Wikipedia is one of the most popular information banks online. It contains more than five million articles and has a base of more than 30 million regular users. The fact that anyone can follow the set rules and become an editor means that there should be enough information out there about all the topics imaginable. It is therefore quite unfortunate that so many blind spots when it comes to Wikipedia page creation that are still present on the site.
One of these blind spots is the absence of any amount of useful information about indigenous people. For instance, not many people would know who Ester Belin is despite the fact that she has even won a Pushcart award for her art, and has been named as a favorite artiste by entertainment industry heavy weights such as Sherman Alexie. The problem is that Wikipedia does not cover information about people like Belin. After a search was made and it was discovered that few people are writing content about this group of people, Wikipedia decided to invite editors to write what they can about them.
The events that have been created to bring to the limelight these people include the Wikiconference North America. The event is an edit-a-thon that is slotted on the same day as the Indigenous People’s Day. The edit-a-thons were created when it was discovered that women make up less than 10 percent of all the Wiki editors. In a bid to encourage more women to participate in the editing, first, to make sure that more issues affecting the women are highlighted and second, to get more female participation in the editing process.
Oxford had conducted another research in 2015 about the patterns of people that edit content on Wikipedia. They found that not many people are usually willing to edit the content that is related to the places they come from. Besides that, it was discovered that there is a huge difference between the rate at which content is updated between the first world countries where broadband is available and places like Africa.
People that have businesses are supposed to think seriously about getting an online presence. They are especially supposed to focus on creating information for sites such as Wikipedia. There are experts that can create and post content on behalf of a person. The benefits of getting your business of these sites include the fact that the business will seem more professional and attract more customers. Also, Google ranks the pages that have a presence on Wikipedia higher than those that do not.