Wikipedia:WikiProject Royal Society
John Byrne (normally User:Johnbod) is Wikimedian/Wikipedian in residence at the Royal Society in London from January to June 2014 (part time, one day per week), as a pilot scheme. See User:Wiki at Royal Society John or this Wikimedia UK blogpost.
- 1 NEW! New photos on Commons from the Royal Society Library
- 2 Royal Society journals offer
- 3 2014 elections of fellows
- 4 Thought for the Day
- 5 Events
- 6 Media coverage
- 7 Wikimedian in Residence reports
- 8 Other Wikipedians who are Royal Society staff
NEW! New photos on Commons from the Royal Society Library
(June 2014) As part of Wikipedia:WikiProject Royal Society a special photo session in the Royal Society Library in London has resulted in Category:Books and manuscripts in the Library and Archives of The Royal Society, with over 50 photos of their treasures, mostly 17th century manuscripts, including several of Herschel's correspondence with Charles Babbage, Charles Blagden's diaries, the 1st edn of Sylva, by John Evelyn, one of the early minute books, Robert Boyle's notebooks etc, the manuscript fair copy of Newton's Principia etc. Please add these to articles as appropriate. Many thanks to User:Mike Peel for coming from Manchester to take the photos!
Photos for Commons of the new Fellows for 2014
(May 2014) I'm delighted to be able to announce that the Royal Society has agreed that the official photo portraits of the new Fellows elected in 2014 will, as the default, be released on open licences and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. It is intended that this will continue in future years. The photos are taken at the Induction Day in July so will not be on Commons until after that. Please watch this space! There may be some exceptions, where Fellows prefer to use an existing photo which cannot be released on an open licence.
Royal Society journals offer
See Wikipedia:Royal Society journals for details & sign-up. The Royal Society is offering 24 Wikipedians free access for one year to its prestigious range of scientific journals. Please note that much of the content of these journals is already freely available online, the details varying slightly between the journals – see the Royal Society Publishing webpages.
The Royal Society's journals are divided into 3 groups for the purposes of this offer:
- I) Biological sciences, access for 10 editors to 6 journals,
- II) Physical Sciences, access for 10 editors to 5 journals,
- III) History of Science, access to 4 editors to 2 journals
2014 elections of fellows
The 2014 elections of fellows took place on April 30, and 50 new Fellows, plus 10 foreign members, were elected. User:Duncan.Hull was as usual wonderfully quick in creating List of Fellows of the Royal Society elected in 2014, which as usual showed that most did not have Wikipedia biographies! Currently only 15 of the 50 have articles on the English Wikipedia, with one (Professor Demetri Terzopoulos FRS) having one on the French WP. Of the Foreign Members, 9/10 have articles, with Professor Jean-Marie Tarascon (who doesn't even have one on French WP) the only exception. As far as gender goes, there are 7/50 and 1/10 women, who so far have 2/7 [now 4/7] and 1/10 articles. So with the overall % at 15/50= 30% and the women at 2/7= 28.5%, plus 90% and 100% for the foreign members, I see this as confirming my suspicion about the often-heard idea that Wikipedia coverage of women scientists is currently poor compared to the men. This is no coincidence, as there has been considerable effort over recent years put into improving coverage, with several events at the Royal Society and many more across the world, and it has paid off.
Until this new batch of Fellows, 100% of all the female FRSs (past and present) had articles, many very short of course, and I can forecast with some confidence that the 5 [now 3] there now are without articles will have them at the latest after the next Ada Lovelace Day in October or International Women's Day in March, as these dates see a particular concentration of Wikipedia events on Women in Science.
That won't be the case for the men - taking for example List of Fellows of the Royal Society elected in 2012, there were 44 fellows elected, but only 17 have articles yet, including Julian Lewis (biologist) just created very recently after his early death.
Actually the first of the women to get a new article started (only one line so far) had already done so a few hours before I wrote on May 7th, at Dorothy Bishop (psychologist); it just hadn't been linked. And Karalyn Patterson went within two hours of me writing, as far as I know with no connection to me writing this. So then there were three ....
