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Submissions/Research institution collaboration

From Wikimania 2012 • Washington, D.C., USA

This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2012.

Submission no.


Title of the submission
Research Institution Collaboration
Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)
Author of the submission
Lane Rasberry
E-mail address
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)
Open Science Federation, en:Consumer Reports
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (please use no less than 300 words to describe your proposal)
Research institutions, and particularly non-profit, federally-funded research institutions, have as part of their diligence mandate the responsibility to educate the public about what they are doing with taxpayer money. Brilliant people work at these places, and such organizations have paid staff whose job it is to create free educational materials and do public presentations. What would it mean if such institutions were to devote some of their staff outreach time to developing Wikipedia articles on basic science or research issues? Obviously it would be a great way for them to fulfill part of their outreach mission, but what are the risks of conflict of interest from these paid editors? How does this risk compare to the conflict of interest from curators and librarians in the GLAM project and professors in the Campus Ambassador program? What barriers currently prevent research institutions from participating in Wikimedia projects?
Track (Wikis and the Public Sector/GLAM - Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums/WikiCulture and Community/Research, Analysis, and Education/Technology and Infrastructure)
Wikis and the Public Sector
Length of presentation/talk (if other then 25 minutes, specify how long)
15 minute talk; 10 minutes for questions
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Slides or further information (optional)
Special request as to time of presentations (for example - can not present on Saturday)

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