Sourcing, original research, notability & conflict of interest: Wikipedia & GLAM


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  • That means, your subject has to be addressed, in detail, in a verifiable published source, such as a major news organization or scholarly publication, and often in multiple sources. Independent of the subject means that your sources cannot be created by or affiliated with the subject or its creator – i.e. press releases and advertising. Now, just because your subject meets this criteria, it is not presumed that it deserves its own article. It might be able to be blended into another article, such as the Jacques Seligmann & Co. article – GermainSeligmann, while he is a notable figure within the story of the company, it’s best to allow him to remain within the company article, and not in his own independent article.Alma Thomas has her own Wikipedia article – there are many reliable published sources. However, this plastic Sinclair dinosaur from 1964 in the collection of the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis does not warrant its own Wikipedia page.
  • No original research is allowed, that is, you can’t edit an article on how to make cheesecake using what you remember about your mother making cheesecake, or just using a hand written recipe card your mother gave you. I have been using the oral histories transcribed on the AAA website to write basic biographies or fill in details where citations are needed. These are considered primary sources, but, used sparingly and with discretion, they can be used.
  • Sourcing, original research, notability & conflict of interest: Wikipedia & GLAM

    1. 1. Sourcing, original research, notability & conflict of interest<br />Sarah StierchWikipedian In Residence – Archives of American Art, 2011<br />@sarah_stierch<br /><br />
    2. 2. Notability<br />Subject must receive significant coverage in reliablesources that are independent of the subject, and is presumed to meet the criteria for its own stand-alone article or list.<br />
    3. 3. No original research<br />We do not accept: facts, allegations, ideas and stories for which no reliable published source exists.<br />Secret: Oral history that is published online is able to be used, as long as only the facts are delivered.<br />
    4. 4. Sources<br />Anything that could be challenged must be backed up by a reliable source.<br />A reliable source is published is from a trusted new source or publisher.<br />We prefer secondary sources. Primary are okay but should not be the only source used in an article.<br />
    5. 5. What NOT to use<br />What TO use<br /><ul><li>Self published sources
    6. 6. i.e. blogs, patents, newsletters, personal websites, forums & tweets
    7. 7. Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Myspace
    8. 8. Self-created
    9. 9. press release
    10. 10. Legit news sources
    11. 11. NYT, Post, non-bias
    12. 12. Academy, peer-reviewed, scholarly = preferred
    13. 13. Can use BLOG from reliable trustworthy sources like SI, NYT</li></li></ul><li>Conflict of Interest<br />Where advancing outside interests is more important to an editor than advancing the aims of Wikipedia, that editor stands in a conflict of interest.<br />Example: Writing or editing your own institutions Wikipedia page without secondary sources and with peacock words<br />Example: Adding external links to your general website on Wikipedia pages. <br />Example: Creating an account called “ArchivesAmerArt” to serve as an institutional group account for edits. <br />
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    15. 15. Conflict of Interest<br />DO create a user account for yourself<br />DO create a userpage that describes your position, institution and area of expertise<br />DO edit as yourself, NOT as your institution<br />DO improve articles and content related your passion & interests, you know the right sources & tools to improve Wikipedia!<br />
    16. 16. Sourcing, original research, notability & conflict of interest<br />Sarah StierchWikipedian In Residence – Archives of American Art, 2011<br />@sarah_stierch<br /><br />