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Wikipedia use -- nothing to be ashamed about
Academics and students alike should be making better use of Wikipedia, a major study of digital technology use in Higher Education has recommended. (2015-02-11)

Wikipedia deemed a reliable source for political info by new study
A study of articles related to candidates for governor across the US found very few inaccuracies. (2011-04-14)

Survey finds errors in Wikipedia articles
Sixty percent of Wikipedia articles about companies contain factual errors. But when public relations professionals try to make corrections the rules often get in the way. (2012-04-17)

Dermatology students improve Wikipedia entries on skin disease
A group of medical students recruited to improve Wikipedia articles on skin-related diseases, saw millions more views of those stories following their editing, highlighting the value of expert input on the popular web encyclopedia. (2019-04-03)

Internet a boost for answers to mental health
University of Melbourne researchers have found Wikipedia is the most highly rated website for accessing information on mental-health related topics. (2012-02-14)

The Wikipedia gender gap
In a recent University of Washington study, researchers interviewed women 'Wikipedians' to examine the lack of female and non-binary editors in Wikipedia. (2019-06-12)

Dartmouth researchers confirm the power of altruism in Wikipedia
Dartmouth researchers looked at the online encyclopedia Wikipedia to determine if the anonymous, infrequent contributors, the Good Samaritans, are as reliable as the people who update constantly and have a reputation to maintain. (2007-10-17)

New university ranking system includes the cultural perspective
A new study proposes a new way of ranking universities, using a more balanced cultural view and based on 24 international editions of Wikipedia. (2019-01-28)

Study finds cancer information on Wikipedia is accurate, but not very readable
It is a commonly held that information on Wikipedia should not be trusted, since it is written and edited by non-experts without professional oversight. But researchers from the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson have found differently, according to data being presented at the 2010 ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago. (2010-06-01)

Wikipedia improves students' work
A student writing an essay for their teacher may be tempted to plagiarize or leave facts unchecked. A new study shows that if you ask that same student to write something that will be posted on Wikipedia, he or she suddenly becomes determined to make the work as accurate as possible, and may actually do better research. (2011-05-30)

University of Minnesota researchers reveal Wikipedia gender biases
Computer science researchers in the University of Minnesota's College of Science and Engineering are leading a team that has confirmed a substantial gender gap among editors of Wikipedia and a corresponding gender-oriented disparity in the content. (2011-08-11)

Wiki ranking
Wikipedia, the free, online collaborative encyclopedia, is an important source of information. However, while the team of volunteer editors endeavors to maintain high standards, there are occasionally problems with the veracity of content, deliberate vandalism and incomplete entries. Writing in the International Journal of Information Quality, computer scientists in China have devised a software algorithm that can automatically check a particular entry and rank it according to quality. (2014-08-06)

Public interest in plane crashes only predicted 'if death toll is 50 or higher'
Researchers analyzed Wikipedia articles about 1,500 plane crashes around the world to discover that a death toll of around 50 is the minimum threshold for predicting significant levels of public interest. The location of the airline companies trumps death tolls if they are based in North American or Latin American countries. (2016-10-11)

The giant cockroach genus Pseudophoraspis expands to the north with 3 new species
Three new species of the giant cockroach genus Pseudophoraspis have been discovered in the Hainan, Yunnan and Guangxi provinces of China. The three newly described cockroaches, together with another three already known species, mark the first record north of Vietnam, which was previously considered the northern boundary of the genus. The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. (2013-02-28)

DNA barcoding verified the discovery of a highly disconnected crane fly species
Finnish and Russian entomologists have discovered a new crane fly species on the Eurasian continent. The new species, Tipula recondita, has been documented in both Finnish Lapland and the Russian Far East in two apparently disconnected populations. The description was published in the open-access journal ZooKeys. (2012-05-18)

