encyclopedia