Tag Archives: Wikipedia

Outcomes from Wikipedia’s #1Lib1Ref campaign 2017

(30 March 2017) What role does Wikipedia have in higher education, and how do research libraries contribute? Fiona Bradley, Deputy Executive Director, RLUK  has blogged that several RLUK member libraries participated in Wikimedia’s flagship #1lib1ref campaign from 15 January-3 February 2017 to increase the number of citations on its articles; and others have hosted Wikimedians-in-residence […]


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Ruth’s Rankings 17: Wikipedia and Google Scholar as Sources for University Rankings – Influence and popularity and open bibliometrics

By Ruth A. Pagell* (5 February 2016) In early December 2015, MIT’s Technology Review provided a summary of a new paper on using data from Wikipedia to rank the world’s most INFLUENTIAL universities.  A month later, ACCESS posted the abstract for another paper that introduced Wikiometrics, also using data from Wikipedia to rank universities.  In […]


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The Wikipedia Library – #1Lib1Ref

#1Lib1Ref (One Librarian, One Reference) – January 15–23, 2016. Imagine a world where every librarian added one more reference to Wikipedia. Wikipedia is a first stop for researchers: let’s make it better! Your goal today is to add one reference to Wikipedia! Any citation to a reliable source is a benefit to Wikipedia readers worldwide. […]


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Altmetric adds Wikipedia to its sources

(4 February 2015) Altmetric has reported in its blog that it has added Wikipedia to sources it tracks. Mentions of articles in Wikipedia will be reflected in a new ‘Wikipeda’ tab on the Altmetrics details page. To find out how it works visit the illustrated blog post here.


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Top 10 most edited pages on Wikipedia in 2014

(30 December 2014) In 2014, Wikipedia’s volunteer editors created more than three million pages and made more than 100 million edits on Wikipedias across all languages. During this time, Wikipedia content was viewed around 250 billion times by nearly half a billion visitors worldwide. With its vast community of readers and contributors, Wikipedia content is […]


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University students shunning books in favour of Wikipedia

(27 May 2014) Students are completing university degrees without reading a single book because of the availability of information on the internet,  a leading British academic has warned. Many undergraduates don’t see the point of reading books when they have Wikipedia and SparkNotes at their fingertips. Read the story by Graeme Paton in the The […]


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Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation responds to paid advocacy editing and sockpuppetry

(21 October 2013) Sue Gardner in a press release says “Editors on the English Wikipedia are currently investigating allegations of suspicious edits and sockpuppetry (i.e. using online identities for purposes of deception). At this point, as reported, it looks like a number of user accounts — perhaps as many as several hundred — may have […]


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Extensive network of clandestine paid advocacy exposed on Wikipedia

 (The Signpost 9 October 2013) An investigation by the English Wikipedia community into suspicious edits and sockpuppet activity has led to astonishing revelations that Wiki-PR, a multi-million-dollar US-based company, has created, edited, or maintained several thousand Wikipedia articles for paying clients using a sophisticated array of concealed user accounts. They have managed to do so […]


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Demystifying Wikipedia at SMU

By Low Jiaxin (10 October 2013)  Are there any students who don’t use Wikipedia for their research? Recognizing the role of Wikipedia as the first stop for many students conducting research, the  Singapore Management University’s Li Ka Shing Library hosted “Demystifying Wikipedia:  Tips for Information Literacy” on 22nd August 2013. About 50 librarians, educators and […]


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Bridging the gap between academia and Wikipedia

(27 June 2013) Jisc and Wikimedia UK are collaborating on a project to bring the academic world and Wikipedia closer together. This will create opportunities for researchers, educators, and the general public to contribute to the world’s freely available knowledge. Jisc, the UK education charity championing the use of digital technology in education and research, is […]


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