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Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight to Speak at OCLC Distinguished Seminar Series (OCLC)


OCLC welcomes staff and the library community to join us for the Distinguished Seminar Series featuring Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight of Northeastern University's Women Writers Project. In the presentation, “Wikipedia's gender gap, and what would Hari Seldon do about it?” Rosie will give an overview on the topic, provide findings of the 2017 Wikimedia Gender Diversity Mapping study, where she interviewed 65 Wikimedia women leaders from around the world, and explain how a “small group of nobodys” are making a difference in improving the “multilingual, web-based, free encyclopedia based on a model of openly editable content."

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
11:00am - 12:00pm
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Though the mission of Wikipedia is “to offer ‘the sum of all human knowledge’” in a format that can be legally copied, modified, and redistributed to everyone, at no cost, it has been criticized for exhibiting various forms of systemic bias. Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight's presentation will focus on Wikipedia's gender gaps: the low percentage of women editors and the equally low percentage of articles about women, their works, and their issues.

With the objective of inspiring a new audience to “be bold” and join the international ranks of volunteers who write, edit, and add references to Wikipedia’s articles, Rosie incorporates Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series, the fictional psychohistorian, Hari Seldon, and his Encyclopedia Galactica, a compilation of the knowledge of a dying galactic empire, in this session.

Dame Rosie Gojich Stephenson-Goodknight is a Visiting Scholar at Northeastern University, Women Writers Project, in Boston, Massachusetts. Rosie serves as Vice President of Wikimedia District of Columbia, in Washington, DC., and sits on the Board of Advisors of Women in Journalism.

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Smith College Libraries