Wikipedia is the seventh most visited website on the Internet and the largest encyclopedia in existence. With so many people referencing and contributing to Wikipedia every day, it’s important that accurate and complete citations to scientific articles are referenced. How might access to these research articles impact the use of Wikipedia and how might Wikipedia in turn impact science? In this PLOScast, Elizabeth Seiver speaks with Jake Orlowitz, the founder of Wikipedia Library, a program from the Wikimedia Foundation that helps editors access reliable sources to improve Wikipedia.
In this episode they discuss:
- What is the Wikipedia Library?
- What are the goals for the Wikipedia Library project?
- How are Wikipedia Librarians different from other Wikipedians?
- Why are citations to scientific articles in Wikipedia important?
- What is the relationship between Wikipedia and science?
- How can we make Open Access sources more discoverable on Wikipedia?
- How do we incentivize more scientists to edit Wikipedia?
Interested in learning more? Follow Jake Orlowitz on Twitter @JakeOrlowitz and check out the links below:
- Wikipedia Library
- Jake Orlowitz on Wikipedia
- Wikimedia Foundation
- OABOT adds OA links to Wikipedia articles, based on dissem.in tool
- BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine)– indexes OA institutional repositories
- Daniel Mietchen’s OA signaling project
- Mike Eisen’s blog post about “WikiGate”
- OA Week Editathon with SPARC
- Open Scholarship Initiative 2016 conference
- Wiki Education Foundation – working with professors across U.S. to improve science articles, including on notable figures (e.g. women) that haven’t been included
- Article: “Crowdsourcing as a Model for Problem Solving”
Image Credit: Myleen Hollero / Wikimedia Foundation