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Value of the mediawiki platform for providing content to the chemistry community


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At this time, and in a culture where online access is now an imperative, Wikipedia has become the definitive encyclopedia. In terms of its support for chemistry it is rich in many encyclopedic pages including named reactions, chemical and drug pages, articles about chemists, and many other forms of chemistry related information. Wikipedia is hosted on Mediawiki, an open source platform that can be utilized by anybody as the basis of their own hosted content collection. Mediawiki has been used as a collaborative environment by a number of chemists to create As a general contribution to the community Mediawiki has been used to create a number of resources that have become very popular with the chemistry community. These include VIPEr to support inorganic chemistry, ChemWiki as an online textbook and other educational resources and a Chemical Information Wikibook. Mediawiki has also been used by the author to host open source collections of data including scientists, scientific databases and mobile apps for science: the ScientistsDB, SciDBs and SciMobileApps wikis. This presentation will provide an overview of some of the chemistry resources that presently exist and celebrate the major contributions that Wikipedia and Mediawiki have made to the collaborative dissemination of chemistry.

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Value of the mediawiki platform for providing content to the chemistry community

  1. 1. Value of the Mediawiki platform for providing content to the chemistry community Antony Williams ORCID ID:0000-0002-2668-4821
  2. 2. I love Wikipedia…and MediaWiki
  3. 3. The Most Famous of Wikis…
  4. 4. It’s also .. Collaborative Knowledge Management for Chemists
  5. 5. ChemBoxes
  6. 6. DrugBoxes
  7. 7. WikiBox Chemicals/ChemBox Validation
  8. 8. WikiProject Chemistry
  9. 9. Want to get involved?
  10. 10. LITERALLY Changing Daily
  11. 11. Types of Errors Found • Structure drawing errors • Misassociation of names and structures • IUPAC Name Errors • Links out to databases were to wrong structures • Property errors/validation • CAS Number validation
  12. 12. CAS as a collaborator CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, is pleased to announce that it will contribute to the Wikipedia project. CAS will work with Wikipedia to help provide accurate CAS Registry Numbers® for current substances listed in Wikiprojects-Chemicals section of the Wikipedia Chemistry Portal that are of widespread general public interest.
  13. 13. Beneficial Outcome…update??
  14. 14. Wikipedia on ChemSpider
  15. 15. ChemSpider limitations • Only compounds where there are defined InChIs • Poor handling of polymers, minerals, materials • ChemSpider limited handling of reactions
  16. 16. Wikipedia Polymers
  17. 17. Wikipedia Minerals
  18. 18. Named Reactions on Wikipedia
  19. 19. WikiData
  20. 20. So many other Scientific Wikis…
  21. 21. Jimmy Wales does science?
  22. 22. A wiki is… • A place to connect and collaborate • A place for discussion and constructive conflict • An EASY path to set-up an environment for you to engage the community • And….
  23. 23. “Collaborative Environments” …for anything!
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  31. 31. Openness of Data • Since Wikipedia data is licensed for reuse there are many opportunities to try things out: • ScientistsDB from harvesting scientists • SciMobileApps for scientific mobile apps • SciDBs for scientific databases
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  34. 34. Openness of Data • Since the data is licensed for reuse there are many opportunities to try things out: • ScientistsDB from harvesting scientists • Discussing migrating data to Wikidata
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  37. 37. Substance Pages
  38. 38. Simple Interface for data…
  39. 39. Increasing data with time
  40. 40. Quizzes: Fill in the Blank
  41. 41. Detailed Quizzes
  42. 42. Immediate Answers
  43. 43. Learn Spectroscopy using a Wiki
  44. 44. Submit Structures as Answers!
  45. 45. Lab Experiments
  46. 46. Wonderfully Detailed Procedures
  47. 47. Not losing interest in Wikis!
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  51. 51. AOP Wiki
  52. 52. AOP Wiki
  53. 53. AOP Wiki
  54. 54. AOP Wiki
  55. 55. AOP KnowledgeBase Hub
  56. 56. Wikis for community collaboration • MediaWiki is certainly a successful software platform for collaboration • Scientists continue to make use of the platform – and new “skins” anonymize it • The technology will continue to progress, the concept is proven, the value is there • The best thing we can do is CONTRIBUTE!
  57. 57. Thank you Email: ORCID: 0000-0002-2668-4821 Twitter: @ChemConnector Personal Blog: SLIDES: