Wiki Scientist Course

Learn to Leverage Wikidata for High-Quality Science

Join the APS Wikidata Institute course this summer and discover how to use this powerful tool to share scientific information with the public.

In the APS Wikidata Institute, participants will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays for three weeks via Zoom from July 19-August 4, 2022, to learn how to contribute scientific information and references to Wikidata.

When you Google a topic or ask Alexa a question, the answer you get often comes from Wikidata, the structured open data repository that makes Wikipedia machine readable. Wikidata represents a powerful opportunity for getting high quality science out to the public. Sometimes the information you get from Wikidata is great, but it’s only as good as the databases and scientific literature it represents, and the manual curation benefits from users with scientific expertise.

To participate in this course, apply by June 22, 2022.

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Course Goals and Learning Objectives

The overall goal of the course is to improve access to physics knowledge for all.

Participants will learn about linked data applications, data modeling, ontology development, high-level taxonomy, open access principles, ethical data production, how to add publication data to Wikidata, and more. Participants will also learn how to use Wikidata as a discovery tool, querying the database to answer their questions and find gaps related to their studies that they can fill in.

Course Dates

Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 19-August 4, 2022, at 2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT


Partial scholarships are offered to all APS members, though membership is not required to participate.Fees are as follows:

  • APS undergraduate members: $25
  • APS graduate members: $35
  • APS early career members: $65
  • APS regular or lifetime members: $100
  • For guaranteed enrollment, or if you are a non-APS member: $500

Full scholarships are offered by the following APS Units and Committees:

  • Computational Physics (DCOMP)
  • Condensed Matter Physics (DCMP)
  • Forum on Outreach and Engaging the Public (FOEP)
  • International Physics (FIP)
  • Materials Physics (DMP)
  • Magnetism and its Applications (GMAG)
  • Quantum Information (DQI)

Contact to learn more about full scholarship opportunities.

Course Impact

The impact from our past courses has been impressive:

  • 65 participants trained
  • 93 articles created
  • 491 articles edited
  • 2,260 references added
  • 14.9M article views

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Need More Info?

If accepted and additional financial aid is needed, please email before the decision confirmation deadline (date will be in the acceptance email).