On Wikipedia, politically controversial science topics vulnerable to information sabotage
'As society turns to Wikipedia for answers, students, educators, and citizens should understand its limitations when researching scientific topics that are politically charged. On entries subject to edit-wars, like acid rain, evolution, and global change, one can obtain -- within seconds -- diametrically different information on the same topic.' (2015-08-14)

Study update: Cancer information on Wikipedia is accurate, but not very readable
It is a commonly held that information on Wikipedia should not be trusted, since it is written and edited by non-experts without professional oversight. But researchers from the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson have found differently, according to a study published online Sept. 15 in the Journal of Oncology Practice. (2011-09-15)

Rise of the bots: Stevens team completes first census of Wikipedia bots
Researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, N.J., have completed the first analysis of all 1,601 of Wikipedia's bots, using computer algorithms to classify them by function and shed light on the ways that machine intelligences and human users work together to improve and expand the world's largest digital encyclopedia. (2019-11-21)

Spider version of Bigfoot emerges from caves in the Pacific Northwest
A team of scientists and cave conservationists discovered a relatively huge, unique spider in caves and forests of the Pacific Northwest. The novel combination of evolutionary features in this spider, Trogloraptor, compelled them to recognize a new family. (2012-08-17)

IUPUI launches unique global project to save world's public art
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis students and faculty have developed and launched Wikipedia Saves Public Art, nation's first organized effort to document public art information in Wikipedia. (2010-02-18)

'Kill Bill' character inspires the name of a new parasitoid wasp species
Three new parasitoid wasp species from the genus Cystomastacoides have been described from Thailand and Papua New Guinea. A character from Tarantino's (2013-03-19)

Wikipedia visits to disease outbreak pages show impact of news media on public attention
During the 2016 Zika outbreak, news exposure appears to have had a far bigger impact than local disease risk on the number of times people visited Zika-related Wikipedia pages in the U.S. Michele Tizzoni and colleagues at the ISI Foundation in Turin, Italy, present these findings in PLOS Computational Biology. (2020-03-12)

New checklist brings information about Cucurbitaceae up to date
More than 30 years since the last study was conducted, German and Indian botanists cataloged the important plant family Cucurbitaceae, among which are vital parts of our diet such as pumpkins, melon, cucumber and watermelon. A checklist of the Cucurbitaceae of India has been produced on the basis of both genetic and taxonomic information to expand our knowledge on these important plants. The study was published in the open access journal Phytokeys. (2013-03-11)

The amazing amphibians and reptiles of the Philippine island Luzon
Renewed interest in exploring the unique fauna of the northern Philippines has produced a series of notable discoveries, drawing attention to the astonishingly high level of species diversity in this small island archipelago. A recent categorization of the amphibians and reptiles of the Luzon Island offers insight into the unexpected variety of fascinating species that occur there and no where else in the world. The study was published in the open-access journal Zookeys. (2013-02-07)

Wikipedia articles on plane crashes show what we remember -- or forget
Disastrous current events trigger collective memory of certain past events, a new study of nearly 1,500 Wikipedia articles on airplane crashes and other incidents reports. The results, which provide a new way of modeling our collective memory, reveal how different topics are connected to each other through memory and association -- thereby forming an interconnected network of topics. (2017-04-05)

Can a tropical water flea invade European lakes?
Daphnia lumholtzi is a small crustacean that lives in the tropics. This plankton-like creature is also an invasive species in North America -- and so far, it has never been detected in Europe's lakes and ponds. A possible invasion in Europe is examined in a recent paper, published in the open access, peer-reviewed journal NeoBiota. (2013-03-19)

Who does what on Wikipedia?
The patterns of collaboration between Wikipedia contributors have a direct effect on the data quality of an article, according to a new paper co-authored by a University of Arizona professor and graduate student. (2010-03-11)

For Wikipedia users, being 'Wikipedian' may be more important than political loyalties
Wikipedia users who proclaim their political affiliations within the online community consider their identity as (2013-04-03)

