Canadian Nobel Scientist’s Deletion From Wikipedia Points To Wider Bias, Study Finds


Nobel-winning physicist Donna Strickland is proven in a lab on the College of Waterloo on Oct. 2, 2018. When Strickland received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2018, she did not have an entry on Wikipedia. (College of Waterloo - picture credit score)

Wikipedia — the world's largest on-line encyclopedia — celebrated its twentieth anniversary this yr. One of many greatest collaborative efforts in human historical past, hundreds of volunteers all over the world create and edit the content material on its pages.

And people editors even have camps with competing philosophies: the deletionists who've excessive requirements for content material versus the inclusionists who take a broader view to what makes it in.

However all isn't nicely within the Wikipedia world.

A brand new examine by American sociologist Francesca Tripodi exhibits that its volunteer editors nominate women's pages on Wikipedia for deletion at a higher rate than men's pages.

It discovered that ladies make up solely 19 per cent of all profiles, however account for 1 / 4 of page-deletion suggestions.

Tripodi uncovered the discrepancy by analyzing logs from Wikipedia's "articles for deletion" course of from the beginning of 2017 till the tip of February 2020. It is the method by which volunteers can look at articles below scrutiny, add to discussions concerning the deserves of an article, and decide whether or not an article ought to be saved, deleted or merged into an already-existing web page.

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The case of the Canadian Nobel prizewinner

A well known instance is what occurred to Canadian scientist Donna Strickland,

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