Librarians + Wikipedia: Building skills to reduce information inequality in the aquatic sciences
- Since the advent of print as an information sharing medium, the creation of content and access to it have been mediated and inequitable. The arrival of the Internet has radically shifted the dynamics of information transfer by creating opportunities for anyone with access to share and receive content. Wikipedia is the largest information platform in the world, with over 56 million articles published in 300 languages. Wikipedia, and its partner sites Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons, can and do play a huge role in democratizing access to scientific information. A recent example is the article on COVID-19, which has been edited over 6,500 times by over 1,250 editors, has over 430 unique references, and has been viewed over 8.6 million times across 151 languages. Wikipedia offers an unprecedented opportunity to make access to scientific information more equitable. In this 1-hour workshop, we will review the scope and purpose of Wikipedia and Wikidata, introduce WikiProject Limnology and Oceanography, and offer an introduction on how to edit and create articles. We will review the process and goals of editathon events. The goals of the session are to demystify Wikipedia and to generate enthusiasm and capacity for engagement with the platform.
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- Whitmire, Amanda (2021). Librarians + Wikipedia: Building skills to reduce information inequality in the aquatic sciences. Presented at: 2021 SAIL/Cyamus Joint Annual Conference. Stanford Digital Repository. Available at: https://purl.stanford.edu/sh105rr3576
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