Can 'organic' labels backfire?
In findings presented at this week's Experimental Biology conference in Anaheim, Calif., Cornell University researchers show that (2010-04-28)

Wikipedia, a source of information on natural disasters biased towards rich countries
This is the result of a study led by Valerio Lorini, a PhD student on the ICT programme, led by Carlos Castillo, coordinator of the Web Science and Social Computing group, with Javier Rando, a student at UPF doing the bachelor's degree in Mathematical Engineering in Data Science, focusing on flooding as a case study. Their work will be presented at ISCRAM 2020, from 24 to 27 May in Virginia (USA). (2020-02-06)

Wikipedia readers get shortchanged by copyrighted material
When Google Books digitized 40 years worth of copyrighted and out-of-copyright issues of Baseball Digest magazine, Wikipedia editors realized they had scored. Suddenly they had access to pages and pages of player information from a new source. Yet not all information could be used equally: citations to out-of-copyright issues increased 135 percent more than issues still subject to copyright restrictions, according to a new UC Berkeley study. (2017-02-13)

Megalara garuda: the King of Wasps
A giant wasp, with jaws longer than its forelegs, was discovered on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. It is named after Garuda, the large mythical bird-like creature and national symbol of Indonesia. The new species was described and named by Lynn Kimsey (UC Davis) and Michael Ohl (Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin) in the open access journal ZooKeys. (2012-03-23)

Wikimedia Foundation and UNU-MERIT announce first survey of Wikipedians
The Wikimedia Foundation and UNU-MERIT -- a joint research and training centre of UN University and Maastricht University -- will conduct a comprehensive survey of Wikipedia's online readers and contributors. The study will shed a revealing light on the success of the world's largest collaborative reference project. (2008-01-24)

Creating a new approach to archiving human genetic information
How a genomic code is deciphered is traditionally left to professional annotators who use information from a number of sources (for instance, knowledge about similar genes in other organisms) to work out where a gene starts, stops and what it does. Even the (2008-07-07)

An introduced bird competitor tips the balance against Hawaiian species
Two researchers from the University of Hawaii at Manoa have determined that tens of thousands of native birds have been lost in the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge, when the Japanese white-eye, a small perching bird originally introduced to Hawaii in 1929 to control insects, increased in numbers. The increase was initiated in a restoration area on the refuge. This study was published in the open access journal NeoBiota. (2012-05-23)

Global analysis of billions of Wikipedia searches reveals biodiversity secrets
An international team of researchers from the University of Oxford, the University of Birmingham and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have found that the way in which people use the internet is closely tied to patterns and rhythms in the natural world. This finding, publishing March 5 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology suggests new ways to monitor changes in the world's biodiversity. (2019-03-05)

33 new trapdoor spider species discovered in the American southwest
An Auburn University researcher reports the discovery of 33 new trapdoor spider species from the US. Most species are from California, a biodiversity hotspot, and represents the largest discovery of new animal species in the US in over a decade. New species bear the names of prominent individuals: Barack Obama, Edward Abbey, Bono, Dorothea Lange, Penn Jillette, and César Chávez; one is named for George Lucas' Star Wars creature, the Sarlacc. (2012-12-20)

Fixing Wiki: Wikipedia revision project teaches teamwork, communication, chemistry
Halogen bonding, hyperconjugation, electroactive polymers -- such subjects are typical fare in graduate-level chemistry courses. But how many classes challenge students to explain the concepts to the whole world? (2010-08-26)

Does polyploidy play a role in the onset of the Italian endemic flora?
Plants show a higher variation in chromosome numbers than animals do, mainly because of polyploidy- the occurrence of more than two sets of chromosomes. In plants, polyploidy can cause reproductive isolation and the consequent onset of new species. In our research, we set out to estimate to what extent polyploidy is involved in the onset of the Italian endemic plants. (2012-05-22)

ZooKeys opens the gates to America's moth diversity
The fourth (2013-02-06)

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