May 27, 2022

New Article in The Economist Looks at the Future of Wikipedia

Note: These two recent infoDOCKET posts, “Research Report Looks at Wikipedia Article Creation Trends”  and Recently Released: 2013 Wikimedia Traffic Trends Report might also be of interest.

From The Economist:

“Our job is to provide the sum of all knowledge,” says Erik Möller, the foundation’s deputy director. But like an entry in a fast-changing field, Wikipedia itself is due an update. After a year-long search, the foundation is expected to name a new boss in March.


Wikipedia’s most pressing difficulty is finding and keeping contributors, says Phoebe Ayers, who sits on the foundation’s board. The number of editors for the English-language version has fallen by a third in seven years.


Today’s bunch [of editors] are 90% male and mostly from rich countries. One consequence is coverage that is comprehensive on science and technology, but patchy on poorer regions and social issues. A recent analysis found that only 2.6% of its “geo-tagged” articles are about Africa, which accounts for 14% of the world’s population.

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See Also: UC Berkeley hires Wikipedian-in-residence to help publish students research (via Daily Californian)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.