Most of my readers will be unaware of this but one of the primary
motivating factors triggers for ranting in this whole blogging thing was a dissatisfaction with the Wikipedia entry on MDMA. (It is a point of some pride that the current version of that entry references two posts of mine, as it happens.) Of course, this was only a specific trigger for a loose collection of motivations I have for advocacy and outreach on professionally-related topics.
It turns out that the Society for Neuroscience is thinking about online sources of scientific information too. They have launched an initiative to improve the Wikipedia entry for neuroscience.
The email letter I received is after the jump.
Dear SfN Members,
Learn more about the
Neuroscience Wikipedia Initiative.
I am excited to enlist your help in launching a new initiative that supports SfN's mission of promoting public education about neuroscience by harnessing the power of Wikipedia. Wikipedia is by far the largest and most widely used online source of general reference information, used by millions around the world. However, the main Wikipedia Neuroscience page is still largely under construction, with many sections incomplete.
This creates an opportunity for all of us to share our knowledge with the broader community, build neuroscience literacy, and create a climate of more robust support for scientific research.
SfN is calling upon members to improve and expand the neuroscience resources on Wikipedia by contributing and editing content related to your area of expertise. The Society is also recruiting members to serve as facilitators to organize content and serve as resources for other member contributors. Read about the initiative in the latest issue of Neuroscience Quarterly and visit the SfN Web site to learn more about participating in the effort.
Thousands of you have told us that you wish to be more engaged in public education and outreach. Our plan to enhance the Wikipedia Neuroscience listings is a direct and tangible way for you to make the results of your work available and freely accessible to the world. I encourage you to get involved and contribute directly to SfN's public education mission in a way that will ensure every individual with Internet access can benefit from the newest findings in neuroscience. I do hope that you will become part of this Society-driven effort to leverage the knowledge of our scientific community and advance global neuroscience understanding.
With all best wishes,
The parts I have highlighted in bold are particularly striking. Do you think SFN is as Web2.0 aware as the American Physiological Society? Do they know about blogging and Twittering and all that?