WIKIPEDIA IN THE NEWS, IN SELECTED DATABASES AND IN MEDIA




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WIKIPEDIA IN THE NEWS, IN SELECTED DATABASES AND IN MEDIA
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Improving gender balance on Wikipedia

21 August 2017

Claire Murray, Alice White and Jess Wade, Imperial College London,
are concerned about the underrepresentation of women on Wikipedia.
They explain how they are working to change this, one ‘wikithon’ at a time.

Royal Society of Chemistry

http://www.rsc.org/news-events/community/2017/aug/wikithon/

 

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Wikipedia’s Best Worst NBA Photos Are Modern Art

The internet’s free encyclopedia is a testament to our desire for shared knowledge — 
and grainy, horrible pictures of Larry Brown

BY RODGER SHERMAN  JUL 14, 2017, 9:18AM EDT

 

 

 

https://www.theringer.com/2017/7/14/16078058/nba-player-wikipedia-photos-4e40c96128d1

 

 

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Wikipedia-academia collaborations benefit both parties

August 16, 2017


https://techxplore.com/news/2017-08-wikipedia-academia-collaborations-benefit-parties.html


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Someone Edited Wikipedia To List Trump as President of the ConfederacyChristine Rousselle

Christine Rousselle

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Posted: Aug 17, 2017 8:45 AM

 

http://tinyurl.com/y7ewuzvb

 

 

 

 

 


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Jimmy Wales thinks WikiTribune can fix the news. Is he right?

BY NSAFFAN · AUGUST 9, 2017

 https://www.poynter.org/news/jimmy-wales-thinks-wikitribune-can-fix-news-he-right

 

How will WikiTribune actually work? Here's the man responsible for figuring it out

BY BENJAMIN MULLIN · AUGUST 3, 2017


How we doubled the representation of female classical scholars on Wikipedia

Victoria Leonard on bringing equality to the world's largest reference tool

June 11, 2017

Wikipedia Seems to Be Winning Its Battle Against Government Censorship



What can fact-checkers learn from Wikipedia?
We asked the boss of its nonprofit owner

BY REBECCA IANNUCCI · JULY 6, 2017


Tired of Just Blocking Wikipedia, China’s Government Wants to Create Its Own Online Encyclopedia



A D.C. Museum Tries to Make Wikipedia Less Sexist

The National Museum of Women in the Arts's recent Edit-a-Thon is part of a larger movement to address sexism on the internet.

 MAR 15, 2017 12 PM





Accessing Academic Sources on Wikipedia: An interview featuring Jake Orlowitz

Posted February 22, 2017 by Tessa Gregory in Podcast

Continuing to Bridge the Journal-Wikipedia Gap:
Introducing Topic Pages for PLOS Genetics


http://tinyurl.com/y9xzmzeu

Intellipedia: How to Access the Wikipedia of US Secret Services


Guiding Tech


We’re well aware of Wikipedia and the plethora of information
it stores about everything in this world, but are you aware the
US government maintains their own secret Wiki — 
Intellipedia —
which stores information in a similar fashion as Wikipedia,
just with a few tweaks containing facts about the issue.

Intellipedia is an encyclopaedia for US government secret services
as well as other government organisations with similar clearance
and the website has been active for a little more than a decade.

The website has three levels of classification of the contained data —
one consists sensitive but unclassified documents, the mid-level one
contains secret information and another for top secret information.

The ‘top secret’ wiki contains almost 40%
of a total of 269,000 articles on the website.

Since 2014, multiple applications have been filed under the
Freedom of Information Act, which has allowed public access to 
several unclassified documents present in the secret service encyclopaedia.

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Explore Wikipedia as a text based adventure thanks to a game created by an Indie developer

from Tech 2

http://tinyurl.com/yaqz94a2


Meet WikiTribune: Wikipedia’s News Service to Fight Fake News

Guiding Tech

The Woes of Wikipedia

There's a lot to like about Wikipedia, but it's becoming a hostile place for many editors.

