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Submission no.
Title of the submission
Wikimedia for Astronomy: Engaging the professional astronomy community with Wikimedia

Author(s) of the submission
Brinacor (talk)
E-mail address
Country/place of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Leiden Observatory & International Astronomical Union

Main theme
how we make it happen
Type of session
  • Presentation (could be a lightning talk as well)

Engaging professors and students to edit Wikipedia, translating and improving content on non-English Wikipedias, improving Wikipedia as a science education resource

Length of session

10 minutes + Q&A

Do you want to submit a paper for peer-reviewing?



To improve Wikipedia's capacity as an educational tool in science, and astronomy in particular, its content must be scientifically accurate and complete, well-explained, and available in many languages. Engaging the professional astronomy community - from researchers to professors to science communicators - to edit Wikipedia aids not only in improving content but also helps diversify the Wikipedia community. In this talk I summarize lessons learned and ongoing challenges engaging professional scientists with Wikipedia and exciting possibilities for the future.

How does your proposal add knowledge to the international community in Wikimedia and education?

In this talk I will address

  1. challenges and successes I've experienced talking to scientists about why Wikipedia matters and why they should get involved
  2. how to encourage researchers and professors to edit, especially when they are under academic pressure to focus on writing journal publications
  3. how to help close the gender gap by improving coverage of women and minority scientists on Wikipedia and by encouraging more women in science to edit
  4. how to engage the multilingual astronomy community to translate and write original content in many languages on Wikipedia
  5. how to engage scientists with other Wikimedia projects including Commons and Wiktionary
Who is the intended ideal audience for the topic?
  1. Editors building bridges between Wikimedia and academic institutions, editors interested in translation, editors interested in science and the gender gap.
  2. Additionally, editors who have experience doing something similar and might be willing to offer advice or critique my activities so far.
Slides or further information

This learning pattern I wrote goes into further detail on the necessity of translation and multilingual astronomy content.

Special requests

If interested, I have a poster on this topic I can bring/present as well.

Interested attendees[edit]

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  1. --LiAnna (Wiki Ed) (talk) 17:34, 22 January 2019 (UTC)[reply]
  2. --Athikhun.suw (talk) 15:21, 25 January 2019 (UTC)[reply]
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