Wikimania 2012 Conference - Mei Jiun, Kwek
We have previously reported on the participation of our colleague Mei Jiun Kwek at the Wikimania 2012 conference
â€“ this yearâ€™s international gathering of Wikipedians. On this page you can meet a few of the tens of thousands of volunteers who write and edit Wikipedia
. CFF is proud to see that a feature of Mei Jiunâ€™s work has been included.
In this video she explains her excitement about the value of contributing images of minor crops to Wikimedia Commons, often the only images covering particular species. However, she also notes that many researchers from other agricultural research organisations â€śare just not excited to do that because they prefer to develop their own database, they prefer to upload the picture to their own organisationsâ€™ websites. They prefer to publish their knowledge in physical books, rather than contribute that idea to Wikipedia. Actually, I believe in the agriculture community or in the researcher community, they are not aware of the potential with working in Wikipediaâ€ť.
Clearly, persuading our community to share their information and material in public repositories is still an uphill struggle, but it is one CFF will continue to be engaged in. In early 2013, Mei Jiun will publish a resource page on our website, designed to provide guidance on the use of Wikimedia Commons, Wikipedia, and Google Books, and most importantly to explain how volunteering content on underutilised species to these repositories benefits contributors. Stay tuned!