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Where Edit Is Due

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From additions to Wikipedia entries on women with significant achievements in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, made by volunteers during an event hosted by Brown University last October. An estimated 84 percent of Wikipedia’s volunteer editors are male.

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  • http://mistersugar.com/ Anton Zuiker

    Regarding the item above beginning “a black, female scientist who blogs…”

    Please note that the science website involved in that incident was Biology Online, not Science Online (nor ScienceOnline, my organization). The Wikipedia page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_American#Controversy) currently reflects the correct information, and I encourage you to correct your own site.

    It is unfortunate, perhaps ironic, that your column highlighting a gender imbalance among Wikipedia’s volunteer editors should perpetuate an inaccuracy. ScienceOnline is an organization run by a woman executive director, and our annual conference is widely praised for drawing as many — at times more — women than men to our energetic discussions about science and the web.

    In fact, we have space at our ScienceOnline Together 2014 event in February (http://together.scienceonline.com), and highly recommend that you send a representative or two.

    Anton Zuiker
    Co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors
    ScienceOnline

    • http://harpers.org/ Harper’s Magazine

      We’ve corrected it above, and will discuss running a correction in the next issue of the print magazine. Thanks for your note.

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