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You can trust Wikipedia, but always check sources and citations

  • Budi Sutrisno


Jakarta   /   Fri, January 15 2021   /  01:01 am
Looking for new homes: Piles of used encyclopedias that are offered at the price of Rp 750,000 (US$53.08) await new owners. Unfortunately, many people nowadays prefer to consult Wikipedia rather than an encyclopedia.(JP/Arief Suhardiman)

Question: How do you make sure that every part of the world affected by the pandemic gets coverage despite the demographic bias that most of the editors happen to be from the West? Answer: It is correct that many of the Wikipedia editors on English Wikipedia are based in North America or other Western countries such as the [United Kingdom], but it is also the case that the people who edit Wikipedia around the world are focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic. We have editors from almost every active language community who have written articles about the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the ways in which the community is working on this is through the WikiProject Medicine, which is an initiative by people in our medical editing community to ensure that the quality of COVID-19 articles is consistent across languages for critical information about the pandemic. This is a volunteer effort that invo...