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Talk:Submissions/Wikipedia as a research environment

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Latest comment: 10 years ago by Shyamal

I agree that we can not rely on heroes because saviors turn into sacrificers and the free riders. How will this presentation be different from all other recruitment ideas? Geraldshields11 (talk) 18:02, 18 April 2014 (UTC)Reply

We mostly think about making Wikipedia a place to find information, but we do not think of making it more like a library. We have a reference desk which has become more like quora, rarely do the people there improve articles. We have a resource exchange where the information literate seek references to improve articles. We also have WikiProjects with specialised knowledge who are in other islands of communication. If for instance these three islands could be well married we could actually make the seekers of information drive the improvement of content if not by empowering the seekers. This would need a scale-up of the resource exchange, we need more librarians and unfortunately few of our GLAM projects are actually about L and even fewernone are based on being on a service model (The Library Project only helps a few long-time editors, not the greater numbers of the seekers of knowledge). A discussion on these ideas would probably help, I can suggest some technological needs for marrying WikiProjects, the library desk and the resource exchange and there are doubtless other issues including legal matters (copyrights, library content and contractual issues), obtaining and funding library services. I check en.wiki more frequently, so forgive me if I am not prompt here. Shyamal (talk) 02:06, 20 April 2014 (UTC)Reply
Other recruitment ideas? I am not sure about what exists beyond the education program which gets students for short periods and very specific topics. This is one is to catch people who either reach Wikipedia via Google and fail to find something they want. Let me know if there other ideas I need to look at. Shyamal (talk) 02:13, 20 April 2014 (UTC)Reply