Category: Future of Facts

Category: Future of Facts

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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

A scholar advances academic research by editing Wikipedia

Dr. Niki Kalaf-Hughes is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Bowling Green University. She recently participated in our Wikipedia Fellows pilot cohort as a member of the Midwest Political Science Association. Here, she reflects on the experience. During one of my first experiences as a teaching assistant in graduate school, I was … Continued

Academics to improve Wikipedia articles related to midterm elections

This week, Wiki Education kicked off a new project to engage academic experts to improve Wikipedia articles on issues and candidates related to the upcoming midterm elections in the U.S. As part of our ongoing efforts to improve politically relevant topic areas on Wikipedia, we are supporting academic experts to improve these articles over the … Continued

Environmental science students apply their learnings to grow public knowledge around conservation

Millions of people visit Wikipedia every month for information on a wide range of topics. When it comes to scientific topics, Wikipedia is one of the main sources of information available to the public. It is therefore crucial that that information is accurate and comprehensive, especially when readers use that information to make political and … Continued

Women’s studies scholar improves Wikipedia while her students follow along

Dr. Jenn Brandt is the Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and an Assistant Professor of English at High Point University. As a member of the National Women’s Studies Association, she participated in our Wikipedia Fellows pilot, in which she significantly expanded and reorganized the article about award-winning author Margaret Atwood. The article has since been … Continued

An academic disseminates scientific knowledge to the public by improving Wikipedia

Madeline Gottlieb is a fourth year doctoral student in the Graduate Group in Ecology and Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California, Davis. She participated in our recent Wikipedia Fellows pilot program as a member of the Midwest Political Science Association. Here, she shares what she has taken away from the experience of … Continued