The American Sociological Association is participating in Wikipedia Fellows, an interdisciplinary pilot to improve public knowledge about the most politically relevant topics.
The public learns through Wikipedia
Wikipedia is a resource people use every day to better understand the world. In a time when terms like “alternative facts” and “fake news” have become shorthand for a wide range of political, educational, and epistemological challenges to public knowledge, it’s crucial that we ensure the quality of our most popular source of information.
Wikipedia represents the interests and expertise of the volunteer community who writes it. That means articles about some subjects are much better than others, and many important and/or complex topics remain underdeveloped, poorly explained, or missing entirely. We know how passionate ASA members are about gaining and sharing knowledge about sociology, and your experience with the field’s literature, ideas, perspectives, disputes, misconceptions, and histories makes you ideally positioned to have a significant impact on public knowledge through Wikipedia.
That’s why we are pleased to announce Wikipedia Fellows, an interdisciplinary project led by Wiki Education.
2018 Wikipedia Fellows pilot
ASA members joined members from the Midwest Political Science Association and National Women’s Studies Association in a 3-month pilot, from January to April 2018, during which time participants learned to edit Wikipedia and received guidance and support as they made contributions to subjects important to an informed citizenry. Upon successful completion of the pilot, we have opened up future programs to more participants. Pilot cohorts are ongoing.