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Closing the gender gap through participation, outreach and #wikilove.
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Fighting the Wikipedia boys’ club

Fighting the Wikipedia boys’ club | Women and Wikimedia | Scoop.it
Radical groups like Art+Feminism are calling on girls to reclaim the wiki-verse for themselves – here’s why editing your gender is the new activism
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Wikipedia bans five editors from gender-related articles

Wikipedia bans five editors from gender-related articles | Women and Wikimedia | Scoop.it
Online encyclopedia’s highest court rules on more than 10 editors deemed to be breaking the site’s rules amid gamergate controversy
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Comment: Will editing disputes mean the end for Wikipedia?

Comment: Will editing disputes mean the end for Wikipedia? | Women and Wikimedia | Scoop.it
Wikipedia is a paradox and a miracle—a crowdsourced encyclopedia that has become the default destination for nonessential information. That it has survived almost 15 years and remained the top Google result for a vast number of searches is a testament to the impressive vision of founder Jimmy Wales and the devotion of its tens of thousands of volunteer editors.
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Wikipedia's Gender Problem Gets a Closer Look

Wikipedia's Gender Problem Gets a Closer Look | Women and Wikimedia | Scoop.it
Wikipedia's editors are overwhelmingly male, an issue that often limits the topics covered by the crowd-sourced encyclopedia. Now, researchers are trying to understand the effects of the gender gap.
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Students add feminist views to Wikipedia

Students add feminist views to Wikipedia | Women and Wikimedia | Scoop.it
Stephen Colbert once joked about how easily Wikipedia could be edited and how quickly those edits could become fact, said Elaine Zundl, dean at the Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science and Engineering.
But despite Wikipedia’s reputation, many issues are fought via the game of edits and articles, including that of feminism. 
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Wikipedia crippled by a lack of women

Edited by boys who know nothing Wikipedia’s problem is finally being realised, it teams of editors are “young white western males with a slight perso...
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Wikipedia religion: RNS examines risks of the online encyclopedia

Wikipedia religion: RNS examines risks of the online encyclopedia | Women and Wikimedia | Scoop.it
The biggest strength of Wikipedia is also its biggest weakness: What one
person writes, another can change or delete. This issue is writ large in
religion, as a recent article in the Religion News Service says.

"Religious topics are one of the top 100 most frequently vandalized on
Wikipedia," says the article, which keeps up a brisk pace despite the
1,200+ words.  It explains not only the why of religious edits, but the
difficulties of how to keep things straight -- and, in a field as
subjective as belief, what it means to keep things straight.

The story starts with Mormons, surely one of the more scrutinized faiths,
especially since Mitt Romney's presidential bid in 2012. In three years,
Anthony Willey, a Mormon and a Wikipedia administrator, has done more than
8,000 changes, mostly on his own faith.
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Whose truth is Wikipedia guarding?

Whose truth is Wikipedia guarding? | Women and Wikimedia | Scoop.it
Anne Perkins: First thoughts: This vast tree of knowledge is nurtured predominantly by young white western males with a slight personality defect
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Wikipedia holds Edit-a-thon for National Women in Engineering Day | WNN – Women News Network

Wikipedia holds Edit-a-thon for National Women in Engineering Day | WNN – Women News Network | Women and Wikimedia | Scoop.it
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Women in Science Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the University of Manchester 2014 - Wikimedia UK

Women in Science Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the University of Manchester 2014 - Wikimedia UK | Women and Wikimedia | Scoop.it
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The Woman To Run Wikipedia: Russian-born Cal Alum Seen as "White Unicorn"

The Woman To Run Wikipedia: Russian-born Cal Alum Seen as "White Unicorn" | Women and Wikimedia | Scoop.it
No, the new Wikipedian-in-chief does not write or edit entries on the world’s biggest collaborative encyclopedia. (If she did she would probably fix the reference to her own birthdate, which has been flagged “better source needed.”)
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Gamergate sucks in Wikipedia with ban controversy

Gamergate sucks in Wikipedia with ban controversy | Women and Wikimedia | Scoop.it
Wikipedia, the online publicly-editable encyclopedia, has issued a restriction on editing to certain users over alleged harassment and violation of civility while editing the "Gamergate controversy" article.
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An in-depth look at the Renaissance 'virtuosas' on display at The Walters

An in-depth look at the Renaissance 'virtuosas' on display at The Walters | Women and Wikimedia | Scoop.it
Over the past several months, groups of students, artists, and activists have been participating in Wikipedia " write-ins " or " edit-a-thons " at schools and museums all over the globe, volunteering to create new Wikipedia pages for women artists that have been largely erased from the popular art historical canon. Like nearly all secondary historical sources, Wikipedia is disproportionately written by and about men. The "edit-a-thon" is an attempt to correct history, which, through continuous neglect, has been arguably the most powerful tool used to suppress women’s advancement. I spent last spring in Italy researching Renaissance and Baroque female artists whose work I had not been exposed to as an art student in the United States. When I returned to Baltimore, I learned that The Walters is actually home to some of these artists' paintings.
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'Wikibombs' redressing gender imbalance of online encyclopedia

'Wikibombs' redressing gender imbalance of online encyclopedia | Women and Wikimedia | Scoop.it
"We're trying to get more women involved [in Wikipedia editing] because it's about the sum of all knowledge, not the sum of all male knowledge."
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Wikipedia 'edit-a-thon' writes women into history

Wikipedia 'edit-a-thon' writes women into history | Women and Wikimedia | Scoop.it
Like most students, Ira Ferris relies heavily on the internet for research. But when she turns to Wikipedia, the free, open-source internet encyclopaedia, the 31-year-old art student finds gaps.
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Writing Her Place

Writing Her Place | Women and Wikimedia | Scoop.it
Christine Meyer was on her way home from an anniversary trip with her husband this past May when she saw the news on her phone:...
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Good citations at Wikipedia’s annual meeting

Good citations at Wikipedia’s annual meeting | Women and Wikimedia | Scoop.it
The online encyclopedia is open about its flaws, which include a gender imbalance and cultural bias. But there's plenty of cause for optimism
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Gang-gang: Wikipedia bombers plot to promote women in science

Gang-gang: Wikipedia bombers plot to promote women in science | Women and Wikimedia | Scoop.it
Twenty-five bombers, full of intent, descended upon the Shine Dome of the Australian Academy of Science on Thursday. And yet, in spite of their attentions, the dear old building is still standing unscathed. How can this be?
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Men’s rights activists think a “hateful” feminist conspiracy is ruining Wikipedia

Men’s rights activists think a “hateful” feminist conspiracy is ruining Wikipedia | Women and Wikimedia | Scoop.it
They're wrong about that. But they're right that Wikipedia is open to manipulation.
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'Wikipedian' editor took on website's gender gap | PBS NewsHour

'Wikipedian' editor took on website's gender gap | PBS NewsHour | Women and Wikimedia | Scoop.it
Wikipedia has come under scrutiny over a lack of female representation and participation on the website. To combat this trend, Adrianne Wadewitz was a dedicated "Wikipedian," who wrote and edited content on Wikipedia as one of the nearly 75,000 active volunteer editors. Continue reading →
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