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To contribute to the advancement of physics knowledge through Wikipedia, the American Physical Society’s Wiki Scientist Program trains physicists in editing and updating Wikipedia pages and Wikidata entries. By sharing their expertise as leaders in the field, Program participants improve the public’s access to physics knowledge, raise awareness of the accomplishments of marginalized groups within physics, and grow as science communicators.
Through APS’s Wiki Scientist Courses, an impressive volume of physicists’ knowledge has been shared with the public and a remarkable number of physicists have been trained to use Wikipedia as a tool for science communication.
For more information about the success of the Wiki Scientist program, please review the program statistics.
For more information about the Wiki Scientist program, including financial assistance available to attend courses, or if you are interested in sponsoring students in the course, please reach out to email@example.com.
Previous participants are welcome to join the Wiki Scientist Program Slack space. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be added.
Some of the most notable and most viewed articles created or edited through the Wiki Scientist program are articles on:
To assist physicists in updating Wikipedia entries and Wikidata to share their knowledge, the American Physical Society, in collaboration with Wiki Education, offers several types of courses, as well as short editing events.
Wikipedia Editing and Wikidata Courses
APS partners with Wiki Education (WikiEdu) to offer courses on Wikipedia editing and Wikidata. The Wikipedia courses focus on contributing articles to elevate the visibility of women and other historically marginalized groups in the physics community. The Wikidata courses teach participants how to contribute to Wikidata, helping to ensure the general public has quick access to high quality scientific information.
At least once per year, in collaboration with other organizations, APS hosts a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon to create and improve Wikipedia pages that highlight the accomplishments of women and other historically marginalized groups in physics.