What’s Missing On Wikipedia?

What do you think of this? The Smithsonian Archives has a Wikipedian-in-Residence, whose mission is, in part, to make sure women scientists are duly represented in that crowd-sourced online encyclopedia.

I started to contemplate this a little bit because I could never have posted about Ada Lovelace of Grace Hopper in the past week or so without Wikipedia. It’s gotten to the point that if someone isn’t profiled in Wikipedia I almost conclude that their accomplishments must not have been noteworthy.

But Sarah Stierch is having to host Wikipedia edit-a-thons to correct a big gap:

“One of the biggest complaints we get is that women who are involved in science don’t always have a great chance of having their articles saved on Wikipedia, because people don’t think they’re notable enough….”

Among the edit-a-thon’s targeted scientists were Mary Agnes Chase, a botanist who funded her own research in South America at the turn of the 20th century because it was considered inappropriate for women to do field work, and Mary J. Rathburn, a Smithsonian zoologist from the same time period who described over a thousand new species and subspecies of crustaceans.

Yikes! These scientists were not already documented on Wikipedia? I’ll have to take this into consideration from now on.

Hey, who among you are working on the MakerBot Wikipedia entry? It looks like it could use some information on The Replicator.


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