Hosted by: Wiki Education
Of interest to: University and college instructors; anthropology scholars
Primary Theme: Academic Career Development, Technical Skill Development
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With the sheer volume of information now available on the internet, having trustworthy, accurate digital resources is more important than ever. The general public no longer only turns to publishers, subject matter experts, or even news outlets for most of our information; they also look to Wikipedia. Wikipedia is edited by volunteers, with varying interests, educational contexts, and access to academic publications. The site still lacks detailed and accurate articles about scientific topics relevant to informed citizens, and anthropology content and anthropological perspectives are often inaccurate, misrepresented, or missing altogether.
That's why Wiki Education, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving Wikipedia's quality, equity, and reach, has partnered with the American Anthropological Association. We invite members and anthropology experts to amplify the impact of their research by joining one of Wiki Education's programs dedicated to adding reliable, accessible anthropology information to the free encyclopedia. Anthropologists may participate by assigning students to edit Wikipedia's anthropology content or by learning how to contribute themselves.
At this workshop, we will discuss anthropology content gaps on Wikipedia, and we will encourage attendees to join our initiative to close these gaps and make information more accessible and comprehensible to the public. Program participants and Wiki Education staff will share: details about how Wikipedia works and what goes on behind-the-scenes to maintain quality; outcomes of the partnership with the American Anthropological Association thus far; learning benefits for students and scholars; and hands-on training about Wiki Education's suite of tools, trainings, and Wikipedia expertise available to program participants.