b2o: Michelle Moravec — The Endless Night of Wikipedia’s Notable Woman Problem

b2o: Michelle Moravec — The Endless Night of Wikipedia’s Notable Woman Problem. “The challenge, if we wish to write women back into history via Wikipedia, is to figure out how to shift the frame of reference so that our stars can shine, since the problem of who precisely is ‘worthy of commemoration’ so often seems to exclude women. This essay takes on one of the ‘tests’ used to determine whether content is worthy of inclusion in Wikipedia, notability, to explore how the purportedly neutral concept works against efforts to create entries about female historical figures.”

Hyperallergic: A New Online Project Rethinks How We Learn About Artists and Archive Their Life and Work

New-to-me, from Hyperallergic: A New Online Project Rethinks How We Learn About Artists and Archive Their Life and Work. “In 2015, [Glenn] Wharton joined his colleague Deena Engel at New York University to establish the Artist Archives Initiative, a forum to promote the research and dissemination of knowledge about the display and care of contemporary art. The initiative is also strategic, responding to the art world’s growing need for a thorough network of documents and research to aid future exhibitions and the reengagement of interest in previously forgotten artists.”

The Guardian: Academic writes 270 Wikipedia pages in a year to get female scientists noticed

The Guardian: Academic writes 270 Wikipedia pages in a year to get female scientists noticed. “Jess Wade is a scientist on a mission. She wants every woman who has achieved something impressive in science to get the prominence and recognition they deserve – starting with a Wikipedia entry. ‘I’ve done about 270 in the past year,’ says Wade, a postdoctoral researcher in the field of plastic electronics at Imperial College London’s Blackett Laboratory. ‘I had a target for doing one a day, but sometimes I get too excited and do three.'”

MakeUseOf: 7 Helpful Websites for Learning About the Countries of the World

MakeUseOf: 7 Helpful Websites for Learning About the Countries of the World. “Though the world holds nearly 200 countries, most of us haven’t visited more than a few. Knowledge of our home nation comes easy, but have you ever wondered about the culture, society, or history of other countries? We’ve gathered a set of websites for learning about any country you have interest in.”

Life before Google: What was it like? (BBC News)

BBC News: Life before Google: What was it like?. “In the 20 years since it was founded, Google has provided answers to the most random queries, become a verb and, on Wednesday, received a record $5bn fine after giving itself a bit too much of an edge over its rivals. Some jobs with an emphasis on research have been altered in major ways by its invention, to the extent that it’s hard to imagine how those jobs were once done.”

National Institutes of Health: NIH-funded scientists put socioeconomic data on the map

National Institutes of Health: NIH-funded scientists put socioeconomic data on the map. “The Neighborhood Atlas…, a new tool to help researchers visualize socioeconomic data at the community level is now available. This online platform allows for easily ranking and mapping neighborhoods according to socioeconomic disadvantage. Seeing a neighborhood’s socioeconomic measures, such as income, education, employment and housing quality, may provide clues to the effects of those factors on overall health, and could inform health resources policy and social interventions.”