Wikipedia is increasingly used by university students for «pre-research», to gain context and explore ideas for course assignments and research projects . Yet many among scientists,
academics and other experts are reluctant to contribute to Wikipedia, despite a growing number of calls from the scientific and/or culture communities to join the project [2-3].
The research initiative
The Wikimedia Research Committee  has just launched a survey to understand why scientists, academics and other experts do (or do not) contribute to Wikipedia and other collaborative projects, and whether individual motivation aligns with shared perceptions of Wikipedia within expert communities. We hope this may help us identify ways around barriers to participation. We hope that results will also help us understand issues regarding power surrounding collaborative cultures, popular communication of science and public engagement.
The survey is anonymous and takes about 20 min to complete. Please help us circulate the link among your colleagues and collaborators: