My name is Lane Rasberry. I edited Wikipedia for the first time in 2004 and have been editing regularly since 2008. I think that Wikipedia is a great way to share information on all topics, including health care, consumer rights issues, and science. The best way to learn about editing Wikipedia is to talk with other people about it. Anyone who wants to talk with me can
post to my Wikipedia talk page or email me to make an appointment for a phone or video chat.
Everyone who has a stake in community education should be supportive of Wikipedia editors. Since Wikipedia is the world's most popular source of health information for most topics in health, it is the particular responsibility of health educators to consider the influence and impact of Wikipedia in their fields of expertise and to recognize that they must acknowledge and respond to Wikipedia as a communication channel in some way if they are to are to be effective in outreach. Just as Wikipedia is popular among people seeking health information, it influences thought on every topic for which people seek information.
Biographical sketch Edit
Lane Rasberry is Wikimedian-in-residence at the Data Science Institute at the
University of Virginia. His interests include popular science, consumer protection, civic engagement, access to health information, clinical research, the Open Movement, data science, LGBT history, and Wikimedia projects.
Lane Rasberry is Wikimedian-in-residence at the Data Science Institute at the
University of Virginia. In this role Lane seeks to support students, faculty, and staff at the university in sharing information in Wikipedia, Wikidata, and other Wikimedia projects. In this way people at the university use Wikipedia to publish to a large audience including students, researchers, journalists, and anyone else doing basic research on a topic.
Lane's professional interests include
popular science, consumer protection, civic engagement, access to health information, clinical research, the Open Movement, data science, LGBT history, and Wikimedia projects. Previous to working with Wikimedia projects Lane was a community organizer for open content projects in the sciences and administered clinical trials. From 2012-18 Lane was Wikimedian-in-residence at Consumer Reports where he supported the development of Wikimedia content on product safety and medicine.
Lane's personal interests include
coffee, pet rodents, history of India, New York City, and Seattle.
There are images of me at Wikimedia Commons.
Wikipedia project participation Edit
Camas pocket gopher
, native to my home region of
and described as ""morose and savage" and "one of the most vicious animals known for its size"
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flag of Cascadia, which is the region including Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver
bluerasberry (30 June 2019). "2019 Wikimedia Affiliate Selected Board Seats Election Results". . The Signpost
Rawat, Charu; Sarkar, Arnab; Singh, Sameer; Alvarado, Rafael; Rasberry, Lane (13 June 2019). "Automatic Detection of Online Abuse and Analysis of Problematic Users in Wikipedia". 2019 Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium. doi: 10.1109/SIEDS.2019.8735592.
Mietchen, Daniel; Rasberry, Lane (6 June 2019). "Robustifying Scholia - Developing a Wikipedia interface for exploring the research ecosystem". Data Science Institute blog.
Rasberry, Lane; Willighagen, Egon; Nielsen, Finn; Mietchen, Daniel (2 May 2019). "Robustifying Scholia: paving the way for knowledge discovery and research assessment through Wikidata". Research Ideas and Outcomes. 5. doi: 10.3897/rio.5.e35820.
ARL White Paper on Wikidata Opportunities and Recommendations
Weiner, Shira Schecter; Horbacewicz, Jill; Rasberry, Lane; Bensinger-Brody, Yocheved (18 March 2019). "Improving the Quality of Consumer Health Information on Wikipedia: Case Series". Journal of Medical Internet Research. 21 (3): e12450. doi: 10.2196/12450.
bluerasberry (28 February 2019). "Wikimedia affiliate organizations seek community participation in 2019 board election". . The Signpost
bluerasberry (23 October 2017). "Offline Wikipedia developed at OFF.NETWORK Content Hackathon". . The Signpost
bluerasberry (5 August 2017). "Sharing Wikipedia offline medical information in the Dominican Republic". . The Signpost
Richter, Felix; Atteberry, Preston; Bailey, Mark J.; Badgeley, Marcus A.; Rasberry, Lane (25 April 2017), "Outcomes of Teaching Students to Edit Medical Content on Wikipedia" (PDF), The Institute for Medical Education presents Education Research Day 2017, New York City: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
bluerasberry (7 February 2017). "Free truthful information and ponies". The Signpost.
Tsouroupidou, Kalliope; bluerasberry; et al. (29 January 2016). "Harassment Survey 2015" (PDF). Wikimedia Foundation.
