Submissions:2021/Emerging technologies edit-a-thon: nano and AI, oh my!

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This submission has been accepted for WikiConference North America 2021.


Emerging technologies edit-a-thon: nano and AI, oh my!


Relationship Building & Support, Inclusion & Diversity, Other

Type of session:



National Nanotechnology Day (Oct. 9) once again falls during WikiConference North America this year. This submission continues a series of WCNA edit-a-thons on nanotechnology and related fields previously held in San Diego and Columbus.

As a lead-in to the edit-a-thon, participants will learn about NIOSH’s research on the health effects of emerging technologies on workers from the scientists themselves, with two brief talks of 10–15 minutes each about nanosensors for monitoring hazardous substances in the workplace, and the health effects of artificial intelligence on workers. The edit-a-thon will feature a worklist of nanotechnology researchers of color for improvements on both Wikipedia and Wikidata, as well as adding health information to artificial intelligence articles.

NIOSH is the leading federal agency conducting research and providing guidance on the effects of engineered nanomaterials on worker health, and methods to control or eliminate exposures through its Nanotechnology Research Center. NIOSH also created the Center for Occupational Robotics Research in 2017 to evaluate potential benefits and risks of robots in the workplace, and develop guidance for safe interactions between humans and robots; and the Emerging Technologies Branch in 2019 to facilitate forecasting, identifying, evaluating, and developing guidance on potential hazards in new or emergent technologies.

Academic Peer Review option:


Author name:

John P. Sadowski

E-mail address:

Wikimedia username:

John P. Sadowski (NIOSH)

Affiliated organization(s):

U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Estimated time:

2–3 hours

Special requests:

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