Submissions:2023/Interactions between the Wikimedia ecosystem and research - examples from Canada

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WikiConference North America 2023 unfortunately could not accommodate this submission in its program this year.


Interactions between the Wikimedia ecosystem and research - examples from Canada


Education, Languages, Research / Science / Medicine

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Ecological restoration research in Canada in terms of number of studies by province and ecosystem type. Which aspects of that are covered in Wikimedia projects? Which ones should be, and how?
The Fields Medal — named after Canadian mathematician John Charles Fields — is one of the most prestigious awards in mathematics. Which Canadians have received it? For what kind of research? How is that covered on Wikimedia platforms?

Research and Wikimedia interact in multiple ways, some of which will be highlighted here using examples with a relationship to Canada. The type of questions that will be addressed is as follows: How is Canada's research landscape represented on Wikimedia projects? What mechanisms exist to feed research priorities or research news from Canada into the Wikimedia ecosystem? How is research-related content represented - and accessed - on Wikimedia platforms in the languages relevant to people in Canada? How can and do Wikimedians interact with Canada-related research? How can and do Canada-related researchers interact with the Wikimedia ecosystem? How can and do citizen science projects and Wikimedia activities intersect in Canada? Who in Canada or in the Wikimedia community cares about such issues? What kinds of problems could arise from such interactions, and what mechanisms exist to address them? Can we discern any trends?

Based on my own interactions with the Canadian parts of the Wikimedia and research ecosystems, I have a list of examples to draw from, but I welcome additional suggestions to look into in preparation for the session.

Author name:

Daniel Mietchen

E-mail address:

Wikimedia username:

Daniel Mietchen

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Estimated time:

30 min

Special requests:

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

I have presented several times on interactions between the Wikimedia and research ecosystems, but never with a focus on Canada.

Okay to livestream?

Livestreaming is okay

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)