Azzam, Amin; Bresler, David; Leon, Armando; Maggio, Lauren; Whitaker, Evans; Heilman, James; Orlowitz, Jake; Swisher, Valerie; Rasberry, Lane; Otoide, Kingsley; Trotter, Fred; Ross, Will; McCue, Jack D. (2016). "Why Medical Schools Should Embrace Wikipedia". : 1. Academic Medicine doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000001381. ISSN 1040-2446. I was a recipient of the 2016 Cooke Award for this research. The award is granted annually by vote of the Academy of Medical Educators at the University of California, San Francisco.
Rasberry, Lane (29 August 2015). "Wikimania—can volunteers organize conferences?". . The Signpost
Wexelbaum, Rachel; Herzog, Katie; Rasberry, Lane (2015). "Queering Wikipedia". In Wexelbaum, Rachel (ed.). Queers Online - LGBT Digital Practices in Libraries, Archives, and Museums. Sacramento, California: Litwin Books. pp. 61–80. ISBN . 978-1936117796
Rasberry, L. (2014). "Wikipedia: what it is and why it matters for healthcare". BMJ. 348 (apr08 3): g2478–g2478. doi: 10.1136/bmj.g2478. ISSN 1756-1833.
Rasberry, L. (2014). "Citing Wikipedia". BMJ. 348 (mar05 4): g1819–g1819. doi: 10.1136/bmj.g1819. ISSN 1756-1833.
Gruson-Daniel, Célya (29 August 2013). "[21th to 28th of August 2013] New York : deep dive into Open Science communities - HackYourPhD". hackyourphd.org. HackYourPhD. Nadya, Kadrevis (2011). "Look at Me". vimeo.com. Nadya Kadrevis Films. , a mockumentary on the Seattle arts scene circa 2011
Blueher, William (14 June 2017). "Let Them Eat Wiki-Cake: Editing Wikipedia in Watson Library". . The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Tabaei, Sara (15 June 2017). "One Librarian, One Reference". Touro College Library Blog. Touro College.
Tabaei, Sara (May 23, 2017). "Making the World Safer One Wikipedia Entry at a Time". shs.touro.edu. Touro College.
Science Sandbox (27 April 2017). "Crowdsourcing Expertise: A Working Guide for Organizing a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at a Science Conference" (PDF). Science Sandbox. Simons Foundation.
Dewey, Caitlin (6 April 2016). "What happens when a convicted murderer edits Wikipedia". Washington Post.
Tabaei, Sara (5 April 2016). "Wikipedia Editathon: Touro PT Students Share Health Information Worldwide". Library Blog for the Touro College Community. Touro College Libraries.
Garnett, Carla (April 24, 2015). "NIH Marks Women's History Month with All-Day Wikipedia Edit". nihrecord.nih.gov. National Institutes of Health.
Godlee, F. (27 March 2014). "Unethical, a guilty secret, and still crazy after all these years". BMJ. 348 (mar27 1): g2396–g2396. doi: 10.1136/bmj.g2396.
Evan J. Peterson (November 12, 2014). "The Case for PrEP, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love HIV-Positive Guys". The Stranger . Retrieved . 12 November 2014 , in which I am mentioned as being a Wikipedian
Stoeffel, Kat (February 11, 2014). "Closing Wikipedias Gender Gap — Reluctantly". The Cut. New York Magazine.
Wagley, Catherine (6 February 2014). "Wikipedia Becomes a Battleground for Art Activism". laweekly.com. LA Weekly.
The PubMed Health Team (July 17, 2013). "Wikipedia visits the National Library of Medicine and NIH - Blog - National Library of Medicine". PubMed Health. PubMed.
Tony1; The ed17 (3 July 2013). "Wikipedia's medical collaborations gathering pace". Wikipedia. The Signpost.
