Wikimania 2011 - 2nd Day: Encouraging Participation III





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Room: Arbel
Date: 5.8.2011, 16:30

Barriers and opportunities for expert participation in Wikipedia: Results from a survey
Dario Taraborelli, Daniel Mietchen, Panagiota Alevizou
There has been so far only anecdotal evidence on what keeps
experts from contributing to Wikipedia. The Wikimedia
Research Committee ran a survey on expert participation
between February and April 2011 with over 3K respondents
to try and turn anecdotes about expert participation into data.
The aim of this talk is to present the results of the survey and
tackle questions such as: the different perception of participation
in Wikipedia across academic fields; the effects of expertise,
gender, discipline, wiki literacy on participation; the gap between
shared attitudes and individual drivers of participation; the
relation between participation in Wikipedia and attitudes
towards open access and open science.

31:05 - Student clubs: How to maintain student contributors
Cheryl Moy
One of the main goals of the Wikimedia Foundation is to increase
the number of contributors worldwide in order for entries to be
exhaustive and representative of expert consensus. There are
many successful projects involving schools and universities that
encourage and train students to be Wikipedia editors; however
the biggest challenge is not only gaining contributors but to
have editors continue to contribute and contribute consistently.
This talk will present the success of the inaugural year of the
Michigan Wikipedians, a student club at the University of Michigan
centered on editing Wikipedia. We will discuss how the group
functions, the activities of the student group, offer suggestions
for maintaining editors and solicit ideas, present our future plans
and answer questions on how you can start your own club on

55:33 - Wikiversity: Article creation in the composition classroom
Lynn Marie Hamilton
College students benefit from writing for Wikipedia as part of
their first-year writing program. Wikipedia gives students a real
audience, rewards for, and feedback on their writing that goes
far beyond the classroom.


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