Sunday, 29 January 2017

Views on Wikipedia related to ALD and VPHA

People of all sorts of backgrounds (including journalists and politicians) use Wikipedia as a quick source to find basic information on a variety of subjects.

The next image shows pageviews analysis for a few pages relevant to ALD and VPHA, taken on January 28, 2017, and showing the statistics for the past twenty days. For example, the page of atomic layer deposition is viewed typically 100 to 200 times per day, while chemical vapor deposition is viewed typically 300 to 700 times per day. There is a pattern related to week days: towards weekend, there are less views. To compare, in ALD History Blog, the typical number of pageviews for an average page is several tens; the most viewed post (travel notes from ALD 2016) has received 297 views all time as of Feb 28, 2017.

I have during VPHA understood how valuable Wikipedia and also Wikimedia Commons are as a sources, and I invite everyone to contribute in continuously improving their information. Non-specialists will appreciate clear and jargon-free language, logical structure of the page, good pictures and relevant references. Review articles should be good as links. All references should be openly available for viewing---regarding scientific articles, this means that they should be not be behind a paywall but be of open access.

Item #11 in the Publication Plan of VPHA has been to update the ALD history description in selected pages in Wikipedia: atomic layer depositionatomic layer epitaxylist of multiple discoveries. Pages English have also been created inventors of ALD: Tuomo Suntola and Valentin Aleskovsky, and professor Markku Leskelä from Finland. As for VPHA, in my view, Koltsov would still deserve an own page, and the Virtual Project on the History of ALD itself could have a own page. If there would be volunteers to create the skeletons for these pages, which others could then edit further, that would be great.

Also, as a matter that extends beyond VPHA, I think that the pages of ALD and also CVD would benefit from further editing. Currently, the CVD page does not mention ALD directly at all, athough ALD is a subclass of CVD which has grown to be very significant in the past decades.

Virtual Project on the History of ALD (VPHA) - in atmosphere of Openness, Respect, and Trust

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