Wikimedia Foundation elections/2022/Candidates/Shani Evenstein Sigalov

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Shani Evenstein Sigalov (Esh77)

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Shani Evenstein Sigalov
  • Informations personnelles :
    • Nom : Shani Evenstein Sigalov
    • Lieu de résidence : Israel
    • Langues : he-N, en-4, ar-1, es-1, fr-1, sa-1
  • Informations éditoriales :
    • Wikimédien(ne) depuis : 2011
    • Wikis actifs : He, En, Commons, Wikidata, Meta, Outreach
Introductory statement / Application summary.
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Je suis éducatrice, chargée de cours, chercheuse et défenseure de la connaissance libre et je me focalise sur la diffusion (éducation, GLAM, bibliothèques, médecine, WikiWomen, Wikidata), la gouvernance et la stratégie, afin de contribuer à la réalisation de notre vision du savoir libre pour toutes et tous.

Je m'efforce de combler les écarts entre les genres, les langues et les origines sociales dans tous les aspects de mon travail, y compris dans le cadre de mes cours académiques sur Wikipédia et Wikidata, les premiers de ce type au monde. Dans le cadre de mon doctorat (Éducation, Technologie et Apprentissage), je mène des recherches sur le Web sémantique, en particulier sur Wikidata.

En tant que vice-présidente du Conseil d’administration, je me concentre sur l'amélioration de la transparence du Conseil pour une meilleure relation entre le mouvement, la Fondation et le Conseil, j'ai également initié et dirigé le Comité des affaires Communautaires, axé sur les résolutions pour des espaces sûrs et inclusifs (plus tard UCoC) et la politique des droits humains. J’ai également participé au Comité de transition, en choisissant notre présidence actuelle et en ayant travaillé sur la Gouvernance, les Produits et la Technologie – toutes ces expériences m’ont offert des perspectives essentielles sur le travail de la Fondation et les défis du mouvement.

J'ai été honorée d'être élue et de servir le mouvement et j'espère continuer à travailler sur ces questions cruciales.

Contributions aux projets Wikimedia, adhésions à des organisations Wikimedia ou affiliées, activités en tant qu'organisateur du mouvement Wikimedia, ou participation à une organisation alliée du mouvement Wikimedia.
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Vice Chair, Board of Trustees.

Committee roles:

  • Community Affairs, Founding Chair
  • Product & Technology, Acting Chair
  • Governance and Executive, Member
  • AffCom and MCDC, Liaison

Previous Committees:

  • Brand, Chair
  • Audit; Special Projects; Transition Committees, Member

Before BoT (2011-2019):

  • Wikimedia Medicine, Chair
  • Wikipedia & Education UG, Founding Chair
  • Wikimedia & Libraries UG, Founding member
  • Wikimedia Israel, Board member; National GLAM Projects Coordinator
  • Movement Strategy, Liaison (phase 1); Partnerships Working Group (phase 2)

Admin, Hebrew Wikipedia. Extensive experience leading projects, events and Outreach efforts (Education, GLAM, Medicine, WikiWomen, Wikidata), locally & globally.

Expertise dans les domaines de compétences identifiés comme des besoins par le conseil d'administration.
  • Stratégie et gestion organisationnelles
  • Développement de produits et/ou de plateformes technologiques au niveau de l'entreprise
  • Politique publique et droit
  • Science des données sociales, analyse big data et apprentissage automatique

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Strategy / Management:
  • Board roles listed above, taking active part in CEO search
  • Chair of non-profit supporting Project Ben-Yehuda (PBY), largest online library of Hebrew writings
  • Audit Committee, Faculty Organization, TAU
  • EdTech Innovation Strategist, Medical School, TAU - co-managed pre-clinical studies program.

Product & Tech Development:

  • Since 2009, my work at PBY includes product development, heading a team of UX, designers and programmers – developed new platform to manage volunteers and a new website - including innovative tools such as curating personalized anthologies.

Public Policy:

  • Through WMF teams contributed to Human Rights Policy (focus on Children’s rights).
  • As Chair of non-profit supporting PBY, participated in discussions in the Israeli parliament leading to amending Israeli copyrights law.

DS:

  • As educator focusing on Technology & Learning, taught and conduct research relating to Big Data, DS & ML.
  • As a PhD candidate focusing on Semantic Web, specifically Wikidata.
Expériences vécues dans le monde. Nous sommes particulièrement intéressés par les expériences vécues dans les régions d'Afrique, d'Asie du Sud, d'Asie de l'Est et du Sud-Est et du Pacifique, et d'Amérique latine et des Caraïbes. Nous pensons que l'expérience dans ces régions pourrait aider à élargir la capacité du conseil à atteindre l'objectif de la stratégie du mouvement, à savoir une participation plus équitable, même si nous reconnaissons que d'autres expériences peuvent également constituer des contributions importantes.
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I am the first elected to the BoT from Israel, a melting-pot of immigrants in the intersection of Africa, Asia and Europe. My origins are also mixed – Kurdish from my mom’s side, Polish/Russian/Ukrainian from my father’s. Growing up here, since childhood to enlisting in the Army, working various jobs (from hi-tech to a family carpentry), and later Academia (studying and teaching) – have all exposed me to people from various walks-of-life, cultures and backgrounds. I deeply respect diverse backgrounds, which is highlighted in the way I conduct my academic courses.

