Submissions/Reaching Humanities Scholars

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After careful consideration, the Programme Committee has decided not to accept the below submission at this time. Thank you to the author(s) for participating in the Wikimania 2014 programme submission, we hope to still see you at Wikimania this August.

Submission no. 2032
Title of the submission
Reaching Humanities Scholars
Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)
Author of the submission
User:Sadads- Alex Stinson, Kansas State University
E-mail address
Country of origin
United States
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Kansas State University
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)
The humanities are increasingly relying on digital spaces to interact with the public through the w:en:digital humanities, and one of the largest impact spaces for that interaction is Wikipedia. However, despite calls by scholars for deliberate academic curation of humanities content, like that by digital humanist and American historian Roy Rozenwig, there has been very little active participation from English speaking humanists in Wikimedia projects. Unlike other academic fields which rely on more scientific methods that require analysis and digitally oriented development, and thus often use digital methods, most traditionally trained humanists do not have strong digital literacy skills. Moreover, digital humanities scholars who do have those skills and have tried to apply them to Wikipedia, often turn towards analyzing individual Wikipedia articles or creating reference sources distinct from Wikipedia, rather then actively shaping the community's presentation of their field of knowledge. In my talk I will first posit some of the reasons for the gap in humanist contributions, and propose ways that the community can alter some of its methodology developed in the GLAM-Wiki community and Education Program to actively involve Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects in humanities and digital humanities conversations. This talk builds on my research with w:en:User:Wadewitz on the place of historiography within Wikipedia (paper soon to be published), as well as the various outreach activities I have completed in both the Education Program and GLAM-Wiki community, in project like w:en:WP:Blake.
GLAM Outreach or Education Outreach
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
30 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Only if funded
Slides or further information (optional)
Special requests

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