Discussion Wikiversité:Espace de noms Recherche/Archives/2009
Research issues to be resolved include what kind of research will be hosted on Wikiversity, whether there will be active research on Wikiversity, and, if so, how it can be managed. Please add ideas below.
In universities, different types of service offices handle various of the issues below. As Wikiversity grows, perhaps policies and networks of interested individuals might grow to facilitate research work.
The responsibility for articulating the topics here may fall with Wikiversity, a school or individual instructors. How this is so should perhaps be stated clearly for some issues.
The topics below might need to be discussed in detail on new pages.
Internal and external research[modifier le wikicode]
Internal research is research by Wikiversity participants for Wikiversity purposes. External research is research into various aspects of the world for presentation as general findings.
Wikimedia and Wikiversity[modifier le wikicode]
What is the relationship of Wikimedia sponsored research, internal research by other Wikimedia projects, and Wikiversity based research ?
Suggestion: Wikiversity research is research on any matters outside Wiki projects. Alternatively, no discrimination - all is valid. --•CofE•001 12:49, 20 November 2006 (UTC)
Degree of institutional review[modifier le wikicode]
Based partly on the internal/external distinction and partly on research ethics (regarding research on persons), program evaluation research, research exercises by students, and research for publication require different kinds of rigor in preparation, institutional review, and administration. What will the criteria be in Wikiversity for working with these different types of research ?
Research ethics[modifier le wikicode]
- Main page: Research Ethics
The ethical guidelines for scientific research in the developed world are well established by governmental agencies, professional societies, universities, and journal publishers.
See overview of topic, important instructional links and what Wikiversity could offer regarding research ethics at Research Ethics.
Research learning projects[modifier le wikicode]
Wikiversity is structured around learning projects. Learning projects structured around the development of currently unavailable knowledge, techniques, methods, or devices are all appropriate for Wikiversity. Where are the research learning projects ? Waiting for you to create them!
Lunar Boom Town is actively researching how Wikiversity can establish and support advanced edutainment communities that allow engineering venture teams to advance the state of space applicable technologies while helping entertain and educate each others dependents, customers, and suppliers. The basic question is whether the millions of effort hours applied to video games each year can be siphoned into productive design and possibly test efforts to reduce the overall capital requirements for space settlements. Mirwin 17:45, 13 December 2007 (UTC)
Research education[modifier le wikicode]
Theory[modifier le wikicode]
Almost all fields have various theoretical aspects. The study of the theory and history of various fields may overlap with the study of various types of research methods. Ongoing education in theory needs to be integrated with education about research methods and analysis.
Doing research[modifier le wikicode]
Research is a complex social or scientific activity, and there are a range of theoretical paradigms, methodologies, and methods to help guide the researcher. For more on this see our Introduction to research.
Research writing[modifier le wikicode]
Writing instruction[modifier le wikicode]
Tutorials in research paper writing methods for various fields and research modalities would be helpful.
Citation formats[modifier le wikicode]
A catalog of what citation guidelines and styles are in use in each field or country would also be useful, as would reviews of products like Endnote.
Peer review[modifier le wikicode]
An outline of the nature of peer review and how to access peer review would be helpful.
See also: Wikiversity:Review board, includes some discussion of peer review.
Research services[modifier le wikicode]
These are useful services that Wikiversity could provide:
- Journal clubs
- Grant advice and support - What grants are available, how do I apply ? Compile resources, for example:
- Matchmaking co-authors - I want to publish a paper on X, and am looking for co-authors
- Matchmaking journals - I have a paper on X, where do I publish
- Preprint review - I have a paper on X, can someone do a "dry run" peer review so that I can fix it quickly before submitting it to a journal
- Various services for Freelance Academics
Research sponsorship[modifier le wikicode]
- Hosting research
- Initiating research
- developing research
- Marketing research
- Strategy research
Legal and institutional issues[modifier le wikicode]
At some point, will Wikiversity need an Institutional Review Board ?
Types of research[modifier le wikicode]
Philosophical, social scientific, and historical investigations of the sciences sometimes consider general differences amongst and across research areas. Some of the distinctions about research that may be made (or debated or critiqued) are:
- theoretical (pure) and empirical research
- basic and applied
- quantitative and qualitative
- objective and subjective (or inter-subjective)
- large, medium and small scale (macro, meso, and micro)
There are various differences in research methods and philosophies between various general types of subject areas, such as: Physical sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and professions (to name some general areas). [Discuss these here.]
