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Making the World More Inclusive in 2017

This week, NamSor API reached a symbolic landmark. We’ve processed over 1bn names, since the API was launched.

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It’s a good opportunity to reflect on the good things we’ve done in the past year, re-affirm or core values and share our plans for 2017.

In 2016, among other projects, we’ve supported

Sadly, as we start 2017, I cannot say the World is not a ‘better place’ when it comes to inclusiveness.

So I would like to re-affirm our core values. The World is diverse and however you try to break-it down in neat little boxes, when it comes to People, there will always be a different way to look at countries, regions, cities, populations, social groups, individuals :

Human societies are fractal in their diversity – an onomastics proof

In 2017, we’ll be involved in several new exciting projects. Many of those, we don’t know yet. For what I know, we will

Let’s use 2017 to make the world more inclusive.

Launching soon (April 2017) :

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NamSor™ Applied Onomastics is a European vendor of sociolinguistics software (NamSor sorts names). NamSor mission is to help understand international flows of money, ideas and people.
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Gender in Research and Innovation

As much as we would have liked, we couldn’t join the WebSummit in Lisbon. We were in Brussels to participate to a workshop of the GenderSummit – an EU event to address the important matter of the gender gap in Science.

Our technology – NamSor Gender API – was used to infer gender from scientists names and prepare the SheFigures report, a 200 pages document analyzing in-depth European Science from the gender angle.

“Parity between women and men
Others: Error bars represent the 90 % confidence interval, accounting for potential biases due to: 1) the inability to infer the sex of corresponding authors on some scientific papers (i.e. because of the lack of information on their full given name), and 2) the unrepresentative coverage of the various fields of science within the WoSTM (e.g. the
social sciences and humanities as well as the computer and engineering sciences are known to be under-represented). It assumes that the attribution of a sex to author names is 100 % accurate (i.e. that the gender attributed to a given author name using the GendRE API (NamSor TM) is always the correct one; in other words, that there are no misattributions). Manual validation showed that it was indeed highly accurate (the lowest accuracies are actually quite high and are observed for LV (91 %), IS (92
%), EE (93 %) and TR (93 %); the asymmetry in the accuracy rates between women and men in these three countries combined with the predominance of men is such that gender assignment errors should have a very limited impact on their women to men (WM) ratio).”

We’re continuously working to improve the accuracy of NamSor Gender API. We’ve made improvements over the past year, since that research was conducted, namely:

  • a new parsing API to recognize the structure of names (John SMITH, vs. Smith, John);
  • better disambiguation of cultural/linguistic context (Andrea Rossini -> likely male; Andrea Parker -> likely female);
  • better coverage of African names in LATIN, Asian names in vernacular scripts.

WebSummit : gender balance among participants

We applied the same technology to measure the gender gap among ~50k participants of the WebSummit : it is almost balanced (52%-47%). This is quite impressive, given the overall gender gap in the startup community that we’ve measured in the past.

This is also encouraging : today’s participants are tomorrow’s speakers so we can expect the gender gap among speakers to close, as even more women succeed in their digital projects, reach a stage when they can inspire others with their achievements.

Of course, one other factor is geography : the gender gap varies by country and culture. In this respect, it is also interesting to see from which countries participants and speakers originated. Apart from Portugal (the event’s hosting country), the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany were by far predominant.

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NamSor™ Applied Onomastics is a European vendor of sociolinguistics software (NamSor sorts names). NamSor mission is to help understand international flows of money, ideas and people. Reach us at: contact@namsor.com

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Feeling inspired by InspireFest2015

Two weeks ago, Elena Rossini and I have been invited by SiliconRepublic to present our brand new study on the ‘Gender Gap in Science‘ at InspireFest in Dublin. It was a new, inspiring event about Science, Tech and Innovation – with about 70% women speakers. I was part of the 30% men speakers and I deeply enjoyed the conference content, so I want to share some of my takeaways with you.

1. Some leaders are born women

Please, pause and reflect one second on this title.

It summarizes, I think, why both men and women should care about gender equality.

