Science, Technology, Society and Wikipedia

Wikipedia is now the primary source of scientific and technical information for the general public. The School aims to introduce the participants to its rules and, above all, to involve them in the production of new material for it.

13-17 July (applications are closed)

Keywords: Wikipedia, technical writing, open knowledge.


Due to the world-wide restrictions concerning Covid-19 and in order to protect our participants and lecturers, IDEA League is offering the Summer Schools in an online format this year.


Normally, there are no registration, tuition, and accommodation fees. Typically, students from IDEA League member universities selected to participate in this summer school only have to pay for their own travel costs.


Curriculum vitae & publication list

Letter of motivation

Letter of recommendation (optional)

Since its birth in 2001, Wikipedia has grown enormously in size and importance, so that today it is probably the first and foremost source of information on scientific and technological issues (but also on literature, arts, history, etc.) for the general public.

This interdisciplinary course will introduce the students to the history, the workings and general rules of Wikipedia and, most of all, involve them in the production of new material for it. The students will choose what to contribute, depending both on their own background and on Wikipedia’s needs.

Take part in this summer school, because:

  • It is truly interdisciplinary, as it may be attended by students from any course and undergraduate background
  • It will teach you in a very practical way about technical writing, social responsibility, copyright issues, etc.
  • It will allow you to experience on-line collaboration with other Wikipedia users, possibly exposing you also to criticism
  • By focusing on Wikipedia’s content in your own field of expertise, you will be stimulated to adopt a critical attitude towards what is written in it
Online Summer School

This course will be supervised by professors of Politecnico di Milano and taught in collaboration with experienced Wikipedia editors


Day Description
13 July  Wikipedia: history, aims and structure. Sister projects. Structure of a Wikipedia article. Links and references. Page history and talk pages. Templates and infoboxes. User pages.
14 July Hands-on introduction to Wikipedia writing. Initial selection of topics. Copyright issues. Wikimedia commons. Wikidata.
15 July  Final selection of topics. Supervised Wikipedia writing session.
16 July  Supervised Wikipedia writing session.
17 July  Supervised Wikipedia writing session. Final editing, cross-checking/reading, discussion and evaluation.

Teaching material for the course will be taken from Wikipedia itself. See, in particular:

Wikipedia Education Program