Acte de presentació pública del resultats del projecte de recerca “Anàlisi del contingut científic de la Viquipèdia en espanyol”

Lloc: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Sala Tony Bates (al hall de l’edifici). Av. Tibidabo 39. 08035 Barcelona

Dia i hora: Dimarts 4 d’octubre de 2016. De 12.30 a 14h.



12.30 Obertura: Marta Aymerich. Vicerectora de Recerca de la UOC.

12.40 Roderic Guigó. Investigador i Group Leader al Centre de Regulació Genòmica.

12.50 Àlex Hinojo. Membre d’Amical Wikimedia.

13.00 Eduard Aibar. Professor dels Estudis d’Arts i Humanitats de la UOC i director del projecte.

13.30 Torn obert d’intervencions i preguntes.

14.00 Cloenda


L’assistència a l’acte és lliure.


Eduard Aibar presentarà els principals resultats del projecte de recerca “Anàlisi del contingut científic de la Viquipèdia en espanyol”, finançat per la Fundació Espanyola per a la Ciència i la Tecnologia i desenvolupat per membres del grup de recerca sobre Open Science & Innovation ( de la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Maura Lerga, Josep Lladós, Antoni Meseguer, Julià Minguillon i Peter Dunajcsik). L’objectiu general de l’estudi ha estat dur a terme una anàlisi exhaustiva del contingut científic de la versió  espanyola de Viquipèdia. El projecte s’ha desenvolupat al voltant de quatre eixos: (1) l’anàlisi de la qualitat del contingut científic de la Wikipedia espanyola; (2) un estudi de la presència de la ciència espanyola a Viquipèdia; (3) l’estudi dels editors i del procés d’edició dels articles en temes de ciència; i (4) una anàlisi del tractament de temes controvertits en ciència i tecnologia a la Viquipèdia. Finalment, fruit de l’estudi, s’ha dissenyat també una “Guia de recomanacions i bones pràctiques per a editar el contingut científic de Viquipèdia” orientada a científics, centres de recerca, universitats i societat científiques.






Advantages of doing Wikipedia assignments rather than traditional term papers

The Wiki Education Foundation has just published a list of Five reasons a Wikipedia assignment is better than a term paper. The five reasons are:


  1. People read it
  2. Students have to think twice
  3. A term paper is rarely a force for good in the world
  4. Wikipedia has real and fascinating flaws
  5. The technology is just about the same


The text confirms some of the points we made in our Best Practice Guide to Use Wikipedia in University Education, by Maura Lerga and Eduard Aibar You can also read the Guide in Spanish and Catalan.

Thesis on Open Hardware in Hackerspaces successfully defended by Peter Dunajcsik (Maxigas)

Peter Dunajcsik (Maxigas), member of our research group, successfully defended his doctoral dissertation “Peer Production of Open Hardware: Unfinished Artefacts and Architectures in the Hackerspaces” at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3 – UOC) on Wednesday 16 September 2015 with the best possible mark, summa cum laude. He gave an outstanding presentation and impressed the jury with his in-depth knowledge of the topic.

Dunajcsik’s supervisor for his PhD thesis was Eduard Aibar. The member of the examining committee were Johan Söderberg (University of Gothenburg), Nelly Oudshoorn (University of Twente) and Ramon Ribera (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya).

Maxigas Thesis Presentation

New OSI publication: “Wikipedia at university: What faculty think and do about it”

On 14th July, 2015, The Electronic Library has published our paper “Wikipedia at university: what faculty think and do about it”, with some results from the Wiki4HE project. In this article, we investigate university faculty perceptions and practices about Wikipedia.

The study was based on an extensive survey to all faculty members in two large public universities. A total of 913 valid responses were collected through an online questionnaire with nine control variables and 41 Likert-scaled questions. As main findings, the results do not support an overwhelming sceptical attitude among faculty towards Wikipedia. The quality of Wikipedia articles is highly valued and most faculty members are regular users, just as students are. Though most faculty show a positive view on the teaching usefulness of Wikipedia, few of them actually use it for teaching purposes. A certain conflict was detected between the standard academic procedures of knowledge building and the open collaborative model on which Wikipedia rests. In the end, two important factors play a role in shaping faculty views: (a) their colleagues’ perceived opinions and practices, and (b) academic disciplines.

More details:

Eduard Aibar, Josep Lladós-Masllorens, Antoni Meseguer-Artola, Julià Minguillón & Maura Lerga (2015, pre-print version). Wikipedia at university: what faculty think and do about it. The Electronic Library, Vol. 33. Iss. 4. Permanent link to this document:


OSI participation in the ICWSM-15 workshop on Research into Wikipedia

Eduard Aibar took part in the 9th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM-15 (Oxford, UK, May 26-29, 2015). He attended the workshop Wikipedia, a Social Pedia: Research Challenges and Opportunities, with the paper “Wikipedia, Academia, and Science”.

Aibar’s paper presents some results of an ongoing OSI research project on the interactions between Wikipedia and Science, which analyses the scientific content of Wikipedia in order to explore how the non-expert nature of most of its editors and its open collaboration strategy shape the way science and technology issues are presented.

You can read the paper here.

The International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM) is a forum for researchers in computer science and social science to come together to share knowledge, discuss ideas, exchange information, and learn about cutting-edge research in diverse fields with the common theme of online social media. ICWSM, now in its ninth year, has become one of the premier venues for computational social science.

A document with all the papers of the workshop is available here.