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Women in Red - Only 17% of biographies on Wikipedia are about women. Let's...

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Have you ever wondered why the information in Wikipedia is extensive for some topics and scarce for others? As part of the Wikimedia residency at the University of Edinburgh, the University's Information Services team will run a monthly informal Wiki meetup focused on improving Wikipedia's representation of notable women; turning red-linked articles that don't yet exist into blue clickable ones that do.

These are drop-in sessions so knowledge of Wikipedia editing is beneficial. However, Wikipedia editing can be easy to pick up as this 5 minute walkthrough of the new Visual Editor interface demonstrates. The editing will focus on creating and improving the quality of articles about notable women on Wikipedia using source texts such as The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women.

In November 2014, just over 15% of the English Wikipedia's biographies were about women. Founded in July 2015, WikiProject Women in Red has brought the figure up to 17%, as of July 2017. But that means, according to WHGI, only 249,079 of our 1,468,135 biographies are about women. Not impressed? "Content gender gap" is a form of systemic bias, and this series of meetups seeks to address it in a positive way.

Come along to learn about how Wikipedia works and create new role models for young and old alike!

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Point of contact: ewan.mcandrew@ed.ac.uk

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