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.”
Wired: The ‘Guerrilla’ Wikipedia Editors Who Combat Conspiracy Theories. “SUSAN GERBIC SPENT her career photographing babies at a department store in Salinas, California, just 100 miles south of San Francisco. Today, the retired 55-year-old has dedicated her life to something entirely different: Wikipedia.”
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.'”
The Verge: This app reads Wikipedia to teach you about the cities you’re driving through. “If you’re a fellow Wiki-addict who loves obscure local trivia, there’s now an app that’ll read it to you. Developed by Malte Ubl, the tech lead for Google’s AMP project, the app detects a user’s geolocation and matches it with relevant Wikipedia articles. The app then reads the articles out loud, kind of a smart passenger who happens to know everything about the history of the town you’re driving (or walking) through.”
TechCrunch: Wikipedia goes dark in Spanish, Italian ahead of key EU vote on copyright . “Wikipedia’s Italian and Spanish language versions have temporarily shut off access to their respective versions of the free online encyclopedia in Europe to protest against controversial components of a copyright reform package ahead of a key vote in the EU parliament tomorrow.” Key vote July 5.
Poynter: Digital literacy project sets an ambitious goal: Wikipedia pages for 1,000 local newspapers. “When readers search for a publication on Google, an ‘info box’ populated by Wikipedia pops up on the right side of the search results with basic information like the publication’s founding date, circulation size and editor. But that’s not the case for thousands of smaller local papers that don’t have a Wikipedia page. Mike Caulfield, director of blended and networked learning at Washington State University Vancouver, plans to work with students around the U.S. to create pages and info boxes for the local newspapers lacking them.”
Wired: Facebook and Google must do more to support Wikipedia. “As companies draw on Wikipedia for knowledge – and as a bulwark against bad information – we believe they too have an opportunity to be generous. At Wikimedia, we already love and deeply appreciate the millions of people around the world who make generous charitable contributions because they believe in our values. But we also believe that we deserve lasting, commensurate support from the organisations that derive significant and sustained financial value from our work.”