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Wikimedia Australia rscd2018

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Presented by Dr Thomas Shafee (Postdoctoral Fellow, La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science – LIMS) at the Research Support Community Day 2018
Wikimedia Australia undertakes outreach activities, develops resources and builds systems that empower and engage people to collect, share and promote free cultural works. Partnerships have included towns such as Fremantle, W.A. and organisations such as the Australian War Memorial. Dr Thomas Shafee gave an overview of Wikimedia Australia and outlined recent and forthcoming activities.

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Wikimedia Australia rscd2018

  1. 1. WIKIMEDIA AUSTRALIA A COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITY WHY AND HOW TO GET INVOLVED IN COLLABORATIONS WITH WIKIPEDIA DR THOMAS SHAFEE CC BY 4.0
  2. 2. MY BACKGROUND 2Images: Cruccone (Wikimedia commons), LIMS website ‐ 19,000 edits Specialist topics (e.g Catalytic triad) Broad topics (e.g. Enzyme, Gene) Created new (e.g Sequence space) ‐ 280 images ‐ Editor for PLOS Genetics and WikiJournal of Medicine WIKPDEIAN USERNAME: EVOLUTION AND EVOLVABILITY Evolvability of a Viral Protease Experimental Evolution of Catalysis, Robustness and Evolvability PHD Novel sequence-analysis techniques for small, cysteine-rich antimicrobial proteins Understand their evolution to engineer their function POSTDOC CAMBRIDGE LIMS
  3. 3. WIKIPEDIA A KEY TOOL ROUTE OF INFORMATION DISSEMINATION 3
  4. 4. 0 1,000 2,000 3,000 4,000 5,000 6,000 A BRIEF HISTORY ‐ 2001 began ‐ 2007 editing peak But poor accuracy Stricter standards lead to fall-off in editors ‐ 2015 resurgence Concerted recruitment Easier editing tools First year since 2007 with editor growth ‐ In 295 languages ‐ 5th busiest website 4Data: http://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/TablesWikipediaEN.htm Stricter standards Activeeditors* Articles Recruitment Easier editing tools * >100 edits per month 0 1,000,000 2,000,000 3,000,000 4,000,000 5,000,000 6,000,000
  5. 5. WHO READS WIKIPEDIA? 5 Thesis 1-10 Median Journal Paper 800 Top 5% Journal Paper 3,000 Median Wikipedia page 10,000 pa Top 5% Wikipedia page 1,000,000 pa
  6. 6. WHO READS WIKIPEDIA’S MEDICAL CONTENT? 6 Fox S, Jones S. Pew Internet. 2009 | Hughes B, Joshi I, Lemonde H, Wareham J. Int J Med Inform 2009 Oct;78(10):645-655 | Allahwala UK, Nadkarni A, Sebaratnam DF. Med Teach 2013 Apr;35(4):337 | Nutzung von Social-Media-Diensten in der Wissenschaft 2017 Goportis – Leibniz-Bibliotheksverbund General public Practicing doctors Medical students Research scientists
  7. 7. ARTICLE QUALITY: INTERNAL REVIEW ‐ Articles are rated Importance Quality ‐ Top two quality ratings Promoted by review Status can also be revoked by review ‐ Status Displayed on talk page 7https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Version_1.0_Editorial_Team/Medicine_articles_by_quality_statistics Top High Mid Low FA 1199 1847 1737 1100 GA 2119 4847 9477 10348 B 12222 23130 35423 28494 C 10488 30487 68122 94937 Start 17343 77119 309766 808221 Stub 4239 30919 228711 1895512 Importance Quality Pseudo peer-reviewed
  8. 8. ARTICLE QUALITY: EXTERNAL REVIEW ‐ Quality comparable to encyclopedia Britannica even back in 2005 ‐ Accuracy varies by topic, but broad trends: Inconsistent coverage Missing / out of date information Missing illustration Difficult readability ‐ Accuracy has immediate, real-world impact Internet medical data influences the healthcare decisions of >50% of readers Many articles are read a million times per year ‐ Yet is has been consistently difficult to engage academics, experts and health professionals 8Nature 2005 438:900 | S Fox, M Duggan Pew internet 2013
  9. 9. SISTER PROJECTS WIKIMEDIA COMMONS, WIKIDATA, WIKIJOURNALS
  10. 10. A MASSIVE MEDIA REPOSITORY ‐ Multimedia file repository Images Video Sound ‐ Public domain / Freely-licensed Creative commons licenses ‐ Content scope Educational Informative Instructional ‐ Like all Wikimedia projects, free and volunteer-run 10
