Submissions/Chemical collaborations

After careful consideration, the Programme Committee has decided not to accept the below submission at this time. Thank you to the author(s) for participating in the Wikimania 2015 programme submission, we hope to still see you at Wikimania this July.

Submission no.
Title of the submission
Chemical collaborations
Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)
Author of the submission
Andy Mabbett, User:Pigsonthewing
E-mail address
Country of origin
United Kingdom
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Royal Society of Chemistry
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

Andy Mabbett has been Wikimedian in Residence at the Royal Society of Chemistry since September 2014 (the role is ongoing). He has been - and continues to be - Wikipedian in Residence with a number of museums and galleries, as well as with ORCID. In this presentation, he will explain why the Royal Society of Chemistry, a learned society whose roots go back to 1842, chose to be involved with the Wikimedia movement, and how the Society's interest has grown over a number of years, despite some initially unwelcoming reactions from some Wikipedians. He will compare the role of a Wikimedian in Residence in a learned society - one which is also a major scientific publisher - with that of Wikipedians in Residence in more mainstream GLAMs. He will give a frank appraisal of some of the obstacles he has encountered, and overcome, and will give details of a donation, by the Royal Society of Chemistry, of many thousands of pounds worth of journal access to Wikipedians.

One of Andy's initial goals upon accepting the post was to foster collaboration between Wikimedians working in different languages and Andy will show how this was achieved through collaboration with the Amical (Catalan) Wikimedia community, as well as editors using Italian and other languages.

Other topics covered will include the non-Wikipedia side of the residency; including contributions to Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons being key, but also Wikibooks, Wikiquote and others. There have even been contributions to Open Street Map and other open-content projects outside the Wikimedia Foundation's purview.

Finally, Andy will explain why complaints that the Royal Society of Chemistry's Wikimedian in Residence was not a chemist were irrelevant, and how non-scientists can be encouraged to contribute to other science collaborations in Wikimedia projects.

His talk will be framed as a model which other Wikimedians in Residence may choose to follow, or to borrow from.

GLAM Outreach
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
30 minutes (longer if you wish)
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