WikiProject Biography seeks to discuss social and ethical issues concerning the biographies of people on Wikipedia and Wikidata. As part of the WikiProject, our team created a data model capturing the various “essential” qualities of human beings. This presentation discusses the model we created. We go over which properties were chosen, how that process occurred, and, especially, how we picked “examples” for each property, a process fraught with the question of how to achieve representation within data modeling. Specifically, we made a marked effort to diversify the examples used—on the grounds of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, etc. This session talks about the importance of diversifying data models and the problems with doing so.
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