We all seek freedom and social justice: the right to apply our skills and use our full potential for the benefit of ourselves and others.

We share a common interest in having the best leader in charge: in a project team, a company, a city or a country, the performance of the leader impacts all of us.

Shelly Porges shared the lessons she learned about leadership from the former US first lady and secretary of state Hillary Clinton. If you are a man and you lead, be a great leader: have a vision; take risks; adapt; elevate others. If you are a woman and you lead, be a great leader: have a vision; take risks; adapt; elevate others.

Watch the video
https://youtu.be/pP3rSvyUUas

2. Human talent cannot be confined

Women of Iran have found ways to express their talent despite many obstacles put in their way: through digital gateways, virtually crossing the artificial boundaries of a country’s border; or physically crossing those borders through emigration, expressing their skills in Diaspora.

In the ‘Gender Gap in Science‘ study we mention Maryam Mirzakhani, a Professor at Stanford University who was born and raised in Iran and was the first woman mathematician to be awarded with a Fields Medal (a mathematician’s “Nobel Prize”).

Dr Nina Ansary used a powerful video to introduce the amazing profiles of other high achieving Iranian women.

Watch the video
https://youtu.be/14Rt09PA5_U

Many of these women form a part of what Kingsley Aikins, an Irish expert on Diaspora matters, calls: ‘Diaspora Capital’. But many countries fail to engage their Diaspora – as the first condition is to establish trust. It will take time before these immensely talented women, as many ‘jewels’ shining in Diaspora or in the digitally connected world can effectively participate to the economic, cultural and scientific development of their country of origin.

3. Do social good, but make a ####load of money too!

Last but not least, Cindy Gallop gave the audience very practical advice to all of us, social entrepreneurs. Make a difference in the world, but make money in the way.

Cindy Gallop is a woman in advertising, founder and former chair of the US branch of advertising firm Bartle Bogle Hegarty, and founder of the IfWeRanTheWorld and MakeLoveNotPorn, a ‘pro-sex, pro-porn and pro-knowing the difference’ entrepreneurial venture.

Watch the video
https://youtu.be/AY6SRS-Wr7c

Thank you!

Thank you, dear Ann O’Dea for inviting us to Dublin, after a single meeting in Paris. Thank you, fellow InspireFest speakers for sharing your wisdom. Thank you, dear reader for spending a few minutes reading about InspireFest and perhaps considering participating to the 2016 edition.

You will find the full study ‘Gender Gap in Science’ below
http://gendergapgrader.com/studies/gender-gap-in-science/

The #GenderDataRevolution is launched, there is no stopping it.

@ElianCARSENAT, founder @NamSor_com, co-founder @GenderGapGrader

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Who’s in CrunchBase, the definitive database of the startup ecosystem?

CrunchBase and AngelList are the two largest databases covering the global startup ecosystem.

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FDIMagnet is NamSor™ offering for Investment Promotion. We use our unique data mining software to offer differentiated Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) services:

–   Diaspora Direct Investments (DDI)

–   Smart Investors Targeting & CRM

–   FDI Targeted Communication

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SXSW speakers gender gap is closing

NamSor API will be featured today at SXSW ‘on stage’, so if you are in Austin: don’t miss Samir and Arnaud’s inspiring talk on ‘TechDiasporas: African and Asian Startups Fuel‘ and the launch of #DIASruption web site.

For the occasion, we’ve estimated the gender gap among SXSW Interactive speakers and we can see positive progress since 1994, when only 14% speakers were women – till last year SXSW edition when over 35% speakers were women.

2015_SXSW_Participants_1994_2014Are you a RapidMiner user? Watch this short tutorial on how to use NamSor API Key in RapidMiner, to estimate the gender gap (and other diversity analytics).

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About NamSor

NamSor™ Applied Onomastics is a European designer of name recognition software. NamSor is committed to promote diversity and equal opportunity. NamSor launched NamSor Gender API, a free API to extract gender from personal names and NamSor Origin API. We believe NamSor API Key can help unlock the value of diversity worldwide. http://www.namsor.com

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What’s the gender gap among accredited medical doctors in France?

