European young researchers network Wikipedia workshop

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This event took place in July 2013
Merton College

Sphingonet Wiki workshop - In a nutshell

  • Where?: Merton College, Oxford, OX1 4JD
  • When?: Wednesday 10th July 2013, 1pm-6pm, with an informal meetup afterwards
  • Point of contact:, 0207 065 0994 for Wikimedia UK, for Sphingonet
  • Photos from the day: Here, summary blog post here.

What is it?

Sphingonet a European network of PhD-candidate and post-doc researchers focusing on Sphingolipids. Part of their activities is outreach work. As a part of the training offered to the network's members, we have organised an introduction to open science, with a focus on Wikipedia. Sphingonet had a meeting in Oxford in July and so the afternoon of 10th July, before the main meeting, was focused on how Wikipedia works, and how to improve it with the attendees' specific knowledge - the audience is PhD students, postdoc and professors. The people on the network came from c. 10 different countries (UK, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland), so there was a potential to work on translating various Wikipedia articles.

The main goal of this event was to make a significant contribution to the quality of Wikipedia scientific content in Sphingonet-­‐related topics. The workshop took place in Oxford, on the afternoon of Wednesday the 10th of July 2013. Majority of the attendees were familiar with Wikipedia editing - but before the event, the attendees received information to prepare them for training. The hope is for the attendees to continue contributing to Wikipedia after the training.

As a preparation, the attendees were asked to identify 2-3 topics and corresponding sources they wanted to focus on during the training, with the intention to improve relevant articles by the end of the day. The topics were mostly focusing on specific proteins or enzymes.


  1. Toni Sant :: WP talk page - simplified help! - lead
  2. Richard Nevell - support lead
  3. Brian Kelly
  4. Daria Cybulska


All new to Wikipedia, 5 women.

  1. Nlebesgue3583
  2. Tatman37
  3. Hoeglinger
  4. Augustinus Galih
  5. Luc Henry
  6. Galbus
  7. Davidebertoldo
  8. Fay.prifti
  9. Acolaco
  10. Bcab1
  11. Jainamrita

This event also provided an induction opportunity for the newly appointed Wikimedian in Residence at the National Library of Scotland. Attendees in this regard were:

  1. Triptropic
  2. ACrockford


The workshop included information on common mistakes researchers make when editing Wikipedia, and how to improve articles with illustrations.

The afternoon was divided into two parts, led by each of the trainers:

  • Toni Sant presented an introductory session about Wikipedia and sharing knowledge on the Internet. This was followed by a practical session of Basic Wikipedia training.
  • Tea/coffee break
  • Richard Nevell discussed ways to contribute to Wikimedia other than by writing encyclopedia articles (e.g. sharing images; rendering structure data in visual form; giving research a suitable licence). This part of the workshop also included a Q&A and more hands‐on Wikipedia editing, which in essence lead into an editathon of pages relevant to Sphingonet members.

Wikipedia articles created or edited during the workshop

  1. Wikipedia:Ceramide_Phosphoethanolamine_Synthase
  2. Wikipedia:Acid Sphingomyelinase
  3. Wikipedia:S1PR1 - expand
  4. Wikipedia:Membrane contact site - expand
  5. Wikipedia:Hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type I
  6. Wikipedia:Photoactivatable probes
  7. Wikipedia:Dihydroceramide desaturase
  8. Wikipedia: - expand
  9. Wikipedia:EThcD
  10. Wikipedia:O-6-methylguanine-DNA_methyltransferase
  11. Wikipedia:Green_fluorescent_protein
  12. Wikipedia:Snap-Tag


  1. Wikipedia:Marion Cameron Gray
  2. Wikipedia:Myrtle Corbin
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