Some of all human knowledge: Gender and participation in peer production

Andrea Forte, Judd Antin, Shaowen Bardzell, Leigh Honeywell, John Riedl, Sarah Stierch

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    Abstract

    The promise of peer production includes resources produced by volunteers and released freely for the world to use. Wikipedia and Open Source Software are famous examples of peer-produced projects. Anyone is free to participate, but not everybody does. Wikipedia aims to collect the "sum of all human knowledge", but only about 13% of editors on the site are female [3]. In Open Source Software, the percentage of female contributors has been estimated near 1% [4]. If women are not well represented among authors of the most widely accessed reference source on the planet, are important voices muted? Could these projects be even more impactful with more female participation? This panel includes experts in gender theory and open collaboration, activists, and representatives from peer-produced projects to discuss recent findings and trends in this complex and often contentious research space.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationCSCW'12 - Proceedings of the ACM 2012 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work Companion
    Pages33-36
    Number of pages4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2012
    EventACM 2012 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work Companion, CSCW'12 - Seattle, WA, United States
    Duration: Feb 11 2012Feb 15 2012

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW

    Other

    OtherACM 2012 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work Companion, CSCW'12
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CitySeattle, WA
    Period2/11/122/15/12

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Software
    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Computer Networks and Communications

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