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
Duration: 2 days
Status: closed
Contact: Carole Paleco, Quentin Groom
Deadline for applications: (NEW) open until February 24, 2020


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.

Date : 3-4/March 2020 noon to noon.
Place : Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences – Brussels

Day 1 Agenda
12:00 - 13:00  Welcome Lunch
13:00 - 13:15

 Welcome & Introduction to the workshop
 by Carole PALECO (RBINS), 

 Presentation of the workshop trainer Daniëlle Jansen
 by Quentin GROOM (Meise BG)


 Presentations and addressing following grouped questions
by Daniëlle Jansen 

  • What are Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons tools and  how does it link with Citizen Science? How does these tools improve inclusiveness of citizens in science and bring value to research? Why can we observe a gender imbalance among publishers?
15:00 - 15:30  Coffee Break

 Presentations and addressing following grouped questions
 by Daniëlle Jansen

  • Who are their publishers and who/why are they publishing for ? What could be the obstacles to use these tools ? How can we improve women’s representation among publishers?
   Dinner in Brussels


Day 2 Agenda
 9:30 - 12:00

 In practice & participants trials with trainers
(Daniëlle Jansen)

12:00 - 13:00  Lunch - end of workshop

Presentations and training by Daniëlle Jansen (NL), expert in Wikimedia projects (Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons), inclusiveness and gender.

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)

COST participants are welcome to inform themselves for reimbursement under Download Vademecum.

The selected applicants will be notified by (NEW:) 26 February 2020 via e-mail.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 12:00 to Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 13:00
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Rue Vautier 29
1000 Brussels