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Joined 28 January 2007
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I'm Peter Benjamin Meyer. I'm a big fan of Wikipedia, its software and its international descriptive community. I'm on the Wikimedia DC chapter's board of directors. I edit on many subjects, notably early aviation, economics and economic history, technology history, U.S. government institutions, and things related to our chapter. I took a special interest in the Alice case on software patents, created that article, and attended the Supreme Court hearing of the case.

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For many years I've been pressing for this software to be available across the U.S. government for defining terminology and brainstorming, as is done in the Intellipedia, Diplopedia, Bureaupedia, and Canadian civil service GCPEDIA. We have started an internal U.S. federal government site called Statipedia for definitions and procedures and other information that government staff would benefit from sharing broadly with one another. The site's good but not yet notable enough for Wikipedia. It's a joy to develop it and recruit for it. Along with regular software upgrades the most important thing that could happen for Statipedia is a single-sign-on system within the US government so that URLs to the site work directly when a civil servant tries to go to one in their browsers. Instead, for now, they see a logon screen and few of them have a user id. That user breakthrough is not close yet but if it ever happens, Statipedia will be a wonderful time-saver and cost-saver and morale-booster for government staff.

Professionally I research the sources and effects of technological inventions, economic history, and productivity statistics. For many years I've focused on the invention of the airplane, which came about from the efforts of a large network of experimenters, authors, and others. Their stories are wonderful, spectacularly well documented, and there is straightforward useful research to quantify these efforts in new and interesting ways.

In 1998 I started] as a searchable database of economics terms. It was cited on Wikipedia a good bit. The program running on the server was a "CGI" program in C, and ran fast, but it's stopped running, now. Someday perhaps I can rebuild it.


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  • Possible record for most errors in an edit summary. A text deletion was summarized thus: "Walter Shaub was fired by McGahn. His tweets are not objective." But (a) Shaub wasn't fired, (b) McGahn didn't fire him, (c) the text referred to wasn't from tweets, (d) objectivity isn't required in a critique, rather it needs to be informative.