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Provost Linda Doyle appears on Wikipedia’s homepage – The University Times

The profile of Provost Linda Doyle and her historic appointment as head of Trinity College was chosen from some 6,400,000 articles on Wikipedia to appear on the site’s front page today.

Under the heading “Did you know? Heading on the first page, a fact about Doyle reads: “Professor of Engineering and Arts Linda Doyle became in 2021 the first female Provost (Principal) of Trinity College Dublin since its founding in 1592 by Elizabeth I?

Doyle’s presence on the page coincides with International Women in STEM Day. Provost is a former dean of research at Trinity and was the founder of the CONNECT research centre.


Doyle was appointed Trinity’s 45th Provost in August 2021, succeeding Patrick Prendergast, who had held the post since 2011. She beat Professor Jane Ohlymeyer and Professor Linda Doyle in a women-only election.

His Wikipedia page was recently expanded to include details of his work at Trinity and elsewhere, as well as an overview of his provost so far.

Wikipedia is a free, non-profit online encyclopedia, edited by volunteers through an open collaboration system. Editors range from expert academics to casual readers. Anyone visiting the site can edit it, but mechanisms are in place to ensure that the information on the site is factual and unbiased. The articles are written from a so-called “neutral point of view”, without emotional or opinionated language.

According to the site itself, “Overall, Wikipedia gets hundreds of times more well-meaning editors than malicious editors, so problematic editors rarely get much of a hold…It’s inherent in the approach to the Wikipedia model that bad information can be added, but that over time the article editors come to a solid consensus and the quality improves in the form of group learning, so that substandard edits will be quickly removed” .

“This hypothesis is still being tested and its limits and reliability are not yet a settled question – Wikipedia is a pioneer in building such common knowledge.”

Authors are encouraged to use verifiable references and authoritative sources to support statements of fact in articles as much as possible.

Other monitoring mechanisms in the site’s editing structure include identifying people or organizations editing their own pages to present themselves in a flattering light, or catching “sock puppet” offenders – anonymous accounts created for the purpose of adding misleading or misleading information to a page.

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