Wikipedia:Year of Science

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Year of Science

The Wikipedia Year of Science is an unprecedented initiative to improve scientific literacy through Wikipedia. This portal is a meeting place for existing community projects, and a launch pad for new ones. We’re working together to improve articles related to STEM, social science, and biographies of scientists.

Institutional support for the Year of Science is provided by the Wiki Education Foundation.

Highlights

The Wiki Education Foundation has launched the Wiki Playlist, a new way for readers to select their favorite Wikipedia articles and share them through social media. There are already playlists from physicist Lawrence Krauss, Doc James, and theoretical cosmologist Janna Levin. Feel free to make and share your own #yearofscience playlist!

Events

Find out about events related to the Year of Science. Want to attend an event? See what’s happening near you, or online. Hosting an event? Add it here.



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December

Click "edit" to add an event! See the full events calendar on the News & Events page

Women in science

We need your help to create or improve coverage of women scientists on Wikipedia!

WikiProject Women in Red, WikiProject Women Scientists, and the Wiki Education Foundation are teaming up to run virtual edit-a-thons to improve articles about women scientists in different fields, emphasizing one area of science each month from February through December 2016.

In October, the theme is Computer science, technology, and math.

Each month's theme has its own page which you can use to collaborate, share successes, identify an article to write, find subject-specific resources, or any other activity that improves or celebrates articles about women in science. Feel free to use any of the pages throughout the year -- the themes are intended to highlight, not constrain.

February - Zoology
March - Chemistry
April - Environmental science
May - Psychology
June - Astronomy
July - Plant biology
August - Sociology
September - Medicine
October - Computer science, technology, and math
November - Linguistics
December - Physics
Get involved

Add ideas for Wikipedians, both new and experienced, to get involved here.

News
  • Romero, Juan David (16 February 2016). "Edit-a-Thon Seeks to Fix Wikipedia's Gaps in Science". AAAS.
  • Lewontin, Max (16 February 2016). "Term papers? These science students write Wikipedia pages instead". Christian Science Monitor.
  • Bastian, Hilda (13 February 2016). "Wikipedia activism and diversity in science". PLOS blogs.
  • Neal, Meghan (11 February 2016). "Science Students Are Writing Wikipedia Articles Instead of Term Papers". Motherboard.
  • Timmer, John (22 January 2016). "Wiki Education says 2016 is the Wikipedia Year of Science". Ars Technica.
  • Newmark, Craig (14 January 2016). "Wikipedia and the Year of Science". Craigconnects.
  • Ford, Knatokie (30 November 2015). "Honoring NASA's Katherine Johnson, STEM Pioneer". White House.
  • Timmer, John (29 December 2015). "Editorial: Wikipedia fails as an encyclopedia, to science's detriment". Ars Technica.
  • Ghose, Tia (24 August 2015). "Is Wikipedia trustworthy when it comes to science?". Washington Post.
  • Teplitskiy, Misha; Lu, Grace; Duede, Eamon (2015). "Amplifying the Impact of Open Access: Wikipedia and the Diffusion of Science". Forthcoming in: Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. arXiv:1506.07608v1.
  • Wilson, Adam M.; Likens, Gene E. (14 August 2015). "Content Volatility of Scientific Topics in Wikipedia: A Cautionary Tale". PLOS One. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0134454.


If you've seen recent coverage of science on Wikipedia in a reliable source, click "edit" to add it here! For older sources, see the Resources page.