Public outreach/Academy/RfC/Bill's talk
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preliminary notes for an introductory talk
- Remember the adjective: "heterogeneous"
- Articles have different scope (start from most specific and work up, e.g., up to leukemia, thence to cancer, thence to dab)
- Possibly develop roadmap script, e.g., main article of category, main article of parent category, etc.
- Articles are organized in several ways, e.g., category system, lists, hierarchical tree of articles, search
- Script to give slide-show tour of random links on a page, or in a category
- show students' work on coverage, both of general topics and of scientific topics
- most scientific topics are covered
- highlight remarkable coverage of some areas: enzymes, RNA families, human genes, etc.
- pathologies of emphasis
Target audience and depth
- Similar to a mini-review written for peers in another field, BUT...
- In a mini-review, you don't need to write well, because your peers will understand you even if you don't
- In a Wikipedia article, you need to write intelligibly for the (educated) lay-person (writing is harder, but content is easier)
- Methods for giving background information
How good are these articles?
- Introduce assessment system and summarize my students' work
- Who makes these assessments? Wikiprojects (foreshadowing Tim's talk)
- How many FA's exist in biomedical fields? Typical properties of FA's
- Typical properties of articles ranked lower
- Show them that they can assess the health of their field's coverage using script
- Introduce Institute lists, tables
Page views and languages
- Show page views for typical biomedical FA such as Virus, DNA and Immune system (>1M/yr)
- No correlation with quality? (check this hypothesis; note danger of misinformation)
- Talk about TFA page views and mention in-the-news events (whet appetite for Tim's talk)
- Variety of languages and getting articles translated
Development of articles
- Show movie of development of "Immune system" (give them script to do this for any article)
- "Wisdom of the crowds"? not really; show typical FA contributor lists (another chance to prep the audience for Tim!)
- "Anything can be added"? not really; basic principles WP:V, NPOV, NOR, NPOV, COPY, etc. but IAR
Article structure and formatting tools
- TMI for this introductory talk? Parhaps incorporate basic elements into Brief tour section?
- Lead most important part
- Organization of body
- Target length, daughter articles, dab's
- Closing sections
- Images, animations, galleries, slideshows (implement this), imagemaps, etc.
- Other cool formatting, navboxes, infoboxes, templates
- Poor coverage
- Poor quality
- Not authoritative
- Unreliable accuracy
Why you might want to contribute
- Public outreach
- Unique reach of Wikipedia
- Convey results of publicly-funded research to the public
- Price of scientific illiteracy, misinformation
- Inspire taxpayers to support your research; funding!
- Inspire the next generation of students in your field
- Share the excitement/coolness of your work
- Recruiting (under)graduate students to your lab/field
- Inspire high-school and elementary-school students
- Teacher/professor training
- If they understand it, they can pass it on to their students
- Other motivations
- Colleagues developing teaching materials
- Direct feedback on teaching materials
- Fun of collaboration
- Story of a patient coming in with the doctor's own article
- Explain to friends and family what you do
How you can contribute
- WP:NOT a textbook
- Wikibooks, Wikiversity, Wiktionary, Wikisource
- Give this part of the talk on Wednesday night to save time?
- giant encyclopedia written by volunteers
- part of the Open Education Resources movement, as well as Free Culture
- content licensed under the Creative Commons license
- hardware and software infrastructure maintained by the WMF, a nonprofit charity relying on donations
- fundamentally a database in which even the smallest changes are time-stamped and recorded indefinitely (maybe TMI?)