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Submissions/An open-access and open-data policy for projects of the Wikimedia Foundation

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Aug 6 in morning session (9:00 – 10:30) in Arbel

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Title of the submission

An open access and open data policy for Wikimedia-supported research projects

Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)


Author of the submission
  1. Daniel Mietchen
  2. Dario Taraborelli
E-mail address or username (if username, please confirm email address in Special:Preferences)
  1. Mietchen
  2. DarTar
Country of origin
  1. Germany
  2. USA
Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)
  1. Science 3.0
  2. Wikimedia Foundation
Personal homepage or blog
  1. http://www.science3point0.com/evomri/
  2. http://nitens.org/taraborelli
Abstract (please use no less than 300 words to describe your proposal)

As part of its mission to “develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally”, the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) is committed to promoting initiatives such as open access and open data to foster the free reuse and dissemination of research data and unconstrained access to research publications pertaining to WMF activities. Open access and open data are initiatives with major institutional support but their uptake amongst researchers, though growing, remains low.

The Wikimedia Research Committee is currently drafting a policy to bridge the gap between these initiatives and their current adoption in the research community. The policy is designed to make the support that the Wikimedia Foundation provides to researchers (in the form of technical, financial, institutional or community support) conditional on the openness of the research output. The policy will attempt to match different levels of support with different requirements, including: open access (gold or green) to research publications, open licensing of research output, sharing of research datasets under open licenses or in the public domain, open licensing of research code (when applicable). We will incentivize the adoption of open practices by featuring projects that meet the largest number of requirements on Wikimedia’s outlets such as the Wikimedia blog.

The policy has been drafted with input from the Wikimedia, research and open access communities. The aim of this presentation is to obtain further input from Wikimania participants to finalize this proposal and turn it into an official Wikimedia policy. We will also present the results of a small survey run among wiki researchers to gauge their attitude towards open access and open data. The success of this initiative will depend on finding the right balance between the goals of the Wikimedia Foundation and the research community.

Track (People and Community/Knowledge and Collaboration/Infrastructure)

Knowledge and Collaboration

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