Workshop WG1: Inclusiveness and equal opportunities in Wikipedia publishing

Workshop WG1: Inclusiveness and equal opportunities in Wikipedia publishing

Type: Working Group Meeting
Location: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels
Date: 3th - 4th March, 2020 (< not sure yet)
Duration: 2 days
Status: planed
Contact: Carole Paleco, Quentin Groom
Deadline for applications: coming soon


This workshop aims at including more women in the use of next generation crowdsourcing tools as wikis so as to have a more gendered balance source of information providers on the web...


Where does the world go to find information about biodiversity? There is a good chance the answer is Wikipedia and the Wikimedia family of projects. This open and fully internationalized environment is entirely created and funded by volunteers and delivers more than 16 billion page views per month across 264 languages (

With 134,000 active contributors just on the English language Wikipedia, it can safely be argued that this is the most open and international citizen science project in terms of usage, participants and languages. It has an irreplaceable role in formal and informal education and in the democratization of information globally. Furthermore, since 2012, Wikimedia has developed Wikidata with multilingual, public domain data.

Wikimedia and Wikipedia are at hand of citizens and citizen scientists – however, it seems that fewer women dare to publish and get hold of the tool than men do...

Through this workshop we would like to present the work from wiki users and provide a training about this tool towards the COST action community and the community of citizen science practitioners. Our goal is also to encourage women by disinhibiting them so that they give visibility to their research by publishing it and making it available to all.

Day 1 Agenda
10:00 - 13:00

 Setting the scene with 2 presentations from practitioners:  

  1. What are the links between Wikipedia and Wikimedia tools and CS? Who are their publishers and who/why are they publishing for ? Presentations from Wikipedia Citizen Science and Open Science pages update project Svetlana Belkin (tbc)
  2. What could be the obstacles to use these tools ? Why can we observe a gender imbalance among publishers - Trainer: Siobhan Leachman, Citizen Scientist, gender imbalance in articles (tbc) 
13:00 - 14:00  Lunch
14:00 - 17:00  In practice & participants trials with trainers


Day 2 Agenda
 9:30 - 12:00

 Hands-on - practical approach and trials

12:00 - 13:00  Lunch
13:00 - 16:00

 Hands-on - questions & conlusions


How to Apply

Applicants are requested to:

  • Fill out the application form 
  • Prepare and upload a 250-word motivation letter, expressing their interest in the workshop.
  • Prepare and upload a short CV - max 2 pages. In the same document containing the CV, if applicable, describe also their role/contribution in/to the COST Action 15212 (e.g., Working Group Member, contributor to a publication, etc.).
    Please upload your CV and motivation letter in the application form!

The organizing committee will assess the eligible contributions following these criteria:

  • Expertise relevant to this workshop (max. 5 score points).
  • Interest of the submitted contribution to the WG and Action goals (max. 5 score points)

More details will come soon.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 09:45 to Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 16:15
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Rue Vautier 29
1000 Brussels