EPFL Wikipedia Project Bolsters School’s Online Visibility

The EPFL Wikipedia Venture, which ran from August 2020 to July 2021, boosted EPFL’s presence on the free encyclopedia and helped share details about the College’s scientific discoveries with its Swiss viewers.

In line with the 2019 Science Barometer Switzerland survey, the web – and particularly Wikipedia – is the primary supply of scientific info for Swiss individuals. A research has additionally proven that when scientific articles are added as references to Wikipedia, those articles are cited more often in the literature. Which means Wikipedia is having an necessary affect on shaping scientific data.

These findings prompted EPFL President Martin Vetterli to introduce the formidable EPFL Wikipedia Project in August 2020. Approaching the heels of EPFL’s Open Science Initiative, the venture aimed to extend the College’s presence on Wikipedia by creating articles on its key initiatives and on its professors, alumni and many inventions.

The College requested its college students in addition to its educational and different employees to share their expertise and write or edit articles for publication on Wikipedia. To assist them on this process, the 2 venture managers – Martin Boyer and Olivier Dubey – held a complete of eighteen online workshops and 4 editathons – or Wikipedia article-writing marathons – beginning in October 2020. Over 350 individuals participated in these occasions.

“The web workshops confirmed individuals how necessary Wikipedia is for science,” says Boyer, the venture lead.

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