Wikipedia in college: a Best Practice Guide

The UOC maganize Oikonomics has published an article by Antoni Meseguer,  member of our research group OSI, Open Science and Innovation research group (IN3/UOC): “Viquipèdia a la universitat: una guia de bones pràctiques” (in Catalan and Spanish).


“Although Wikipedia is an information source used extensively by students at all academic levels, it is hard to find higher education courses in which Wikipedia has a formal role in the learning process. Using the principal results of the Wiki4HE project as its foundation, this article briefly describes key factors that influence the decisions of academic staff regarding the use of Wikipedia in their teaching. In addition to technological factors relating to the user-friendliness and utility of the work platform this encyclopaedia provides, it also examines the academic and professional factors that have a greater influence: the perceived quality of Wikipedia, its social image, the 2.0 profile of academic staff and their collaborative attitudes, and institutional recognition of this resource.

The article has two main objectives: the first is to highlight the importance of the opinions academic colleagues have of Wikipedia, and the influence this has on decisions to use the encyclopaedia actively in teaching; the second is to show how this decision could be affected by access to a guide to good practice, one that systematically brought together the experiences of other academic staff and enabled an improvement in Wikipedia’s social image.”

In this article, Meseguer refers to the OSI publication Best Practice Guide to Use Wikipedia in University Education, by Maura Lerga and Eduard Aibar, available in the UOC open institutional repository, O2. You can also read the Guide in Spanish (here) and Catalan (here).

Open Thoughts blog starts its 2015 edition

Every year, the Open Thoughts blog poses a pertinent, universal question of interest for society. A question that captures the concerns and motivations of a research group at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) within the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). A question that will also be addressed by leading figures from all over the world throughout the year.

The 2015 edition is focus on Big Data and Analytics, under the question “Are Big Data & Analytics shaping a smarter society?”. Julià Minguillón, a research member of  OSI, is one of the Open Thinkers leading this project. You can read Minguillón’s contribution here: The importance of context.


Wiebe Bijker: “We must experiment with democracies in order to rethink science”

The online publication Big Vang (La Vanguardia) published, last April 30th 2015, an interview with Prof. Bijker, on the occasion of his visit to Barcelona. In the interview, Bijker reflects on how to involve citizens throughout the research process. During his visit to Barcelona, Wieber Bijker gave a lecture on “Science, Innovation and Democracy” at the Open University of Catalonia, and also spoke in a seminar on “Scientific expertise and authority” at the Centre d’Història de la Ciència (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). His stay in Barcelona was sponsored by the Internationalization at Home programme (Obra Social La Caixa).

Upcoming Prof. Wiebe Bijker lecture on Science, Innovation and Democracy

We would like to remind you that the public lectureLooking beyond Europe: Rethinking Science, Innovation and Democracy, by Wiebe E. Bijker (Professor of Technology and Society, University of Maastricht, Netherlands), will take place next Wednesday, 29th April, at 12:00 h. This lecture is sponsored by the Internationalization at Home programme (Obra Social La Caixa).

See our post with all the information:


2nd Barcelona Citizen Science Day

Next April 16th, Eduard Aibar will present OSI’s project “Wikipedia for Science & Technology” in the 2nd Barcelona Citizen Science Day. This event is organized by Ajuntament de Barcelona, Institut de Cultura de Barcelona and BarcelonaLab Citizen Science OfficeOpen Systems Research Group (Universitat de Barcelona). The 2015 edition of the Barcelona Citizen Day aims to consolidate this event as a reference Open Forum on Citizen Science for the city of Barcelona. Presentations will focus on proposing transversal tools and methodologies, applicable to most of the citizen science projects. The meeting is part of NOVUM (the Barcelona Science, Technology and Innovation Festival), organised by the Direction of Creativity and Innovation of the Institute of Culture of Barcelona (Barcelona City Council).

More information here

Key information:
Date: 16 April 2015
Schedule: 10:00h – 19:30h
Language: English
Site: Disseny Hub Barcelona, Room C
Pl. de les Glòries Catalanes, 37 – 38 Barcelona

Aibar presentation will take place in the afternoon session  Ignite Talks #2: New Mobile Applications and Digital Platforms for Citizen Science (17:10-18:10)

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OSI and CEHIC organize a public seminar on Scientific Expertise and Authority

On April 30th, from 10,30h to 13,30h, the Open and Innovation Research Group (IN3/UOC) and the Centre d’Història de la Ciència, CEHIC (UAB), with the support of Obra Social La Caixa, organize a public seminar on “Experts, Expertise and Scientific Authority: Historical and Sociological Approaches”.

The speakers in the seminar will be Wiebe Bijker (Maastricht Universiteit), José Ramon Bertomeu (Universitat de València), Miquel Domènech (UAB), Agustí Nieto-Galan (UAB) and Eduard Aibar (UOC).

This event is open to the public. Please, confirm your attendance sending an email to

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 “Experts, expertise and scientific authority: historical and sociological approaches”

Since 2002, when Harry Collins and Robert Evans published a much cited paper presenting three different waves of science studies, the theme of expertise has come to the forefront of much research in science and technology studies (STS). Questions about the use of scientific knowledge for policy making, the role of experts in social controversies, the public legitimation and contestation of scientific expertise or the participation of non-experts or even so-called lay experts in science or technology-based decisions, just to mention a few, have increasingly been addressed by many scholars in this area. Once scientific knowledge is mostly seen as situated, historically contingent and socially shaped, how can we still understand and analyse it as a source of authority and power in the political arena? This seminar aims to present and discuss some recent studies, both historical and sociological, on these issues.


10.30-10.45 Introduction: Agustí Nieto-Galan and Eduard Aibar

10.45-11.00 Wiebe Bijker (Universiteit Maastricht): “The Paradox of Scientific Authority”

11.00-11.15 José Ramon Bertomeu (Universitat de València): “Medicine, Science and the Law: Two Received Views and New Perspectives”

11.15–11.45 Discussion

11.45-12.00 Pause

12.00-12.15 Miquel Domènech (UAB): “The Lay-Expert Relationship in Participatory Processes”

12.15-12.30 Agustí Nieto-Galan (UAB): “Scientific authority in the public sphere”

12.30-12.45 Eduard Aibar (UOC): “Lay Scientific Expertise in Wikipedia”

12.45-13.15 Discussion

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Centre for the History of Science
Faculty of Sciences
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
08193, Bellaterra
Barcelona, Spain

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Wikimedia Foundation adopts Open Access Policy to support free knowledge

You can read this announcement in the Wikimedia blog. Since March 18th 2015, the Wikimedia Foundation ensures that all research work produced with its support will be openly available to the public and reusable on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia sites, through the Open Access Policy. The policy sets guiding principles that govern future collaborations between researchers and the Foundation, and follows the Wikimedia’s mission to empower people around the world to participate in knowledge creation. There’s a set of frequently asked questions to provide guidance and best practices on the applicability of the policy.