  11. 11. THE FUTURE OF DATA ‐ Free, open, structured knowledge base ‐ Humans and machine readable and editable Multilingual, queryable ‐ Standardised, centralised, highly interlinked Statements, sources, and connections to other databases Item Property Value Q42 P69 Q691283 Douglas Adams educated at St John's College
  12. 12. BRIDGING THE ACADEMIC DIVIDE 12 JOURNAL FIRST ‐ Content published into both Wikipedia and academic corpus Stable, citable, peer- reviewed version with the credibility of a scholarly journal Living version with extreme impact of Wikipedia
  13. 13. DUAL-PUBLISHING MODELS 13 WIKIPEDIA FIRST ‐ Content published into both Wikipedia and academic corpus Stable, citable, peer- reviewed version with the credibility of a scholarly journal Living version with extreme impact of Wikipedia
  14. 14. DUAL-PUBLISHING MODELS 14 PARALLEL ‐ Content published into both Wikipedia and academic corpus Stable, citable, peer- reviewed version with the credibility of a scholarly journal Living version with extreme impact of Wikipedia
  15. 15. ACADEMIC AND WIKIPEDIC VERSIONS 15 This article has been published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS Computational Biology. Click to view the published version
  16. 16. WHY AND HOW TO COLLABORATE TEAMING UP WITH EXPERIENCED EXPERTS 1
  17. 17. WHY EDIT WIKIMEDIA PROJECTS? SELFLESS SELFISH ‐ The noble cause of free information ‐ Giving back to a resource you’ve benefitted from ‐ Expert input on difficult topics ‐ Effective public engagement ‐ Maximise use of the writing and images that you’ve already done ‐ Ensure your field is thoroughly and accurately represented First google hit for most topics (Students, Journalists, Reviewers, Policymakers) ‐ Very large exposure ‐ Improve non-specialist writing 17
  18. 18. PROJECT AND COLLABORATION FORMATS Institutional / Long-term Wikipedian in Residence Formal, ongoing partnerships Repeating meetups Edit-a-thons / Wikibombs Treasurehunts (content, images, citations) Edit training (Wikipedia, Wikidata, Commons) Individual / Short-term
  19. 19. AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH PROJECTS ‐ Wikimedia.org.au Advice and help Editi training Access to community and grants ‐ Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant Projects UQ: History of Australian Paralympics Project + edit training (3yr) Curtin & UWA: Noongarpedia (ongoing) ‐ Independent projects Sydney: Wiki in Higher Ed conference + SUP edit-a-thons Melbourne: ResearcHERs edit-a-thon + Florey Institute edit-a-thon Monash: Women, Wikipedia, and edit-a-thon La Trobe: Edit training + Monthly writing meetups
  20. 20. INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS ‐ Wikipedia in Education Wikipedia editing as part of assessed student coursework ‐ GLAMWiki Documentation, Digitisation, Reference hunting, Digital integration ‐ WikiJournals Academic journals that dual-publish 1) stable version of record, 2) into Wikipedia ‐ ORCID integration ‐ WikiCite ‐ 1Lib1Ref
  21. 21. WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD? AND WHAT SHOULD IT? 2
  22. 22. THE FUTURE OF CONTRIBUTION INDIVIDUAL SOCIETAL ‐ Encourage new editors to overcome activation energy to make their first edit ‐ Deliberate recruitment to improve diversity (demographics, expertise, etc) ‐ Editing Wikipedia needs to be seen as a valuable use of time ‐ Formal recognition of contribution by professional bodies 22 Shafee, T; Masukume, G; Kipersztok, L; Das, D; Häggström, M; Heilman, J. (2017). “The evolution of Wikipedia’s medical content: past, present and future“. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 71 (10). PHYSICAL ORGANISATIONAL ‐ Continue advancement of tools and interface to make editing easier ‐ Increase automation to assist editors ‐ Encouraging institutions to support partnerships and collaborations ‐ Consolidating Wikipedia’s policies to avoid putting off new users by early mistakes
  23. 23. 23 Contact WikiMedia Australia Website Wikimedia.org.au Email Contact@Wikimedia.org.au Contact me Email Thomas.Shafee@gmail.com ResearchGate Thomas Shafee LinkedIn Thomas Shafee Wikipedia user Search “User:Tshafee” Journals WikiJournal of Medicine WikiJMed.org WikiJournal of Science WikiJSci.org WikiJournal of Humanities WikiJHum.org (pending) PLOS TopicPagesWiki.plos.org

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