Thursday, March 20, 2014

Wikipedia in Academia

Wikipedia continues to find a place in the groves of academia. Two news items:

Cal-Berkeley Hires a Wikipedian in Residence: A 24-year-old geography major is the first Wikipedian-in-residence at the University of California, Berkeley.

The school announced recently that it had hired Kevin Gorman to advise students and professors on the complex task of editing articles for Wikipedia, the user-generated online encyclopedia that gets 500 million monthly visitors.

Many universities around the country have classes producing content for Wikipedia, but in-residence Wikipedians have previously been tied only to private institutions like the U.S. National Archives.

UC Berkeley would be the first American university to create a position devoted to improving the site and getting its own scholarship out to the public.

You can read more here.

Wikipedia Cites in Medical Journals. But a new Canadian study has found that thousands of peer-reviewed papers in medical journals have cited Wikipedia in recent years — and the numbers of references are increasing fast.

The trend – apparent even in some of the world’s most influential medical publications — raises the possibility of spreading misinformation and “could potentially affect care of patients,” researchers from the University of Ottawa say in a paper just published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Articles in the BMJ itself have had 13 references to Wikipedia in the last decade, they note.

What struck the study authors most, though, is that the citations began to multiply in the last three years.

(You can read more here.)

(ljs)

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