Why and how to use Wikipedia for science communication

Submitted by Julia Barrott | published 31st Aug 2022 | last updated 21st Sep 2022
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Wikipedia as a resource for all

Wikipedia is a free online, multilingual encyclopedia that is created and edited by volunteers around the world. It is fast becoming the first stop shop for information for the global public when seeking online answers to questions and problems. With total monthly page views in excess of 20 Billion, and as one of the top 10 most visited websites in the world, Wikipedia can be used to communicate information to a much wider and more diverse audience than can be achieved through any other platform.

Various quality assurance measures, a focus on robust citation of facts, and a peer community of article editors means that Wikipedia articles are trusted more and more. Subject matter experts play a particularly important role here through their ability to assess accuracy and contribute to the completeness and comprehensiveness of Wikipedia articles.

About this page

This weADAPT page aims to pull together numerous resources that will help you start your journey as a Wikipedia editor. It has been designed as a resource for attendees of a special event at the International Mountain Conference 2022 but will be useful for anyone interested in using Wikipedia for enhancing science communication. It draws heavily on the experience of and resources generated by CDKN (including their guide on contributing to Wikipedia) and the Communication of environment SDGs project led by SEI.

This is a living resource! We will continue to add further resources to this page, alongside next steps for a community of editors focused on sharing relevant knowledge on mountains and mountain systems.

Resources

Presentation for a special session on Wikipedia at the International Mountain Conference in Innsbruck, in September 2022

This presentation provides background on why and how researchers should and can use Wikipedia for communicating science. It includes walk throughs of how to make basic edits, from editing text and adding citations to connecting pages. It also contains information on ways to engage with other Wikipedia editors and why to do this.

Download these slides here: IMC2022_Wikipedia for Science_for weADAPT

Useful links

Guidance publications and webinars

Relevant Wikipedia projects