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Wikipedia -- the missing link in science outreach?

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Encouragement for scientists to contribute to Wikipedia, a few facts and a few ideas on how to use Wikipedia in teaching.

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Wikipedia -- the missing link in science outreach?

  1. 1. Wikipedia – the missing link in science outreach? Siv Midtun Hollup Department of Informatics University of Bergen 29.10.2009
  2. 2. Googling Site Hits Percentage en.wikipedia.org 5266 97% species.wikimedia.org 2934 54% animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu 2890 53% commons.wikimedia.org 1515 28% www.itis.gov 1418 26% ctd.mdibl.org 1288 24% www.bioone.org 1101 20% www.uniprot.org 1086 20% encyclopedia.farlex.com 1007 19% www.thewebsiteofeverything.com 955 17% iphylo.blogspot.com/2009/09/google-wikipedia-and-eol.html
  3. 3. Page ranking iphylo.blogspot.com/2009/09/google-wikipedia-and-eol.html
  4. 4. The war of the encyclopedias Internet encyclopaedias go head to head, J. Giles, Nature 438, 2005
  5. 5. Can the Wikipedia be used as a citation source?
  6. 6. Can the Wikipedia be used as a citation source? No...
  7. 7. What can Wikipedia do for you? • Overview of research fields
  8. 8. What can Wikipedia do for you? • Overview of research fields • Good introductions to specific subjects
  9. 9. What can Wikipedia do for you? • Overview of research fields • Good introductions to specific subjects • References
  10. 10. What can Wikipedia do for you? • Overview of research fields • Good introductions to specific subjects • References • Overview of disputed questions
  11. 11. What can Wikipedia do for you? • Overview of research fields • Good introductions to specific subjects • References • Overview of disputed questions • Bridge gap between research and books
  12. 12. What can you do for Wikipedia? • Overview articles
  13. 13. What can you do for Wikipedia? • Overview articles • Detailed explanations of specific concepts
  14. 14. What can you do for Wikipedia? • Overview articles • Detailed explanations of specific concepts • Updated references to papers and books
  15. 15. What can Wikipedia do for you? • Information on your research field for others
  16. 16. What can Wikipedia do for you? • Information on your research field for others • Improve outreach and teaching skills
  17. 17. What can Wikipedia do for you? • Information on your research field for others • Improve outreach and teaching skills • Relevant coursework for students
  18. 18. What can Wikipedia do for you? • Information on your research field for others • Improve outreach and teaching skills • Relevant coursework for students • Add knowledge to public domain
  19. 19. Case study • Evaluation?
  20. 20. Case study • Evaluation? • Which Wikipedia?
  21. 21. Case study • Evaluation? • Which Wikipedia? • Which contributions?
  22. 22. Things to think about • Audience
  23. 23. Things to think about • Audience • Point of view
  24. 24. Things to think about • Audience • Point of view • Language and terms
  25. 25. Things to think about • Audience • Point of view • Language and terms • Structure of the article
  26. 26. Things to think about • Audience • Point of view • Language and terms • Structure of the article • References and sources
  27. 27. Things to think about • Audience • Point of view • Language and terms • Structure of the article • References and sources • Examples
  28. 28. Beware • No references
  29. 29. Beware • No references • Subjective text
  30. 30. Beware • No references • Subjective text • Anonymous contributions
  31. 31. Beware • No references • Subjective text • Anonymous contributions • Publish results
  32. 32. Beware • No references • Subjective text • Anonymous contributions • Publish results • Copyright and licencing
  33. 33. Wikipedia in teaching? • Outreach for PhD students
  34. 34. Wikipedia in teaching? • Outreach for PhD students • Contributing to articles in advanced courses
  35. 35. Wikipedia in teaching? • Outreach for PhD students • Contributing to articles in advanced courses • Verification of references
  36. 36. Wikipedia in teaching? • Outreach for PhD students • Contributing to articles in advanced courses • Verification of references • Searching for references
  37. 37. Wikimedia Foundation
  38. 38. Acknowledgements • Edvin Fuglebakk • Anne-Kristin Stavrum • Pawel Sztromwasser • Suse Balzer • H˚vard Henriksen a

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