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What is Wikipedia?

Wikipedia is a digital reference work supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. The reference work is available in 287 different languages. It is free to use Wikipedia and anyone can create and edit articles in different subjects. 

The main principles of Wikipedia are:

  • Wikipedia is an encyclopedia
  • Wikipedia does not take stand
  • Wikipedia has a free content
  • Wikipedia presumes a good manner
  • Wikipedia has no fixed rules

Wikipedia for researchers

For researchers it is a good idea to distribute your knowledge to a broader community; this increases how well known you are and leads to increased impact over time. Wikipedia is a perfect place to write articles about your research. Wikipedia is usually a high ranked source when searching with search engines. For example, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) started a project in 2013 with the aim to distribute research via Wikipedia. Linköping University and other universities are have now joined the project.

Information about the project at SLU (in Swedish)

A webinar about the project at SLU published at Youtube (in Swedish)

Get started with Wikipedia

You don´t need a user account to contribute to Swedish Wikipedia but to contribute to English Wikipedia you will need a user account. Anyone can then contribute and there is an editorial process that checks the sources and that the text is written in an accessible way. The written content gets a Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0) which means that anyone is allowed to use the material, with proper acknowledgement.

Introduction to Wikipedia




get started

1. Create an account at Wikipedia. Your username should be your firstname and surname followed by LiU in brackets. For example, Anna Anderson (LiU). The addition (LiU) is used to associate your account with Linköping University.

2. Connect your account to Linköping university profile and create a presentation. Watch instructions (published at Vimeo)

3. Start your editing on Wikipedia. Introduction to Wikipedia


For more information about the  Wikipedia-project at LiU, contact Sara Läthen.

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Last updated: Wed Feb 15 12:31:47 CET 2017