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How to map and bridge the knowledge gaps in health-related articles on Wikipedia?[edit]

Abstract/description of your session[edit]

Due to the crowd-sourced nature of Wikipedia, it is possible that some topic areas are better represented than others, while some topics are completely missing from WIkipedia. In this context, it is important to identify, measure and bridge these knowledge gaps in order to increase the relevance, credibility and completeness of Wikipedia articles. This session aims to introduce the techniques and tools that can be used for identifying content gaps on Wikipedia, and suggestions for bridging these gaps. This session is largely built from the speaker's experience in working on knowledge gaps related to Vaccine Safety on English Wikipedia.

In 2022, the Wikimedia Foundation Research Team published a white paper for addressing the knowledge gaps on Wikimedia projects. This document serves as a guide for measuring and bridging knowledge gaps across Wikimedia projects. Similarly, English Wikipedia contains a guide for mapping the content gaps. This session will be designed in accordance with the principles and best practices outlined in the above documents, in relation to a case study where the knowledge gaps related to Vaccine Safety were analysed.

How does it connect with the WCI 2023 theme/focus[edit]

  • This session on knowledge gaps focuses on the Recommendation #8 of Wikimedia's strategic direction "Identify topics of impact". Furthermore, the presentation is helpful for the participants to strengthen the credibility of Wikipedia by identifying and bridging the knowledge gaps in their respective communities.

Speaker name/s or username/s[edit]


Contact details (optional)[edit]

  • nethahussain(_AT_)gmail.com

Language of the session[edit]

  • English

Session type[edit]

  • Interactive lecture

Session outcomes[edit]

  • At the end of the session, the participants would learn about finding the content gaps in a given topic area on Wikipedia and suggestions for bridging these gaps. This knowledge could be useful for the participants to apply in their local/home Wikiprojects.

Support required from organizers[edit]

  • Note-taking support is preferred, but not necessary. The slides of the presentation shall be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.

Consent for recording[edit]

  • Yes