November 7, 2013
Does Your Professor Have a Wikipedia Entry? Congrats! It Means Nothing

Does your professor have their own Wikipedia page? Well congratulations!, a new study finds. That probably doesn’t mean anything important.
The Cornell University study, submitted for review to Physics and Society 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.
Read more. [Image: Giulia Forsythe/Flickr]

Does Your Professor Have a Wikipedia Entry? Congrats! It Means Nothing

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

The Cornell University study, submitted for review to Physics and Society 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.

Read more. [Image: Giulia Forsythe/Flickr]

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  4. juchicago reblogged this from theatlantic and added:
    Seems helpful.
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    having your own wikipedia page is like having your own vanity license plates.
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    Actually an OII study.
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    Oh. [stops editing, leaves stub]
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