Wikimedia+Libraries/Program/Submission/Librarians in action: Detecting and preventing the Wikipedia Gender bias

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Title of your proposal[edit]

Librarians in action: Detecting and preventing the Wikipedia Gender bias

Name(s) and/or username(s)[edit]

David Ramírez-Ordóñez, User:Hiperterminal

Email address:
PhD student, Open University of Catalonia

Núria Ferran-Ferrer User:Nferranf

Email address:
Professor, Universitat de Barcelona

Julio Meneses

Email address:
Professor, Open University of Catalonia


  • Publication and Research at the intersection of Wikimedia+Libraries

Type of submission (Please choose one)[edit]

  • Individual Presentations (15 minutes)

Keywords and hashtags[edit]

Wikipedia gender gap, Notability, Reliable sources, Digital preservation.


Wikipedia has a well documented gender gap in content and content creation (Collier & Bear, 2012; Hill & Shaw, 2013). One of the policies and guidelines that affect the content creation in Wikipedia is the notability guideline (Schneider et al., 2012). In this presentation, we are going to analyze how the library field can understand the criteria of notability to improve gender diversity on Wikipedia and to create content on Wikidata and Commons Wikimedia. We propose a methodology to study the gender gap in the English Wikipedia, that could be generalized to other languages as well.

We are going to present cases to understand the role of digital preservation, the incorporation of reliable sources on biographies' development, the problem of under-representation of women in the media, and the possibility of using local information services from libraries. To do so, we are going to present cases from a community of practice dedicated to write biographies of female librarians in 4 different languages, in which librarians from 5 different countries and 2 different continents are involved. To test library tools in action for digital preservation and the discourse analysis, we are going to present the use of the Internet Archive, a successful debate to keep an article in the category Articles for Deletion, and a failed debate. We are going to think about our challenges to include biographies from a wide range of genders. This perspective will help us to promote a diverse ecosystem of information, due to the current lack of representation in the media.

We are working on a PhD thesis on Wikipedia and gender, focused on analyzing how the bias is produced. This presentation is going to present preliminary results.

Expected outcomes[edit]

  • Identify strategic issues in the Wikipedia gender gap from a library perspective.
  • Discuss the role of libraries for ensuring gender diversity in Wikipedia.
  • Suggest strategies to contribute to close the gender gap from the library field.

Duration (without Q&A)[edit]

15 minutes

Specific requirements[edit]

  • Videobeam and
  • 1 computer with Internet access.


The slides of this presentation are available in this link: or in Commons

Slides exported to PDF

I made a video too.

Interested attendees (Please add yourself, and you may indicate your questions to the presenter).[edit]

  1. Bridges2Information (talk) 01:14, 21 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  2. KellyDoyle (talk) 23:05, 21 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  3. FRomeo (WMF) (talk) 13:25, 22 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Obuezie (talk) 14:32, 22 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  5. EriedgenArc (talk) 12:01, 23 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
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  7. Ngostary2k (talk) 10:07, 26 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  8. Lilian Viana (talk) 23:03, 26 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  9. AKibombo (talk) 14:32, 28 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]