Submissions:2015/Are the Obstacles Academic?

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Are the Obstacles Academic?
Community, Education
Type of submission
Stuart Ray, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Oncology
E-mail address
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
While it is clear that Wikipedia wishes to attract academics and experts in addition to general editors, there are a variety of obstacles for mainstream scholars when they consider engaging in the project, publicly. Mentoring a class in WP editing can be frowned upon, and may be daunting for faculty with limited experience and time. Even for motivated faculty editors with substantial publishing experience, it is difficult to navigate unfamiliar waters of WP where authority does not rest with the individual, reliability is based on unfamiliar rules, content ownership is anathema, and personal reputation can be threatened. To help academic editors realize the intellectual and personal rewards of editing WP, a place for them to get started would help. Some of the conditions of such an environment will be suggested.
Length of presentation
20 min + time for Q&A
Special schedule requests
weekend preferred
Will you attend WikiConference USA if your submission is not accepted?
probably - waiting to see the program (but I have registered via Eventbrite).

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