A surprising announcement came out of the federal government last week when Archivist of the United States David Ferriero announced the hiring of the government’s first-ever professional “Wikipedian.”
Dominic McDevitt-Parks is 24, a graduate student in history and archives management at Simmons College in Boston and a prolific Wikipedia contributor, with seven years of contributions, mostly in the area of Latin American history.
He describes himself as a “history buff, a word nerd, a news junkie and an occasional pedant.”
McDevitt-Parks’s job will be to act as a liaison between Wikipedia, the immensely popular crowd-sourced “encyclopedia,” and the National Archives.
That is a cool job. Wonder if he’ll have to battle any of Stephen Colbert’s definition changers?
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