Wikipedia Visiting Scholar Application
Wikipedia is the largest, most widely accessible, and most popular online educational resource in the world. It’s where people look first for a wide range of topics, and often appears at the top of search engine results. Its coverage of mathematics concepts and mathematicians is impressive, but Wikipedia suffers from systemic issues that create gaps in content. Of the people who write Wikipedia, at least 80% are male, so some of those gaps are in the representation of women in various fields.
For example, of the 22 past presidents of the Association for Women in Mathematics, only one has been rated as “B-class”, designating it as one of Wikipedia’s higher-quality articles.
To help counter this trend, the Association for Women in Mathematics is looking for a Wikipedia Visiting Scholar who will improve the quality of Wikipedia’s coverage of women in math and their contributions to the field. The Wikipedia Visiting Scholars program acts as a bridge between Wikipedia and academic fields, departments, and libraries. It is based on flexible, low-intensity but high-impact volunteer positions, performed remotely and sponsored by an institution or association. The program is administered by the Wiki Education Foundation, which provides tools, resources, and staff guidance along the way.
The AWM Visiting Scholar will contribute to the area over the course of 12 months, and will be invited to participate in the Wikipedia-edit-a-thon at the AWM Research Symposium at UCLA, April 8-9, 2017.
Wikipedia is “the encyclopedia that anyone can edit”, but navigating the project’s policies, guidelines, styles, and norms can be challenging when making anything more than a minor change. Given the learning curve, the ideal Visiting Scholar is both a member of AWM and already has some experience with Wikipedia, but anyone who feels strongly about the project is welcome to apply. You will not be asked to engage in Wikipedia community processes you are uncomfortable with as part of this position, and you will not need to commit to a particular number of articles or edits.
AWM Executive Director