Gender bias in Wikipedia and Britannica

Title:
Gender bias in Wikipedia and Britannica
Creator:
Reagle, Joseph M. (Author)
Rhue, Lauren (Author)
Language:
English
Publisher:
USC Annenberg Press
Copyright date:
2011
Type of resource:
Text
Genre:
Articles
Format:
electronic
Digital origin:
born digital
Abstract/Description:
Is there a bias against women's representation in Wikipedia biographies? Thousands of biographical subjects from six sources are compared against the English-language Wikipedia and the online Encyclopӕdia Britannica with respect to coverage, gender representation, and article length. 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.
Comments:
Originally published in International Journal of Communication 5 (2011), 1138-1158. http://ijoc.org/ojs/index.php/ijoc/article/view/777
Subjects and keywords:
Encyclopedias and dictionaries
Sex discrimination
Wikipedia
Encyclopaedia Britannica
gender bias
Communication Technology and New Media
Gender and Sexuality
Permanent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d20002078

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