The French ‘Haute autorité de la santé (HAS)’ has published an open data set with the list of accredited medical doctors in France. So what’s the gender gap among them?

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About NamSor

NamSor™ Applied Onomastics is a European designer of name recognition software. NamSor is committed to promote diversity and equal opportunity. NamSor launched NamSor Gender API, a free API to extract gender from personal names. http://www.namsor.com

About GenderGapGrader

GenderGapGrader’s mission is to publish gender gap estimates at the finest grain level, using whatever reference database we can identify for a particular industry: The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) for the film industry, “The Airman Database” for pilots… and more to come. http://gendergapgrader.com

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Who’s a speaker at MIPIM, the leading Global Real Estate conference?

We’ve estimated the gender gap among speakers at MIPIM, a leading Global Real Estate conference, attended by many Investment Promotion Agences worldwide.

What story does it tell us about the gender gap in the real estate industry?

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You’ll find MIPIM speakers list on NamSor’s growing catalog of public DataSets and reliable sources for Investment Promotion.

NamSor also offers a unique datamining service to recognize cultural origin and help unlock the power of Diaspora Marketing for Investment Promotion.It makes it possible to filter data (for example, your own extraction of MIPIM participants list) in new ways so you can grow you international business network. You more easily reconnect with people likely to have connections with you country/region/culture. It can also help gain insights and sort among the leads gathered during MIPIM.

Get your API Key to try it.

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About FDIMagnet,

FDIMagnet is NamSor™ offering for Investment Promotion. We use our unique data mining software to offer differentiated Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) services:

–   Diaspora Direct Investments (DDI)

–   Smart Investors Targeting & CRM

–   FDI Targeted Communication

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Video Tutorial: NamSor extension for RapidMiner to measure a Genger Pay Gap and other Diversity Analytics

[NEW! Get your API Key directly from NamSor and use the online tool as a complement to RapidMiner]

This is a hands-on video tutorial on measuring the gender pay gap and other diversity analytics, with the example of open data published by the city of Palo Alto, California.

Palo Alto public data on employees salaries in 2013.

Palo Alto public data on employees salaries in 2013.

The original file has a lot of data, but doesn’t have any diversity information so we use NamSor extension for RapidMiner to extract from names the gender and likely origin.

NamSor API can infer gender information with high precision, recognizing for example that Andrea Rossini is likely Italian male, whereas Andrea Parker is more likely a female name. Onomastics or onomatology is the study of the origin, history, and use of proper names.

Using NamSor to determine gender and likely country of origin

For this tutorial, you will need,

Data mining can be fun, open data and better corporate transparency can make a difference. Please RT and join us in thanking Palo Alto City for their transparency:

About NamSor

NamSor™ Applied Onomastics is a European designer of name recognition software. NamSor is committed to promote diversity and equal opportunity. NamSor launched GendRE API, a free API to extract gender from personal names. http://namsor.com

About GenderGapGrader

GenderGapGrader’s mission is to publish gender gap estimates at the finest grain level, using whatever reference database we can identify for a particular industry: The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) for the film industry, “The Airman Database” for pilots… and more to come. http://gendergapgrader.com

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Recent Sony Hack, Diversity Problems and the Gender Pay Gap at Deloitte

The Recent Sony Hack Reveals Huge Diversity Problems and Gender Pay Gap Among Top-Level Executives in the film industry. This data, though unlawfully disclosed to the public, might shed lights on some of the causes behind the huge gender gap in the film industry. Earlier this year, we’ve -lawfully and publicly- measured the gender gap using Open Data published by The Internet Movie Database (IMDB). We’ve genderized over 5 million names to produce this chart:

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The public may wonder also on How Did 30,000 Deloitte Employees Get Caught Up in Sony’s Data Leak? As many audit and consulting companies, Deloitte communicates periodically on its inclusiveness to women in the workplace, participates to women empowerment initiatives, even offers consulting services on gender diversity and corporate governance. Behind doors the gender pay gap at Deloitte could very well look like this one, produced from actual data of a different large consulting firm:

