Wikipedia: The scholar's perspective

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Wikipedia: The scholar's perspective

  1. 1. WIKIPEDIA: THE SCHOLAR’S PERSPECTIVE Dr. Adrianne Wadewitz Mellon Digital Scholarship Postdoctoral Fellow Occidental College
  2. 2. WIKI + PEDIA
  3. 3. GENDER GAP RESEARCH • Women interact with a more positive tone on Wikipedia • Women disproportionately edit arts topics • Women participate on more community pages • Women’s edits are reverted more often • Of highly active Wikipedians, women tend to make more substantial additions
  4. 4. HISTORY RESEARCH • Wikipedia’s biographies are as accurate as Britannica’s • Wikipedia’s writing style lacks persuasiveness and coherence • Wikipedia covers more historical figures than traditional encyclopedias
  5. 5. JOURNALIS M Tow Center for Digital Journalism
  6. 6. ARTS AND CULTURE • Profitability of a movie can be predicted based on how active its Wikipedia article is before the movie’s release • Postcolonial critiques - #dhpoco and Rewriting Wikipedia
  7. 7. WIKI + PEDIA
  8. 8. TEACHING WITH WIKIPEDIA: WHY?
  9. 9. Wikipedia is the most popular reference work in the world. Ever.
  10. 10. Wikipedia has 3,000 active editors.
  11. 11. TEACHING WITH WIKIPEDIA: WHAT?
  12. 12. VISUAL LITERACY
  13. 13. CRITICAL THINKING “Let's call this a matter of perspective. I am a woman. If anyone ever shows up in a delivery room where I am giving birth and attempts to use "she's lying down" as a pretext to take photographs without my permission, I will leap from the gurney, tackle the SOB, and eat the camera.” – User:Durova
  14. 14. CONSTRUCTION OF KNOWLEDGE
  15. 15. xkcd RESEARCH AND WRITING SKILLS

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