Pero, ¿no es Wikipedia un medio libre, emergente, creado por contribuyentes? ¿Por qué la carencia? Las respuestas son complejas, pero tienen que ver precisamente con los contribuyentes. De ahí la importancia de los estudios y las estrategias para cambiar la situación, como estas sesiones convocadas por la Royal Society y el colectivo de fotografías en Flickr, hecho por el Smithsonian.
Women in science: Wikipedia workshop (en español)
Wikipedia’s well-documented woman problem is so bad that even Britain’s most prestigious science society has taken notice.
On Oct. 19 the Royal Society—whose past fellows include Newton, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, and Stephen Hawking, and whose current fellows boast a combined total 80 Nobel prizes—will host a Wikipedia “editathon” to beef up the encyclopedia’s coverage of women scientists.
Anyone can edit Wikipedia, but the site’s own surveys put the female editor population around 9 percent. Cofounder Jimmy Wales has described the average user as a “26-year-old geeky male” and has publicly expressed concern about how the gender imbalance skews Wikipedia’s content. In July, he noted that an entry on Kate Middleton’s dress was pulled because it wasn’t “notable”—meanwhile, Wikipedians have no problem chronicling every new distribution of Linux with methodical obsession.
"The Wikipedia idea struck a real chord in me because I read about a year ago that the typical person who writes entries for Wikipedia is a man,” Uta Frith, a professor of cognitive development and a Royal Society Fellow, told the BBC. “That really started alarm bells ringing because we don't think about it—who is doing all this work?
For the third March in a row, the Smithsonian Institution is marking Women's History Month with a trove of uploads to their Flickr Commons account, all images of "Women in Science," from their Science Service archives. The images are all no-known-copyright, and they're great glimpses of women's work in laboratories and classrooms from the 1920s through the 1960s. They're also a crowdsourcing opportunity--many of the women in the photographs have names, but beyond that, their life stories and accomplishments could use some more details. Feel moved to start a Wikipedia entry for one of them? Good, because many don't have one yet.
The New York Times : Define Gender Gap? Look Up Wikipedia’s Contributor List By NOAM COHEN Published: January 30, 2011
In 10 short years, Wikipedia has accomplished some remarkable goals. More than 3.5 million articles in English? Done. More than 250 languages? Sure.
But another number has proved to be an intractable obstacle for the online encyclopedia: surveys suggest that less than 15 percent of its hundreds of thousands of contributors are women.
About a year ago, the Wikimedia Foundation, the organization that runs Wikipedia, collaborated on a study of Wikipedia’s contributor base and discovered that it was barely 13 percent women; the average age of a contributor was in the mid-20s, according to the study by a joint center of the United Nations University and Maastricht University.
Sue Gardner, the executive director of the foundation, has set a goal to raise the share of female contributors to 25 percent by 2015, but she is running up against the traditions of the computer world and an obsessive fact-loving realm that is dominated by men and, some say, uncomfortable for women.
Recursos para chicas en ciencia, tecnología y matemática, CIENTEC
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