Wikipedia in the World of Global Gender Inequality Indices: What The Biography Gender Gap Is Measuring

Title: Wikipedia in the World of Global Gender Inequality Indices: What The Biography Gender Gap Is Measuring

Authors: Max Klein

Abstract: While Wikipedia’s editor gender gap is important but difficult to measure, its biographical gender gap can more readily be measured. We correlate a Wikipedia-derived gender inequality indicator (WIGI), with four widespread gender inequality indices in use today (GDI, GEI, GGGI, and SIGI). Analysing their methodologies and correlations to Wikipedia, we find evidence that Wikipedia’s bias in biographical coverage is related to the gender bias in positions of social power.

This contribution to OpenSym 2015 will be made available as part of the OpenSym 2015 proceedings (or companion) on or after August 19, 2015.

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