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Why librarians (and therefore libraries) will always be better than Wikipedia, by Kimberly Matthews

Why librarians (and therefore libraries) will always be better than Wikipedia, by Kimberly Matthews | Professional development of Librarians | Scoop.it

"As librarians we protect our services, collections, and patrons from censorship and bias. Simply put- We do not allow it. From too much left or right wing material to too much sci-fi or mystery. At our core we begin from a place of balance, equality, representation, and non-censorship.  This is one of librarianship’s inherent characteristics that draw people to join the profession.

Interestingly I found this today:

Wikipedia Countering Systemic Bias Project

The Wikipedia project suffers systemic bias that naturally grows from its contributors’ demographic groups, manifesting an imbalanced coverage of a subject, thereby discriminating against the less represented demographic groups. …
This project aims to control and (possibly) eliminate the cultural perspective gaps made by the systemic bias, consciously focusing upon subjects and points of view neglected by the encyclopedia as a whole."


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Infographic: History's most influential people, ranked by Wikipedia reach (Wired UK)

Infographic: History's most influential people, ranked by Wikipedia reach (Wired UK) | Professional development of Librarians | Scoop.it

"This article was taken from the November 2012 issue of Wired magazine. Be the first to read Wired's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online.

This infographic reveals the world's most influential people, born before 1950, using data from all language editions of Wikipedia. "It shows you how the world perceives your own national culture," says César Hidalgo, head of the Media Lab's Macro Connections group, who researched the data. "It's a socio-cultural mirror."


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