David McDonald presents work at Virginia Tech

Friday, November 17, 2017

David McDonaldOn November 10, 2017, Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) Professor and Chair David McDonald visited Virginia Tech University's department of Computer Science to give a lecture about his research on the gender gap in Wikipedia.

McDonald's talk, "Considering the Wikipedia gender gap through topical preferences," is about his research on the gender gap in Wikipedia. Recent studies estimate that the percentage of US women editing Wikipedia is at 22% or lower. This difference in participation creates a gender gap which may seriously impact the body of knowledge collected in the online encyclopedia. In his talk, McDonald discussed the early stage research conducted in this field by himself and students in his Social Computational Systems Lab. 

Please join HCDE for our own faculty seminar series on November 29, 2017, to learn more about Dr. McDonald's research in this field.