In Cape Town's Wikimania, each language community received the pledge to improve diversity. I believe it is important to celebrate events dedicated to specific topics or causes in order to raise awareness. However, without metrics we cannot be sure of the event messages’ impact and how they translate into action.The Wikipedia Cultural Diversity Observatory project can answer this and other questions as it provides data with strategic value and tools for understanding the degree of coverage of each languages' cultural and geographical context and for helping editors bridge the gaps.
In this presentation we will initially show how each language edition is skewed toward the cultural and geographic context associated with its own language (generally 25%-50% of the articles), and covers only little of the other languages contexts (i.e. it mainly covers content from geographically or culturally closer language editions).
As a solution, we propose, first, specific lists of top priority articles for each language edition that should be present in every othe
r language editions. This would ensure a minimal intercultural coverage. Second, we propose to monitor cross-cultural coverage on a monthly basis in order to evaluate the impact of the initiatives undertaken by each community.
With these and other tools we plan to help communities embrace the goal of representing their context properly as well as covering a minimum of content from the rest of the world. Each of these two goals is important as communities need to get mature, empower themselves and address cultural diversity as a transversal activity in every possible event.
In this talk we want to present the current state of development of the project Wikipedia Cultural Diversity Observatory. We believe this research project can make a good contribution to the future development of Wikipedia and is of key importance to reduce inequality - Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 4, 5, 10.
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