Submissions:2021/Engaging the University Community with Wikipedia Curating and Creation

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This submission has been accepted for WikiConference North America 2021.


Engaging the University Community with Wikipedia Curating and Creation


Global & Local

Type of session:



We propose a panel of University faculty with experience in teaching and research to discuss their experiences of engaging with Wikipedia curation. Curation of Wikipedia pages by faculty or other research experts with advanced knowledge in specific areas can greatly improve the content of pages. Graduate trainees and postdoctoral fellows have strong abilities to learn and are en route to becoming experts in their areas of interest. Therefore, university communities provide rich environments for engaging experts and advanced trainees in curating Wikipedia. Contributing to Wikipedia also brings groups together across historically siloed University departments. Workshops and seminars about the use of Wikipedia in education provide a medium for engaging members from across the breadth of the University community. Incorporating Wikipedia curating into classroom projects engages emerging professionals with the Wikipedia process and gives graduate trainees experience in writing for a public audience. The panel will discuss the variety of ways in which they have engaged with Wikipedia within their respective university communities, and reciprocally learn from the audience community.

Member; Institution; Focus
Ben Wolozin, MD, PhD; Boston University; Pharmacology
Denise Smith, MLIS; MacMaster University; Health Sciences
Amin Azzam, MD, MA; University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); Wikiproject Medicine

Academic Peer Review option:


Author name:

Benjamin Wolozin

E-mail address:

Wikimedia username:


Affiliated organization(s):

Boston University

Estimated time:

60 min

Special requests:

Have you presented on this topic previously? If yes, where/when?:

Yes, in workshops at Boston University

If your submission is not accepted, would you be open to presenting your topic in another part of the program? (e.g. lightning talk or unconference session)