Experts as contributors, contributors as experts. Bridging the gap between Wikipedia and Academia


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Slides from my talk at the AAAS '13 Symposium "A New Social (Media) Contract for Science".

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  • With Wikipedia coming of age and reaching completion in terms of topic coverage, expert engagement becomes critical. Chronicle. This gap between the validated and the unvalidated Web is what calls for new forms of academic involvement
  • Experts as contributors, contributors as experts. Bridging the gap between Wikipedia and Academia

    1. 1. Experts as contributors,contributors as experts Bridging the gap between Wikipedia and Academia
    2. 2. 84 words
    3. 3. 11,130 words 11,765 revisions 3,883 unique contributors 194 footnotes 1,176 unique watchers
    4. 4. Science stubs Articles with sourcing issues Mathematics 249 articles Lacking reliable references 43,349 Sociology 469 articles Lacking in-text citations 57,699 Engineering 475 articles Lacking sources Linguistics 660 articles 235,548 Computer Science 737 articles Unsourced statements 245,019 Chemistry 881 articles Scientific organizations 528 articles !!
    5. 5. “Wikipedia is not the bottom layer ofauthority, nor the top, but in fact thehighest layer without formal vetting. Inthis unique role, it serves as an idealbridge between the validated andunvalidated Web.” Casper Grathwohl, Wikipedia Comes of Age Chronicle of Higher Education
    6. 6. What are opportunities for academic engagementand expert participation in WikipediaWhat role for Wikipedia in research and highereducation
    7. 7. Wikipedia in the classroom
    8. 8. Wikipedia in the classroom: 56 universities in North America in 2013
    9. 9. Participation campaigns driven by scholarly societies!!!
    10. 10. Donate open-licensed scientific media!!
    11. 11. Link Wikipedia articles to scientific knowledge bases
    12. 12. Add structured data to Wikipedia articles
    13. 13. Add structured data to Wikipedia articles
    14. 14. Collaborative editing is not easy
    15. 15. Register an account anonymous edits have a much higher deletion rateRespect the community, learn the house rules notability policies are painful but exist for a reasonReplace individual authority with institutional / programaffiliation program affiliation is a better way to introduce yourself than your PhD in biochemistryAvoid obvious COI/controversial topics don’t create your lab’s article as your first contributionLearn about WikiProjects find peers and fellow academic contributors in specialized topic groups
    16. 16. Incentives
    17. 17. Help remove barriers to public access to knowledge
    18. 18. Design policy to support (scholarly) open knowledgeDario,Representative has a specific interest inHigher Education. .Recently he read an article that referenced that Wikimedia finds it particularlychallenging to get University Faculty to participate. He has some specificinterest in possible drafting some legislation to make participation arequirement for tenure.We would appreciate some time to discuss this with you. Please let me knowwhat your availability is to speak via telephone and I will be happy tocoordinate the call.Best,
    19. 19. Give academics credit for participation in open collaborationprojects
    20. 20. Learn more Register a Wikipedia account to get started: Image credits Kittens and Flowers for the Ewoks CC BY-NC-SA image by Stéphan On top of my head CC BY-NC-SA work by Kristina Alexanderson Experts as contributors, contributors as experts. Bridging the gap " between Wikipedia and Academia !! !@ReaderMeter