Social & PH Sciences Editathon
About the Social & Public Health Sciences Editathon
With 47 million articles in 229 different languages, Wikipedia is now a well-established force for the democratization of knowledge, and to mark the 20th anniversary of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit and Wikipedia’s 17th birthday, the Unit is hosting this editathon to contribute to information shared across the site.
Wikipedia is a key outreach tool, with one recent study showing that the encyclopedia shapes, as well as reflects, scientific thought.
The editathon will bring together researchers with shared and specific interests and expertise both in subject knowledge in public health, social science, social determinants of health, health inequalities, health policy, health interventions, and health data, and in areas of research knowledge and practice including methodologies, theories, models, or techniques.
This workshop has been specifically designed for those who are keen to understand how Wikipedia works, and the dos and don’ts for editing content. No experience is necessary, as training will be given by the Scottish Library and Information Council’s Wikimedian in Residence Sara Thomas. Please note that the event is aimed at subject experts with a view to engaging them in outreach activities. Citing one's own published work is permissible within reason but it should be noted that Wikipedia is not a soapbox.
This will be the first editathon held by the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow and the Unit is delighted to be able to provide an opportunity to invite some of its research partners to take part so that together they can contribute to improving the body of knowledge shared through Wikipedia.
There are limited places for this session so expressions of interest are invited. Places will be confirmed by the Unit.
The intention is to offer a ‘meet-up’ to participants a short while following the editathon to enable them to support each other, share practice, and develop pages, or generate new pages, of interest to this community of researchers.
How do I prepare?
- Sign up for the event
- Create a Wikipedia account (please ensure you create an account on Wikipedia, not Wikimedia UK)
- Bring a laptop (wi-fi will be provided)
- Learn about editing if you like: Tutorial, or Getting started on Wikipedia for more information
- Think about what you would like to edit - please prepare some materials to bring with you on the day
- 10:30 - 10:45 – Welcome and housekeeping
- 10:45 – 12:00 - Introduction to How Wikipedia and the Editing Community Works
- 12:00 – 12:10 - Break
- 12:10 – 13:00 - Editing
- 13:00 – 13:30 – Lunch
- 13:30 – 15:30 - Editing
- Wikipedia is a tertiary resource, which relies upon good quality secondary sources and some primary sources. Wikipedia is not a place for personal or novel interpretations which do not form part of accepted knowledge. For more information, see this guide.
- For guidance on the use of sources for adding biomedical information to Wikipedia, see this guide. - Please note that standards for sources for medical / health related topics are more strict that elsewhere on Wikipedia. A single research study cannot be useful for Wikipedia until a medical consensus has emerged.
- For general guidance on identifying reliable sources, see this guide.
- Search for articles on Google Scholar
- Try the Wikipedia Library's list of free resources
- Shareable images can be found through a Creative Commons search (which includes Google, Flickr & Wikicommons in its search).
This list is under construction. Please note that you should not create or edit articles about friends, family, employers or places of work.
Helpful updates could be as simple as:
- Making sure reference links are still appropriate and functional
- Adding new inline citations/references
- Adding a photo
- Adding an infobox
- Adding data to more fields in an existing infobox
- Creating headings
- Adding categories
Articles for improvement
- Population Health
- Sally Macintyre
- Health equity
- Scottish index of multiple deprivation
- Carstairs index
- Society for Social Medicine
- Content analysis
You may find these useful if you want to learn further about editing: