|Real name: Dr Martin Poulter||Email: m.l.poulterbris.ac.uk||Home page: http://www.infobomb.org/||Location: Bristol, UK and Oxford, UK|
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We need to be kind. This is a higher calling than civility, and entirely compatible with achieving our goals.
All in all, I think what we do actually matters. We change the world. One wiki-edit at a time.
On 9 July 2016 I was named by Wikimedia UK as UK Wikimedian of the Year 2016.
- 1 Paid editing
- 2 Qualifications and approach
- 3 Training and outreach
- 4 Writing and interviews about Wikipedia
- 5 Areas of activity
- 6 Barnstars awarded
- 7 Awards and boxes
- 8 Wikimedia in the UK
- 9 Sub-pages
From 25 October 2016 to 31 October 2019, I was employed as the Wikimedian In Residence at the University of Oxford, based at the Bodleian Libraries. This was mainly a role that involves training staff within the university and sharing images and data from research projects.
On 4, 5, and 18 May 2016, I worked with the Voltaire Foundation at the University of Oxford on a paid project to improve Wikipedia articles about Voltaire's works. Where the edits bear on the Foundation directly, I propose them on Talk pages rather than editing in mainspace. I will be doing more work with the Vf as part of the new university-wide role.
From April 2015 to March 2016, I was the Wikimedian In Residence at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford. The project page is at Wikipedia:GLAM/Bodleian. This means I used this account for paid editing as well as for volunteer editing.
Qualifications and approach
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- BA in Philosophy & Psychology from University of Oxford, graduated 1994
- PhD in Philosophy from University of Bristol; thesis "Value and Belief" applied decision theory and Bayesian probability to questions of science and belief, degree awarded 2003
- Have been a teaching assistant in courses on Introduction to Philosophy and Introduction to Symbolic Logic at Bristol
- Have previously worked as New Media Manager for the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, a longitudinal health research project
- Occasionally give talks about logic, cognitive psychology or the Scientology cult.
- Currently work part-time at the University of Bristol as ICT Manager for The Economics Network, in a role which promotes open educational resources.
I'm an Integrationist: one of the reasons WP has millions of articles is that there are sometimes five different articles on the same topic.
Training and outreach
I am an accredited Lead Trainer for Wikimedia UK.
- See my profile on Wikimedia UK for the workshops and other events I've delivered.
Writing and interviews about Wikipedia
- Bodleian Digital Library blog: Welcome Japan Search to the web of Linked Open Data, May 2019
- Wikimedia UK blog: "A call to action: Wikidata-fy your Commons photos", March 2019
- Bodleian Digital Library blog: "What Wikidata offers Oxford’s GLAM Digital Strategy", March 2019
- Bodleian Digital Library blog: "Build your own Digital Bodleian with IIIF and SPARQL", March 2019
- Bodleian Digital Library blog: "Making Wikidata visible", January 2019, republished by Wikimedia France as "Rendre Wikidata Visible"
- Bodleian Digital Library blog: "Detailed depictions with IIIF, Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons", December 2018
- Bodleian Digital Library blog: "Wikidata and GLAM catalogues: another round-up", October 2018
- Bodleian Digital Library blog: "A global collection of astrolabes in linked open data", August 2018
- Bodleian Digital Library blog: "Wikidata and GLAM catalogues: a round-up", July 2018
- Bodleian Digital Library blog: "Translating a blog post into structured data", May 2018
- Bodleian Digital Library blog: "Some ways Wikidata can improve search and discovery", February 2018
- Bodleian Digital Library blog: "A Reconciliation Recipe for Wikidata", February 2018
- Oxford IT Innovation Challenges blog: "Embedding Innovative use of Wikimedia across the University", January 2018
- Bodleian Digital Library blog: "Deletion is not the end: making an academic article stick on Wikipedia", January 2018
- "Bringing the Crowd into the Library", chapter forthcoming in DIY digitization The Informal Uses of Digital Photography in Curating and Researching Special Collections edited by Madsen, Siefring and Wakelin
- Bodleian Digital Library blog: "Semantic Data and the Stories we're not Telling", November 2017
- Women In German Studies blog: "Wikimedia Guide: How to Curate Content on Wikimedia", October 2017
- Bodleian Digital Library blog: "Creating Wikipedia articles from research data", October 2017
- Oxford Open Access Blog: "Extending the reach of a journal with Journal-to-Wiki publishing", October 2017
- Bodleian Digital Library blog: "Turning a historical book into a data set", October 2017
- Bodleian Digital Library blog: "Reconciling database identifiers with Wikidata", October 2017
- Bodleian Digital Library blog: "Report from Wikimania", September 2017
- Wiki Playtime blog: "Bridging Real and Fictional Worlds", September 2017
- (I'm quoted extensively in) George Cooban (2017) "Should archivists edit Wikipedia, and if so how?" Archives and Records DOI:10.1080/23257962.2017.1338561 Open Access version: DOI:10.5281/zenodo.1092773
