Engaging sport communities through Wikimedia projects

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Wikimedia is a key source of knowledge for centralized knowledge of women’s sport in Australia. There are over 1,500 articles covering some aspect of women’s sport on English Wikipedia which, if printed in a paper book, would be over 4,000 pages long. They cover a broad range of topics from competitor biographies, to team articles, to league and federation articles, to information on individual season performance, to broader topics such as specific histories of women’s sports in Australia. During the Olympic period, interest in Australian women’s sport peaked, with over 2 million total views to these articles, many of which linked back to Australian sport federation and government websites. Beyond Wikipedia, Wikimedia hosts a large number of free to use pictures on Commons and a number of stories about women’s sports have been published on Wikinews, a project that feeds to Google News. This material is re-used on sites like Facebook, linked on other sites like Twitter, and has a longer online visibility profile than traditional news sites.


Presentation with question and answer session.

Speaking experience

Presented at a sports knowledge management conference in Australia, a conference on women's football in Africa and Wikipedia at a football conference in Australia, and an Australian cycling tourism conference.


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    Laura Hale is a strong believer in the idea that freely sharing knowledge about women and disability related topics is one of the best ways to highlight and address concerns about these groups. Her efforts in sharing knowledge, mostly about women and disability sport, have taken her around the world to London, Amsterdam, Zaragoza, Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Canberra, Denver, Vail, San Francisco and Buenos Aires. Inside the movement, she was one of backers of the women’s only Wikimedia leadership conference, was the vice president of her local chapter, attended the London Paralympics as a member of the press to cover the Games for Wikinews, has created over 350 DYKs and 40 GAs on English Wikipedia of which most are about women or people with disabilities, presented about Wikimedia at two academic conferences, organised several wiki related conferences, had a project she was involved with recognised by Australia’s Minister for Sport in Australia’s Parliament, and extensively covered women and disability sport on WMF projects. She is currently a PhD student specialising in social media methodologies and sport.