04.06.2017

Feminist Search Tool

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Why are the authors of the books I read so white, so male and so Eurocentric? Finding out how our biasses shape our search engines and vice versa.

Hackers & Designers was invited by Read-in to collaborate on developing an alternative, potentially feminist approach to search in the context of the project Unlearning My Library. Bookshelf Research. The project functions as an awareness-raising tool to stir conversations about the inclusion and exclusion mechanisms that are inherent to our current Western knowledge economy. To this end, the Feminist Search Tool invites us all to reflect about our own search inquiries, and how the latter may be directed by our own biases and omissions. More broadly, it questions the different decisions we take, which influence our search requests. Who is taking responsibility for which part of the search process: we, the users, the researcher, the library, the algorithm? And how does this influence our search result?


During the workshop, hosted by Hackers & Designers together with Read-in, participants were testing the the Feminist Search Tool, – a digital interface that invites users to explore different ways of engaging with the records of the Utrecht University Library.


Read more about the Feminist Search Tool