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Sharing research to Wikipedia and Wikidata – disseminating knowledge and improving impact

27th June 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Shelf with a row of books title Wikipedia Contributors (multiple volumes)

Wikipedia is the fifth most visited website in the world and a top 5 referrer of DOIs.

Citing high quality academic research on Wikipedia improves the quality of the information people access every dayand it has never been easier thanks to Wikipedia’s new Visual Editor interface.These citations are automatically picked up by impact-measuring tools like Altmetric.

Further, you can create on-the-fly profiles of research and researchers by easily adding your papers and ORCID information to Wikipedia’s sister project, Wikidata, as structured, machine-readable linked open data which is also indexed by Google using handy tools that scrape source metadata from pasted in DOI, PMID/PMCID, ORCID identifiers.

In this session, open to all University of Edinburgh staff, we will discuss best practice when adding University of Edinburgh research to Wikipedia pages.

Demystifying the process behind the editing of Wikipedia, attendees will have the opportunity to find out more about how research can be shared openly and deliver impact in their own field including such aspects as:


  • helping to identify Wikipedia pages relevant to your field and how to cite/add a link to relevant University of Edinburgh research.
  • adding the Open Access link (with an OA icon to demonstrate it is open to read) to papers already cited on Wikipedia.
  • providing an overview of Wikipedia’s pertinent policies and guidelines;
  • demonstrating how the new Visual Editor interface has made citing scholarly articles on Wikipedia so much easier and so much more consistent so Altmetric can automatically pick it up.
  • demonstrating how to automatically add researcher details and published papers on Wikipedia’s sister project, Wikidata, by scraping the source metadata from PMIDs, DOIs and ORCID identifiers. Wikidata is indexed by Google and helps power it’s Knowledge Graph answer engine. The WikiCite project is creating a bibliographic repository in Wikidata so verifiable information there is stored as structured, machine-readable open data. Importantly, this is linkeddata so scholarly information can link to, and leverage from, complementary datasets.

What do I need to bring?

There are no desktop computers in the room so please bring a laptop and charger with you. If you need to borrow a laptop, please email ewan.mcandrew@ed.ac.uk at least 24 hours in advance. 

Important! Please create a Wikipedia/Wikidata account ahead of time. This takes just two mins and the same login details can be used for both sites (it is a unified login to all Wikimedia projects).

Please bring with you any relevant links to research, DOIs, PMIDs, ORCIDs etc. Consider also any pages on Wikipedia that would be a good starting point for sharing research in your field.

Join us build understanding, further discovery and help pay knowledge forward.


Bookings via MyEd: https://edin.ac/2y62mI6


27th June 2018
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Ewan McAndrew


Room 1.07, 1st Floor, Main Library (Central Area)
George Square
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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