The study related to digital archiving and the human memory will be conducted from a feminist and post-colonialist perspective keeping an intersectional user-centred approach.
Participation is confidential. Any survey responses are secure and private.We will not, without written permission, disclose your participation or publish material that could identify any individual participant.
The aim of this research project is to improve the exploration experience of underpriviledged communities in creative archives. At the moment we have created a web app that will help individuals to explore a topic of their choice in Wikipedia and provide information (a feedback) that will highlight the type of stereotypical biases (memory transgressions towards stereotypes such as gender, race, economic background etc.) that characterize each information.
Indeed, previous psychological studies have shown that, although stereotypes are pervasive and have an important impact on how information is interpreted and memorized, people are usually unaware of their stereotypes, and how these stereotypes shape their knowledge, the interpretation of the information they access, and the content of their memory.
We are planing on continuing our work with Wikipedia and with other relevant communities such as Hey Girl Global
The Canadian researcher Cannie Stark in a youtube video about feminist research methods described women as a “messy variable” in the context of academic research. In taken under consideration the deep complexity of the human identity in digital environments, our position is that gender is a spectrum rather than a static stance, privilege is a variable that must be taken under consideration, and every single user should be considered a messy variable.
This research project is based around the principle of user-participation and the data gathering process will happen via self-documentation.