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A Surprising Number of Women Are Missing from Wikipedia, but One Woman Is Changing That

“It is an unfortunate fact that Wikipedia has very few female editors, and there’s evidence that the females who do contribute to the online encyclopedia receive a significant amount of harassment from their male counterparts. According to a recent Smithsonian article, one female editor of Wikipedia has a backlog of 118 harassing, abusive emails about her work.This woman is Emily Temple-Wood. Back in 2012 she volunteered for a Wikipedia edit-a-thon to honor Ada Lovelace, a nineteenth-century mathematician. As a result, she noticed a serious lack of female representation among the site’s many articles. Furious, she typed out a profile of Ann Bishop, a British biologist, in her dorm room late that night. From then on, the med student embarked on a mission to raise the profile of women scientists on the platform.” (via Verily)

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Cornell takes big red pen to Wikipedia life sciences content

“If you can’t beat it, edit it.That was the idea behind a March 11 event that brought students, staff and faculty together at Mann Library to improve the quality of agriculture and life sciences content on Wikipedia.” (via Cornell Chronicle)

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Wharton dropout creates Wikipedia alternative alongside Rap Genius co-founder

“Everipedia is more than your classic startup led by a team of college dropouts. Everipedia’s vision is to become the most accessible online encyclopedia that can be edited by members of the public. Branded as “Everyone’s Encyclopedia,” the startup differs from its major competitors like Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica in that anyone can make their own page by creating a free account.The company is run by a team that includes the cofounder of Rap Genius, Mahbod Moghadam, and Wharton sophomore George Beall, as well as co-founders Sam Kazemian and Theodor Forselius. The founders say the company is currently valued at $10 million.” (via The Daily Pennsylvanian)

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Wikipedia and the Momentum of Tiny Edits

“Among the top-50 longest articles on the English language version Wikipedia, you’ll find lists of comets, Amtrak stations, shipwrecks, fictional astronauts, and cult films. There is a timeline of Baltimore and a look at electric car use by country, along with articles about firearms, Dutch inventions, and rare birds.If there’s a unifying theory here, a rule about why some topics have sprawling Wikipedia pages and others are relative blips, it’s not immediately evident. A lot of the heftiest articles are in list format, but the topics are all over the map.” (via The Atlantic)

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Tireless and dedicated: Justin Knapp

“Justin Anthony Knapp is a tireless and dedicated American Wikipedian from Indianapolis, Indiana. He has over 1,495,000 edits on English Wikipedia and a total of more than 1,523,000 edits on all Wikimedia projects—a volume which many dedicated Wikimedians will find difficult to achieve. He was ranked No. 1 among the most active Wikipedia contributors of all time, a feat that added to his notability and led to a separate article on Justin Knapp in the English and many other language Wikipedias.” (via Wikimedia blog)

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