Tagged: Wikipedia

News coverage drove Zika interest - Lately, In Science

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Mar 14, 2020

At a time when our news headlines are saturated with COVID-19, it could be helpful to look back at a previous disease outbreak for hints of what’s happening now. Back in 2016, the infectious disease of the hour was Zika. Remember the Rio Olympics and fears that Olympians would be infected (there wound up being no cases linked … Read More

15 years of editing Wikipedia - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 20, 2019

Stuart Yeates Today is my 15th-anniversary editing Wikipedia under my own name. I was recruited to join Wikipedia from the Everything2 community, one of several predecessors to Wikipedia, where I’d been editing since 2000. Everything2 was fun to write, editors voted on each other’s articles and humour was an important factor in getting good ratings, but it clearly wasn’t … Read More

What to put in a Wikipedia biography – and what gets left out - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 19, 2019

Stuart Yeates continues a blog series following the process of creating biographies in Wikipedia. See part one here. What does (and doesn’t) get included There is some information I deliberately leave out of biographies of the living: dates of birth are out (but not year of birth, since this is how librarians distinguish between people of the same name … Read More

How I came to be writing Wikipedia biographies for female New Zealand professors - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 18, 2019

Stuart Yeates In August 2017, the Royal Society Te Apārangi provided physical space and some funds for a group of people to get together and edit Wikipedia on topics related to Women in Science, to try and combat the overwhelming maleness on Wikipedia. Participants at the Women in Science Wikipedia workshop, Wellington, New Zealand, 6 August 2017 #WikiSciWomen. Read More

Looking for human-nature connections in seasonal Wikipedia searches - News

Guest Author Mar 29, 2019

Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie Recently, I was wrapping up some revisions on a phenology paper and to comply with the journal’s style for taxonomy, I needed to know the authority on a species of white violets that a Maine hunting guide had noted in his diaries in the mid-twentieth century. Obviously, I turned to Wikipedia. Ecologists who study phenology (or anything!) … Read More

Why Wikipedia often overlooks stories of women in history - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 20, 2018

Tamar Carroll, Rochester Institute of Technology and Lara Nicosia, Rochester Institute of Technology This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Movements like #MeToo are drawing increased attention to the systemic discrimination facing women in a range of professional fields, from Hollywood and journalism to banking and government. Discrimination is … Read More

Matters of coincidence or the collective digital unconscious? - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Aug 18, 2017

Originally posted on Royal Society Te Apārangi’s Past and Future series where, as part of 150th anniversary celebrations, early career researchers are invited to share discoveries in their fields from days gone by or give us a glimpse into where their research may take us in the future. By Dr Markus Luczak-Roesch, senior lecturer from the School of Information Management … Read More

Miracles: What Do We Mean? - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Jul 14, 2010

Have you ever described an event as miraculous? Perhaps it was a near-miss accident, recovery from an illness or some other fortuitous moment in your life. Did you stop to consider what you meant by that description or did or roll off your tongue like so many other cultural conventions, without a second thought? One [...] … Read More