Wikimedia UK and Wellcome Trust <http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/> are delighted
to welcome session proposals for the Wikipedia Science Conference – the
first of its kind – taking place in London on the 2nd and 3rd of September.
The two-day conference reflects the growing interest in Wikipedia and its
sister projects as a platform not just for communicating science but for
scientific research and publishing. Last year, a clinical review paper
authored on Wikipedia was published in a peer-reviewed academic journal.
Meanwhile, scientists and Wikipedians are using papers, data, and figures
to improve Wikipedia and related projects such as Wikidata .
Using these free, open platforms, scientific content is benefiting both
from increased impact and an increased opportunity for checking and review.
This in turn is a benefit of open-access publication models which make the
outputs of research free for anyone to reuse and repurpose.
The two keynote speakers are Dr Peter Murray-Rust
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Murray-Rust> of the University of
Cambridge and Dame Wendy Hall <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendy_Hall> of
the University of Southampton. Professor Hall was a founding director of
the Web Science Research Initiative and is a Fellow of both the Royal
Society and the Association for Computing Machinery, previously leading the
ACM and the British Computer Society. Dr Murray-Rust, a chemist, campaigns
for open sharing of scientific publications and data. He leads the Content
Mine project to extract data from published papers and has called Wikidata
“the future of science data.”
The rest of the programme will consist of invited speakers, sessions
suggested through this call, and an “unconference” block in which
participants create their own sessions on the day.
The conference is arranged by Wikimedia UK and will be hosted by the
Wellcome Trust at its premises on Euston Road in London. The Trust is a
global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary
improvements in health by supporting the brightest minds.
You can learn more about the conference, and submit your proposal, here
Head of External Relations
+44 (0) 20 7065 0993 / +44 (0) 7803 505 173
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