I asked Ganesh Paudel, one of the veteran Nepali Wikipedians, to know their
story behind such astonishing statistics (48% women biographies). Here is
what he said:
'We have been conducting WikiWomen editathon since march 2013. That was
focused to increase quality n quantity of women related issues. This
focused approach might have grown the contents.'
On Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 1:14 AM, Asaf Bartov <abar...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Hullo everyone.
> I was asked by a volunteer for help getting stats on the gender gap in
> content on a certain Wikipedia, and came up with simple Wikidata Query
> Service queries that pulled the total number of articles on a given
> Wikipedia about men and about women, to calculate *the proportion of
> articles about women out of all articles about humans*.
> Then I was curious about how that wiki compared to other wikis, so I ran
> the queries on a bunch of languages, and gathered the results into a table,
> (please see the *caveat* there.)
> I don't have time to fully write-up everything I find interesting in those
> results, but I will quickly point out the following:
> 1. The Nepali statistic is simply astonishing! There must be a story
> there. I'm keen on learning more about this, if anyone can shed light.
> 2. Evidently, ~13%-17% seems like a robust average of the proportion of
> articles about women among all biographies.
> 3. among the top 10 largest wikis, Japanese is the least imbalanced. Good
> job, Japanese Wikipedians! I wonder if you have a good sense of what
> drives this relatively better balance. (my instinctive guess is pop culture
> 4. among the top 10 largest wikis, Russian is the most imbalanced.
> 5. I intend to re-generate these stats every two months or so, to
> eventually have some sense of trends and changes.
> 6. Your efforts, particularly on small-to-medium wikis, can really make a
> dent in these numbers! For example, it seems I am personally
> responsible for almost 1% of the coverage of women on Hebrew Wikipedia!
> 7. I encourage you to share these numbers with your communities. Perhaps
> you'd like to overtake the wiki just above yours? :)
> 8. I'm happy to add additional languages to the table, by request. Or you
> can do it yourself, too. :)
>  https://query.wikidata.org/
>  Yay #100wikidays :) https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/100wikidays
> Asaf Bartov
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