User:EdwardRussell

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Edward Russell
Born Barnstaple, England, United Kingdom
Residence St Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Alma mater Ilfracombe Arts College, University of St Andrews
Home town Ilfracombe, Devon
Religion Atheist

A wikipedia enthusiast for many years, I am now interested in volunteering my time for editing. Particular areas of interest and knowledge are motorsports (particularly Formula One), British politics and Pure Mathematics, where I am primarily interested in Combinatorics. I also know TeX (LaTeX) and intend to use this where necessary to improve the typesetting within some mathematical articles. I am also interested in making contributions to articles relating to my home town of Ilfracombe, and the wider area of North Devon, in the English Westcountry, as well as in topics relating to my Alma Mater, the University of St Andrews.

I believe that, largely due to the low prevalence of internet access across much of the continent; high-importance articles relating to many countries of Africa are severely under-developed. There is certainly evidence to support this view: for example, The Economist reported in March 2014 that "only 2.6% of geo-tagged articles are about Africa, which accounts for 14% of the world’s population"[1]. The uneven geograpical distribution of Wikipedia articles is in fact more stark than this, as was highlighted in a University of Oxford study [2]. It is for this reason that I will focus on making contributions to articles within the Africa WikiProject, based on my ongoing research into these topics.

Major Contributions[edit]

Contributed the majority of the articles HIV/AIDS in Botswana and Education in Lesotho. Made major revisions to Ilfracombe and North Devon, as well as motorsports related articles, notably Gil de Ferran.

Articles which I intend to work on soon are:

  • HIV/AIDS in Botswana - The opening section has been rewritten in breach of Wikipedia guidelines. I intend to fix this soon, whilst addressing its concerns.
  • Brighton and Hove - I was shocked at the quality of the economy section, which desperately needs re-writing following some research. I consider this to be high priority.
  • Fuel efficiency - I hope to make the article less US-centric, and update a lot of the information which is largely based on severely out of date articles, and in some cases from questionable sources, such as the Christian Science Monitor.
  • List of countries by electricity consumption - The article is hard to update due to the way the table is constructed. I hope to improve this structural problem, hopefully allowing others to better maintain the article into the future.
  • Formula E - The content of this article needs to be converted into prose.

Profile[edit]

User St Andrews.png This user studies or has studied at the University of St Andrews.
Flag of Devon.svg This user is proud to be from
Devon.
Scotland This user lives in Scotland
ScarletLetter.svg This user is an atheist.



Wikiprojects[edit]

Alonso-WPF1logo.png This user is a member of the Formula One WikiProject.
BritishHelmet.png This user is a member of the
British Motorsport WikiProject.
Flag of Devon.svg This user is a member of WikiProject Devon.
Africa (orthographic projection).svg This user is a member of
WikiProject Africa.
Locomotive trevithick.jpg This user is a member of WikiProject UK Railways
Composition of the European Parliament.svg This user is part of the Demographics Wikiproject
  1. ^ http://www.economist.com/news/international/21597959-popular-online-encyclopedia-must-work-out-what-next-wikipeaks
  2. ^ http://geography.oii.ox.ac.uk/?page=the-geographically-uneven-coverage-of-wikipedia