2023:Program/Submissions/Mapping and bridging the knowledge gaps in Wikipedia - 9ERQA3

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Title: Mapping and bridging the knowledge gaps in Wikipedia


Netha Hussain

User: Netha Hussain on Wikimedia projects

Rohini Lakshané

Username: Rohini

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Type: Lecture

Track: Equity, Inclusion, and Community Health

Submission state: submitted

Duration: 30 minutes

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Presentation language: en

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

Identifying and bridging knowledge gaps in Wikipedia is an important priority for ensuring the credibility and sustainability of our movement. In this talk, the speakers will describe the tools and techniques needed for, and challenges faced in mapping knowledge gaps and possible solutions for bridging these gaps.

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This session aims to describe the process of mapping knowledge gaps in terms of content related to a particular subject area on Wikipedia. The speakers will first briefly introduce the knowledge gaps taxonomy framework. Then, we will talk about the tools and techniques that can be used for mapping the existing knowledge on a Wikimedia project, such as category trees, navboxes and API searches. Following this, we will discuss the strategies and tools for finding the knowledge gaps, touching upon the Listeria and OpenRefine tools. Some techniques for finding credible knowledge sources in the literature will also be discussed, with examples taken from the 'Knowledge gaps in women’s health' project. The various community initiatives for bridging the knowledge gaps, such as edit-a-thons, writing contests, writing challenges, cite-a-thons will also be discussed briefly. We will also elucidate on the challenges of locating and filling the content gap in the knowledge pertaining to under-represented populations, using the content on English Wikipedia about the Gond adivasi (indigenous people) of India as an example.

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Qn. How does your session relate to the event themes: Diversity, Collaboration Future?

This session is relevant for increasing the diversity of content on Wikimedia projects. Mapping and bridging the knowledge gaps is important for identifying the topics of impact, as envisioned in the Movement Strategy Recommendations of 2030. The solutions for bridging the knowledge gaps that involve collaboration between sister projects, languages, affiliates, and community members will also be discussed.

Qn. What is the experience level needed for the audience for your session?

Some experience will be needed

Qn. What is the most appropriate format for this session?

  • Tick Onsite in Singapore
  • Empty Remote online participation, livestreamed
  • Empty Remote from a satellite event
  • Empty Hybrid with some participants in Singapore and others dialing in remotely
  • Empty Pre-recorded and available on demand