Category: Future of Facts

Category: Future of Facts

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Wikipedia as a platform for Science Policy

Daniel Puentes is a Graduate Research Assistant at Michigan State University and recently completed our Wikipedia training course sponsored by the National Science Policy Network. Wikipedia is one of the most popular online resources for anyone to get information that they’re interested in learning. During election years, voters will use Wikipedia to read about different … Continued

What students fighting misinformation online looks like

Facebook announced a new policy last week banning “deepfakes”, or digitally altered videos, from its platform. Not surprisingly, thousands turned to the Wikipedia page about deepfakes to understand more. Thanks to University of Southern California students from Helen Choi’s course last fall, the page provides some helpful context. In the last few years, the world’s … Continued

Early career scientists advancing the role of science in policy making

The 2020 election offers an opportunity for scientists to engage the public in thinking about how policy and science affect their daily lives. When voters search online to learn more about their candidates or ballot measures, they’ll inevitably end up reading about these topics on Wikipedia.  500 million readers come to Wikipedia each month to … Continued

How your students can counteract misinformation

This April 2, on #AprilFactsDay, we’re reminded of the importance of trustworthy information. How can we equip the next generations of information consumers and producers with the skills they need to participate in our rapidly changing digital landscape? Wikipedia is one of the most trusted sites among the cacophony online. That’s because it’s built on … Continued

Scholars inform voters by improving political topics on Wikipedia

Interest in politics is extremely high in the United States right now. As more Americans are looking to get politically involved, they’re turning to neutral, fact-based information on Wikipedia to brush up on their knowledge about existing laws and other elections-related topics. Much of the public in general looks to Wikipedia for information they then … Continued

Why edit Wikipedia as a scholar? Collaboration is necessary to advance knowledge

Dr. Rebecca Dew is an independent researcher and current Wikipedia Fellow, where she has leveraged her academic expertise to improve the Wikipedia articles about activism and authority. Here, she reflects on the value of making knowledge available to all. An opportunity to inform public knowledge on this scale comes, for many, only once in a lifetime. Actually, for me, … Continued

Wikipedia: an important frontier for scientific knowledge

Scientists recognize the importance of communicating about science to the general public. When scientific information reaches outside of the academy, more people are equipped to make better informed political and behavioral choices. But how effective are the current channels scientists are using to reach people outside their specific scientific communities? The public gets science information … Continued

Wiki Education to collaborate with NARA for the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote

Wiki Education is thrilled to announce a new opportunity for individuals with a research interest in history, political science, women’s rights, and related fields. We are launching a professional development course in collaboration with the National Archives, a course which will equip scholars with the tools and Wikipedia know-how to make meaningful contributions to the world’s … Continued

Four reasons why psychology students should improve Wikipedia

Interested in teaching with Wikipedia? Visit teach.wikiedu.org or reach out to contact.wikiedu.org for more information about how Wiki Education can support you and your students as you improve Wikipedia’s psychology coverage as a part of the Association for Psychological Sciences Wikipedia Initiative. Join the psychology instructors whose students have added 1.7 million words to Wikipedia, reaching 118 … Continued

Understanding borderlands in a global context on Wikipedia

Many of the millions who visit Wikipedia every month are looking for information to understand their current political climate. They may be researching candidates or policies related to upcoming midterm elections. Or they may be looking to understand how our history has shaped present day affairs. Encyclopedias and other accessible knowledge resources (like newspapers) are vital … Continued