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Wikipedia Ponders Its Gender-Skewed Contributions – NYTimes.com

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Define Gender Gap? Look Up Wikipedia’s Contributor List

By NOAM COHEN, NYT, January 30, 2011

In 10 short years, Wikipedia has accomplished some remarkable goals. More than 3.5 million articles in English? Done. More than 250 languages? Sure. But another number has proved to be an intractable obstacle for the online encyclopedia: surveys suggest that less than 15 percent of its hundreds of thousands of contributors are women. About a year ago, the Wikimedia Foundation, the organization that runs Wikipedia, collaborated on a study of Wikipedia’s contributor base and discovered that it was barely 13 percent women; the average age of a contributor was in the mid-20s, according to the study by a joint center of the United Nations University and Maastricht University. …

For full text of the article, visit Wikipedia Ponders Its Gender-Skewed Contributions – NYTimes.com.

Open Data: Why the Crowd Can Be Your Best Analytics Tool

Open Data: Why the Crowd Can Be Your Best Analytics Tool.

Sean Gorman is the president and founder of FortiusOne, which brings data and mapping solutions to the mass market through its location analysis software. With FortiusOne’s GeoIQ platform, geo-enabled data is easily shared, visualized and analyzed for more collaborative and better-informed decisions.

The web will continue to generate data at an explosive rate. It will generate even more now that mobile devices have created yet another path to reach that data. For example, mobile traffic alone is predictedto exceed more than two exabytes per month by 2013. There are more than 90 million tweets per day and more than 60 billion images on Facebook. This is just the tip of the iceberg. …

For full text of the article, click here.

Gov 2.0 Delivering Government Services

Can the GIS community provide a platform for engagement that empowers citizens?

A considerable amount of my workday is devoted to studying and strategizing around the Gov 2.0 trends. I have come to recognize that there are two distinct communities that approach the topic from completely different worlds.

The first group is focused on technology aimed at improving the delivery of government services. Its dialog revolves around concepts such as cloud computing, crowd sourcing, social media, open data, next-wave applications, and mashups. The second group acknowledges these technologies but is more interested in reminding government that it is failing its constituents. To this group, Gov 2.0 is more of a movement to change government, much like the Tea Party movement for tax reform. More importantly, this group recognizes that citizens cannot be silent bystanders if they want government that works for them. …

For full text of the article and commentary by leading experts, visit the the Spatial Roundtable blogpost.

Source: Chris Thomas, Spatial Roundtable, ESRI.

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