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Brazilian Wikipedia editing workshop in homage to International Women’s Day

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Português

Voluntários do movimento Wikimedia e Wikimedia Foundation organizam primeiro mutirão no Brasil para e com as mulheres

Depois de conhecer a estrutura mínima necessária para criar um verbete em poucos passos, as (e os) participantes do encontro aprimoraram verbetes relativos ao feminismo, em comemoração ao Dia Internacional da Mulher

Conhecimento é poder: disso ninguém duvida. E embora a possibilidade de construir o conhecimento na maior enciclopédia do mundo – a Wikipédia – seja livre e aberta a qualquer pessoa, cerca de 91% dos editores são homens. Como fica, então, a perspectiva das mulheres nessa história?

Primeiro mutirão de edição da Wikipédia para e com mulheres

Primeiro mutirão de edição da Wikipédia para e com mulheres

Para aproximá-las do universo “wiki,” os voluntários dos projetos Wikimedia, com o apoio da Wikimedia Foundation, organizaram uma oficina sobre a Wikipédia e os projetos Wikimedia e propuseram um mutirão de edição da enciclopédia em homenagem ao Dia Internacional da Mulher. Realizado em São Paulo, na tarde de 2 de março de 2013 no espaço The Hub, o encontro reuniu homens e mulheres que tinham algum interesse em colaborar com a edição de verbetes, mas ainda não haviam entrado em contato com a ferramenta.

Participaram do evento cerca de 15 pessoas, que discutiram os critérios para um artigo ser publicado na Wikipédia, as fontes que podem ser consideradas confiáveis e a dinâmica de edição colaborativa. Ao final da oficina, os grupos se dedicaram a aprimorar verbetes relacionados às mulheres e ao feminismo: “Direitos da Mulher” e “Grace Hopper” foram duas dessas contribuições.

“Os passos para a edição de um verbete são simples, e pelo que vi neste encontro qualquer pessoa pode aprendê-los rapidamente”, avalia Fernanda Campagnucci, da Ação Educativa, que editou o verbete sobre os direitos das mulheres – sua primeira colaboração ao projeto. “Mas vivemos em uma sociedade em que a distribuição de conhecimento é desigual e a tecnologia ainda é, muitas vezes, considerada um universo masculino. É com essa visão que precisamos romper”.

Para discutir e superar a ausência da colaboração feminina à Wikipédia, o movimento Wikimedia mantém uma página (Gender Gap) em que reúne informações, referências e ideias sobre o tema além de promover atividades como este mutirão. Com o objetivo de aumentar a participação de mulheres no projeto, novas editoras são encorajadas a participar das listas de discussão e comunidades online, como os portais sobre mulheres e feminismo.

O movimento Wikimedia no Brasil espera que a iniciativa em São Paulo sirva de inspiração para que voluntários de outras regiões do país ajudem o evento a tornar-se periódico em todo mês de março, ampliando o debate sobre a participação feminina na Wikipédia e diminuindo a barreira de gênero. Entre em contato com os voluntários da Wikimedia no Brasil, para saber mais informações. Todos são bem-vindos a participar e organizar os próximos eventos!

Fernanda Campagnucci (ONG Ação Educativa)
Traduzido por Tom e Cristiana Gonzalez

English

After learning the basics needed to create a Wikipedia article, the participants improved existing articles related to feminism, as part of a celebration of International Women’s Day

Knowledge is power: no one should doubt that. Although the possibility of contributing knowledge to the biggest encyclopedia of the world, Wikipedia, is free and open for anyone, about 91 percent of its editors are men. What, then, is the prospect for women in this story?

In order to engage women in the “wiki” universe, volunteers of the Wikimedia projects in Brazil, with the support of the Wikimedia Foundation, organized a workshop about Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects and proposed a joint effort for editing the encyclopedia in homage to International Women’s Day. The meeting took place on March 2nd at The Hub and gathered men and women interested in learning and practicing the editing of Wikimedia projects.

About 15 people attended the event, where they discussed the criteria for writing and publishing a Wikipedia article, the sources that may be considered reliable and the collaborative dynamic of editing. At the end of the workshop, the group dedicated themselves to improving articles related to women and feminism: “Women’s Rights” and “Grace Hopper” (“Direitos da mulher” and “Grace Hopper” in Portuguese) were two examples of such contributions.

“The steps for editing an article are simple, and from what I have observed in the meetup, anyone can learn them quickly,” said Fernanda Campagnucci, from Ação Educativa, who edited the article about women’s rights, her first contribution to the project. “But we live in a society where the sharing of knowledge is unequal and the technology is still often considered part of the masculine universe. It is this vision that we need to break.”

To discuss and overcome the lack of women collaborating on Wikipedia, the Wikimedia movement maintains a page (Gender Gap) to gather information, references and ideas on the subject, in addition to promoting activities like this workshop. With the goal of increasing women’s participation in the project, new women editors are encouraged to join mailing lists and online communities.

