Data for Change

Having a Wikipedia bio is often seen as a measure for notability despite well-known biases in Wikipedia bios

Having a Wikipedia article as a researcher is one of many measuring sticks that may be applied to gauge how notable a researcher is. However, Wikipedia has been heavily criticised for its gender bias, which is such a prominent problem that — you might have guessed it — there is a dedicated Wikipedia page on this topic. Morever, research has found that having a biographical article on Wikipedia is not in fact correlated with traditional impact metrics such as citation counts. Given my involvement in diversity & inclusions initiatives within my research field of Natural Language Processing (NLP), as well…

Academia is far from the best work environment from a mental health perspective. From reports on high suicide rates among PhD students to burn-out of academics, especially women, the statistics make for rather grim reading. This is no wonder, as academics are under a lot of pressure to produce high-quality research and teaching, while juggling grant writing, service and more, and compete with peers in their respective fields worldwide. Is it all bad news, and are there ways we could increase work satisfaction and lower stress?

I’ve recently spent quite a bit of time reflecting on how we, as individual…

Isabelle Augenstein

Associate Professor in Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning at the University of Copenhagen

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