Helping Give Away Psychological Science/1009, Disseminating Back Catalog of Conferences

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Connecting Scientific Conferences to Wiki: Teaching Social Scientists How to Share Their Work Better[edit | edit source]

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Project Goal[edit | edit source]

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For the project[edit | edit source]

Currently, not everyone in the academic community has equal access, opportunities, and means to obtaining scientific knowledge from scholars. The general public is in an even more significant deficit of scientific knowledge due to facing more barriers to content curated by scientists. Professionals, scientists, and knowledge-rich people write excellent articles that give invaluable information and speak at conferences with many attendants, impacting each of their lives. However, there is a crucial problem: most are not free and advertised to select circles. Quite the opposite: Most conferences are expensive, requiring travel, a hotel, meals, and a registration fee. Some conferences are invite-only or members-only. As a result, those exceptional talks are only seen by a fraction of the people who desire to engage with interesting and new ideas/topics. All too often, most of the attendees are limited to people at institutions with the most resources to support them and their work. This is not due to a formal policy or a conscious bias; it is an economic fact.

Helping Give Away Psychological Science (HGAPS) is dedicated to creating open and free information so that the ideas can reach a greater global audience. This mission levels the playing field and democratizes science, making it easier for others to share, apply and add to ideas and research.. Our goal has led us to explore Wikiversity to connect talks and materials (such as slides, handouts, reference lists) with a free, organized, and publicly accessible structure. We have learned that Wikiversity is a more suitable platform for these tasks than Wikipedia. Meetings at professional or scientific conventions are not geared towards the general public (the audience for Wikipedia). On the other hand, Wikiversity was built as a teaching tool, so more technical information is appropriate in contrast to strictly encyclopedic material. Scientific conference presentations are also considered “gray literature” by Wikipedia because they usually have not followed a strict peer-review process like academic journals. Conferences are also where people learn about new and improved methods, techniques, and procedures, causing debates and nuanced discussions to break out more rapidly than usual. Both the “how” and the “discuss” aspects connect beautifully with Wikiversity.

The primary purpose of this project is to provide the best free information that reaches and impacts the most people whether that is with articles or conferences. This way, it is easier to understand for viewers or readers by assuring accuracy and availability. .. For conferences specifically, we will create articles that reiterate the same information as presented. This contrasts with what protocols typically follow at a conference, where once the information is presented, the attendees will have complex, limited, or no access to the content again. By spreading the information on topics after a conference, individuals will be more present while at the conference without writing down notes hastily. This way, we are creating amplified accessibility for everyone attending andimpacting increasing the engagement/learning for an for a more extended period of time. In addition, a and broader audience can be impacted than before. Most enlightening conversations surrounding conference work usually halts when the forum ends or continues in an exclusive and isolated email exchange. Wikiversity conference pages also create a space for discourse to continue while documenting and sharing with all viewing the discuss tab. So far, our work with Wikimedia has dramatically boosted our goal, and we will continue to use it more through this project to help more people.

We aim to

  1. Distribute more beneficial information to the general public
  2. Increase technical skills for existing editors
  3. Add or improve content
  4. Change how academics and professionals think of Wiki and dissemination

Project Plan[edit | edit source]

Activities[edit | edit source]

Tell us how you will carry out your project. Be sure to answer the following questions:

1. Are you doing one editathon or training or a series of editathons or training?
We will have a rapid series of edit-a-thons with a small group of editors who will build an example using a back catalog of a year’s worth of presentations and talks and a subset of posters. Using existing materials with a CC BY 4.0 license will make it feasible to have a “demonstration project” completed rapidly and share it with future conference organizers. Because we are starting with adequate knowledge, we will have an intensive editing process instead of starting with training, as is usually the case when running an edit-a-thon that attracts lots of novice or inexperienced editors. We have started to plan this project by organizing an effective and more accessible network for the common public to understand. The expected outcome of this project is the improvement of existing information and the creation of information spawned from academic meetings onto Wikiversity conference pages throughout the wiki ecosystem. With these improvements, scholars and even the general public will understand the purpose of these conferences and our goal to improve the public information on Psychological topics. Through our series of edit-a-thons, we will promote the goal of the wiki community and Helping Give Away Psychological Science by allowing the public free and easy access to critical information in the Psychological world.

