The Wikipedia is one of the most popular sources of trustworthy information online. It is also a widely neglected domain for science communication. The great but underappreciated advantage of Wikipedia is that it allows researchers to communicate research results and scientific expertise in exactly the place where people look for it: in topical Wikipedia articles. In this way, Wikipedia provides one of the most straightforward and effective means to share knowledge and to leverage research findings towards societal impact. In this workshop we will provide you with a hands-on introduction to using Wikipedia for science communication.
This workshop will be of interest to you, if you are an early career researcher (PhD/Postdoc) keen on using Wikipedia to communicate your research and engage with the Wikipedia community. In our interactive workshop, we will walk you through and provide all the necessary tools accomplish your first edit.
The workshop will include input from the workshop hosts, as well as interactive elements in which the participants edit the Wikipedia themselves. To get the most put of the workshop, participants should bring a laptop or tablet.
Maximilian Heimstädt is a senior researcher at Bielefeld University and head of the research group “Reorganizing Knowledge Practices” at Weizenbaum Institute in Berlin. He tweets as @heimstaedt.
Paul Börsting is a student assistant at Weizenbaum Institute. He is about to complete a master’s program in “International Relations” at Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt Universität.