It would be helpful if the scientific worldviews, assumptions and biases underlying general perspectives on research could be discussed in some introductory education contexts in Wikipedia.
Research conferences and networks[modifier le wikicode]
Wikiveristy could develop research conferences and networks in conjunction with and/or independently from Wikimedia projects. For Wikimedia examples, see meta:Wikimania and meta:Wikimedia Research Network.
Research funding and administration[modifier le wikicode]
It would be helpful to compile information and methods for funding and coordinating research projects.
Languages[modifier le wikicode]
Research projects[modifier le wikicode]
Education[modifier le wikicode]
History[modifier le wikicode]
Microsystem design[modifier le wikicode]
Plant sciences[modifier le wikicode]
Social sciences[modifier le wikicode]
See also[modifier le wikicode]
Local[modifier le wikicode]
- Research discussion forum - discuss research projects, reports, methodologies, methods, théories, etc.
- Research Portal
- Freelance Academics
- Original research
- Wikiversity scholarship
- Researching with Wikipedia
Wikipedia[modifier le wikicode]
- Research for another overview of research
Wikibooks[modifier le wikicode]
- Wiki Science Wikiresearch in wikibooks - Is it possible to use a wiki as a medium to do scientific research ?
- UW Website Allows Researchers to Share Projects With The Public (Wired Campus, August 8, 2008)
Wikiversity participants can engage in scholarly original research activities that support the educational mission of Wikiversity. The scope of research at Wikiversity is limited to research activities that promote learning and the goals of the Wikimedia Foundation. In order to promote high quality research, the Wikiversity research guidelines emphasize two main issues: verifiability and ethics. Original research at Wikiversity is subjected to peer review in order to allow the Wikiversity research community to strive for verifiability. Wikiversity participants who engage in research are required to adhere to high standard of scholarly research ethics.
Research activities at Wikiversity include scholarly secondary research (literature review) and original research that involves other methods suitable for a wiki community, such as study of the dynamics of wiki communities themselves. All research activities must be transparent and conducted so that research methods can be subjected to peer review and independent verification by others. Some Wikiversity research projects adhere to a conventional Wikimedia Foundation neutral point of view policy; however, some do not. Wikiversity research practices are expected to be built on citation of reliable sources, honesty and disclosure of potential conflicts of interest. Peer review of research projects is distributed amongst the community. It is proposed that review of research projects be guided by a Review Board, which is a body composed of Wikiversity participants selected by the community in order to make use of their expertise in specific subject areas. Members of the review board use their experience and expertise to help guide the community in recognizing and addressing poor research practices.
The overarching goal of research on Wikiversity is to help people learn about the practice of doing good research. Another long-term goal is to explore the possibility of establishing communities of researchers who can support a formal peer review process that would allow "wiki publishing" of research results. It may become possible for the Wikiversity research community to eventually facilitate publishing of peer-reviewed research reports that would be recognized as a reliable source able to be cited in sister projects such as Wikipedia and Wikibooks.
Scope of research[modifier le wikicode]
See the policy page for research scope
Wikiversity participants engage in a wide range of scholarly original research activities. Scholarly assessment of existing knowledge (sometimes called "secondary research", or "literature review") is an integral part of many Wikiversity educational activities. Critical thinking in research - even in a review of the literature - can lead to original research results. Wikiversity promotes and nurtures all such research that falls within its scope.
Research and neutral point of view[modifier le wikicode]
In order to support academic freedom, Wikiversity allows participants to move outside of the confines of the traditional Wikimedia Foundation Neutral point of view (NPOV) policy. This allows scholars to intensively explore limited points of view, even if they are outside of the conventional streams of academic scholarship, as long as biases are disclosed and high standards of scholarship are adhered to.
Scope of original research[modifier le wikicode]
Original research is conducted for many reasons, not all of which are compatible with the mission and format of the Wikiversity project. The following are examples of research activities that are beyond the educational mission and capabilities of Wikiversity:
- "marketing" research that promotes a specific commercial product or political candidate or any other kind of research that has as its goal something outside of the educational mission of Wikiversity
- research that is illegal or unethical
- research that would normally be formally reviewed by an Institutional Review Board (exceptions: if a research project that includes research activities conducted within a Wikiversity website was first reviewed and approved by an existing IRB of a bricks-and-mortar research institution and if the project was openly conducted according to the IRB-approved protocol)
Verifiability[modifier le wikicode]
All original research projects on Wikiversity must be conducted in an open and transparent fashion so as to facilitate independent and objective verification of methods and results by others. All research projects must fully document the methods, original motivations (see disclosures), and hypotheses. Research in progress must be clearly labeled as such with the appropriate templates. The research templates will place research-related webpages in the "Research" category.