- Dame Athene Donald has blogged on the proportion of women in the new 2014 Fellows.
- Also, my blogpost on Wikimedia UK's blog, 20 May, repeated on the Wikimedia Foundation blog, 31 May, Highlights & Global editions
Thought for the Day
"Among my friends and acquaintances, everybody distrusts Wikipedia and everybody uses it.... The information that it contains is totally unreliable and surprisingly accurate." Freeman Dyson FRS, New York Review of Books, March 2011
Apart from a number of events for the staff and associated scientists of the Royal Society, there are public events open to all.
Royal Society Neuroscience Edit-a-thon, Saturday, 7 June 2014, 10:30 to 13:30
An edit-a-thon on Neuroscience will take place on Saturday, 7 June 2014 from 10:30 to 13:30. The event page on Wikipedia is here, but please book a place on the Eventbrite booking page. The form of the event will different from our previous events aimed at scientists, and those with an interest in science, who wanted to learn about editing Wikipedia. This time there will be smaller groups of scientists and experienced Wikipedians who will work together to improve articles. So there will not be the usual workshop-style training, though the scientists attending will certainly come to understand Wikipedia editing processes. Wikipedia event page coming very soon; online participants from both groups will be very welcome.
This will be the last public event held during John's period as Wikimedian-in-residence, but we hope to continue with other public events in the future.
Women in Science Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the Royal Society, Tuesday March 4 2014
Promoting diversity in science and engineering to celebrate International Women’s Day
- EVENT PAGE: Wikipedia:WikiProject Royal Society/Women in Science Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the Royal Society, March 2014 - a great success, see the page
This was an afternoon and evening (evening places now fully booked) event for people who want to edit Wikipedia, in particular topics relating to women in science and engineering. New and experienced editors are welcome; there will be training sessions for those new to editing, and experienced helpers will be available. There will be a number of suggested topics for editing, but please bring your own thoughts on this.
Please bring a laptop if possible, though some will be available, as will wifi internet access. Also please bring any books you have to use as references, though the resources of the Royal Society library will be available until shortly before 5pm. We envisage that most people will come either for the afternoon or the evening, with the changeover around 5.30-6pm, but there is room for some to span both sessions; there will be light refreshments laid on. There will be presentations on editing for new editors at about 2.20 and 6.20, lasting about 40 minutes, and there will be experienced editors on hand throughout to give assistance. The event is slightly in advance of International Women's Day, on Saturday March 8th.
Diversity in Science Edit-a-thon, March 25, 2014
- 25 March, Event page. An editathon themed around diversity in science, by gender, culture & geography. Similar timetable to March 4.
Before my term
- 11 October 2013, Training and editathon for Ada Lovelace Day, see Wikipedia:WikiProject Women's History/The Royal Society 2013, and photos
- 2013 - Altogether there were four events in 2013 held by the Royal Society with the Medical Research Council, Wikimedia UK, and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, in London, Cambridge and Edinburgh. For the full list see here, and this MRC page
- 19 October 2012, Training and editathon for Ada Lovelace Day, see event page, photos
- 8 September 2011 Workshop for Fellows and Research Fellows
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Royal Society Wikipedia events.|
Mainly March 4th:
- Story by Dr Nicola Davis, in The Observer 23 February
- Story in Bustle.com
- Wikimedia UK blogpost
- The Economist
On the day, there were interviews with: The Guardian, German Radio, and Motherboard, VICE's science and tech platform, resulting in:
- Guardian blog, Alice Bell, 7th March
- Spoonful of science, blog by one of the attendees.
- New Scientist, mention on 8 April
- Forbes picked up a quote from the 23 February Observer story)
- My blogpost on Wikimedia UK's blog, 20 May, repeated on the Wikimedia Foundation blog, 31 May, Highlights & Global editions
- Film The GLAM-Wiki Revolution, including segments of interviews with me and other Wikipedians in Residence. 20 mins long, me at 7:25-9:55 and 16:05 to 16:30
- Extracts from the film (3 mins), with transcript, as a Wikimedia UK blogpost (October 2014)