National Archives gets a 'Wikipedian'
Mainstream historians may sniff that Wikipedia is a poor source for indisputable facts, but the National Archives has just selected its first "Wikipedian in Residence." The archives is the repository of not only the Declaration of Independence and other national treasures but also the millions of original documents that are the seeds of historical interpretation. To raise the archives' profile and encourage people to tap into its resources, the archivist of the United States, David Ferrero, reached out to history buff Dominic McDevitt-Parks to become the first liaison to Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia built by the public that has a mixed reputation for accuracy. McDevitt-Parks, 24 and a master's student in history and archives management at Simmons College in Boston, has been a Wikipedia contributor for about seven years. He said he wants to encourage more translation of archives holdings into digital format and find ways for the two entities to collaborate.
Outage shuts down energy agency
Irony of the week: A 36-hour power failure this week shut down the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the agency that oversees the nation's electric power grid and regulates power companies, including Pepco, the Washington, D.C.-area utility provider. Pepco said several of its underground electrical cables were damaged, perhaps by unusually hot weather. Also out of business was the headquarters building of the General Services Administration, which, among other things, manages the nation's thousands of government buildings.
The cost of developing the "My Plate" food icon released Thursday by the Department of Agriculture to replace the old food pyramid.
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