Gender differences in Wikipedia editing

Judd Antin, Raymond Yee, Coye Cheshire, Oded Nov

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    Abstract

    As Wikipedia has become an indispensable source of online information, concerns about who writes, edits, and maintains it have come to the forefront. In particular, the 2010 UNU-MERIT survey found evidence of a significant gender skew: fewer than 13% of Wikipedia contributors are women. However, the number of contributors is just one way to examine gender differences in contribution. In this paper we take a more fine-grained perspective by examining how much and what types of Wiki-work men and women tend to do. First, we find that the so-called "Gender Gap" in number of editors may not be as wide as prior studies have suggested. Second, although more than 80% of editors in our sample were men, among the bottom 75% of editors by activity-level, we find that men and women made similar numbers of revisions. However, among the most active Wikipedians men tended to make many more revisions than women. Finally, we find that the most active women in our sample tended to make larger revisions than the most active men. We conclude by discussing directions for future research.

    LanguageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationWikiSym 2011 Conference Proceedings - 7th Annual International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration
    Pages11-14
    Number of pages4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2011
    Event7th Annual International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration, WikiSym 2011 - Mountain View, CA, United States
    Duration: Oct 3 2011Oct 5 2011

    Other

    Other7th Annual International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration, WikiSym 2011
    CountryUnited States
    CityMountain View, CA
    Period10/3/1110/5/11

    Keywords

    • gender
    • participation
    • Wikipedia

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Science Applications

    Cite this

    Antin, J., Yee, R., Cheshire, C., & Nov, O. (2011). Gender differences in Wikipedia editing. In WikiSym 2011 Conference Proceedings - 7th Annual International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration (pp. 11-14). DOI: 10.1145/2038558.2038561

    Gender differences in Wikipedia editing. / Antin, Judd; Yee, Raymond; Cheshire, Coye; Nov, Oded.

    WikiSym 2011 Conference Proceedings - 7th Annual International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration. 2011. p. 11-14.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Antin, J, Yee, R, Cheshire, C & Nov, O 2011, Gender differences in Wikipedia editing. in WikiSym 2011 Conference Proceedings - 7th Annual International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration. pp. 11-14, 7th Annual International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration, WikiSym 2011, Mountain View, CA, United States, 10/3/11. DOI: 10.1145/2038558.2038561
    Antin J, Yee R, Cheshire C, Nov O. Gender differences in Wikipedia editing. In WikiSym 2011 Conference Proceedings - 7th Annual International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration. 2011. p. 11-14. Available from, DOI: 10.1145/2038558.2038561
    Antin, Judd ; Yee, Raymond ; Cheshire, Coye ; Nov, Oded. / Gender differences in Wikipedia editing. WikiSym 2011 Conference Proceedings - 7th Annual International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration. 2011. pp. 11-14
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