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This presentation provides an overview of ScientistsDB, a database of scientists based on MediaWiki that integrates Wikipedia articles about scientists and also allows community contribution of articles. By removing the notability guidelines associated with Wikipedia it is possible for ANY scientist to write their own article on ScientistsDB and have the community edit and contribute, all in the Open.

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Scientists Database

  1. 1. Scientists DB A Wiki for Scientists, About Scientists, By Scientists Antony Williams, PhD
  2. 2. Do you have a Wikipedia reputation? <ul><li>Are you a notable scientist? That’s what it takes to establish a Wikipedia presence for yourself </li></ul><ul><li>DON’T write your own Wikipedia page! That is self-marketing. You may contribute but someone else should publish and police initially </li></ul><ul><li>Check the rules for notability on Wikipedia – it is policed very carefully </li></ul><ul><li>But you can add yourself to ScientistsDB Wiki </li></ul>
  3. 3. Scientists on Wikipedia Recommended reading: http://
  4. 4. ScientistsDB /
  5. 5. ScientistsDB <ul><li>Wikipedia has stringent notability guidelines: http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Many scientists are not notable enough to be on Wikipedia based on these guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>ScientistsDB is a database of scientists, young and old, historical and active, from various arms of science. Content is </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Almost 50,000 articles from Wikipedia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>User-contributed content </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Cloned Wikipedia Content <ul><li>Almost 50,000 Wikipedia articles cloned under Creative Commons licensing to ScientistsDB </li></ul><ul><li>A list of all available categories in science are available here </li></ul><ul><li>An alphabeticized list of almost 50,000 scientists is available here </li></ul><ul><li>A list of all scientists categorized by country is available here </li></ul>
  7. 7. Wikipedia Content on ScientistsDB
  8. 8. Scientists DB User-Contributions <ul><li>Scientists can write their OWN articles, without the constraints of Wikipedia notability guidelines. This includes linking to other associated social network sites – Google Scholar Citations, Mendeley, LinkedIn, Blog, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Scientists can contribute/edit other articles. Even articles written with potential Conflict-of-Interest (self-authored) can be policed by the community </li></ul><ul><li>Articles may get moved to Wikipedia when approved </li></ul>
  9. 9. Register for an Account <ul><li>Go to and click on Log in </li></ul><ul><li>If you have an account then log in else Request One </li></ul>
  10. 10. Fill in account details
  11. 11. “ Approval” process <ul><li>Your e-mail address will be sent a confirmation message once the request is submitted. </li></ul><ul><li>Respond by clicking on the confirmation link provided by the e-mail. </li></ul><ul><li>A password will be e-mailed to you when your account is created. </li></ul>
  12. 12. User Page <ul><li>Your “User Page” is NOT your ScientistsDB article. It is a short description of who you are. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep short and sweet and save the detail for the full ScientistsDB article </li></ul>
  13. 13. ScientistsDB Article
  14. 14. ScientistsDB Article
  15. 15. Create Article <ul><li>Search for the scientists name on Scientists DB </li></ul><ul><li>If it does not exist then Create the Page by clicking on the red text </li></ul>
  16. 16. Copy Template Content http:// <ul><li>A template has been created for you to use as the basis of each ScientistsDB article. Hopefully you are familiar enough with MediaWiki to create your own page. Once the page has been created then simply copy the text contained within the template into the page and edit as appropriate. The template is available by clicking on the word template in this sentence. </li></ul><ul><li>An Infobox template has also been created here showing how to create an Infobox embedded in an article. In order to upload image files use the Upload File page. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Add an Image – Upload File <ul><li>To upload a file (specifically image) click on the Upload File link at the bottom of the page </li></ul>
  18. 18. Add an Image – Upload File
  19. 19. Add an Image – Upload File
  20. 20. Add an Image – Upload File
  21. 21. Link out to all of your network pages <ul><li>My social network links </li></ul><ul><li>My Blog: </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: </li></ul><ul><li>My Total Impact: http:// </li></ul><ul><li>SciMobileApps Wiki : </li></ul><ul><li>Amazon Author Page: Follow Link to Author Page </li></ul><ul><li>My Klout: </li></ul><ul><li>LinkedIn: </li></ul><ul><li>SlideShare: </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube: http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Google Scholar Citations Profile: Antony Williams Citations </li></ul><ul><li>Researcher_ID: </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia Page: http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Mendeley Profile: </li></ul><ul><li>My ProSkore: </li></ul><ul><li>ResearchGate Profile: </li></ul><ul><li>My Microsoft Academic Research Page: </li></ul>
  22. 22. LinkedIn
  23. 23. Scientists DB Proof-of-Concept <ul><li>ScientistsDB is simply a proof-of-concept to see whether the community will participate and see value </li></ul><ul><li>Some potential integration paths include </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mendeley </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Scholar Citations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Microsoft Academic Search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LinkedIn </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ideas are welcome but mostly we encourage you to create your own article! </li></ul>
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