2. How will you let your community know about the event? Please paste links below to where relevant communities have been notified of your proposal and any relevant community discussions.
Helping Give Away Psychological Science has an expansive community that branches to all parts of the world. Using this resource and our Wikiversity presence establishes an already raised platform for this project and its relevance. HGAPS projects also work through a number system that categorizes every project by a number. We have a process of building an online presence for each number that is highly critical for the project's success and required to receive a number. This project is specifically designed to support specific individuals who have gained knowledge overtime for this event.

3. Do you have experienced Wikimedia editors to lead the event?
Yes. As mentioned before, the editors for this event have been specifically building critical wiki skills over the last several months to be prepared for this project. We will also be led by other Wikimedians with several years of experience and receive help from educated scholars for technical information on Psychological pages. [Link all of the NCSSM people, Youngstrom, and others]

4. Do participants have the equipment or skills needed to participate and contribute high-quality content? If not, how will you support them?
Our edit-a-thons are being held online. Other work is completed asynchronously. For communication purposes, we will still hold zoom meetings with focus groups for feedback and information. In preparation, we have gathered or created many tutorials and guides on different topics of the edit-a-thon (e.g., an overview of Creative Commons licensing, how to upload materials to the Open Science Framework, how to get them a DOI, how to link these resources to Wikiversity, how to add materials to Wikimedia Commons). These guides will be available to everyone by posting them on open science platforms, but mostly Wikiversity.

5. How will you engage participants after the event(s)?
The Wiki pages that we will be creating or improving aim to share technical information that would be of great interest to students, professors, teachers, and other educational and professional audiences that do not have the resources to be able to attend a traditional conference or meeting. To keep people further motivated to continue working, we will have awards for the best performance. Deciding top contributors will be based on total edits made/character count added, page views, downloaded OSF materials quantity, views on YouTube versions of given educational talks.

We will share the “demonstration project” with all professional societies that have had presentations about HGAPS or previously supported HGAPS projects. These include, but are not limited to, the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, the Society for Clinical Psychology

6. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?
Though we plan on improving and adding as many articles as possible, we will focus on making articles that repeat conference talks. This way, information from conferences can be carried with people throughout their lives anywhere in the world.

Impact[edit | edit source]

How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets:

  • Number of events: 2; between these events is when participants will work individually on their editing with self-reporting.
  • Number of participants: 60
  • Number of new editors: 2-10; For this particular project, our focus is on individuals who have already obtained wiki skills and are ready to put their skills into action. However, if new members join, we are prepared to help them set up an account and improve their wiki skills.
  • Number of articles created or improved: 50-60
  • Number of repeat participants (for projects that include a series of events): 40

Resources[edit | edit source]

What resources do you have? Include information on who is organizing the project, what they will do, and if you will receive support from anywhere else (in-kind donations or additional funding).

  • Organized by wiki editors within the HGAPS community
  • Hosted by
  • Editing support from H-GAPS User Group
  • HGAPS attendees will bring their laptops and editing skills

What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense and include a total amount.

  • Independent Editor Wages (Rate based on current market wages for equivalent labor at $15.00/hr and estimated required hours at 60) = $900
  • Awards (Prizes for students based on categories such as "Best use of dissemination, Most likely to replicate, etc.”) = $700
  • Indirects (HGAPS uses the 20% de minimis rate for F&A costs, per Federal guidelines and agreement with the National Science Foundation for other subcontracts.) = $400
  • Total = $2,000

Endorsements[edit | edit source]

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List of Resources/Citations[edit | edit source]

We are in the process of adding the citations into the actual text

Chase DuBois’s poster: 1. 2.

Grace Little’s poster: 1.

Wilson Jacobs’s poster: 1. 2. CAMH:

ABCT keynote: