To celebrate the birthday of our late namesake, Rosalind Franklin, we hosted our first Wikipedia edit-a-thon on 25th July 2019 joining the global movement of individuals and organisations committed to reducing the content bias on this worldwide online encyclopaedia.
Wikipedia is the 5th most visited website in the world yet under represented groups and their achievements are poorly represented among the websites close to 6 million articles. For example, only 17% of the people profiled on Wikipedia are women. Not only does this mean that many talented women (and their work) are not getting the recognition they deserve, but it also critically skews perceptions about the contributions that women make to many different endeavours. This is no doubt influenced by the fact that only 8-16% of the people who actively contribute content to Wikipedia identify as women. Actually, the vast majority of wikipedia editors are men in North America.
The Franklin Women edit-a-thon brought together over 40 women working across the health and medical research sector who in 3 short hours added over 20K words of notability to wikipedia for women in our sector, including 21 new biographies and edits to 35 existing pages to improve quality & prevent deletion. Thanks to expert Wikimedians present on the day, the event also resulted in a room full of newly skilled Wikimedia editors who are equipped to make changes to online content well into the future.
Want to edit Wiki content yourself?
We have put together a number of practical resources to help you have a go. Take a look at:
- our ‘how to edit wikipedia’ cheat sheet
- an annotated Wiki page to use as an example (Prof Anne Kelso’s no less)
- our edit-a-thon Meet Up page which takes you through how to set up your account, provides a list of women from our sector who you can add or improve pages for, and many other useful links/support groups.
What to know the facts?
Check out our infographic below summarising the content bias on wikipedia and how we can all help close the gap!