Wikipedia Science Conference/Submissions/10 hours watching people read Wikipedia

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Note: This is an invited session, so I have accepted it via email to John, and sent additional feedback. MartinPoulter (talk) 13:15, 9 May 2015 (BST)

Personal details

Your name

John Byrne, Dr Henry WW Potts, Henry Scowcroft; respectively User:Johnbod, User:Bondegezou, User:HenryScow, and perhaps others.


JB: formerly Wikipedian-in-residence at Cancer Research UK (CRUK)
HWWP: UCL Institute of Health Informatics, University College London

How can we contact you?
email User:Johnbod on en:wp
Where will you be travelling from to attend this conference?

All London.


JB & HP both. HS not sure

Session details

Conference themes

Which conference themes does your session address?

Wikipedia+ as platforms for promoting informed public discussion of scientific topics
Wikipedia and/or Wikimedia as platforms for scientific education
Perhaps also: Wikipedia and/or Wikimedia as platforms for research (including citizen science)/ as models for scientific publishing

Type of session
  • Presentation (20 mins + 10 mins questions)
Further details

Cancer Research UK’s Wikipedian in Residence project – reflections and outcomes

This session will be have two main talks:

In the first, Henry Scowcroft, CRUK’s senior news & multimedia manager (and co-ordinator of the project) will outline the project’s aims, scope and main outcomes, as well as reflecting on what went well, what didn’t go so well, and where the charity has got to with its thinking on all matters Wikipedia and open content.

In the second, John Byrne (CRUK’s Wikipedian in Residence) and Henry Potts (of the Farr Institute of Health Informatics) will present a preliminary report on two pieces of research completed during the session, both using novel methods for research into Wikipedia.

The first used qualitative methods, getting 30 subjects to research the topic of pancreatic cancer on the Internet, watching and recording them do so, and then interviewing them as the screen video of the search was replayed. If they did not look at Wikipedia of their own accord, they were asked to do so at the end. Short questionnaires were also filled in for each site seen for any significant period.

In the second study, done via YouGov, 1,031 participants were sent 1 out of 3 web pages to read & then answer questions about. The pages were the main page on pancreatic cancer at NHS Choices, the current Wikipedia page (a Featured article), and an old version of the Wikipedia page from early 2014 before it was improved by the Cancer Research UK Wikipedian-in-residence project.

Thank you for your proposal.