Wikipedia Science Conference/Submissions/Developing an Ethical Approach to Using Wikipedia as the Front Matter to all Research

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Brian Kelly


Independent researcher/consultant at UK Web Focus

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Both days

Session details

Conference themes

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  • Wikipedia and/or Wikimedia as platforms for research (including citizen science)
  • Wikipedia and/or Wikimedia as models for scientific publishing
Type of session

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  • Presentation (20 mins + 10 mins questions)
    • This format is suitable for reporting on substantial work in the area defined by the conference themes, or taking an overview of work done.


Further details

In August 2014 a Wikimania session proposed "Wikipedia as the front matter to all research" and a survey of Links From Wikipedia to Russell Group University Repositories found 1,100+ Wikipedia links to Russell Group university repositories.

However this can conflict with the "Neutral Point of View" principle . A post which asked "So who's editing the SNHU Wikipedia page?" illustrated such risks and concluded "You should not edit your institution's Wikipedia page. It's a PR debacle waiting to happen"

A "Statement on Wikipedia from participating communications firms" included a statement:

Our firms believe that it is in the best interest of our industry, and Wikipedia users at large, that Wikipedia fulfill its mission of developing an accurate and objective online encyclopedia. Therefore, it is wise for communications professionals to follow Wikipedia policies as part of ethical engagement practices.

This session provides opportunities to explore a similar policy statement which could be adopted by UK universities, research councils, publishers and other stakeholders involved in research activities..

Thank you for your proposal.