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Wikipedian in Residence for Gender Equity
summaryWest Virginia University Libraries aspires to become a beacon for gender equality in Wikipedia by appointing a Wikipedian in Residence for Gender Equity by late fall 2015.
strategic priorityimproving quality
themeoffline outreach and partnerships
amount27,100 USD
contact• Carroll.Wilkinson@mail.wvu.edu
created on17:39, Tuesday, March 31, 2015 (UTC)
2015 round 1

Project idea[edit]

What is the problem you're trying to solve?[edit]

A full discussion of the context of the issue of the acknowledged gender gap in Wikipedia is found here: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Address_the_gender_gap

WVU Libraries aspires to become a beacon for gender equality in Wikipedia by appointing a Wikipedian in Residence for Gender Equity by late fall 2015.

What is your solution?[edit]

The WiR will collaborate with faculty, students, librarians, library staff, and interested others to begin the process of content development in Wikipedia to address undocumented topic areas about women and gender issues and to strengthen existing entries. The new WiR will focus exclusively on women and gender issues in West Virginia first and then expand to the Appalachian region of the United States. When we have the person on board we believe this will be the first WiR with a focus on gender equity issues.

Project goals[edit]

This idea proposes an experimental and hybrid bridge project that will bring the culture of Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation together with the culture of our University and University Libraries. We aim for a successful partnership with mutually satisfying outcomes, i.e. the reduction of the gender gap in specified areas of content in Wikipedia.

Get involved[edit]


  • Advisor Guidance and assistance selecting a WIR, tools for teaching Wikipedia to faculty/students Ocaasi (talk) 13:27, 29 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Advisor Continue to assist with advancing this project through guidance about selecting a WiR, setting appropriate measures for success, planning activities that have impact, and general advice about Wikimedia/Wikipedia. Sydney Poore/FloNight (talk) 13:45, 29 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Advisor I have significant experience in developing capacity for Digital projects in the humanities, especially around Wikipedia, on University campuses through outside work, the Education program and GLAM-Wiki. I would love to advise on both developing the position, hiring the WiR and helping the WiR define the research and engagement methodologies. Sadads (talk) 14:29, 29 April 2015 (UTC)


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Project plan[edit]


Project Plan


This budget covers a one year period during which we hope to begin with Wikimedia Foundation salary support for the 50% of the WiR salary and cost share from West Virginia University Libraries.

Year 1 Request

  • $27,100.00 WiR salary, fringe,travel, materials for project promotion and communication.

Year 1 in-kind contribution for WVUL:

  • 10% salary plus fringe of Library faculty strategic initiatives director,web development costs, office supplies of WiR,

Partial Total: $12,482.84. WVUL will also contribute $25,000 in salary. Grand total: $37,482.84

Community engagement[edit]


WVUL intends to make this effort permanent. The WiR will be fully integrated into the structure of the University Libraries by Year 2.

Measures of success[edit]

Assessment plan-We intend to design a rubric to evaluate each authentic article written or strengthened by volunteer writers. Criteria for assessment will include: the writer’s ability to follow the guidelines for Wikipedia, encyclopedia-style writing; the avoidance of sexist or other biased language in all text; the selection of subject matter; the quality of the writer’s research process and sources of evidence; and the care with which the citations are written. Each writer will receive the rubric during training and the overall writing expectations and criteria for evaluation will be made clear from the beginning of the project. Furthermore, we will count and assess the number of Wikipedia West Virginia women and gender studies articles at the beginning of this project and increase that number by 25% or more by the end of the project.If we are successful and can expand we will do the same for the Appalachian women and gender issue articles.

In addition to the guidelines for sustainability above, we will add measures of success to the project implementation. They are: 1.number of overall participants; 2.the number of women participating; 3.the number of new editors; 4. the number of retained editors; 5. the number of articles improved and created.

Project team[edit]

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