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Some potentially useful tools for finding articles[edit]

@Eric Luth (WMSE): First off -- thanks to you and others for organizing this event! This is mainly an offer of support (from the Wikimedia Research team) and to highlight some resources that participants might find useful:

  • Quicksilver: a group called Primer created a tool a while back called Quicksilver that aims to jump-start the process of creating English Wikipedia articles about people from STEM fields. They build a system that aggregates mentions of people in STEM news stories and generates a potential draft Wikipedia article based on these mentions / references. Users need to verify that the individual is indeed notable and do some fact-checking on the sources, but it can be a useful resource for creating new articles about women in STEM. The system currently still seems to be functional, but if you would like to be put in contact with the people at Primer, just let us know and we would be happy to coordinate that.
  • GapFinder: my research team runs a system called GapFinder that recommends articles to be translated into a new language based on the popularity of that article (# of pageviews). Selecting an article through the interface directly connects the user with the Content Translation interface. While the existing system will accept as input an article title for which to find related articles to create -- e.g., inputting "Woman" gives recommendations like "Feminism in Greece" -- we would be willing to add a filter to the system to only recommend biographies of women (likely based on Wikidata properties). If that would be of use, please let us know soon so that we can set aside some time ahead of WikiGap to make the changes.
  • More of just an FYI and note of support -- as part of some other work, we recently were plotting out the fraction of biographies in a few languages overtime according to Wikidata, and we appreciate the efforts to continue to try to bring those lines higher.

Thanks! --Isaac (WMF) (talk) 17:07, 6 February 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Isaac (WMF): Hi Isaac! Thanks a lot for your valuable resources and suggestions. Neither of them were known to me before. I will have a close look, see how we can include it in our communications, and especially look into if a modified GapFinder would be of use for this year's campaign. Eric Luth (WMSE) (talk) 08:07, 7 February 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wiki Loves Women's WikiGap March 2020 results[edit]


During March, Wiki Loves Women ran the Tell Us About Her campaign on the ISA Tool. The drive was aimed at improving the visibility of political leaders and activists across Africa on Wikimedia projects. If you do not know it yet, the ISA tool is a fun and mobile-friendly tool that helps players to add better descriptions to photographs within selected categories that have been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. The descriptions make the images more useful on Wikipedia and Wikidata. The information that is added to the image description is structured data (in the form of depicts or captions). Categories chosen for the Tell Us More About Her campaign were related to politicians, activists and, in particular, feminists based in Africa.

You can find out more about the campaign and the results here. There are many campaigns currently running on the ISA Tool, this was the first women-focused one. Please feel free to add your own!

-- Islahaddow (talk) 11:05, 3 April 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]