NSPN Wiki Scientists Learn Skills and Make Science Policy Accessible

Twenty NSPN members recently completed a course from Wiki Education in Wikipedia article creation and editing techniques. Now in its third cohort, the course provides training in adding accurate science policy information to Wikipedia while adhering to the site’s contribution guidelines. Course participants have created or edited 38 articles that have collected over 135,000 views.

Check out our previous blog posts here and here to learn more about the previous Wiki Scientists and their success, and keep reading to learn more about some of the outstanding Wiki Scientists from the newest cohort!

Emily Olszewski

What was the most valuable lesson/skill you learned through the WikiEdu course?

The most valuable skill I learned in the WikiEdu course was how to edit while interacting with other editors and decipher notes/comments/updates from others for collaborative improvement of articles.

What articles or topics are you most proud of for your contributions?

I worked on a small article about Engineering Education Research that was created years ago and left largely unedited or unimproved. I was excited to help build up the work and add up-to-date resources on policy and research in the field. plan on continuing to contribute to this and other articles within my areas of expertise, including engineering, education ethics and research, biomedical engineering, vascular and cardiac biology, and more.

Anything else you'd like to share about your Wikipedia experience?

It was great to learn formally how to work on Wikipedia and to talk to others interested in Science Policy. I felt unqualified to edit on Wikipedia before this course, and it gave me the confidence and understanding of how to make meaningful contributions to something about which I'm passionate - open source data and information.

Mickey Rogers

What was the most valuable lesson/skill you learned through the WikiEdu course?

I had no expectations going into the course. I just knew that for all the times I had made a quick consult with Wikipedia over the years, it might be nice to learn how the process worked. I also felt as someone pursuing a PhD, I had a niche but highly informed knowledge-base I wanted to share! I learned how to make drafts in sandboxes, which made the entire Wikipedia experience less intimidating and more doable. You can brainstorm your thoughts before making them public, allowing for more thoughtful contributions to Wikipedia. Now knowing how to use a page's sandbox will encourage me to throw in a few sentences here and there as I can take time to reflect on my drafts before they go live!

What articles or topics are you most proud of for your contributions?

I have been working on a policy paper that summarizes some current policy on plastic pollution. Under the "Ocean Governance" Wikipedia page, I was able to add a new section about plastic pollution that details some of these policies and brings attention to the importance of plastic regulation within ocean governance. It was rewarding to see an entire section added to a preexisting page!

Anything else you'd like to share about your Wikipedia experience?

The course itself is a great pace and structured so that you can just take a short time to jot down notes or paragraphs. The WikiEdu course was low-pressure, but made me feel like I made a relatively significant contribution!

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Congratulations to all the Wiki Scientists in this cohort! Participants in bold made particularly outstanding contributions - click on their names to see their articles with their own contributions highlighted.

Learn more about the NSPN Wiki Scientists course on the Wiki Education website.

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