"Wikipedia: Meet the men and women who write the articles", , BBC News Magazine BBC, 15 July 2012 Paulson, Tom; Cyan, James (25 April 2012), "Infectious hope: When getting malaria makes sense", Humanosphere
Wikipedia logo and wordmark
Wikipedia's coverage of medical topics, 2016
Wikimania events -
Rasberry, Lane (12 July 2012), "Research institution collaboration", , Wikimania 2012 Washington, D.C.: Wikimedia DC
Chan, Leslie; Shockey, Nick; Rasberry, Lane; Zanni, Andrea; Mietchen, Daniel; Ayers, Phoebe (10 August 2013), "Open Access & Wikipedia: Opening the world's academic research to improve the world's most popular reference source", , Wikimania 2012 Hong Kong: Wikimedia Hong Kong
Rasberry, Lane; Klein, Max; Cuenca, David; Becker, Adam; Wacha, Megan; Forrester, James (8 August 2014), "Reform of citation structure for all Wikimedia projects", , Wikimania 2014 London: Wikimedia UK
Rasberry, Lane; Howard, Dorothy (18 July 2015), "Our options for addressing harassment of women, LGBT+ people, and other popular targets for discrimination", , Wikimania 2015 Mexico City: Wikimedia Mexico
Rasberry, Lane (23 June 2016), "Health Organizations and Wikipedia", , Wikimania 2016 Esino Lario: Wikimedia Italy
Rasberry, Lane; Trotter, Fred (26 June 2016), "The interest of the world's most influential health organizations in Wikipedia's coverage of medical topics", , Wikimania 2016 Esino Lario: Wikimedia Italy McGrady, Ryan; Rasberry, Lane; Dawson, Jennifer; Shaw, Diane; Koerner, Jackie (12 August 2017), "Wikipedia Visiting Scholars", , Wikimania 2017 Montreal: Wikimedia Canada
I am one of the organizers of WikiConference North America. I am involved with everything, but in particular -
Rasberry, Lane; Heilman, James; Poore, Sydney; Orlowitz, Jake; Richter, Felix (31 May 2014), "Health Science Panel", WikiConference USA, New York City: Wiki NYC Rasberry, Lane; Orlowitz, Jake; Swisher, Val; Maggio, Lauren; Whitaker, Evans; Heilman, James; Azzam, Amin; Bresler, David; Leon, Armando; Otoide, Kingsley; Trotter, Fred; Ross, Will; McCue, Jack D. (8 October 2016), "Why medical schools should embrace Wikipedia", , WikiConference North America 2016 San Diego: United States Wikimedians , retrieved 19 January 2017 Other conferences
Rasberry, Lane; Royce, Celeste S. (5 March 2015), "Writing for Wikipedia: Empowering Learners as Educators in the Digital Age" (PDF), Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 2015 annual meeting, San Antonio: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Rasberry, Lane (2 September 2015), "Wikipedia in medical school classrooms: crowdsourcing public health communication through medical education" (PDF), Preventing Overdiagnosis 2015, Washington, D.C.: National Cancer Institute and University of Oxford
Rasberry, Lane (28 October 2016), "The Inside Track on Wikipedia for Medical Librarians", Upstate New York and Ontario Chapter of the Medical Library Association 2016 annual meeting, Watkins Glen, New York: Upstate New York and Ontario Chapter of the Medical Library Association
Azzam, Amin; Otoide, Kingsley; Rasberry, Lane (14 November 2016), "Editing Wikipedia for medical school credit" (PDF), Association of American Medical Colleges Annual conference 2016, Seattle: Association of American Medical Colleges Rasberry, Lane (19 November 2016), "To Trust or Not to Trust? Wikipedia as a Health Resource", American Medical Student Association 2016 Fall Conference, New York City: American Medical Student Association
I either wrote the funding request or participated in executing these funded projects.
Forsyth, Pete; Montgomery, Tara (April 2012), "Consumer Reports/Wikipedian in Residence", Meta-Wiki, Consumer Reports, US$6000
WikiConference organizing team (December 2013), "WikiConference USA 2014", Meta-Wiki, WikiConference Committee, US$35,000
WikiConference organizing team (December 2014), WikiConference USA 2015, Wiki Education Foundation, US$50,000
Wiki NYC Fundraising Committee (March 2016), , Wiki NYC, Wikimedia New York City/2016-2017 US$74,000 Wiki NYC Fundraising Committee (May 2017), , Wiki NYC, Wikimedia New York City/2017-2018 US$80,000
Pages I created Edit
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Indian government posts Edit
This one is incomplete and was a mess. I started making articles for government posts in India in 2010. I had a source but later decided that it did not meet
WP:RS. I needed a source for top-level Indian government posts, and did not know when I would see anything like that. In 2016 someone came to Wikipedia with Right to Information (India) documents that listed government officials in posts. So far as I know, that person's Right to Information request provided the first published record of lists of high ranking government officers in India to mass media.
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