Wikipedia Science Conference/Submissions/Wikimedia versus academia: a clash of cultures

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This has been accepted as a lightning talk. MartinPoulter (talk) 17:15, 16 May 2015 (BST)

Personal details

Your name

Richard Pinch


Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

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Where will you be travelling from to attend this conference?



both days

Session details

Conference themes
  • Wikipedia and/or Wikimedia as models for scientific publishing
  • Wikipedia and/or Wikimedia as platforms for scientific education
Type of session
  • Lightning talk/demo (10 mins)

The aspirations of academic researchers and educators to create and disseminate knowledge appear at first sight entirely consistent with those of the Wikimedia projects. Yet the relationship between the two sectors is far from friendly. In this talk I want to explore what some of the cultural reasons are for the division, and suggest that before there can be a fruitful relationship, there will need to be changes on the Wikimedia side as well.

Thank you for your proposal.