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HandWiki -
Encyclopedia of Science and Computing

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Founded by: Sergei V. Chekanov
Status: Vibrant
Language: English
Edit mode: ByInvitation
Wiki engine: MediaWiki
Wiki license: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike
Main topic: Encyclopedia
Wiki Size: 52,718 pages see stats...

(As of: 2021-05-17)

The HandWiki[1] is a internet wiki-style encyclopedia for professional researchers in various branches of science, technology, and computing. As other wiki type encyclopedias, HandWiki is designed for collaborative editing of articles. One notable feature of HandWiki is that uses dedicated namespaces for each science topic, unlike the traditional Wikipedia that uses the MediaWiki category concept for all articles. In addition to the categories preserved from Wikipedia, HandWiki has its own categories for local articles. According to the Handwiki designers, this can simplify organization of articles according to each particular topic. The HandWiki is designed using the MediaWiki software with additional extensions for including programming codes. HandWiki has the following topics included in the dedicated namespaces: Mathematics, Computers, Analysis, Physics, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry.

HandWiki registration policy

Unlike Wikipedia, HandWiki does not allow anonymous editing. The login to HandWiki is restricted [2] for professional researchers, after indicating an evidence for their qualification by imposing the requirement that the users who can edit HandWiki articles should have at least one publication in peer-reviewed journals. This is enforced through providing ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) number during the registration, which uniquely identifies scientific and other academic authors and contributors. As an alternative, a researcher can send an email to the support team indicating his/her published research article.

According to the HandWiki documentation,[2] the registered users can create manuals and tutorials using dedicated MediaWiki namespaces, and use different type of licenses. In particular, some articles (especially manuals and tutorials) posted on HandWiki may contain license restrictions imposed by their authors.

Article acceptance policy

HandWiki, in its original form,[2] has a more permissive policy for acceptance of articles than Wikipedia. In particular, it does not enforce the Wikipedia notability for scholarly content. One important requirement for article submission is the article should have at least one reference to an 'external source', without a clear indication about the nature of this source. It also does not have a super-user or administrator[3] who is in charge of removing articles depending on its content. The main idea behind this decision[3] is that the articles submitted by researches will be sufficiently scrutinized by other researches, and its mistakes and scientific rigor can easily be determined via collaborative discussions of qualified researches.


HandWiki was first announced[4] in October 2019 as a research encyclopedia for data science. In October 2019, the project is being carried out under the auspices of the members of the jWork portal.[5] The technical aspect of HandWiki was executed following the standard data analysis principles.[6]

  1. HandWiki. A wiki encyclopedia dedicated to science and computing; HandWiki.org; Retrieved November 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 HandWiki acceptance policy; About HandWiki; Retrieved November 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 HandWiki FAQ; HandWiki FAQ; Retrieved November 2019.
  4. "Wikis for publishing scholarly articles on data science and software"; By R.Riviera (October 2019); Article; Data Science Central; October 2019.
  5. jWork.org. Data science with open-source software; jWork.org.
  6. "How to make you own Wiki from Wikipedia using Python"; by S.Chekanov; Article; jWork.org; Retrieved March 2021.