2022:Submissions/Decolonizing the Internet’s Structured Data: join the conversation!

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Session Notes (etherpad)


  • Language: English
  • Status: Live

Speaker(s)[edit source]

Mariana Fossatti (WK?)

Abstract[edit source]

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In October 2021, we invited over 40 participants from around the world for the conversation Decolonizing the Internet’s Structured Data, leading up to WikidataCon, jointly organized by Whose Knowledge?, Wiki Movimento Brasil, and Wikimedia Deutschland. The gathering report is available here: https://whoseknowledge.org/resource/dti-structured-data-report/
That was a much needed opportunity to imagine radical possibilities for structured data across regions and areas of study. Many participants voiced their interest in organizing more collective spaces and advancing more concrete steps towards emancipatory practices. In Wikimania 2022 we want to resume the conversation, and make it broader and deeper, together with the Wikimedia community.

Learning Outcomes[edit source]

1. What structured data is, and what it means to build systems around SD that center multiple epistemologies.
2. Acknowledge the power dynamics in the ways we work with SD in Wikimedia projects: whose views, whose agenda, whose ontologies, and whose decisions sustain the classifications we are building.
3. Acknowledge that decolonizing SD is a critical human rights issue, since marginalized communities have little to no access or control over the data that impacts their lives.

Biography[edit source]

Decolonizing Wikimedia coordinator of Whose Knowledge? I'm a feminist and a free/libre culture activist from Uruguay. I have been working in #VisibleWikiWomen, a global campaign to upload women images on Commons, especially black, brown, indigenous, trans women and non-binary individuals.