Project Details Hands-on training on Wikipedia and Wikidata for application of IUPAC terms across Wikipedia

Project No.:
2018-038-1-400
Start Date:
01 January 2019
End Date:
Division Name:
Polymer Division
Division No.:
400

Objective

Organize and contribute to an Wikipedia editing course, resulting in the production of new material for Wikipedia, and specifically on topics related polymer-related subjects.

Description

Since its birth in 2001, Wikipedia has grown enormously in size and importance, so that today it is probably the first and foremost source of information on scientific and technological issues for the general public. Because of this, Wikipedia is increasingly relevant also for the activities of IUPAC, whose mission includes the dissemination of chemical knowledge and, more generally, to improve public awareness and perception of science.

An ongoing IUPAC-SPT project “Synchronizing Wikipedia: Polymer Definitions and Terminology” (project 2015-032-2-400) aims to exploit Wikipedia for the dissemination of polymer science. In particular, since the start of the project in 2016, members of the task group have analyzed the English-language Wikipedia and have identified:
a) more than 200 polymer-related terms for which there is/was a Wikipedia article on a polymer-related term (e.g., “monomer”) which did not contain the IUPAC definition. In most of these cases, “boxes” with the IUPAC definitions and reference to the primary IUPAC documents have been inserted at the top of the article by members of this task group. See here for an example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monomer
b) some IUPAC terms (e.g., “comb polymer”) for which there is no corresponding Wikipedia article, or there is a Wikipedia article which has been classified as a “stub” (i.e., requiring improvement, being too short and incomplete);
c) a few Wikipedia articles on a polymer-related term for which there is no corresponding IUPAC definition (e.g. “gel polymerization”).

That project 2015-032-2-400 is expected to finish soon, with the completion of the insertion of the “IUPAC definition” boxes for the terms/articles in group a). In addition to that, members of the task group are planning to write or improve a few articles on polymer-related subjects belonging to group b). The best of these articles could become a candidate as “feature article” on Wikipedia’s chemistry portal (see here for a list of featured articles: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Chemistry/Featured_article).

In 2016 and 2018, the Task Group Chair has already co-organized (with Prof. Chiara Castiglioni) two editions of a Wikipedia editing course for the Ph.D. students of the Politecnico di Milano. The main features of Wikipedia, Wikidata and other sister projects are taught by Wikimedia-accredited trainers, and afterwards the students are engaged in the production of new material for Wikipedia, on topics related to their research work. See here for details:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:GLAM/PoliMi/2016
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:GLAM/PoliMi/2018

A third edition of the course has already been approved and funded by the PhD School of the Politecnico di Milano, and will be held in Milano on 1-5 July 2019 (Politecnico’s funding will be mainly used to pay for the assistance by the Wikipedia trainers). Members of the task group intend to exploit the course in Milan to learn more in-depth about Wikipedia and Wikidata. They will apply this to the creation/editing of a few high-quality Wikipedia pages on polymer-related subjects.

Progress

A third edition of the course has been approved and funded by the PhD School of the Politecnico di Milano, and will be held in Milano on 1-5 July 2019 (see program). Members of the task group intend to exploit the course to learn more in-depth about Wikipedia and Wikidata, and will apply this to the creation/editing of a few high-quality Wikipedia pages on polymer-related subjects.

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