[Taxacom] The strain between Wikipedia and Science
r.page at bio.gla.ac.uk
Fri Feb 11 11:45:32 CST 2011
I dislike surveys a LOT, and routinely ignore them as being wildly
inefficient, however I did take the time to do this one. As with most
surveys, it's a bit clunky, and lacks flexibility (although you can
write comments at the end).
However, the kinds of comments expressed on this list regarding the
value of Wikipedia are exactly the kinds of things the creators of the
survey are trying to investigate. Do scientists engage with Wikipedia?
Do they find the experience useful or frustrating? Is engaging with
non-experts stimulating or enraging? Do scientists feel it is worth
their time to contribute to Wikipedia?
The people behind the survey are serious, do clever work (see for
example http://nitens.org/taraborelli/home ), and are asking an
"The aim of this survey is to understand why scientists, academics and
otherexperts do (or do not) contribute to an open collaborative
project such as Wikipedia"
I'd encourage anyone interested in Wikipedia (or other wiki-style
projects) to take the survey.
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