Wikidata:WikidataCon 2017/Submissions/How to tackle the Global South systemic bias

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Submission no. 29
Title of the submission

How to tackle the Global South systemic bias

Author(s) of the submission


E-mail address

andreasmperu at

Country of origin


Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

Type of session


Length of session

30 minutes

Ideal number of attendees

More than 5

EtherPad for documentation


Most Wikidata editors come from developed countries, and most data is gathered in developed countries. Therefore, it was expectable for Wikidata to contain less data related to the Global South (Q1149903). As time goes by, the gap seems to keep growing, which would be causing a systemic bias on Wikidata. So the first question would be how to measure this gap: is it possible to have an idea of how big the problem is right now? And then, what tools do we currently have to address this problem?

A big issue could be the lower amount of data available for developing countries, in which case Wikidata cannot actually rely on third parties to gather the data. And even if data was existent, it could not be available online or even not digitised, so partnerships would have to be established (assuming data donations are not possible because of lack of funds). A feasible solution would be to engage more editors from developing countries, but what would be the best course of action to achieve that?

What will attendees take away from this session?
  1. Awareness of an existing problem
  2. Ideas for a plan of action
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  1. Daniel Mietchen (talk) 08:46, 31 July 2017 (UTC)
  2. Andrawaag (talk) 16:34, 31 July 2017 (UTC)
  3. —M@sssly 10:46, 21 August 2017 (UTC)