Category: Future of Facts

Category: Future of Facts

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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

In 2016, Dr. Eric Youngstrom’s students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill learned how to improve Wikipedia articles as a class assignment. That term, a group of students improved the article about sleep disorders, adding a section about the use of melatonin as a possible treatment. As research shows, melatonin pills can help people fall … 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

Learning from the past to design the future

Eryk Salvaggio, known as User:Owlsmcgee on Wikipedia, is Brown University’s Visiting Scholar. Thanks to this sponsorship by the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Eryk has remote access to academic sources to help him improve articles. Here, he reflects on one particular article that was made possible by this Visiting Scholars connection. “Lol, … Continued

A librarian’s perspective on why academics should be improving Wikipedia

Michelle Gohr is First Year Experience Librarian at Arizona State University. As a member of the National Women’s Studies Association, she participated in our recent Wikipedia Fellows pilot and now reflects on what this experience has meant to her. Going into the Wikipedia Fellows pilot program I was already a supporter and user of Wikipedia, both in … Continued

Empowering millions by ensuring the future of facts

Representing knowledge accurately and extensively for the public is integral to Wikipedia’s mission and that of Wiki Education. Millions of people look to Wikipedia to make political and behavioral decisions in their lives, so we’re taking purposeful steps to improve the site’s coverage of subject areas like public policy, political science, law, history, environmental science, and sociology. … Continued

New Fellows cohort to make academic research accessible to as many as possible

We kicked off another cohort of Wikipedia Fellows last week. Fellows in this cohort will have the opportunity to explore contributing to areas of their choosing. We selected Fellows with a diverse set of interests so that they may contribute to and improve a wide range of Wikipedia articles. Familiar with sources in their areas … Continued