User:Daniel Mietchen/Talks/UKSG 2015

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This page belongs to a talk given on April 1, 2015 (in Plenary Session 5, from 12.15 to 12.45pm BST), as part of UKSG's 38th Annual Conference in the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow. Notes about the talk have been blogged by an attendee.


Wikimedia and scholarly publications


Wikipedia and its sister projects – particularly Wikimedia Commons, Wikisource and Wikidata – are one of the most popular sources of information, including on topics related to scholarly research. They interact with scholarly resources in multiple ways - they may simply link to, cite or quote them, or suitably licensed scholarly materials may experience a second life when being reused in a new context as part of a Wikimedia project, e.g. on a Wikipedia page or in a Wiktionary entry.

It is thus in the interest of the research community to get acquainted with the inner workings of these platforms, as well as with the broader culture of openness that they are embedded in and that has started to spread into academia. This talk shall provide a general introduction to Wikipedia and its sister projects, focusing on the role they play in engaging the public with research.

In the spirit of openness, the talk is editable and being developed in public at, from where it will also be held. Feedback of any kind - e.g. suggestions, questions, or reports of past interactions with Wikimedia - is most welcome. A video recording of a similar talk given at CERN some years back is available via .



How to signal the openness of references cited on Wikipedia (also available on Vimeo).



Wikimedia about publishingEdit

Wikimedia and Open AccessEdit

Wikimedia and subscription accessEdit

Publishing about WikimediaEdit

Wikimedia about publications about WikimediaEdit

Journal ↔ wiki publishingEdit

Bliven, S.; Prlić, A. (2012). Wodak, Shoshana (ed.). "Circular Permutation in Proteins". PLoS Computational Biology. 8 (3): e1002445. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002445. PMC 3320104. PMID 22496628., CC BY Wikipedia: Circular permutation in proteins, CC BY-SA A journal article whose text corresponds to this version of the Wikipedia article Dengue fever, CC BY-SA

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Citing journals in wikiEdit

Citing wiki in journalsEdit


Reusing journal materials in wikiEdit

Open Access Media ImporterEdit

An example of open science - from the grant proposal to all outputs.

Reusing wiki materials in journalEdit

Curating via WikimediaEdit

Role of repositoriesEdit

  • Interoperability
    • is key to reuse
    • requires standardization



Long-term visionEdit

Sharing research with the world as soon as it is recorded, in a way that is integrated with research workflows rather than added on top of them (cf. Geoffrey Bilder's talk). Now imagine this with open licenses and public version histories as the default setting. Video also available on Vimeo.