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In the past months, we at @GlobalYAcademy have started to improve the visibility of young global scientists. I'll starting sharing more about what I learned through this about #digitization #academies #wikipedia and the visibility of researchers. Here's a picture of NYAs
NYAs are national young academies. There are around 50 of them, some have a long and prominent history, some have just started *this week*.

Have a look globalyoungacademy.net/national-young…
NYAs are great (*I'm biased, as Executive Member of the GYA... :):
- scientific excellence is understood both in conventional terms, but also in terms of societal impact
- terms are limited. You have 4-5 years to *really* do work
- are typically very diverse! (@WikiWomenInRed)
We at @GlobalYAcademy try to facilitate this global movement, organize meetings.
Here's a twitter list of them: twitter.com/RobertLepenies…
And here's a list of some meetings: twitter.com/RobertLepenies…
There are of course lots of other organizations & activities. The more, the merrier!
How can we make science more diverse, more global, and fully digitised? The best way is through @wikidata -
the biggest open educational resource #OER EVER created.
(upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/comm…). It's an open, structured, multilingual database for you AND your computer :)
So with the help of lots of GYA members around the world and tremendous help from others (esp. @GerardMeijssen) we now have nearly every member of a young academy datafied. With that, you can do pretty cool things. (and your scientific institution might be interested in this)
With some tricks (@MagnusManske )it is possible to link @wikidata and @ORCID_Org and thus the publications of every member in an organization. WOAH. You can... automatically have a list of the latest publications of your organization/NYA
You can... see who co-authored with whom...
(note, we have 83 countries represented at @GlobalYAcademy so this really is global)
Or you can show the publication metrics (even though we don't like these...)

And also, gender ratios. This matters.

The figure isn't correct, we have an ≈ 50% gender ratio [72% of our leadership is female ;)]
Better than wikipedia (18% female AND little Global South)
It also shows the main obstacle to all of this.. Reliable data.
Public service annoucement to all scholars.

Have an @ORCID_Org that is up to date. Have an @ORCID_Org that is up to date. Have an @ORCID_Org that is up to date. Have an @ORCID_Org that is up to date. Have an @ORCID_Org that is up to date. (worth repeating)
If you put it on private, for example, some bots think you didn't publish anything. That's unfortunate :)

Doing this globally also is and was very tricky. Scholars who don't have "English-sounding" names are harder to find - by machines or otherwise.
Digitization is a profoundly human activity. 99% of problems that I encountered on the way were because of human gatekeeping, not because of non-available technical tools (if you have @wikidata skills, please help and join).
A "fictional" example: Trying to get 1 picture of a Vietnamese superstar scientist approved required 40 emails with wikimedia volunteers to resolve a copyright claim. If you don't speak perfect English, have the social skills & education to navigate this, you won't be seen online
We at @GlobalYAcademy say this again & again. #openaccess #openscience #opendata #openconference #planS #opensoftware is great. But think about practicalities & unintended consequences, e.g. in Global South.
It's a matter of #datajustice . Can global scholars REALLY participate?
Did I mention how great #wikidata is? Because it is. If you're a scholar, start one. Of yourself. Go on. I'll wait.


Ready? Good.
Now do a few more. Especially of people who usually are not that visible.
Moving on...
See for example @INYAS_INSA , the Indian National Young Academy. (thanks for helping to host #gyagm2020 ). Everyone is now on Wikidata - tools.wmflabs.org/reasonator/?&q…
Bit by bit their profiles are up. Then the profiles of their supervisors. Then their students. That's the theory...
This is mostly manual labor. Data entry. Line by line. By us and volunteers. Credit to @GerardMeijssen who put in *every* *single* member of @AASciences - tools.wmflabs.org/scholia/organi…
(we also love to help connect young to senior organizations, of course). cc @kevinmarsh8 @DrTolullah
Then, it's important to have your picture online if you are a young scholar. Ideally on @WikiCommons with a relatively open license. But take care. Make sure you are the photographer/owner... otherwise you will spend days arguing.


We had some awesome people like @ZuZage @WikiWomenInRed create wikipedia profiles of some of these data profiles already en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marian_As… especially for Africa.
Thanks. If you have wikidata skills, talk.
Also if you have funding, we'd also gladly take that #volunteer
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