Contributing scientific content to Wikipedia means being able to distill complex topics to a general audience who may not have a scientific background. Experts are well positioned to do this sort of ‘translating’ because they have access to the latest research and have a deep understanding of these topic areas. It’s no secret that the public looks to Wikipedia to understand scientific topics and histories. So let’s make that information as accurate and up-to-date as possible.
Wiki Education is one of the only organizations systematically improving Wikipedia’s coverage of science. And we’re doing that through our Communicating Science initiative and our new Wikipedia Fellows program. Wikipedia Fellows engages experts in bringing their expertise to the world’s fifth most visited website. Fellows learn how to create, expand, and/or improve articles as part of a three-month, Wiki Education-facilitated online course. We’re announcing two new cohorts focused on improving Wikipedia’s coverage of science. To recruit these experts, we’ve partnered with the American Chemical Society, Association for Women in Mathematics, Association for Psychological Science, and Linguistic Society of America.
For more information about the Wikipedia Fellows program, including application opportunities, visit fellows.wikiedu.org.
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