- Bodleian Digital Library blog: "A step forward in the sharing of open data about theses", July 2017
- Bodleian Digital Library blog: "Resource discovery and Wikidata", June 2017
- Guest post for Wikimedia UK blog: "Wacky Wiki Races!", June 2017
- Short interview in Work in Progress (podcast), episode 26, May 2017
- Bodleian Digital Library blog: "Publicising a historic event in Wikipedia", May 2017
- Bodleian Digital Library blog: "Wikimedia for Public Engagement", March 2017
- Guest post for Voltaire Foundation blog: "If Voltaire had used Wikipedia…", February 2017
- Wiki Playtime blog: "Historical intellectual connections", February 2017
- Wiki Playtime blog: "Probing Parliament(s) with Wikidata", February 2017
- Guest post for Oxford University Museums Partnership blog, "Wikidata: the new hub for cultural heritage", January 2017
- Guest post for Academic IT Services Blog at University of Oxford: "Learners as creators: student work on Wikipedia", December 2016
- Interviewed by Wikimedia Blog: 'Histropedia: “The power of data visualisation combined with free knowledge”', October 2016
- Essay for Free Speech Debate: "Wikipedia at 15: The sum of human knowledge?", October 2016
- Guest post for Bodleian Libraries' 23 Things for Research blog: "Do try this at home: explorations in Open Knowledge", February 2016
- Article for Economics Network Newsletter, "Economics on Wikipedia", January 2016
- Guest post for Open Access at Oxford blog: Wikipedia and Open Access: making research as useful as it can be, January 2016
- Double-page article for CILIP Update "Shiver-inducing contacts with the past", November 2015, pp. 42-43 Librarians start here
- Abridged version posted on Wikimedia UK blog as "The Shiver: communion with the past in a digital age"
- Interviewed by Ars Technica: “WikiGate” raises questions about Wikipedia’s commitment to open access, September 2015
- Interviewed by Nature News & Comment: "Wikipedians reach out to academics", September 2015
- Republished in Scientific American: Wikipedia Editors Woo Scientists to Improve Content Quality
- Guest post for Wikimedia UK blog: Wikipedia and Science: a round-up, August 2015
- Guest post for Open Education Working Group blog: "Wikibooks version of Open Education Handbook", December 2014
- Guest post for Wikimedia UK blog: Using Wikipedia to open up Science, October 2014
- Jisc Wikimedia Ambassador blog: Lessons learned from the Jisc/ Wikimedia UK partnership, September 2014
- Jisc Wikimedia Ambassador blog: The Jisc/Wikimedia UK partnership in facts and figures, August 2014
- Guest post for Wikimedia UK blog: Wikimedia at the heart of open education (report from OER '14 Conference), July 2014
- Guest post for Jisc blog and Wikimedia UK blog: Lets's get serious about Wikipedia, July 2014
- Jisc Wikimedia Ambassador blog: Publishing scholarly papers with, and on, Wikipedia, March 2014, republished by the LSE Impact Blog
- Guest post for CILIP blog: 3 ways to use Wikipedia as an education tool, March 2014
- Article for Jisc Involve: Ten ways educators can use Wikipedia, March 2014 Educators start here
- Jisc infoKit: Crowdsourcing: the wiki way of working, February 2014 Managers start here
- Jisc Wikimedia Ambassador blog: One sentence on Wikipedia: a microcosm of information literacy, February 2014, republished by Wikimedia UK
- Jisc Wikimedia Ambassador blog: Telling the stories of rural England with Wikipedia, January 2014, republished by Wikimedia UK
- Guest post for Jisc Digitisation and Content Programme blog: What Wikimedia can do for digitised content, December 2013
- Guest post for Oxford University's "23 Things for Research" blog: Wikipedia: learning by sharing knowledge, October 2013
- Interview, along with Wikiproject Psychology colleagues, published in The Signpost's Wikiproject Report as "Writing on the Frontier"
- Interview for Times Higher Education web site (not paper publication) published as "Wikipedia contributors 'should be proud'", June 2013
- Guest post for Wikimedia UK blog: Open Educational Resources – Some reflections on OER ’13, April 2013
- Interview for The Psychologist, published as "Improving Wikipedia articles", April 2013 (scroll about 3/4 of the way down that page)
- Guest post for Wikimedia UK blog: Researchers: are you Wikipedia-compatible?, March 2013
- Guest post for Wikimedia UK blog: Learning and Teaching in the age of Wikipedia, March 2013
- Guest post for LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog: Writing for Wikipedia has forced me into good scholarly habits and accessible writing, October 2012 Researchers start here
- Guest post for Wikimedia UK blog: Bringing Evidence-Based Medicine to the World, October 2012 Health professionals start here
- Interview in Times Higher Education, published as "Delete the Wiki worries and get close to the edit", 20 September 2012
- Guest post for Wikimedia UK blog: EduWiki 2012: Wikipedia as an educational resource, now and in the future, June 2012
- Guest post for Wikimedia UK blog: Doctors use, but don't totally rely on, Wikipedia, April 2012
- Guest post for Wikimedia UK blog: Sausages and Scholarship: Wikipedia and Digital Literacy, November 2011
- (with Mike Peel) Feature article in Physics World, Physics on Wikipedia, September 2011
- Guest post for Wikimedia UK blog: Six unorthodox ways to use Wikipedia, June 2011 Look! A listicle!
