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How to talk to ordinary people - why Wikipedia matters (CERN Summer Students Program)

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To be a politically neutral voice for science, advocating investment in fundamental research

To train a new generation of scientists and engineers

To inspire and nurture scientific awareness in all citizens

How to talk to
ordinary
people

Why Wikipedia
matters

Governments and policy-makers

The broader scientific community

Media and influencers

Students (from pre-university to graduate)

The general public

Potential candidates

Donors (individual citizens, corporations, foundations)
Why Wikipedia matters
... for students
... for media
... for governments
Target audience

Ida Storehaug RCS-SIS-OA
Elena (2016):
Personnel: 3,852,000 CHF
Materials: 3,312,000 CHF
Total: 12,802,000 CHF =
11.17 mill. ¢
On Wikipedia:

Search:
Library
INSPIRE
CDS
Anthologies
Publications
Proposals
Photo archive

Draft
Contact senior staff member
Recommended additional sources
Correct the article
Publish
Vinod Cohan
UA2
UA4
UA5
UA8
Proton-Antiproton Collider
Marcello
Conversi
John Rushbrooke
Luigi Di Lella
Pierre Darriulat
Antiproton Accumulator
André Lagarrigue
Proton Synchrotron
Gargamelle
UA1
Synchosyclotron
"Opening up the editing process to all,
regardless of expertise, means that
reliability can never be ensured."
Robert McHenry, former editor of Encyclopedia Britannica
Nature, 2005: peer review to compare Britannica and Wikipedia's coverage of science
Average Wikipedia-article contained 4 inaccuracies; Britannica about 3
Why does Wikipedia work?
System of interacting agents
200,000 pages vandalized each day
Bots
Recent changes patrol
Watchlists
Incidental discovery

still...
84,7% of scientists uses Wikipedia in day-to-day work
2005: 17% of Nature authors consult Wikipedia on a weekly basis, less than 10% help to update it

Scientists contributing to Wikipedia
CERN. (2017). CERN's Communication Strategy 2017-2020. [online] Available at: <http://communications.web.cern.ch/sites/communications.web.cern.ch/files/files/strategy/CERN_CommunicationsStrategy_2017.pdf>. [Accessed 9 August 2017].

CERN. (2015), Final Budget of the Organization for the sixty-second financial year. [online] Available at: <https://cds.cern.ch/record/2126919/files/fc-e-5955_c-3212_Budget.pdf>. [Accessed 9 August 2017].

Gandica, Y., F. sampaio dos Aidos, J. Carvalho. (2014). The dynamic nature of conflict in Wikipedia. Europhysics Letters. 108 (1). doi: 10.1209/0295-5075/108/18003

Giles, Jim. (2005). Internet encyclopaedias go head to head. Nature, 438, p. 900-901, doi: 10.1038/438900a

Leibniz Research Alliance Science. (2015). Social media: researchers use Wikipedia the most. [online] Available at: <http://www.leibniz-science20.de/social-media-forschende-nutzen-am-haufigsten-wikipedia/>. [Accessed 9 August 2017].


Pictures:
Photo, event in Alice: cern.ch
Photo, Express: http://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/694392/Will-Large-Hadron-Collider-destroy-Earth-CERN-admits-experiments-could-create-black-holes
Photo, ELENA: https://cds.cern.ch/record/2202429
Screenshot Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiproton_Decelerator
Slide from lecture: https://indico.cern.ch/event/634075/
References
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