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LINK : Women in Sport drive

About Wiki Loves Women's Women in Sport[edit]

Concept :
Let's use WikiData to see which African sportswomen are represented on Wikimedia projects - and improve this coverage
What was the drive about
From the 1st - 30th June 2019 Wiki Loves Women celebrated all of Africa's sports women across several language Wikipedias (English, Luganda and French), WikiData and Wikimedia Commons. The drive encouraged the upload of images, the translationg of existing articles, to add WikiData items or to create new articles on participant's favourite female sportswoman.
June 2019
w:en:Wikipedia:WikiProject Wiki Loves Women/Women in Sport
This is a Wiki Loves Women project organized by user:Islahaddow, with the help of several people (epic thanks to User:Spinster for her invaluable assistance with the query) and as additional support to Women in Red's Sport drive (although our drive was a whole month earlier ;-) )
Outcomes and lessons learnt
  • The list was HUGE. User:Spinsters query pulled in thousands of lines for each woman featured. It could only pull in women that were already featured in WikiData.
  • The drive was held. The content was definitely added to and the coverage of Sportswomen from Africa was improved and increased.
Given the structure of page built on ListeriaBot it was almost impossible to verify who did what (the only history on the page came from constructing the page, people who wanted to show they wanted to participate, and ListeriaBot). ListeriaBot pulled in the changes to WikiData and initially I thought that I could count those changes on each page. I started with en.wp - from the first day of the drive I counted each change on the page using page by page comparisons. The first day - 15 changes (line item additions to WikiData), by the 17th June it was up to 690 line entries (only text entries). This did not seem an efficient way to continue.

What I did notice was that:

  1. It was an excellent way to check who is covered in what country, and in which language - but, from what I could see, only on WikiData.
  2. ListeriaBot doesn't update very often on Swahili - due to few people adding to it. And there are so few articles in Swahili on Kenyan and Tanzanian sportswomen - hint, hint.
  3. I could not see who made any of the edits, therefore there was no way to use ListeriaBot in a contest of any kind
  4. Most additions were related to the sport that they played, additions of countries (extra countries being added) and then the addition of new sportswomen
  5. There were a number of additions of images already uploaded in Commons. There is no way to check (each one) to see if the image was existing or had been uploaded as part of the drive. The few I checked were previously uploaded (not specifically).
This is a great way to show the coverage of a meta category for a group of people to work through and improve this coverage. It is a terrible way to do a contest ;-). I am hoping that this page will remain as the template for people to check on whether their national sportswomen are being correctly

Supported by[edit]

Wiki Loves Women focuses on bridging two significant gaps on Wikimedia projects – women and Africa – both in terms of content about these subjects and in terms of participation by people from these groups. The project is designed to leverage Wikipedia’s role as a global repository for the dissemination of information to achieve accessible and fair online representation of notable women in countries in Africa. It encourages the contribution of existing researched and verified information to Wikipedia with the intent of redressing the systemic bias online about women. The donated data and content specifically focus on women’s contribution to the political, economic, scientific, cultural and heritage landscape, as well as the current socio-political status of women, in each country. The project will achieve its aims by working with existing gender equality-focused civil society organisations to release their intelligence onto Wikipedia and by working with established Women’s groups and existing Wikipedia Volunteer groups to disseminate this information among the Wikimedia projects. In addition, the project encourage the activation and support of new and existing editors (both female and gender-sensitised male Wikipedians) in the focus countries (Tanzania, Uganda, Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Ghana, and Nigeria).

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