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Improving Wikipedia: educational opportunity and professional responsibility
Abstract The rise of user-generated Internet contenThe rise of user-generated Internet content (i.e. ‘Web 2.0’) has resulted in dramatic changes in the way that scientific information is collected and disseminated. One notable example is Wikipedia (http://www.wikipedia.org), the user-written online encyclopedia with millions of users worldwide. In the 7 years since its inception it has become a staple of the academic community, increasingly used by faculty and students to develop lectures and study aids, research topics for papers and as a source of background information while studying or conducting research.ion while studying or conducting research.
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Collected data time dimension Cross-sectional  +
Conclusion We believe users of Wikipedia seeking infoWe believe users of Wikipedia seeking information on ecological topics should continue to approach these entries critically, and strongly encourage readers to refer to the ‘Article Rating’ and other tools available on the ‘Discussion’ tab for assessing and discussing entry quality. With Wikipedia and other online sources of information increasingly at the nexus of science and society, we also argue researchers in ecology and evolutionary biology can and should play an active role in improving the quality of these entries [6]. Although we recognize that the time, professional incentives and public recognition for doing so are limited, we believe that improvements to this now ubiquitous reference source are particularly important given the increasingly public debates on ecological and evolutionary topics. The revision of Wikipedia entries can easily be incorporated into undergraduate and graduate courses, the service activities of student organizations, laboratory meetings, extension programs and the annual meetings of professional societies. It could even become part of publishing articles in peer-reviewed journals. For example, RNA News now requires that authors submitting manuscripts to one section of the journal include a Wikipedia entry for peer review that is uploaded upon the manuscript's acceptance [7]. Activities such as these could greatly enhance the quality of scientific information available to a global audience, increase the diversity of participants in the process of disseminating this information, create mechanisms by which to gain formal recognition for doing so and provide opportunities to develop the public outreach and education skills encouraged by funding agencies, professional organizations and universities [8].sional organizations and universities [8].
Data source Wikipedia pages  +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Improving%2BWikipedia%3A%2Beducational%2Bopportunity%2Band%2Bprofessional%2Bresponsibility%22  +
Has author Kristine L. Callis + , Lindsey R. Christ + , Julian Resasco + , David W. Armitage + , Jeremy D. Ash + , Timothy T. Caughlin + , Sharon F. Clemmensen + , Stella M. Copeland + , Timothy J. Fullman + , Ryan L. Lynch + , Charley Olson + , Raya A. Pruner + , Ernane H.M. Vieira-Neto + , Raneve West-Singh + , Emilio M. Bruna +
Has domain Biology +
Has topic Student contribution +
Issue 4  +
Month April  +
Pages 177-179  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in Trends in ecology & evolution +
Research design Content analysis  +
Research questions As part of a graduate seminar on plant–aniAs part of a graduate seminar on plant–animal interactions, we set out to assess the quality and content of Wikipedia entries with an ecological focus. To do so, we critiqued entries on five major categories of plant–animal interactions: frugivory, herbivory, pollination, granivory and seed dispersal.pollination, granivory and seed dispersal.
Revid 10,816  +
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Improving Wikipedia: educational opportunity and professional responsibility
Unit of analysis Article  +
Url http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169534709000548  +
Volume 24  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction Live Wikipedia  +
Wikipedia language Not specified  +
Wikipedia page type Article  + , Article:talk  +
Year 2009  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 10 August 2012 18:04:55  +
Categories Student contribution  + , Biology  + , Publications with missing theories  + , Publications with missing comments  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:28:47  +
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