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Submission no. مداخلة رقم
Title of the submission عنوان المداخلة

Knowledge Equity and Spatial Justice on Wikipedia

Slides of Knowledge Equity and Spatial Justice in Wikipedia presentation at WikiArabia 2019
Video of the complete session.

Author(s) of the submission صاحب المداخلة

Martin Dittus and Mark Graham

Username اسم المستخدم


E-mail address البريد الإلكتروني


Country of origin بلد الأصلي

United Kingdom

Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc. .الانتماء، إن كان (مجموعة، مؤسسة الخ

Oxford Internet Institute

Type of session نوع الجلسة


Language of session لغة الجلسة


Length of session مدة الجلسة

30 minutes or 1h; a longer slot would allow us to go in more detail

Theme of presentation موضوع الجلسة

Wikipedia's knowledge geography

Abstract ملخص
The world is increasingly digital. Places are layered with data and algorithms that fundamentally shape our geographic interactions, impacting how we perceive, move through, and use the cities that we live in. As the world's largest web-based encyclopaedia, Wikipedia plays an enormous role in shaping how people relate to the world. But while the open nature of Wikipedia, in theory, allows content to be created by anyone about any notable place, there remain significant imbalances in global participation and representation. In response, the Wikipedia community has introduced the concept of "knowledge equity" as an important strategic concern: "We will strive to counteract structural inequalities to ensure a just representation of knowledge and people in the Wikimedia movement." To better understand the effects of this transformation, it becomes important to ask who owns, controls, shapes, and has access to those augmented and hybrid digital/physical layers of place. Now that over half of humanity is connected to the internet, do we see greater levels of representation of, and participation from, previously digitally disconnected populations? Or are our digitally dense environments continuing to amplify inequalities rather than alleviate them? Professor Mark Graham and Dr Martin Dittus have recently launched a two-year project to empirically address those questions about our information geographies. Martin will present early findings, using geotagged information found on Wikipedia. What are the geographies of digital augmentations of place? And what is the provenance of those digital augmentations? Are we seeing a widening or narrowing of informational inequalities? By presenting our theoretical framework, methodology, and preliminary results, we hope to both bring a spatial perspective to emergent conversations about knowledge equity on Wikipedia, and receive feedback that could reshape our empirical enquiry in this multi-year project.
What will attendees take away from this session? ماذا سيستفيد الحضور من هذه الجلسة؟
  1. New research findings on Wikipedia’s knowledge geography, documenting the places in the world for which Wikipedia has good coverage, and where it is lacking
  2. Reflections on whether these representations have been produced by local communities or remotely, and how this shapes the kinds of knowledge that are captured on Wikipedia
  3. Reflections on how this relates to Wikipedia’s strategic goal of Knowledge Equity: the aim that communities around the world can participate in the creation of the knowledge about their places, and make decisions about how they are being represented online.
Will you attend WikiArabia if your submission is not accepted? هل ستحضر لويكي عربية إذا لم يتم قبول مداخلتك؟

We would love to!

Special requests طلبات خاصة
Is this Submission a Draft or Final? هل هذا الطلب مسودة أم نهائي؟

This is a draft -- we will keep updating our plans as our research progresses.

Interested attendees مهتمون بالحضور[edit]

If you are interested in attending this session, please sign with your username below. This will help reviewers to decide which sessions are of high interest.

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  1. --New Zeus (talk) 22:00, 27 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]