And now for something different… Wikipedia! and women’s football in Africa
I don’t normally do conferences, but as I have a postdoc opportunity involving women’s sport and Wikipedia, I thought I should try to publish/presenting something at a conference that nominally relates to this topic. There is an international football conference in Australia and they extended the deadline for abstract submissions. I decided basically, what the heck and why not? Below is the abstract I submitted. We shall see if it gets accepted. (And then, if it does, I need to write this…)
University of Canberra
Filling an Information Void: Using Wikipedia to Document the State of and Promote Women’s Soccer in Africa
In many parts of Africa, the development of women’s national soccer teams has been limited by a variety of local conditions including political instability, historic societal discrimination against women, sport institutions focused on the men’s game, and economic issues. For English language researchers based outside of Africa, researching African women’s soccer is difficult because of language issues, the lack of Internet sport infrastructure inside Africa, and other factors that create source limitations. Drawing attention to women’s sport, and women’s soccer in particular, is important because sport reflects on broader women’s health, human rights and education issues. One of the most visible public spaces to address this topic with sustained attention and longevity is Wikipedia. Efforts were made to systematically improve the quality of African national team articles on Wikipedia. This paper will explore the issues of using Wikipedia to promote women’s soccer in Africa by working to document the above issues in articles about African women’s national teams.