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The WikiCred Initiative
What role can the Wikimedia community play in strengthening credibility and reliability in the information ecosystem?
Update: In the past 6 months, WikiCred has selected 14 projects for funding which is an amazing achievement! This means, however, that we only have limited funds to disburse to a new project. For prospective applicants, please take that into consideration and do not hesitate to reach out to us via the contact form.
WikiCred supports research, software projects and Wikimedia events that explore information reliability and credibility. WikiCred also plans and supports small-production, high-scale initiatives in North America that focus on improving and information literacy and credibility on the internet and beyond.
As one of these initiatives, WikiCred offers microgrants of between $250 to $10,000 to individuals and teams for pilot projects on how to support credibility on the internet using Wikimedia, and from insights from the Wikimedia community.
WikiCred welcomes teams with a proven record of working in the open-knowledge movement to apply for these grants. As well, newcomers with new and fresh ideas are also encouraged to apply.
👥 Inclusiveness The WikiCred team values inclusivity. We invite projects that have the potential to reach out and onboard new and diverse members to the Wikimedia movement. We encourage efforts to support credibility and information trust in North America in languages spoken in North America—particularly the Spanish language.
We support credibility projects around a range of subjects, including climate science data and information, health information, as well as policy and political media.
WikiCred grants aim to support scalable impact. As members of the Wikimedia movement, we want to elevate ideas and projects that improve information reliability and credibility in the larger information ecosystem on the internet and in the real world through a myriad of open knowledge tools including the many Wikimedia projects.
Applications are open!
Researchers, Wikimedians, credibility enthusiasts and members of the open knowledge community are invited to apply for grants to explore and prototype software and research ideas with the help of the community. The first deadline to receive funding was April 6th, 2020.
Starting May 1st, theWikiCred team has opened a new round of applications. All applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and applicants will receive an update every two weeks.
Pepe Flores and Noé Dominguez are developing a WordPress plugin for news publishers to make article edits public after publication as well as a wikibot which will notify Wikipedia editors whenever these articles, as cited source, change. You can read and comment on the grant application here.
Scribe Reference API
Scribe Structures New Cited Sources on Wikipedia
The Scribe reference API will list references based on usage and domain by language. This API is a useful tool for Scribe, but also outside the project can be widely used whenever credibility of references from a Wikipedia perspective needs to be referred to. Understanding the reusability of Wikipedia references can scale to a variety of other projects. You can read and comment on the grant application here.
A Graph Database of Coronavirus Research and Concepts
Covid19Relay is a wiki created to document COVID-19. With WikiCred’s support, we are building an annotatable database of COVID-19 research as part of the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset Challenge (CORD-19). This will allow Wikidata and the public to view, annotate, and query the CORD-19 dataset, showing connections and relationships between concepts. You can read and comment on the grant application here.
UX of Wikipedia Credibility
WikiUX takes a user-centred approach to address credibility. The project examines how end-users respond to different types of credibility signals on such as the structure of the page, tone of writing, and placement of citations within Wikipedia articles, as well as Wikipedia content that exists elsewhere on the web, such as within information cards on search and social platforms.
A Collaborative News Site
Mixing crowdsourcing, Wikidata’s rich catalogue of information, and a network that spans thousands of newsrooms, Source Scour will identify key areas where more information is needed and help journalists, researchers, and policymakers quickly spin up well-sourced, verified data sets with the answers the public needs. Source Scour builds on the existing crowdsourcing software created by MuckRock/DocumentCloud and used by thousands of newsrooms around the world.
The Wikipedia Community's Platform Against Disinformation
Sourceror leverages Wikipedia’s credibility data to improve media literacy and combat disinformation on the web. The platform provides a browser extension that informs Internet users of the quality of the content they consume, and an API that enables developers to incorporate the Wikipedia community’s reliability evaluations into new technologies.
A Browser Extension for Adding Context to Online Stories by Suggesting Related Wikipedia Articles
WikiWhatsThis will be a browser extension that adds context to online stories by allowing readers to highlight arbitrary chunks of text and request related Wikipedia articles. The extension will use text features combined with Wikipedia page quality signals to show the user the bigger picture around what they are reading.
Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos
Promote Credibility on Wikipedia Pages with Multimedia Files
The Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos (WPWP) is an annual contest (campaign) where Wikipedians across Wikipedia language projects and communities add photos to Wikipedia articles lacking images. The primary purpose is to improve the quality, reliability, and credibility of Wikipedia articles with photos
A Bot to Add References to WikiData Statements
RefB is a bot that can automate adding references to Wikidata statements in the biomedical context based on PubMed Central database. This bot can be adapted later to support Wikidata statements in other contexts or to add references to Wikipedia articles when needed.
A new way to assist in evaluating the credibility of media sources
Iffy.news maintains a list of unreliable news/info sites, linked to site-ratings and fact-checks. This WikiCred project will add Wikipedia data to the index, contribute to related Wikipedia articles, and find indicators (via the Wikimedia API) to help programmatically identify fake news sites.
The Vaccine Safety Project
Strengthening information on vaccine safety on Wikipedia
The Vaccine Safety Project aims at documenting the existing knowledge as well as finding and reducing the knowledge gaps related to vaccine safety on Wikipedia. This project will involve research around resources related to vaccine safety within and outside of Wikipedia and collaborations with experts from Wikipedia and the Vaccine Safety Net.
Reliability and Multilingual Global Communities
This is a research project that will work to expand the definition and scope of what is considered a reliable source (WP:RS) on Wikipedia for marginalized communities. Art+Feminism is an intersectional feminist non-profit organization that directly addresses the information gap about gender, feminism, and the arts on the internet
News On Wiki NOW
Helping the Public Navigate a Challenging Media Landscape
News On Wiki NOW helps Internet users gain insight into the media they encounter, by adding information to the websites they already visit. We recruit people to put accurate information about established publications onto Wikipedia and search engines. Our focus for this phase: Washington State, Black-owned, and Caribbean newspapers.
An academic tool for learning to cite sources
The CiteLearn project will build a text-based game in which university students learn about verifiability, using data from Wikipedia and receive automated feedback support on their citation practices.
What is your mission?
We support software and research projects that strengthen credibility on the internet through tools, data and improve the community's understanding of how we consume news and link to credible information on open-knowledge platforms. Submit your idea today!
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WikiConference North America is the annual conference of Wikimedia enthusiasts and volunteers from throughout North America, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The 2019 conference took place in Cambridge, Massachusetts, November 8–11 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Credibility Coalition is a research community that fosters collaborative approaches to understanding the veracity, quality and credibility of online information. We incubate activities and initiatives that bring together people and institutions from a variety of backgrounds.
The Wikimedian Community
Kevin Payravi (SuperHamster), Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight (Rosiestep), Samuel Klein (Sj) and Andrew Lih (Fuzheado), members of the Wikimedia movement and Wikimedia DC are teaming up with MisinfoCon to identify and select projects that will advance credibility and information reliability on open-knowledge platforms such as Wikipedia and other platforms.
MisinfoCon is a global movement focused on building solutions to online trust, verification, fact-checking, and reader experience in the interest of addressing misinformation in all of its forms. MisinfoCon brings together academics, journalists and technologists to speak on the topics of misinformation in science, health and electoral politics.