Proposal: Lessen rules about external references
Einstein would be unable to publish his special relativity on Wikiversity. No doubt it is wrong. Also Wikiversity was planned to be modeled after real-world universities and now happens to have stricter rules on original research than real-world universities. It is wrong.
The main trouble is: Wikiversity editors require "Arguments pro and con would need to be supported by additional resources. A single perspective is likely not sufficient." (a quote from Dave Braunschweig at Wikiversity:Help_desk). I have not found this rule in the official rules, but Dave has the power to delete and this needs to be dealt with. Need to say about this explicitly in the official rules.
Einstein would be unable to publish at Wikiversity because before publication his work surely was not supported by additional resources. Additional resources appear after some time after publication of a new idea, not before it.
So the world completely lacks a media for publishing new ideas (yes, personal opinions) except of private Web sites. That's bad.
We need a way to publish new ideas and even personal opinions.
We can introduce the following rule: "A personal opinion published at Wikiversity shall be not easily provable to be false by field experts, neither shall it be an unfounded opinion, but shall provide some arguments (but not necessarily proofs) for the opinion)."
Another problem is that when somebody would publish his personal opinion, it is hard for his to follow NPOV, because he is not himself one of his opponents. So we should explicitly state: "Personal opinions can be published as original research. When publishing somebody's opinion as original research, it is allowed to omit opposing views in the hope that these may be added later."
Special projects committee resolution 2006-39A
The SPC recommends the creation of a beta Wikiversity project, to be hosted at the domain wikiversity.org, as per its scope, starting in August.
The project will be dedicated to collecting free multilingual educational resources, and to supporting communities using those resources to teach and learn together.
The beta stage of the project will run for six months, during which guidelines for further potential uses of the site, including collaborative research, will be developed on the beta wiki.
These guidelines will be reviewed by the SPC at the end of the beta period. (source)
14 August 2006 instructions from the Board
- "..... guidelines should be developped, *in particular* with regards to collaborative research. We would hope that these guidelines are as much as possible developped on the beta site (in particular collaborative research), so that all languages share a common goal and a few common non negociable rules."
- "At the end of these 6 months [beta] period, the project will be reviewed, in particular so that the issue of collaborative research is qualified, and if possible to define whether the beta stage is over. Reviewal will be done by Spc."
- Research policies
- Research Guidelines for Wikiversity
- Scope of Research for Wikiversity
- Review Board - formal peer review for Wikiversity
- Research-related pages
- Wikiversity:Research - Source documents concerning research within Wikiversity
- Original research - unpublished research into a topic using literature review and/or methods in addition to literature review
- Secondary research - research into a topic using the method of literature review