Sunday 5 June 2016

New wikipedia page: V. B. Aleskovskii

A new Wikipedia page has been created for one of the major names of atomic layer deposition (ALD): Valentin Borisovich Aleskovskii. View the page here:

The page was initiated on June 4 by Angel Yanguas-Gil (view history here) - thank you very much for creating this, Angel! I (Riikka) made next minor edits on the basis of the info from the Molecular Layering essay (DOI: 10.1002/cvde.201402012) by Malygin et al.

Then, something happened which I would call a "Wikipedia miracle". In a day, the article transformed to have much more contents and division into sections, as some to-me-unknown Wikipedia-volunteer from outside the Virtual Project on the History of ALD (VPHA) took action and made major edits, improving the contents of the article and adding links to existing information. The page is still in its early days, and it is interesting to follow, how it will evolve in the future.

In my view, this "Wikipedia miracle", which I have just witnessed to occur, is what Wikipedia is about at its best. Wikipedia is an open encyclopedia. Everyone can create pages and edit contents. With group wisdom, the information evolves and improves. In the Wikipedia workshop of a recent seminar ("Liikutu tiedosta") on Science Communication, research results were presented which concluded the reliability of Wikipedia articles to be on average to a level similar to Encyclopedia Britannica. Year 2016 is the Year of Science in Wikipedia. It would be great, if this year would also motivate ALD scientists to improve the contents of the general ALD page would also be edited to be on the general high level of Wikipedia. For those considering editing, the Five Pillars quickly explain the principles how Wikipedia works:

Virtual Project on the History of ALD (VPHA) - in atmosphere of Openness, Respect, and Trust

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