ASCB Newsletter Nov 2013 - page 18

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ASCB
NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2013
groups such as the American Physiological
Society took a different approach and created
their own wiki-space to house information
related to physiology
).
Some organizations, such as the American
Chemical Society and the Microscopy
Society of America, are developing new
strategies to review and update scientific
content within their areas of expertise. Their
idea is that you may not be allowed to self-
promote or use the venue for commercial
gain, but you can promote knowledge.
Although there remain issues in regards
to gender balance and accuracy, a larger
concern for the cell biology community is
how well cell biology and its investigators,
both women and men, are represented in
Wikipedia. ASCB members are encouraged
to visit the website and review areas that fall
within their expertise. What content already
exists, where are the problems, what needs to
be added, what needs to be fixed? You are the
experts in the field of cell biology and it is up
to you to make sure the field is represented
well to the online community.
Take Home Message
Some scientists feel that it is worthwhile
to create a personal profile on Wikipedia.
Although there is some risk, the commercial
editing organizations argue that it just
takes a well-written piece and routine
maintenance to avoid any problems.
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The
decision is up to you, but if the ultimate
goal is the dissemination of knowledge,
consider spending your time upgrading and
maintaining articles in your area of expertise
and letting your contribution to science
speak for itself.
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D. Page Baluch, Arizona State University
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[M]any
professional
societies have
decided to adopt
portions of the
relevant site(s)
and to become
editors of
specified content.
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