WikiWomen will be organised as an OpenSpace. The open space is a special type of (un)conference, focussed on a particular topic, where all the participants are actually contributors & decision-makers. There are no special guests/speakers, no passive listeners. The aim is to stress on the skills and expertise of the participants, and to involve all of them in an equal way.
Between 23 and 25 May 2012, the first WikiWomenCamp 2012 will be organized in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The conference is a three day women-only conference, aiming to discuss the gender issues concerning the Wikipedia contribution and growth. Facilitated by Anne Goldenberg in English and Spanish, the format of the conference will be an open-space.
WikiWomenCamp initiated as an initiative aiming to open up opportunities for women to get together, learn from each other's experience, network with other women who can assist them in meeting their goals and share passions, and discuss issues related to being women involved in the wider Wikipedia (and wiki) community with similar like-minded women.
Among the proposed sessions can be found many interesting ideas: from technical skills, to management and transfer of knowledge, networking and philosophy around women and technology, children and computers, and the future.
Here are my favourites mixes:
Linux, command-line, GIMP, programming, public speaking
Ruby programming, Rails, ways to get more women into programming, teaching programming to kids
The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology has announced the release of a new study related to Women in Technology professions: Obstacles and Solutions for Underrepresented Minorities in Technology. It is a study about the barriers and obstacles of women's advancement in high-technology professions. Author: Caroline Simard, Ph.D., is Director of Research and Executive Programs at the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology.
I found an interesting example of stereotyping technology between genders in Judy Wajcman ’s book "Technofeminism". In her explanation, the typewriter keyboard remains the primary interface for connection to cyberspace. In historical context, typewriter keyboards and all the relative words were associated with the feminine:
By preparing my presentation for the computer science class in "IT and society", I got to some interesting fact. The English language on the Internet. In fact, what I wanted to underline was that among other factors who discourage women from entering the computer science field, is the fact most of the common computer languages are written in English. In Linux, if you don't speak English, it is difficult to remember all the commands of the shell.... we often need to guess them, with some small tips from the memory.
If it would be just writing an thesis, it would be too easy. Just in a week time at the country, I managed to write a whole chapter, and read about 600 pages (with notes). And then, I will need about 3 weeks off in order to write a paper for the JoCI, and to make a presentation at a colleague, who is doing for the first time a course in "Computer science and society" at the Technical University. I will need to prepare for a 5 weeks missing from home, a wrap-up for my thesis for the end of August....
Dans le cadre du cours "Informatique et société", donnée par M.Robert Dupuis aux étudiants en informatique. Le cours cherche à insister sur la responsabilité professionnelle des finissants-finissantes en informatique. Ma présentation, d'une durée de 30-45 min, portera sur la place des femmes en TI actuellement.
Today is the day. I signed a pledge, together with almost 2000 other people, that on the 24th of March (today), will post a story about a woman geek I admire. I have a big choice of women to post about, which makes my task rather difficult, but tonight I will do it.
Celebrating the achivements of women in computing is a great initiative, and creates more visibility on the web and within communities about women who have contributed to innovation in computer science.
Following the next Debian-Women sexist discussion, related to the importance of women in computer science, Michael Norwick pasted a list of remarkable women in computer science. I knew many of them, but I liked to have them together. Thanks Michael!