Many in the Change community will find this upcoming talk interesting.

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From: Benj. Mako Hill <>
Date: Sat, Apr 29, 2017 at 8:33 PM
Subject: [dub] May 17 3:30pm - Talk by Darren Gergle on "The Wikipedia
Language Gap: Understanding and Designing for Global Communities"

Greetings dub folks!

The Scheidel Lecture is the Department of Communications big annual
lecture. This year, the speaker is Darren Gergle:a an HCI and social
computing researcher who I hope will be of interest to many folks at
DUB!  The event is open to the public and free but an RSVP is

Also, please feel free to forward on the email and link to other

Lots of details are below!

  WHO: Darren Gergle, Professor in the departments of Communication
       Studies and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (by
       courtesy) at Northwestern University

 WHAT: The Wikipedia Language Gap: Understanding and Designing for
       Global Communities

 WHEN: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | Presentation: 3:30 PM | Reception:
       4:30 PM

WHERE: Room 120 of the Communications Building (CMU) at UW




  Everyday people produce an extraordinary amount of user-generated
  content in peer- production and social media systems such as
  Wikipedia, Reddit, Flickr, Instagram and Facebook. These large-scale
  repositories have been shown to provide accurate and wide-ranging
  coverage of a variety of events, topics and information. Yet,
  language barriers coupled with community- based coverage biases can
  undermine the availability, accessibility and usefulness of the

  In this talk, Professor Gergle will present research that
  illustrates both the challenges and opportunities of user- generated
  content in the context of multilingual Wikipedia. In doing so, he
  aims to achieve the following three goals: (1) to describe
  large-scale data analysis techniques that can be used to empirically
  assess content diversity and coverage biases that exist across
  language editions of Wikipedia, (2) to elaborate the effect these
  diverse representations and biases can have on both individuals that
  make use of the knowledge as well as technologies that rely upon the
  peer-produced data structures, and (3) to demonstrate new approaches
  to the design of technologies that better support global knowledge


  Professor Gergle’s research is in the fields of Human-Computer
  Interaction (HCI), Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and
  Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) with an interest in developing
  a theoretical understanding of the role that visual information
  plays in supporting communication and group interactions. A key
  component of his work is the application of social and cognitive
  psychology theory to the design, deployment and evaluation of
  computing technologies.


  The Thomas Scheidel Lecture has been a long-standing tradition since
  1998 after the Thomas M. Scheidel Faculty Lecture Fund was created
  in 1997. It honors Scheidel’s lifetime of scholarship, teaching, and
  academic leadership by bringing distinguished scholars to the UW
  Department of Communication to meet with and lecture to faculty and
  students who are pursuing advanced study in communication. During
  Scheidel’s more than twenty-year career at the UW, he held the
  positions of Associate Dean and Departmental Chair twice, and was
  awarded for his Distinguished Service, Research, and as a
  Scholar. Scheidel was inducted into the Department Alumni Hall of
  Fame, Class of 2014.


Benjamin Mako Hill

Creativity can be a social contribution, but only in so far
as society is free to use the results. --GNU Manifesto
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