On April 18-19, the First Poznań Conference “Bibliometric analyses of Open Science” was held. During the conference, a presentation was given on the use of scientific publications and other important sources of information in Wikipedia articles in various language versions. The scientific research concerned the analysis of big data, which made it possible to understand how different language versions of Wikipedia evaluate the reliability of information sources.
Wikipedia has been around for over 22 years. This open access encyclopedia is often criticized for its poor quality of information. However, for a long time it has been one of the most popular sources of information on the Internet. Currently, Wikipedia contains over 60 million articles in 300 languages.
During the presentation, models of automatic identification of relevant sources of information in Wikipedia, based on the analysis of over 300 million footnotes, were discussed. These models took into account various measures of the quality and popularity of articles in this encyclopedia. In addition, Wikipedia articles were divided into 70 topics, covering various areas such as culture, geography, history, society, science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The use of big data analysis allowed to understand how different language versions of Wikipedia treat the credibility of information sources and to identify scientific sources of information. This, in turn, made it possible to identify the differences between the different language versions.
The conference gathered scientists, doctoral students, librarians and other researchers and project workers who had the opportunity to share their experiences and views on the openness of science and the use of bibliometric indicators in scientific research. The organizers were the University Library in Poznań and the AMU Scientific Communication Studio. The conference was held under the patronage of the Vice-Rector of the Adam Mickiewicz University for Science, prof. Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kołaczyk.
Web site of the conference: lib.amu.edu.pl/konferencja-naukowa-bibliometryczne-analizy-otwartej-nauki