For my project I will be doing Joan Clarke, from the Women Codebreakers list provided for us on the class website. I noticed on Wikipedia that she didn’t have a lot of information on her early or personal life, so I was thinking I would add to those categories. I had a hard time finding out any information on her because most of the information I found, was copied from Wikipedia. Also, there wasn’t a lot of information on her personal life, because she was soft spoken, didn’t have a lot of friends, and never really talked about her personal interest with anyone. One of her neighbors says she doesn’t think anyone really knows who the real Joan Clarke is.
The purpose of this project was to focus on women in technology and recognize their importance and role in the development of technology. We were assigned to either contribute major edits to their Wikipedia page or create a new Wikipage for them. This project directly relates to Tkacz research based on collaboration and “user-generated content”. Wikipedia is a combination of both. Anyone can edit, and, and create content which is great, but also has a lot of room for error. Since anyone can upload anything they want, can create conflict seeing as not everyone has the same opinion, religious belief, and morals. This was shown in Tkacz paper when he explained what happened with the Muhammad entry.
The edits I did was to Joan Clarke’s Early and Personal life. This is a photo of what her Early Life category looked like before I edited it
What I did to improve this section was add information on how she got her job as a code breaker at Bletchley Park, and begin to explain her work there. When I read her Early life it felt like I was just reading a bunch of facts that were thrown together. By doing this it added more of a transition in to her “Career” section. I also added a little background information on the GCCS, or the Government Code and Cypher School.
This is what it looks like now, after my edits
As I mention earlier, there really isn’t a lot of information on Clarkes personal life, because she kept to herself most of her life. There was not a lot of information to begin with, but this is what her Personal Life category looked like before I edited it
After a lot of research I managed to dig up a little more personal personal information, like the fact that she was “socially awkward”, and quiet. On a lot of other cites, they didn’t say anything about her personality; when it came to her personal life, all they talked about was Alan Turing. Once again, I added more of a transition into this category, because as it is now, its just two sentences that sound like they came out of the middle of a paragraph. This is what it looked like after I edited it
After doing this project I have a new way of looking at Wikipedia. I am now more aware when I am reading content and now finding myself going to other websites to confirm that whats on Wikipedia is actually true, and just someones opinion. Although, I thought this project was cool because of the fact that I could post something, and its on an official website that people use regularly as a source of information. Overall I enjoyed this project.
“Joan Elisabeth Lowther Clarke Murray.” Clarke_Joan Biography. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2017. <http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Biographies/Clarke_Joan.html>.
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/reporters/mary-ann-russon. “The Imitation Game: Who Was The Real Joan Clarke?” International Business Times UK. N.p., 20 Nov. 2014. Web. 02 Feb. 2017. <http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/imitation-game-who-was-real-joan-clarke-1474909>.