Wikipedia recently hosted another edit-a-thon in October. This time the WikiProject focused on expanding and adding articles for indigenous people. The hope, as with other edit-a-thon projects in the past, is that articles about tribes, movements, and historical figures are expanded and new articles created. These projects have had success in the past. A 2011 Wikipedia survey showed that less than 9% of Wikipedia editors were women. An edit-a-thon and challenges were started to increase contributions from women editors and to provide coverage for several women issues that were marginalized in the past.
Why are there so many gaps when dealing with subjects like indigenous people? The main culprit is accessibility. There are many areas worldwide that either don’t have access to the internet or don’t have a fast-enough connection. A 2015 report from the FCC showed that 63% of tribal land residents didn’t have access to a broadband connection and up to 85% didn’t in the rural areas. Wikipedia’s policies can also hinder this effort. One policy highlighted was the notability of an article; whether or not the top warranted its own article. Many subjects on indigenous people may be under documented or not well known. Wikipedia articles have to be linked to multiple independent online sources to be considered notable.
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