Wikipedia editing (and gender bias)

Wikimedia Commons: MaxxL and Wikijunkie: [[File:WomanEdit Logo Entwurf.svg|WomanEdit_Logo_Entwurf]]

It has been far too long since I last wrote a post. My intentions are to primarily use this blog for science communication, but somehow this work often gets shunted to the back of the pile. So, I will try to share more often, even if posts are brief.

I read sometime ago about the gender bias of Wikipedia pages. We also know that the work of women researchers is cited less, both because others cite them less, and also because they self-cite less than men.

Although I have never edited anything on Wikipedia before, I have been meaning to fix the Wikipedia page on the Schöningen Spears for a long time. It was very out of date. It also didn’t reflect the work of many women researchers in the field. This weekend I took time to improve the page, since it’s a subject I do know very well. Sometimes I put science communication projects like this on hold because I don’t like my own writing very much, and I lack confidence. But I decided it was something I really needed to contribute to. I hope people might find it useful in the future, and I’m glad to have highlighted and shared some women’s research.

Oh, and by the way, I’m part of the research team working on the wood remains from Schöningen 13 II-4. I get to work directly on the spears which is, for me, a dream come true. We’ve been looking at wet wood fragments so far, and next week we start on the spears themselves! I couldn’t be happier. I will try to post a bit more often about that work too!

Published by Annemieke Milks

I'm a Palaeolithic archaeologist with a passion for early weaponry, use of wood for tools and the origins of music.

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