Harvard Academic Starts Initiative to Boost Accuracy of Wikipedias Psychology Articles – Education – GOOD
When talking about point of need this is the sort of thing i really appreciate. There are many academic publishers that are attempting make information, cutting edge research, as well as more traditional stuff easier to navigate for “laymen”. In a manner of speaking, that tool already exists. Instead of creating a new resource, make the resource where people are going as reliable as possible. In the discussions I’ve had about information literacy and library instruction classes, generally people advise students to use wikipedia as a place to start. Reading the wikipedia article for general content and then moving on to the footnotes for more primary sources. This is still hit or miss, and sometimes wikipedia articles will just help with search terms. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the sources at the bottom of the article were reliable. For both a starting point for lower level scholars new to a topic, and an access point to expert information for the general public. Particularly in the field of psychology, this could be invaluable for families and individuals dealing with a new diagnosis, but would be useful in many other topics.
ALSO: where does this fit in the academic publishing problem?