GLAM/Newsletter/June 2015/Contents/Open Access report
Wikipedia is an amplifier of open access; 20,000 media files uploaded from PubMed Central
Paper on interaction of open access and Wikimedia
A paper entitled "Amplifying the Impact of Open Access: Wikipedia and the Diffusion of Science" was posted on arXiv. It concluded "that the chief effect of open access policies may be to significantly amplify the diffusion of science, through an intermediary like Wikipedia, to a broad public audience" and generated quite some discussion around the interaction of open access and Wikimedia.
The session proposal on the Wikimedia Foundation's new Open Access policy finally did not make it into the program, which leaves Wikimania 2015 with two sessions related to Open Access:
There will also be a related one on use of DOIs across Wikimedia projects.
Wikipedia Science Conferences
Two conferences on the interplay between scholarly research and Wikimedia will take place later this year:
- the Wikipedia Science Conference from September 2-3 in London, UK, with two satellite hackathons (one in Cambridge on September 4, the other in London on September 5)
- a one-day conference on November 23 in Amsterdam as a satellite event to the award ceremony for the Erasmus Prize 2015, which went to the Wikipedia community
Recent uploads: Hearing hands write; brain-to-text decoding; 20,000 multimedia files
The following represents a selection of the files that have been uploaded this month from open-access sources. Most of these came from PubMed Central through the Open Access Media Importer, whose uploads now total over 20,000. If you can think of wiki pages where these files (or other files from the same source articles) could be useful, please put them in there or let us know.