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We live in a age of transparency, where companies are encouraged to disclose more and more data on their Gender Diversity and inclusiveness to a more Diverse Workforce. Though this particular case of the Sony data leak was originally caused by unlawful criminal activity, unwilling disclosures of payroll data could also be the result of negligence. Today, all women and men can make use of online services to ‘genderize‘ a HR database, or to recognize if a company has a bias towards employees or a certain origin. Employees, trade unions, journalists or feminist activists might have got hold of the Pastebin data (now removed) and may disclose the real picture of gender equality at Deloitte – making good use of our free gender gap API …

Companies should take such event as a forewarning to take the matter of gender and cultural diversity seriously.

Consulting companies and auditors in particular should be aware of the absolute necessity to close the gap between how they communicate about gender equality and how they behave in the workplace. They should be the first users and promoters of Open Data as well as of benchmarking the Gender Gap in their sector of activity.

Recently, we had an informative exchange of tweets about how the Australian Government communicates on gender equality. See how transparent a government can be on Gender Equality, making good use of Open Data and technology.

Not only the Australian Government publishes an Open Dataset under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012

https://data.gov.au/dataset/wgea-dataset

but also it publishes the raw data at the finest grain level

http://data.gov.au/dataset/directory-gov-au-full-data-export

making it possible for citizens to see data from other angles (looking at different segmentation, analyzing biases towards employees or a certain origin, etc.)

Earlier this year, we have launched Gender Gap Grader – a global initiative to measure the gender gap across all professional fields, using Open Data and a public API.

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About NamSor

NamSor™ Applied Onomastics is a European designer of name recognition software. NamSor is committed to promote diversity and equal opportunity. NamSor launched GendRE API, a free API to extract gender from personal names. http://namsor.com

About GenderGapGrader

GenderGapGrader’s mission is to publish gender gap estimates at the finest grain level, using whatever reference database we can identify for a particular industry: The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) for the film industry, “The Airman Database” for pilots… and more to come. http://gendergapgrader.com

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Popular names of Delhi, Incredible India

Incredible India is the name of successful place marketing initiative launched in 2002 by the Indian Government using the incredible diversity of India in terms of colors, landscapes, people, languages etc. to promote tourism in India. Because of this same diversity, Indian onomastics are a tough nut to crack. At NamSor, we’ve opened a free API to predict the gender of personal names according to the various languages and cultures (Andrea Rossini is male, Andrea Parker is female, Jean Durieux is …). We aim for 95 to 99% accuracy and 95 to 99% recall, in every country where possible.

This work is important. The status of women in India is a very current issue. At NamSor, we believe in the value of open data mining initiatives -such as Gender Gap Grader– to advance the empowerment of women worldwide. So we work hard to understand how names vary in different states of India, different regions. For example, below are the most frequent male/female names in Delhi.

Most popular female and male names in Delhi, India

Name Female Male Likely Gender Total Pct
Sunita 51526 82 Female 51614 0.5%
Poonam 33524 79 Female 33603 0.3%
Raj Kumar 127 33313 Male 33440 0.3%
Anita 32816 45 Female 32861 0.3%
Ashok Kumar 29 29747 Male 29776 0.3%
Manoj Kumar 35 29197 Male 29232 0.3%
Anil Kumar 32 28943 Male 28975 0.3%
GEETA 28547 30 Female 28577 0.3%
Sunil Kumar 27 27438 Male 27465 0.3%
Santosh 22557 4465 Both 27022 0.3%

About NamSor

NamSor™ Applied Onomastics is a European designer of name recognition software. NamSor is committed to promote diversity and equal opportunity. NamSor launched GendRE API, a free API to extract gender from personal names. We support the @GenderGapGrader initiative. http://namsor.com

About GenderGapGrader

GenderGapGrader’s mission is to publish gender gap estimates at the finest grain level, using whatever reference database we can identify for a particular industry: The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) for the film industry, “The Airman Database” for pilots… and more to come. http://gendergapgrader.com

 

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