Gender bias in Wikipedia and Britannica

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Gender bias in Wikipedia and Britannica
Authors: Joseph M. Reagle, Lauren Rhue [edit item]
Citation: International Journal of Communication 5 : . 2011.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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Gender bias in Wikipedia and Britannica is a publication by Joseph M. Reagle, Lauren Rhue.


[edit] Abstract

Is there a bias in the against women’s representation in Wikipedia biographies? Thousands of biographical subjects, from six sources, are compared against the English-language Wikipedia and the online Encyclopædia Britannica with respect to coverage, gender representation, and article length. We conclude that Wikipedia provides better coverage and longer articles, that Wikipedia typically has more articles on women than Britannica in absolute terms, but Wikipedia articles on women are more likely to be missing than articles on men relative to Britannica. For both reference works, article length did not consistently differ by gender.

[edit] Research questions

"Is there a bias against women’s representation in Wikipedia biographies?"

Research details

Topics: Comprehensiveness [edit item]
Domains: Information science, Library science [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "N/A" [edit item]
Research design: Statistical analysis [edit item]
Data source: Archival records, Wikipedia pages [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Cross-sectional [edit item]
Unit of analysis: Category [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: Article [edit item]
Wikipedia language: English [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"We conclude that Wikipedia provides better coverage and longer articles, and that it typically has more articles on women than Britannica in absolute terms, but we also find that Wikipedia articles on women are more likely to be missing than are articles on men relative to Britannica. For both reference works, article length did not consistently differ by gender."

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AbstractIs there a bias in the against women’s repIs there a bias in the against women’s representation in Wikipedia biographies? Thousands of biographical subjects, from six sources, are compared against the English-language Wikipedia and the online Encyclopædia Britannica with respect to coverage, gender representation, and article length. We conclude that Wikipedia provides better coverage and longer articles, that Wikipedia typically has more articles on women than Britannica in absolute terms, but Wikipedia articles on women are more likely to be missing than articles on men relative to Britannica. For both reference works, article length did not consistently differ by gender.gth did not consistently differ by gender.
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Collected data time dimensionCross-sectional +
ConclusionWe conclude that Wikipedia provides betterWe conclude that Wikipedia provides better coverage and longer articles, and that it typically has more articles on women than Britannica in absolute terms, but we also find that Wikipedia articles on women are more likely to be missing than are articles on men relative to Britannica. For both reference works, article length did not consistently differ by gender.gth did not consistently differ by gender.
Data sourceArchival records + and Wikipedia pages +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Gender%2Bbias%2Bin%2BWikipedia%2Band%2BBritannica%22 +
Has authorJoseph M. Reagle + and Lauren Rhue +
Has domainInformation science + and Library science +
Has topicComprehensiveness +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inInternational Journal of Communication +
Research designStatistical analysis +
Research questionsIs there a bias against women’s representation in Wikipedia biographies?
Revid10,786 +
TheoriesN/A
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleGender bias in Wikipedia and Britannica
Unit of analysisCategory +
Urlhttp://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/777 +
Volume5 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionLive Wikipedia +
Wikipedia languageEnglish +
Wikipedia page typeArticle +
Year2011 +