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2012 July 26

Editing Wikipedia for scientists

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Today I got an e-mail message for an interesting workshop associated with the European Conference on Computational Biology. I don’t have the funding to go to Basel this year (I didn’t even go to ISMB in Long Beach), but I agree with Alex Bateman and Daniel Mietchen that it is important for scientists to become Wikipedia editors.  I’ve done a little Wikipedia editing, though not as much as I feel I should. The effort is only internally rewarding—there are no bonus points in academia for writing and editing Wikipedia articles, though they probably have more influence than regular encyclopedias, textbooks, and research monographs combined.

One problem with editing Wikipedia is that it requires fairly frequent visits to undo damage done by ignorant editors, which greatly reduces the internal reward.  Having carefully crafted explanations deleted or mangled repeatedly makes one much less willing to put in the effort to do create them.

===== Call for Participation ======

Editing Wikipedia for scientists
Sunday, 9 September 2012, Basel, Switzerland



We cordially invite you to follow the tutorial “Editing Wikipedia for scientists” held as pre-conference event to ECCB’12 on 9 September 2012 in Basel, Switzerland.

Wikipedia has become an essential repository of scientific information. If anyone is looking for information about your subject area the chances are that a Google search will direct them to the Wikipedia article first. If you would like to get involved in improving Wikipedia content for your subject but never found out how then come to the ECCB Wikipedia tutorial. We’ll show you the basics of editing, as well as telling you how to avoid the common mistakes:

Many people look at Wikipedia as their first port of call for information. Therefore, we believe that it is important for scientists to feel comfortable in editing Wikipedia to ensure it is factually accurate and up to date in their own area of expertise.

Looking forward to seeing you in Basel!

Alex Bateman, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK.
Daniel Mietchen, EvoMRI Communications.

PS: Please note that you can register for the ECCB tutorials and workshops also without participating to the main conference. Early registration deadline is 1 August 2012.

ECCB’12 – European Conference on Computational Biology 2012
9-12 September 2012, Basel Switzerland

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