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(Queer Data Days Event (2024)
(Queer Data Days Event (2024)

The Wikidata Gender Diversity (WiGeDi) project is delighted to present Queer Data Days, a two-day virtual event hosted on the Zoom platform. The event will be held on Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th of March 2024, from 2:00pm to 7:30pm. The first day will be primarily centred on the Wikimedia ecosystem. Both days will include presentations about the outcomes of the Wikidata Gender Diversity project.

The aim of the event is to provide an opportunity for researchers, activists, and artists investigating or applying queer approaches to data and technology to meet in an open and inclusive venue, share their latest work, and engage in fruitful discussion.


The sessions are open to everyone who is interested in the concept of Queer Data and curious to learn more. To join the event, please register on the Eventbrite page to reserve your spot.

The Zoom link will also be posted here shortly before the event starts.
Conveners and presenters

The event is convened by Daniele Metilli (University College London), Chiara Paolini (KU Leuven), Beatrice Melis (University of Pisa & Gran Sasso Science Institute), and Marta Fioravanti (, and organised by Ciara Adeniyi-Jones (University College London).

During the event, speakers with different backgrounds — both academic and non-academic — will share short papers on a broad range of topics including queer data, queer identities, queer language, data justice and power, queer design, and queer communities on digital platforms.

Day One (15 March) Speakers
  • Daniele Metilli, University College London: Opening and introduction
  • Beatrice Melis, University of Pisa / Gran Sasso Science Institute: Wikidata Gender Diversity – Project overview
  • Crystal Yragui, University of Washington Libraries: Fostering Equity: Harnessing community engagement for queer inclusivity in Wikidata
  • Arielle Rodriguez, University of Puget Sound: Disrupting consensus and respecting queer identities in Wikidata
  • John Samuel, CPE Lyon : Narrating queer history with Wikidata
  • Matt Vetter, Indiana University of Pennsylvania: Contributor or commodity? Inequities of labor and representation in Wikidata
  • Katy Weathington, University of Colorado Boulder: Queer identities, normative databases: Challenges to capturing queerness on Wikidata
  • Lane Rasberry, University of Virginia: Demographic profiling is now very different
  • Dorothy Howard, Wikimedia LGBT+: The Wikimedia LGBT+ user group: Past, present, & future
  • Lucas LaRochelle: Honestly Confused, Creasy in the Memory: On Queer archives, artificial intelligence, and dissociative worldmaking
  • Rebecca Noone, University of Glasgow & Aparajita Bhandari, University of Waterloo: 'Supporting local' data: The politics of hypervisibility on Google Maps
  • Marco Loi: Queer spaces and temporalities through rural geographies
  • Marta Fioravanti, Wikidata Gender Diversity – Designing the Wikidata Gender Timeline

Day Two (16 March) Speakers
  • Daniele Metilli, University College London & Beatrice Melis, University of Pisa / Gran Sasso Science Institute: Opening and introduction
  • Bri Watson, University of British Columbia's iSchool: Queering ontologizing
  • Birte de Gruisborne, Universität Paderborn: Beyond autonomy: data sovereignty, data literacy and care
  • Zuziwe Khuzwayo, University of Witwatersrand: Why do I need to come out if straight people don’t have to? Perspectives on the necessity of self-disclosure among bisexual women
  • Jess Reia, University of Virginia: Digital rights and data visibility for gender-diverse communities
  • Shuashuai Wang, University of Manchester: “Big data see through you”: Sexual identifications in an age of algorithmic recommendation
  • Łukasz Szulc, University of Manchester: Polish migrants in the UK navigating gender diversity across platforms and cultures
  • Gianluca De Ninno: From sexism and misrepresentation to empowerment techniques: The case study of Dungeons & Dragons
  • Federica Formato, University of Brighton: Creative and functional: Gender-inclusive language in Italian
  • Chiara Paolini, KU Leuven: Wikidata Gender Diversity – The Wikidata Gender Talk corpus of user discussions