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WeST researchers' report about gender inequality on Wikipedia catches media attention

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This week the renowned Technology Review magazine by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as well as the German website of WIRED have published online-articles about Web Science  research conducted by the Institute WeST, IWVI, GESIS Cologne and ETH Zürich.

The research team discovered evidence of gender bias in Wikipedia articles: They found more links from female to male celebrities than vice versa. Also, portraits of women contained more descriptions of their romantic affairs or family lifes than those of men. The research article is currently under review. A preprint can be downloaded from arXiv:

Wagner, C., Garcia, D., Jadidi, M., & Strohmaier, M. (2015). It's a Man's Wikipedia? Assessing Gender Inequality in an Online Encyclopedia. http://arxiv.org/abs/1501.06307

Dr. Claudia Wagner is adjunct lecturer at the Institute for Web Science and Technologies (WeST) and post­doc at GESIS. Mohsen Jadidi works at the department for Computational Social Science at GESIS. Prof. Strohmaier is a professor at the Institute for Information Systems Research (IWVI) and the Institute for Web Science and Technologies (WeST). He also leads the department for Computational Social Science at GESIS.


03.02.15

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