October 19, 2012
Wikipedia, the collaboratively-edited online encyclopedia, is one of the world’s most visited websites. Its entries rank highly in search engines on policy issues ranging from Medicare to the Department of Defense, so it’s critical to The Heritage Foundation to be involved in ensuring its accuracy. Heritage has been working in cooperation with the Wikipedia community to ensure its entries on key issues reflect all the relevant facts.
Since January 2012, Heritage has had an active, disclosed presence on Wikipedia, where we have focused on providing new resources and information on key topics. Working with the site’s volunteer community of writers and editors, we have been involved in improving the encyclopedia’s balance and coverage of issues.
For example, Heritage has provided new information and sources to update the “Personal Responsibility and Right to Work Act” entry with details about the Obama administration’s waiver of welfare’s work requirements. Working alongside the site’s editors, Heritage also helped update the “Bush tax cuts” article to include timely information on the Taxmageddon tax increases coming January 1, including what can happen if the tax cuts are allowed to expire.
Do you use Wikipedia when researching policy issues?