In 2013 I designed and am since directing, the first, for-credit academic course worldwide dedicated to editing Wikipedia. An important part of the course is its social impact - so far students contributed ~13% of the medical content in HeWiki, viewed ~7 million times. But another part of the course’s impact stems from working on diversity and knowledge gaps. Though my courses are conducted mostly in Hebrew, a portion of every cohort is non-Hebrew native speakers, mainly Arabic & Russian, which I encourage and support. Sometimes students continued contributing to Wikipedia outside of class -even in their native languages (mostly Arabic).

Today I teach in 4 different faculties/programs and all courses emphasize the importance of diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI), making sure the content curated represents different groups of Israeli society, including non-Hebrew speakers. While I did not live elsewhere, I believe that my life experience in the Middle-East is an important perspective I bring to the Board.

Maîtrise culturelle et linguistique de régions et de langues autres que votre région et votre langue maternelle. La connaissance interculturelle aide à construire des liens dans notre communauté multiculturelle.
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Since a young age I was fascinated with different cultures and languages and did my best to learn as much as I could about them (existing or extinct). I speak Hebrew & English fluently. In high school I learned literary Arabic, but unfortunately am not a fluent speaker. After high school I took Spanish, so I know it at a basic level. In my undergraduate degree I studied English Literature & French Culture, which allowed me to delve into the cultures relating to these languages, especially French, which was new to me.

I studied (and taught) Yoga for 15 years, and was fortunate to be a disciple of a great master from Varanasi, India. I travelled to India many times for extended stays, which allowed me to learn first-hand about the amazing cultures in this sub-continent. It has a special place in my heart till today. I also studied Sanskrit at University for a year. I am obviously not fluent, but it has enhanced and deepened my vocabulary and cultural context.

Finally, being part of the Wikiverse, I have come to love and respect many individuals, communities and cultures from countless countries and continents, and I’m better for it. It has made me even more attuned to nuances of cultural differences, including way of living, thinking, speaking and behaving. This has served me well not only in the rounded perspective I bring to the BoT, but also in the classroom and in my academic research, which is global in nature.

Expérience en tant que défenseur.e de la création d'espaces sûrs et collaboratifs pour tous et toutes et/ou expérience dans des situations ou des contextes de censure, de répression ou d'autres atteintes aux droits de l'homme.
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I’ve always been interested in, and later advocated for, freedom of expression and choice, anti-censorship, anti-repression, and for Open Knowledge as a basic human right. Both as a Free Knowledge advocate and in my academic work, I focus on mitigating the gender gap and other knowledge gaps of underrepresented groups, as well as creating safe, collaborative and inclusive spaces, on and off-line.

As a Trustee, I was a leading participant in finalizing the Board resolution for safe & inclusive spaces in Wikimedia projects, which led to the work on the UCoC. I am proud that as a movement, we have matured to realize we must be proactive in order to be truly inclusive and safe for all. I was also closely involved in the board’s approval of the Human Rights Policy, where I advocated for the inclusion of Children’s rights in the policy – a complex (and neglected), yet important topic.

Finally, I initiated and led work resulting in creating the Board’s Community Affairs Committee (CAC), ensuring closer relationships with different communities and different departments at WMF. In order to be inclusive, welcoming and safe for all, we must have the right platforms and mechanisms to listen, learn, understand, strategize and assist when possible. The CAC was an important missing platform, and is working systematically and strategically to create safe spaces, better communications between stakeholders, trust-building and bridge-building to improve the work in our movement. This is undoubtedly one of my most important achievements at the Board.

Expérience en relation avec (ou en tant que membre, dans la mesure où vous choisissez de la partager) un groupe qui a été confronté historiquement à la discrimination et à la sous-représentation dans les structures de pouvoir (y compris, mais sans s'y limiter, la caste, la race, l'ethnie, la couleur, l'origine nationale, la nationalité, l'identité de genre, l'expression de genre, l'orientation sexuelle, l'âge, la religion, la langue, la culture, l'éducation, les capacités, le revenu et l'environnement).
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I recognize my privilege being White in a democratic society, not under oppression. I was relatively free in life-choices: work, higher education (a “first generation” academic), choosing partners and friends. But I also had to overcome obstacles, first and foremost as a woman in a predominantly male world (Israeli men still earn more than women for similar roles, and dominate high-power roles in and outside academia).

Additionally, as my work and advocacy expanded internationally, I have experienced bias, discrimination, and even bullying / harassment, simply for speaking a non-English language, for being born Jewish and for being Israeli. I have always fought that and did my best to remain impartial. It has taken me time to acknowledge that when I advocate for Free Knowledge and access to information anywhere worldwide; when I advocate for Open Access not only for the privileged; when I advocate for freedom of choice, gender equality and women’s right -- I am making a political statement for a better, more equal, more inclusive world. There will always be forces resisting it, but I will continue to do so with dedication and passion.

Finally, those familiar with my work know I stand for what I believe is right, even when it's not the popular or easy choice. 3 years ago, you put your trust in me and chose to make me a Trustee. I hope you will do that again, allowing me to continue serving our movement. There is a lot to be done and I am ready.

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2022 Board of Trustees Analysis Committee Rating

This table shows the candidate rating provided by the 2022 Board of Trustees Analysis Committee
Candidate Name Wikimedia Background Sought Skills Sought Regional Experience Human Rights & Underrepresentation Overall rating from the average score of the four categories Overall rating from the average score of the nine criteria
Shani Evenstein Sigalov Gold Gold Silver Gold Gold Gold