Wikipedia Science Conference
In partnership with the Wellcome Trust, we hosted a two-day conference sharing skills, tools, and ideas in the intersection of STEM subjects and Wikimedia, on 2nd and 3rd September 2015.
This was prompted by the growing interest in Wikipedia, Wikidata, Commons, and other Wikimedia projects as platforms for opening up the scientific process.
Convenor: Dr Martin Poulter | hashtag: #wikisci | Short link: tinyurl.com/wikisci15
The Henry Wellcome Auditorium and Wellcome Collection Conference Centre, the Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, UK. This is adjacent to Euston Square tube and within easy walking distance of three other tube stations. It is close to the Euston, King's Cross and St. Pancras rail stations, and a short tube ride from Paddington rail station.
Despite the London location, this is a national conference, scheduled with long-distance travellers in mind.
Weds 2nd and Thurs 3rd September 2015
- Researchers and educators in STEM subjects
- Science communicators
- Librarians & other information professionals
- Managers & funders of research
- Wikipedia/ Wikimedia volunteers and staff
Wikimedia UK's Friendly space policy will apply at the event and there will be trusted individuals on hand with whom you can raise any related issues.
Thanks to the generosity of the participating charities and volunteers, the registration charge for this two-day conference was just 29 pounds, including lunch on both days.
- Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects (including Wikidata, Wikisource, Wikimedia Commons...) as platforms for promoting informed public discussion of scientific topics (acknowledging that the public have a curiosity about all sorts of scientific topics, and overwhelmingly use Wikipedia as a starting point to self-educate).
- Wikipedia and/or Wikimedia as platforms for research, including citizen science (e.g. the Research portal).
- Wikipedia and/or Wikimedia as models for scientific publishing (including Wiki-to-Journal publication, Journal-to-Wiki publication, adding OA paper text to Wikipedia, altmetrics, machine-extraction of data from published research, open bibliographic data, data citation, crowdsourced enhancement of scholarly databases, integration of Wikipedia with open/free services such as Figshare, ORCID, Flickr...)
- Wikipedia and/or Wikimedia as platforms for scientific education.
- Under-represented groups in STEM subjects: is Wikipedia reinforcing stereotypes or providing role models? What is being done?
- Dame Wendy Hall: Professor of Computer Science, University of Southampton
- Dr Peter Murray Rust (User:Petermr): Reader, University of Cambridge
Wednesday 2nd September 2015
Registration & coffee
|10.30||Welcome and opening remarks (Phoebe Harkins and Tom Ziessen, Wellcome Trust)|
|10.45||Keynote: Dame Wendy Hall, University of Southampton
|11.30||Daniel Mietchen, National Institutes of Health. Wikimedia and Scholarly Communication
|12.00||Alex Bateman, European Molecular Biology Laboratory/ European Bioinformatics Institute. Using Wikipedia to annotate Scientific Databases|
|14.00||Jenny Molloy, University of Cambridge/ ContentMine. Challenges and opportunities for Wikipedia and Wikidata in synthetic biology|
|14.30||Geoffrey Bilder, CrossRef. Usage of Digital Object Identifiers across Wikimedia projects|
Refreshments/ networking and sign-ups for unconference
|15.30||Daniel Mietchen, National Institutes of Health. Wikidata for Research|
|16.00||Stefan Kasberger, GESIS Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences and Open Knowledge Foundation Austria, ContentMine/ OpenscienceASAP. Wikipedia in an Open Science workflow|
|16.30||Andy Mabbett, Wikimedian In Residence at the Royal Society of Chemistry; and at ORCID. Wikipedia, Wikidata and more - How Can Scientists Help?|
End of first day's programme
Drinks reception sponsored by Royal Society of Chemistry
Thursday 3rd September 2015
Coffee, networking and signing up for unconference sessions
|10.00||Announcements about unconference, hackathon(s) and future events|
|10.15||Keynote: Peter Murray Rust, University of Cambridge.|
|11.00||Darren Logan, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Using Scientific Databases to annotate Wikipedia|
|11.30||Melissa Highton, University of Edinburgh. Changing the Ways the Stories are Told|
|12.00||Brian Kelly, UK Web Focus. Developing an Ethical Approach to Using Wikipedia as the Front Matter to all Research|
An unconference method was used to put the unconference programme (below) in the hands of the delegates.
Refreshments served at 14.30 but unconference continued.
|15.00||Dario Taraborelli, Wikimedia Foundation and Altmetrics.org. Citing as a public service|
|15.30||Cancer Research UK’s Wikipedian in Residence project – reflections and outcomes|
|16:15||Wrap-up and thanks from Martin Poulter, Wikimedian In Residence at the Bodleian Libraries|
|17.00||Post-conference drinks in a nearby pub|
This is the running order as decided by participants, on the day.
|1:20-1:50||BMJ peer review||Your first Wikipedia edit||MediaWiki||Encyclopedism||'Publish-or-die' vs Wikipedia|
|1:55-2:25||harmonise licensing +
||Your first Wikidata edit||ContentMine||Wikimedians in Residence||Wiki Loves Scientists|
|2:30-3:00||UN Sustainable Development Goals||Wikimedia editing Q+A
For all abilities
come along if you need help
|Wikidata tools||Review the lit (we use this okfn pad)||Wiki Loves Scientists|
- British Medical Journal have offered to provide their best reviewers to peer-review Wikipedia's best medical articles. I'm driving this, and don't want to stuff it up. I need your thoughts and input. (Talking points)
- What can we do to harmonise licensing between Wikimedia properties (CC BY-SA) and Open Access Repositories (CC BY) *Not* an argument about licensing but a discussion about practical steps.
