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New York Law School

Friday, November 8, 2013

On Professors on Wikipedia

Anna Samoilenko and Taha Yasseri's study, "The Distorted Mirror of Wikipedia: a Quantitative Analysis of Wikipedi Coverage of Academics" is posted at the Cornell University Library.  Robinson Meyer has commentary on the paper on The Atlantic.  He writes:

Does your professor have their own Wikipedia page? Well congratulations!, a new study finds. That probably doesn’t mean anything important.

The Oxford University study, submitted for review to EPJ Data Science* late last week, found no meaningful correlation between an academic having their own entry on Wikipedia and being productive or prolific in their field. It also didn’t find a correlation between any major measure of Wikipedia success—the length of an entry, say, or the number of edits to that entry—and an academic’s prolificness.

In short, a scientist having their own Wikipedia entry means—to use a technical term—diddly squat.

Hardly surprising, when you think about it.

Craig Estlinbaum

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Yeah that makes sense. I bet most Wikipedia pages are just self-promotion anyways and are more often kept up by the person themselves. So the fact that a prof doesn't have one probably only speaks to their lack of self-promotion instead of their lack of stature in the field.

Posted by: Dave | Nov 10, 2013 12:46:24 PM

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