Wikipedia: The scholar's perspective

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Published on March 11, 2014

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A brief overview of some of the research about Wikipedia and the benefits of teaching with Wikipedia

WIKIPEDIA: THE SCHOLAR’S PERSPECTIVE Dr. Adrianne Wadewitz Mellon Digital Scholarship Postdoctoral Fellow Occidental College

WIKI + PEDIA

GENDER GAP RESEARCH • Women interact with a more positive tone on Wikipedia • Women disproportionately edit arts topics • Women participate on more community pages • Women’s edits are reverted more often • Of highly active Wikipedians, women tend to make more substantial additions

HISTORY RESEARCH • Wikipedia’s biographies are as accurate as Britannica’s • Wikipedia’s writing style lacks persuasiveness and coherence • Wikipedia covers more historical figures than traditional encyclopedias

JOURNALIS M Tow Center for Digital Journalism

ARTS AND CULTURE • Profitability of a movie can be predicted based on how active its Wikipedia article is before the movie’s release • Postcolonial critiques - #dhpoco and Rewriting Wikipedia

WIKI + PEDIA

TEACHING WITH WIKIPEDIA: WHY?

Wikipedia is the most popular reference work in the world. Ever.

Wikipedia has 3,000 active editors.

TEACHING WITH WIKIPEDIA: WHAT?

VISUAL LITERACY

CRITICAL THINKING “Let's call this a matter of perspective. I am a woman. If anyone ever shows up in a delivery room where I am giving birth and attempts to use "she's lying down" as a pretext to take photographs without my permission, I will leap from the gurney, tackle the SOB, and eat the camera.” – User:Durova

CONSTRUCTION OF KNOWLEDGE

xkcd RESEARCH AND WRITING SKILLS

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