- Copyright issues as a barrier to open access to knowledge. Current issue at en:Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Bristol/archive1 relating to copyright law and Freedom of panorama. Touching on UK/International law and ethical/ownership issues.
- ContentMine tools, hands-on demonstration of getpapers & quickscrape.
- Encyclopedism and the Unity of Science
- Wiki Loves Scientists, Create a new biography for a Royal Society scientist via List of Fellows of the Royal Society elected in 2012
- How to review the lit for a WP entry (we meet on this okfn pad)
- When Wikipedia is not the right tool, but MediaWiki is. Explore some issues around using wikis when information/data is either by necessity not open, or not notable
- How can the Wikimedia movement contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (+ Wikipedia page?)
- Friday 4
- Cambridge Hackathon (see below)
- Saturday 5
- London Hackathon (see below)
Hackathons: Wikimedia and Research
There were two related hackathons. One of them was a satellite event on Friday September 4th at the European Bioinformatics Institute in Hinxton. More details on that are available here. The second one took place on Saturday 5 September in London. More details here. It was led by Daniel Mietchen (National Institutes of Health) and Stefan Kasberger (GESIS Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences/ ContentMine/ openscienceASAP/ Open Knowledge Austria).
Some background to these hackathons: There are many technical aspects to the interaction between the Wikimedia and research communities and platforms. These days were dedicated to exploring them together with others who share an interest in these matters.
Add yourself here to indicate an interest. Optionally, add a one-line description of why the conference is relevant to you.
The Wellcome Trust is "a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in health by supporting the brightest minds". in the UK, it is one of the leading organisations promoting open access to research and encouraging scientists to engage with the public. It funds an enormous amount of cutting-edge research related to health, as well as the preservation and use of existing knowledge. Its other activities with Wikimedia include funding the Cancer Research UK Wikipedian In Residence. In January 2014, Wellcome Images released 100,000 historical images under a Wikipedia-compatible licence which have been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons by Fæ.
Posts by participants
- The conference generated more than a thousand tweets. These were kindly 'Storified' by Eva Amsen of F1000 Research:
- Eva Amsen "Wikipedia Science Conference" F1000 Research blog post
- Blog post in Catalan: Viquipèdia i ciència: un futur en obert
- Wikipedia and Wikidata. Massive Open resources for Science. blog post by Peter Murray Rust
- Liberating Science Daily With, and To, Wikidata ContentMine blog post
- Wikidata, Wikipedia, and #wikisci by Rod Page
- A sea-change in science citation? The Wikipedia Science conference. by Prof Henry Rzepa, Chemist at Imperial College, London
- Mention in blog post by Eva Amsen: "I’m encouraged by a lot of what I saw at the recent Wikipedia Science Conference"
- Comment piece in Nature Wikipedians reach out to academics. Good piece, sadly doesn't mention Wikimedia UK at all.
- Republished in Scientific American as "Wikipedia Editors Woo Scientists to Improve Content Quality"
- Excerpted in Library Journal InfoDocket as "Wikipedians Reach Out to Academics at London Meeting"
- "Wikipedia courtise les scientifiques" Le Devoir (French language)
- "Wikipedia Editors Ask Scientists to Factcheck Academic Content" Inverse
- "Wikipedia calls for more scientists to participate" Scope Blog (Stanford University) paraphrased from Nature article
- "Η Wikipedia ζητάει από επιστήμονες να μην τη σνομπάρουν" news.gr (Greek language)
- "Wikipedia chiede aiuto agli scienziati" AgoraVox (Italian language)
- "Artikel Wikipedia Bakal Disunting Akademisi dan Ilmuwan" CNN Indonesia (Indonesian language)
- "Calling all scientists!" - Wikipedia Signpost (Martin complained that the originally published item was potentially misleading: this has been corrected 14 September with a vastly better summary)
- Il popolo di Wikipedia agli scienziati: "Aiutateci, saremo più autorevoli" - La Repubblica (Italian language)
- Wikipedia, gli utenti chiedono supporto agli scienziati fanpage.it (Italian language)
- Επιστήμονες ως συντάκτες προσπαθεί να προσελκύσει η Wikipedia alphatv.gr (Greek language)
- 維基百科編輯與科學家合作 提升條目質素 The News Lens (Chinese language)
- “WikiGate” raises questions about Wikipedia’s commitment to open access Ars Technica
- "Wikipedia under fire for relationship with academic publisher" Digital Journal (brief mention of the conference in the context of Michael Eisen's criticism of the Wikipedia Library).
- "Wikipedia Wants Scientists to Make Its Entries More Accurate" Mental Floss
- "Wikipedian in residence ‘improves public access to science’" Times Higher Education
- European Skeptics Podcast, episode 003 (16 December 2015) contains an audio interview with Martin Poulter recorded at the conference.
- European Skeptics Podcast, episode 004 contains an audio interview with Melissa Highton recorded at the conference.
- European Skeptics Podcast, episode 005 contains an audio interview with Dario Taraborelli recorded at the conference.
- European Skeptics Podcast, episode 007 contains an audio interview with Brian Kelly recorded at the conference.
- European Skeptics Podcast, episode 009 contains an audio interview with Duncan Hull recorded at the conference.
- Dall'università a Wikipedia, come cambia la divulgazione scientifica (From the university to Wikipedia) in the student magazine of the University of Padua
- Skepticality podcast, 27 October 2015 Susan Gerbic interviews András Pintér who attended the conference.
Photographs and presentation files
Except where indicated, publicity materials are licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0, giving you permission to republish them or remix them.
- Blog post announcing that booking is open
- Initial blog post explaining the idea of the conference and inviting submissions
- Science and Wikipedia: a round-up Blog post advertising the conference in the context of recent developments in science.
See /Planning subpage for suggestions about timescale/ publicity etc.