SLU pioneer on Wikipedia
SLU encourages researchers to contribute to Wikipedia. There is much to gain by disseminating knowledge where everyone already looks for information. The research from SLU will be visible and Wikipedia will become an improved source of information. A clever strategy is to use press releases and fact sheets and give them a second life on Wikipedia.
Get started with Wikipedia
If you are a graduate student, a researcher, an analyst or perhaps an emeritus you can spread your knowledge and help others to learn something new and get deeper insights into a topic. It is not difficult!
The first thing is to create an account. SLU researchers use templates to clearly show who they are. The templates are available in 15 different languages.
This is what the user page of a SLU researcher may look like on Wikipedia
Background and help to get started
Help to create account
Instructions for creating an account
On Wikipedia, search for articles covering your area of expertise. There is often an article on Wikipedia that you can contribute to. You can also start a new article if needed.
Use the information from for example press releases or fact sheets where you already have written a clear and understandable text. Cut out a few sentences and refer to the source (not the press release, but to the scientific article or source that formed the basis for the press release).
PhD students have a golden opportunity to contribute with parts of their thesis when it has been finalized.
Get-started-workshops and wiki cafés are announced in the SLU calendar. Contact the project leaders if you have questions or if you want to initiate a workshop with your colleagues.
Wikipedia and press releases
There are several examples from SLU showing that the number of visits to a wikipedia page increases dramatically when a press release has been sent out. Therefore it is a good idea to update Wikipedia with information from the press release as soon as it has been published.
Examples of the correlation between press releases and Wikipedia (please scroll down)
Wikipedia and education
SLU are now starting to use Wikipedia in education. During the autumn 2015 wikipedia will be included in Environmental Impacts of Energy Systems, a course that the department of Chemistry and Biotechnology are responsible for. Universities in many parts of the world, however, are already using Wikipedia as a reporting and examination tool for student projects.
The Wikipedia project
In 2013 SLU and Wikimedia Sweden started a project to help researchers to contribute to Wikipedia. The initative came from Olle Terenius (then researcher at SLU, now at Uppsala University).
Now more universities are involved in this project supported by the Swedish Research Council.
Thanks to the Wikipedia project there are now numerous, more or less, active Wikipedia writers at SLU. They do not only contribute to the Swedish Wikipedia. By writing in other languages than Swedish (especially English), people around the world get to know more about subjects where SLU researchers have extensive knowledge. As a bonus you, as a contributor to Wikipedia, may get a dialogue and discussion with users/readers.