August 23, 2016






Inside Higher Ed

A Wikipedia editor who I know, Karen Coyle, recently left the site
finding it an inhospitable place for a woman. It’s nothing new.
But considering the cumulative impact of the “encyclopedia that
anyone can edit,” it’s troubling when it turns out a lot of people
actually can’t edit it because there’s a significant chance they will
run into fellow editors who engage in trollish behavior.

When I say “trollish,” I don’t mean the kind of weirdly anarchic,
playful, but gross and offensive behavior documented by
Whitney Phillips in her fascinating ethnography, 
This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Mapping the Relationship
between Online Trolling and Mainstream Culture
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Wikipedia, I’m referring to the ways that behavior reflects and is
reflected in our current life online. Phillips describes “highly stylistic
lulz-based trolling” that flourished on 4chan in the first decade of this
century, which takes a kind of Rabelaisian joy in wreaking havoc
online for no purpose other than their own entertainment. She goes
on to address how aspects of their humor became the stuff of digital
franchises and boosted the profits of social media platforms, how some
trolls became political activists, and how trolling reflects “pervasive
cultural logics” of our time.

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ENGINEERING, STUDENTS Doing Engineering Research Work? Stay Away from Wikipedia It’s an academic sin if you quote anything from Wikipedia. by GN Feature Story 4 months ago4 months ago

Source: Giphy In an article entitled “Ten Things You May Not Know About Wikipedia,” which is published by no less than Wikipedia themselves, they say that they “care deeply about the quality” of their work. But the thousands of articles in their website just do not match to the little their editors can do. There will always be content that will pass as factoids without a second thought. The same article mentions about the team behind Wikipedia not really expecting for people to trust them. This is good that they admit to the rubbish articles they publish. They warn in this portion to “not use Wikipedia to make critical decisions,” and that includes putting their work in your data gathering. Do yourself a favor and stop citing Wikipedia as a reference for research work. Wikipedia said it implicitly themselves.

Read more at: https://www.gineersnow.com/students/engineering-research-work-stay-away-wikipedia

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Wikipedia is the world’s largest medical resource,
but crucial information is often missing

2nd December 2016
 
by Maarten Rikken


http://tinyurl.com/ycz7zt4n

With so many relying on the site, the medical community
must ensure its content is complete and up-to-date.

Wikipedia’s health pages are the most viewed medical information source in the world,
attracting almost 4.9 billion page views in 2013. They are widely used not only by patients,
but also medical students, doctors, and other health-care providers.
In low- and middle-income countries where internet access is often slow and expensive,
Wikipedia is particularly critical.


The newest frontier for fact-checkers? Wikipedia

BY ALEXIOS MANTZARLIS · OCTOBER 12, 2016





NOVEMBER 11TH, 2016

Wikipedia Projects for Learning

By: John Orlando, PhD


Most teachers consider Wikipedia the devil’s realm, a place where rumor and
misinformation are spread. But in reality, studies have found that Wikipedia
has an accuracy of a regular encyclopedia. Inaccurate information is quickly
corrected by volunteer editors, and there are strict standards for entering content,
including the rule that “everything must be cited.” Most important, Wikipedia is the place
where many, if not most, people go to get initial information on a topic. This makes it
probably the most important information source on the Internet, and because editing is
public, it presents a wonderful opportunity for students to create articles as class assignments.


Developing Wikipedia articles lets students not only become content creators but also have
a real impact on their world, as they know that their work will inform others. It is one of the
best ways to add a practical application to course content and, as a result, improve student
motivation and engagement.


There have been over 100 class and university projects in Wikipedia. One of the first was by
Professor Jon Beasley-Murray at University of British Columbia in 2008. He had students in
his Latin American Literature class create articles for Wikipedia on the books that they read.


What Makes Wikipedia's Volunteer Editors Volunteer?
One answer: it makes them feel like part of a community
By Sarah Guminski on May 12, 2016


Wikipedia releases the list of most edited articles of 2016

By Maheen Kanwal on December 26, 2016  - 


Facebook is working with Mozilla, Wikipedia, academics to make News Integrity Initiative

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