National Archives Hires Professional Wikipedia Contributor
Sunday, June 05, 2011
Dominic McDevitt-Parks (photo: Sage Ross)
Acknowledging the important place Wikipedia has established in the world of information, the National Archives has hired its first “Wikipedian in Residence.” Dominic McDevitt-Parks, 24, is a graduate student in history and archives management at Simmons College in Boston. A self-described “history buff, a word nerd, a news junkie and an occasional pedant,” McDevitt-Parks has contributed to Wikipedia for the past seven years, beginning when he was in high school. Most of his contributions have been in the area of Latin American history.
In his first week on the job at the Archives, he uploaded to Wikipedia 200 photos that Ansel Adams took for the National Park Service, as well as a photo of Howard P. Perry, the first African-American Marine recruit.
-Noel Brinkerhoff, David Wallechinsky
National Archives Hires First ‘Wikipedian’ (by Lisa Rein, Washington Post)
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