Honesty[modifier le wikicode]
Research results are never altered, modified, misrepresented, omitted from reporting or falsified in order to artificially fit a predetermined belief, desired result or proposed hypothesis.
Transparency[modifier le wikicode]
It should be clear from the report on the research: 1) What was done in the course of all stages of the research (and why), and 2) how claims are made on the basis of the data (and why). This ensures that other people can look at the research, and decide for themselves whether it is a good or useful piece of research. It is not necessary that the full dataset used is publicly available - though it is a good idea - and if this is undesirable (for ethical reasons, for example), it could be made available to individuals, upon their request.
Objectivity[modifier le wikicode]
Wikiversity participants who participate in research activities should strive to conduct and report their research in such a way that it is possible for others to independently test, verify and confirm that research.
All original research projects at Wikiversity should be conducted with the goal of producing objectively verifiable results. Researchers should always respect the outcome of their data analysis, and certainly not manipulate the data to fit a predetermined result. If a hypothesis is proposed, the results/data should be used to prove or disprove it. One should not conduct research to prove oneself right, nor someone else wrong - on the contrary, one should always strive to be critical of all aspects of the research process, including oneself.
Subjectivity[modifier le wikicode]
Personal and subjective points of view and opinions can play an important, and even central part in research, but they should be identified as such, and integrated as much as possible with the existing ideas of others by citing published sources that support or suggest your lines of reasoning and path of intellectual exploration. You are free to express your views and opinions so long as you relate them in a scholarly way to your primary data and/or secondary sources.
Neutral point of view[modifier le wikicode]
Within Wikiversity, the default approach to conducting research is that all research projects are open to participation by any member of the community and all associated wiki webpages are open to editing according to conventional Wikimedia Foundation neutral point of view (NPOV) policy. However, since some advances in knowledge and understanding involve exploration of novel ideas that lie outside of conventional patterns of existing knowledge, belief and thought, Wikiversity does allow researchers to explore various points of view as long as the highest principles of scholarly ethics are adhered to. Unless you explicitly request otherwise, other people can edit your project, and NPOV policy applies.
Wikiversity is a wiki and, in general, anybody can edit the webpages of a research project. Others may offer alternative analyses of your results, which may contradict your conclusions. This is to be encouraged, and Wikiversity supports research that is open to be edited by all. If you do decide to limit editing of wiki pages to a select group, expect that other will make copies of your work and edit those copies in complliance with the neutral point of view (NPOV) policy. If you edit Wikiversity webpages outside of the restrictions of NPOV policy, you should expect your work to be subjected to peer review. If your methods depart from the scholarly practices outlined by Wikiversity research guidelines, you may be asked to either adapt your materials/methods - or your materials may be removed from Wikiversity. If you repeatedly ignore the advice of your peers, and there is general consensus for this, you may be banned from editing Wikiversity.
Disclosures[modifier le wikicode]
If you wish to conduct research activities outside of NPOV and/or with restrictions on who can edit your work, you must openly declare your biases, potential conflicts of interest, and be very open about the objectives of your research. Declaring your personal biases will help people understand your viewpoint and trust you. Working outside of the restrictions of NPOV policy imposes on you the highest standards of scholarly ethics and means your research methods and practices will be subjected to critical evaluation and peer review.
Declare your known biases or any potential conflicts of interest at the start of your research project. This fosters trust, and helps the community to judge the study from your point of view. This will join you in a group effort to raise conscientiousness and group-assisted introspection.
Citing sources[modifier le wikicode]
No research activities are excused from the need to be aware of existing relevant knowledge and past published research results. Carefully cite relevant sources wherever possible, in both secondary research (literature reviews) and as an integral part of the conduct and reporting of any original research activities.
It is not always possible to justify and contextualize original research using previously published sources, especially when the topic has not been examined in depth before. Wikiversity is open to scholarly research that tries to stretch the boundaries of knowledge. Where possible, you should cite relevant sources of previously published research in your field of study that most closely relate to any new paths of exploration you may be involved with. Secondary research should always be based on verifiable sources, and should always cite all the sources used in your research.
