Submissions:2023/Readership of Wikipedia

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


Readership of Wikipedia


Credibility / Mis and Disinformation (WikiCred)

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Wikipedia is the world's single most requested, published, accessed, and consulted source of information on almost every topic among most people who use the Internet to seek information. Despite this popularity, something is off and odd about how the public and institutions react to Wikipedia. If Wikipedia is so popular as a general reference resource, then why do individuals and institutions not react to Wikipedia with respect proportional to its influence? For example, why do cultural institutions, universities, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies make great investments to share general reference information in less popular channels like social media, websites, and traditional broadcasting, while neglecting to consider what they could accomplish more easily at lower cost through Wikipedia?

In this talk I present a preprint literature review titled, "Readership of Wikipedia". Beyond the evidence of that paper, I share Wikipedia community perspectives on audience metrics, Wikimedian in Residence roles for engaging Wikipedia, and make some comparisons between Wikipedia editing and comparable off-wiki communication industry professional services.

Author name:

Lane Rasberry

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Affiliated organization(s):

School of Data Science, University of Virginia

Estimated time:

15-30 minutes

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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)