- Interview with TheNextWeb.com, published as "Wikimedia UK to Hire Full-Time Staff, Aims to Increase Content Quality on Wikipedia", 19 April 2011
- Interview with The Times, published as part of a feature article about the public’s use of Wikipedia and other online sources to learn about cancer, 4 April 2011
- A guest post on the Intute blog from when I was just starting to "get" Wikipedia: Voluntary work for an obscure educational charity, December 2009. Intute (RIP) was a publicly-funded web portal for academic research, teaching and learning.
Areas of activity
I only rarely create new articles, usually in an attempt to counter systemic bias:
- Frances Hardcastle
- Nobel Women's Initiative
- Scottish Economic Society
- Enquiry into the Cost of the National Health Service
- Véronique Gouverneur
- The Leisure Hour
- Thomas Causton
- The Predator State
- Three Physicists Prize
- UNESCO 2012 Paris OER Declaration
- Respect (charity)
- Christian Cole (barrister)
- Cameroon Press Photo Archive (by adapting an open access paper)
- Khalili Collections
- List of collections of Islamic art
Human bias and error (Psychology)
- Confirmation bias: This article was actually misleading in August 2009, when I began a total rewrite. I took it to Featured Article status (and the Wikipedia front page) in July 2010.
- Heuristics in judgment and decision making: A high-importance new article, on a topic that's central to behavioral economics and to a lot of psychology, that I'm going to take as far up the quality scale as I can.
- Illusion of control: I've done some rewording here but there is a lot more that could be done.
- Articles created: Introspection illusion, Adaptive unconscious, Mistakes were made (but not by me) (non-fiction book), Attribute substitution, Illusory superiority (since rewritten by a student project), The Halo Effect (business book), Set (psychology)
- Biographies of living persons: Elliot Aronson, Carol Tavris, Daniel Wegner: added multiple reliable third-party refs to fix sourcing problems
- Perception: major overhaul of this centrally important article, which was in a dire state.
- Essay for other editors: Wikipedia:WikiProject Psychology/How to write a psychology article
I run a site/ media archive about Scientology, from a critical perspective, which I won't link here because it contains potential WP:COPYVIO material. My opinions about the topic, I keep to my own site. Here on WP, I'm interested in raising the quality of certain articles:
- Purification Rundown and New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project: two interlinked articles that I've taken from quite a dire status to being hopefully quite complete. On 4 March 2011, the latter was promoted to Good Article.
- Xenu: I was very active in making improvements to this article when it was put up for Featured Article Review, which it passed on 5 December 2008.
- Disconnection: A large proportion of the content of this page is due to me. At the moment it's a large unstructured stream of instances, which could benefit from better structure.
- Scientology in the United Kingdom: total rewrite, expanding it from 6K to 66K. Not yet a comprehensive article, but more to come
- I helped the L. Ron Hubbard article through the candidacy process to get to Featured Article status, which it passed on 5 March 2011.
- Non-fiction book: Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health: I've expanded this article and added in a variety of sources.
- Non-fiction book: Bare-faced Messiah: I was a major contributor to this article which, after further major improvements by User:Prioryman, passed Good Article review.
Scientific explanation of paranormal belief
- Psychokinesis: I've made some large changes to this article (which was in a car-crash state), but much more could be done.
- The Real Life Barnstar to User:Steve virgin, User:HenryScow, User:Jukesie, User:Panyd, User:RexxS, User:HJ Mitchell, User:Sharkli, User:EdSaperia, and User:Fnorman-london.
- The Psychology Barnstar to User:Lova Falk, User:Fainites, User:Psy3330 W10, User:Jacobisq, User:Morton Shumway, User:Psyc3330 Prof, User:Psyc3330 w11, User:Penbat and User:Haley love.
- The Original Barnstar to User:Helatrobus.
Awards and boxes
|The Psychology Barnstar|
|I, Smallman12q, hereby award MartinPoulter the Psychology Barnstar for his excellent article on confirmation bias. Thank you!Smallman12q (talk) 01:13, 23 July 2010 (UTC)|
For the man who contributes so much in this field.Fainites barleyscribs 18:52, 12 April 2011 (UTC)
|The Real-Life Barnstar|
|For contributions to and organisation of various Wikimedia events in the UK — Rod talk 21:14, 3 November 2013 (UTC)|
Wikimedia in the UK
- /Refs for Purification Rundown
- /Refs for Happiness
- /Refs for social perception
- /Voltaire bibliography
- /Austen bibliography
- /Macaulay editions
- /CDLI Items
- /Hillforts in Wales
- /Art example
Refs about Morton book The Importance of being understood
- DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0378.2007.00244_1.x
- DOI: 10.1080/713659822
- Wikipedia API
- Examples at mw:User:MartinPoulter