Ethics[modifier le wikicode]
- All research projects on Wikiversity should be conducted according to high standards of scholarly ethics
- A project that breaks or tests conventional ethical guidelines is not permitted
- A project that would require oversight by an expert in research ethics or IRB is not permitted
- Wikiversity's Review Board is responsible for examining the conduct and methods of all research projects
All research posted on Wikiversity should be conducted in an ethical manner. Wikiversity cannot permit studies that involve such ethical issues as harm (including distress or embarrassment), deception or risk to either human subjects or animals. No studies may be posted that involve a breach in local or international law.
Research projects that would normally require approval from an institutional review board (IRB) cannot be permitted on Wikiversity. However, if an established IRB approves your research, the Wikiversity Review Board may permit it.
Wikiversity is devoted to a search for knowledge and providing a support system to help people learn about the world. Wikiversity promotes adherence to scholarly ethics that keep Wikiversity free from propaganda, deception and intellectual dishonesty such as plagiarism. Wikiversity does not exist as a platform to support advocates of particular political movements, religious ideologies or scientific, legal or historical théories. Wikiversity can contain scholarly study of all topics, but Wikiversity does not exist for the purpose of advocating or advancing particular points of view, movements or belief systems.
Wikiversity participants who engage in research activities must not attempt to use Wikiversity as a platform for advocating or advancing propaganda or any other type of deception or intellectual dishonesty, but rather, Wikiversity editors must remain devoted to scholarly consideration of their topic of study. This means not distorting or hiding evidence and not crafting illegal, deceptive, dishonest or otherwise unethical accounts of facts or ideas. Wikiversity scholars can, and must, study their subjects with devotion to honesty and the highest scholarly standards.
Wikiversity standards for scholarly and ethical research practices are enforced by peer review. Most of this peer review is possible through conventional wiki community interactions and webpage editing. However, some forms of bogus and unethical research can only be recognized by experts. In order to protect itself from such problems, the Wikiversity community depends on the participation of experts who can guide the whole community in recognizing bogus and unethical research practices, as discussed in the next section.
Review process[modifier le wikicode]
Wikiversity's review process of research is distributed and community-led, taking the following steps:
- People add research to Wikiversity - they are encouraged to flag it appropriately as "research".
- If not done already, research is flagged with a template placed at the top of the page.
- If anyone reviewing (i.e. simply reading) the page finds something within the research to be questionable on methodological, ethical, epistemological grounds, they can add an appropriate template - or modify the existing one.
- The page(s) in question can be flagged for deletion - or a request for comments can be made
- After discussion and review, the research can be either modified, deleted, or sent for further review by the Review Board (details below).
Review Board[modifier le wikicode]
See the full Review Board policy
Some misguided and deceptive research practices may be difficult to detect. The Wikiversity community relies on the participation of people with expertise in good research practices and who can help the community recognize and correct bogus and unethical research practices. The Review Board will be active in guiding the entire Wikiversity community in examination of all Wikiversity research projects and identifying and correcting any problems that breach the Wikiversity research guidelines.
Research at smaller Wikiversity sites[modifier le wikicode]
Wiki websites with few participants might have difficulty patrolling for vandalism and edits that violate the Wikiversity research guidelines. Wikiversity sites with few participants may not have a large enough community to support a Research Review Board. It may be wise for communities without an active Review Board to adopt a conventional Wikimedia Foundation No Original Research policy.
Fringe research[modifier le wikicode]
Another obvious concern is how will we deal with fringe groups (eg. Nazis etc) who want to use Wikiversity as a publishing house. The Review Board will guide to community in making sure that all research projects, including fringe research, are conducted according to scholarly research methods as described in the Wikiversity research guidelines. At times, it may be useful to amend the Wikiversity research guidelines so as to explicitly exclude some types of fringe research if they disrupt Wikiversity or distract the community from its educational mission.
Towards Wiki publishing[modifier le wikicode]
Wikiversity does not yet have a system for formal peer reviewed publishing. For Wikiversity research projects there may not necessarily be a final published research report for any given piece of research. Not every research contribution found on Wikiversity is accurate or verifiable. However, the purpose of research activities at Wikiversity is to promote learning, so we do not disregard inept research efforts - rather, we discuss, correct and build upon them. After a research project is complete, a summary report may be posted on a Wikiversity page. The raw data and the research report can be protected from further editing and remain as an historical archive. A goal of Wikiversity is to establish communities of scholars who can perform formal peer review of such research reports. Until such a system for peer reviewed "wiki publishing" can be established, Wikiversity participants should consider publishing original research in established journals. The Review Board might eventually evolve into a robust collection of experts who can support a formal peer review process.
See also[modifier le wikicode]
- Research policies
- Research-related pages