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Wikipedian is break-out star of International Women's Day; dinosaur art; Wikipedia's new iOS app and its fight for market share

Emily Temple-Wood

International Women's Day was celebrated on March 8. Art+Feminism organized a series of 125 worldwide editathons the weekend before to coincide with the event, its third annual commemoration. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported on the event in "Why women are missing from history on Wikipedia" (March 6) and discussed gender bias on Wikipedia. The ABC quoted Dr. Lauren Rosewarne of the University of Melbourne, who said "Having men produce the lion's share of content ... perpetuates men's voices dominating the public space and ... continuing to be the authority on issues." The ABC also listed seven Australian women missing from Wikipedia, four of whom now have Wikipedia articles.

Individual editathons received news coverage, including events at Indiana University, the University of Regina, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the University of Colorado Boulder, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, Cornell University, St. Lawrence University, the Interference Archive, and the University of Oregon.

The break-out star of Wikipedia efforts at addressing the gender gap was Emily Temple-Wood (Keilana), who was profiled in a March 8 post on the WMF blog, republished in this week's Signpost Blog feature. Her efforts are unpopular in some quarters, and Temple-Wood, who founded WikiProject Women Scientists in 2012, has vowed to create an article on a female scientist for every harassing email she receives. The blog post went viral, prompting stories in media outlets in multiple languages, including New York magazine, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, Bustle, Quartz, The Scientist, Mic, Jezebel, Buzzfeed, and Glamour. G

Dinosaur art features a profile (March 9) of French-born paleoartist Nobumichi Tamura (NobuTamura), who has created around 1,500 Creative Commons-licensed drawings of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, many of them hosted on Wikimedia Commons.

Nobu Tamura's reconstruction of a juvenile Rubeosaurus, a ceratopsian dinosaur from the Cretaceous period

As Tamura, who works at the Berkeley National Laboratory, recounts in the piece, when he first started to explore the topic in Wikipedia about a decade ago, he was struck by the absence of illustrations, and set to work.

It was not always plain sailing, partly due to the fact that paleontology has seen many advances over the past few decades that have fundamentally changed views of what these prehistoric animals looked like in life:

Archaeopteryx, a key link in the evolutionary chain from dinosaurs to birds, as visualized by Tamura

Due to other work commitments, Nobu Tamura stopped contributing to Wikipedia and Commons about five years ago – a fact that the profile curiously omits to mention – but a good number of his illustrations continue to be in use.

A recent interview with Tamura is available on YouTube. AK

Wikipedia's new iOS app and its fight for market share

The Next Web is among many tech sites to report (March 10) on Wikipedia's new iOS app. Its article, which includes several screenshots and a WMF "Wikipedia Mobile 5.0 for iPhone and iPad" launch video, says the app experience is

TechCrunch agrees (March 10) with The Next Web on the quality of the app, describing it as "well-designed and highly polished, and worth the download", but is unsure how the update will affect "Wikipedia's traction on iOS", noting that while the app remains top-ranked in the "Reference" category on the App Store, it's dropped out of the top-30 of late and is

TechCrunch's comments highlight some of the challenges the Wikimedia Foundation is up against as users move to mobile and Wikimedia content is increasingly incorporated in other brands' products. AK

Actress Eva Longoria can be seen on YouTube, reading the Wikipedia article on sewing ... while expertly sewing a pillow.

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Actually there is surprisingly little about the ED's resignation in the link AK provided. Nothing in-depth (in English, I don't read German), nothing in the last 11 days.

AK's tabloid style op-ed on the matter a couple of weeks ago was pretty low IMHO, but making up extensive news coverage is beyond the pale. Smallbones(smalltalk) 20:41, 13 March 2016 (UTC)[reply]

I'm a little puzzled here, Smallbones, as I do not recall writing an op-ed on the ED's resignation. For reference, last week we had Gamaliel's Tretikov resigns, WMF in transition, two weeks ago we had Oliver Keyes' Backward the Foundation and Gamaliel's WMF in limbo as decision on Tretikov nears, and three weeks ago William Beutler's Search and Destroy: the Knowledge Engine and the undoing of Lila Tretikov.
Lila Tretikov's resignation was covered by the BBC, The Guardian, New York Magazine, Motherboard, The Next Web, The Verge, The Register, Ars Technica, Business Insider, Le Monde, Le Nouvel Observateur, Die Zeit, Der Spiegel, Der Standard, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Heise and De Volkskrant, to name just some of the more prominent European-language publications. Most of this coverage occurred Feb. 25–29, as indicated above. Regards, --Andreas JN466 22:42, 13 March 2016 (UTC)[reply]

Where's Rob and Hunter Stetz, he's his little sister Maddie. --violetnese 22:59, 13 March 2016 (UTC)[reply]

Andreas you don't remember writing this piece of tabloid trash?
As far as the publications you cite, they are essentially all just quickie pieces, a day or 2 after the resignation, without any analysis, with just the news that Lila resigned. As I said, nothing since. Smallbones(smalltalk) 23:18, 13 March 2016 (UTC)[reply]
Well, that op-ed was five weeks ago, and was about the Knowledge Engine, rather than about the ED's resignation. The latter was an international news story covered by major, national dailies in at least half a dozen countries. If you think that isn't "widespread coverage", you're welcome to your opinion. As for "nothing since", I don't see why anyone would expect the news media to be covering an event two or three weeks after it occurred. Andreas JN466 01:24, 14 March 2016 (UTC)[reply]

It is great that User:Keilana has found a way to combat harassment that works for her and applaud her bravery and contributions. I worry that such stories are not good for addressing systematic bias in general though. Most people do not want to suffer harassment and to an extent this story just reinforces a lazy narrative that harassment of minority editors is to be expected and something they have to deal with. We should be working harder for solutions to harassment that ensure a welcoming atmosphere and comprehensive dispute resolution across the project if we are to address problems with systematic exclusion and bias in an effective manner. AlasdairEdits (talk) 19:46, 14 March 2016 (UTC)[reply]

  • The iOS app has its good points. Especially the editor is far smoother on my iPad than the others. However, despite saying I'm logged in, it leaves an edit record giving my IP instead of my username. As for exploring, one nice addition would be a click so see what articles are near the geolocated article I'm reading, not just what's near where I'm sitting. Jim.henderson (talk) 00:45, 15 March 2016 (UTC)[reply]


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