The Wikimedia movement in Brazil expects that this initiative in Sao Paulo will inspire volunteers from other regions of the country to help the event become regular every March, extending the debate about women’s participation in Wikipedia and lowering the gender gap. You can contact the Wikimedia volunteers in Brazil to obtain more information. Everybody is welcome to participate and organize upcoming events!

Fernanda Campagnucci (NGO Ação Educativa)
Translation by Tom and Cristiana Gonzalez

Brazil Campus Party

From February 6-12, the fifth Campus Party Brasil took place, hosted in São Paulo, and we (the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia Brasil) had the great opportunity to represent the Brazilian Wikimedia community through our attendance. Fifteen volunteers from the community got tickets to attend and worked alongside Kul Wadhwa, Pats Peña, and me (Jessie Wild), who came in from San Francisco. We had and accomplished a few specific goals:

  • Motivate Brazilians towards collaborative knowledge! Kul gave a keynote presentation which highlighted the importance of asking why you are choosing the direction of your life.

    Wikimedia Brasil @ Campus Party

  • Determine the plausibility of a MediaWiki Hackathon in Brazil! The verdict: we should do it! There is obviously a lot of interest across communities in Brazil, and Pats, Mateus, Jonas, and others helped network with key organizations and development communities which were also present at the event. They got many tips, formed some collaborative partnerships, and raised awareness for the upcoming event. So get your hacker-hands ready and stay tuned for details…
  • Recruit new editors and member for Wikimedia Brasil! The volunteers led a “Mutirão,” or an activity designed to teach people how to set-up a user account and do a quick one hour editing sprint. As a result, we had three winners who contributed to articles which are part of the “Grand Prix” editing sprint currently taking place on the Portuguese Wikipedia, and were awarded T-shirts.

In addition to the above, we were all able to make a lot of new friends! We had the privilege of sharing a table with the Mozilla community and the Garoa Hacker Club community (we also adopted one Angry Bird). This led to great connections for us all, and we are excited about the potential to work together more, as compatible communities going forward.

Sleepy

There are certainly things we can improve on. Primarily, though we had a lot of volunteers sign up for tickets, unfortunately not all came or did not participate in the outreach event. Next time, it may help us to be more explicit in the different roles each of us can have in supporting Wikipedia/Wikimedia while at the conference, so that everyone knows how they are to be involved in promoting Wikipedia.

But – all in all, another great event in São Paulo (although very exhausting)…

Jessie Wild, Special Projects Manager, Global Development

Grand Prix Wikimedia Brazil: racing towards a better Wikipedia

(For the Portuguese version, please see the Wikimedia Brazil site.)

It was during Wikimania 2011, in a small restaurant in Haifa, when the news was announced: the largest popular computer manufacturer in Brazil, Grupo Positivo, is interested in installing an offline Portuguese Wikipedia version in their products. All of us from Wikimedia Brazil who were present got excited because of the tremendous potential of such a distribution in spreading the free encyclopedia and its mission around Brazil. In other words, this meant the Portuguese Wikipedia for approximately 13% of the national market of personal computers and with a greater penetration in the lower-income strata.

Despite the good news, a race against time began. It was necessary to prepare the offline version of the Portuguese Wikipedia, with 5000 articles of good quality, within a very short time: March 2012. The challenge was huge and to overcome it we needed to step on the gas.

The list of 5000 articles which were critical to include in the offline version was created in only three months, with the great assistance of Wikimedia Brazil volunteers. But the volunteers found that the quality of these articles still was not high enough: they were in desperate need of improvement before being taken offline. It was then we had the idea of hosting our own “Grand Prix” – like the famous auto race. No cars and no laps, but with articles to be improved and many awards for the “pilots” who accept this challenge. Thus began the “I GP Wikimedia Brazil,” where each improved article is a completed lap.

The take-off will begin in January 2012, and it is very easy to attend! Just subscribe to one of the existing teams or join a new team. The registration will last until January 7. At the moment of publishing this blog, we have 51 subscribers divided into 15 teams, but the goal is to have at least 100 participants. After all, this is a Grand Prix where everyone wins!

Prizes will be distributed as teams improve the quality of the articles included in the list. There are buttons, stickers, notebooks and t-shirts with the brand of Wikipedia, as well as trophies and medals on the userpages of the participants. The rules of the award will be released soon after the formation of the teams, but we know that the biggest prize is the offline version of Wikipedia in Portuguese!

Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. That’s our commitment. Imagine, now, a Brazil where thousands of people – some of them even without access to Internet – will share a little sum of this knowledge. This is what we will do. Join a team and participate of this Grand Prix too!

(Written by the Wikimedia Brasil Community)