Projects and similar involving summary of academic works for general consumption.
Though they don't as of this writing seem to include a summarizing component, anyone interested in wikis and academic literature should visit the English Wikipedia WikiProject Open Access and the Signalling OA-ness initiative. The latter includes building a database of every academic publication ever (which AcaWiki summaries can cross-reference).
To be described:
- WikiPapers (wiki)
- WikiLit (wiki)
- Brede Wiki ("primarily neuroinformatics data from functional and molecular neuroimaging")
- WikiSummary (social science)
- WikiSummaries (books)
- Cooperation Commons (cooperation)
- Distill (machine learning; backgrounder on "research debt")
To be described:
- Abstracting & Indexing services
- paper blogging communities?
- Wikipedia articles that serve as literature reviews eg PLOS Computational Biology Topic Pages
- annotation communities eg PeerLibrary (see their list of related projects, hypothes.is?)
- reading/discussion communities eg SelectedPapers, Journal Lab
- automated summarization, some open source tools; are there any projects that attempt to make use of them for summarizing academic works? would they be useful for generating acawiki stubs?
- Open Access Point-of-care medical summary resource, sketched in Open Access to a High-Quality, Impartial, Point-of-Care Medical Summary Would Save Lives: Why Does It Not Exist? 
- Site that acts as a central repository for notes taken on academic papers
Complement to summaries:
- Wikidata, in particular its WikiProject Source Metadata
Various guides to summarizing academic articles, eg
The best advice of these and others ought be distilled into an AcaWiki guideline.
- http://brevy.org (CC-BY-SA-4.0)
- source: http://brevy.org/wiki/Special:Version (MediaWiki, GPL; various extensions probably all open source)
Simply put, Brevy is a wiki for summaries of academic research.
Journal of Brief Ideas
- http://beta.briefideas.org/ (CC-BY)
- source: https://github.com/openjournals/brief-ideas/ (Ruby, MIT)
a research journal, composed entirely of 'brief ideas'. The goal here is to provide a place for short ideas to be described - in 200 words or less
Comment: This project is not about summarizing existing publications, but publishing abstract-length unpublished ideas. There are many previous idea publishing sites, but this project has many features, including its name, to orient toward academic contributions.
- http://drawscience.blogspot.com/ (no terms specified)
- source: blogspot-hosted, no source
take science articles, make pictures
- http://journalistsresource.org/ (CC-BY)
- source: ?
Given the deluge of research output every day, we aim to be a useful curator. Our searchable database contains top academic and governmental research that we have selected and synthesized. We strive to translate complex statistics into clear data points and reformulate the terminology of academic specialists into more accessible language, without sacrificing rigor or nuance.
lol my thesis
- http://lolmythesis.com/ (almost all rights taken, almost none granted)
- source: ?
Summing up years of work in one sentence.
- http://www.publiscize.com/ (almost all rights taken, almost none granted)
- source: ?
We work with researchers to transform each of their journal articles into an easy-to-understand Scinopsis (scientific synopsis) for everyone to learn and enjoy.
- http://reffit.com/ (no terms specified)
- source: https://github.com/ImAlsoGreg/reffit (Haskell, GPLv3)
Reffit is an online community of science enthusiasts and scientists trying to improve the way research is evaluated and shared. Joining us on Reffit means shaping the public conversation around research you care about. The fruit of your labor will be
- Accessible summaries of original research
- Collaborative evaluation of scientific findings - a way to quickly understand which findings are real, and what is just spin
- Connection with scientists (if you're not one)
- Connections with normal people (if you're a scientist)
- A database of scores that can be mined for interesting data about how science is evolving (like OkTrends)
- Data to help granting agencies and universities evaluate candidates
- Encouragement for scientists to come out from the ivory tower
- http://www.sciencegist.com/ (CC-BY-3.0)
- source: https://github.com/ScienceGist/sciencegist (Ruby, MIT)
ScienceGists are simplified summaries of scientific papers. ScienceGist's goal is to provide a simple English version of science.
- https://www.mendeley.com/groups/5145641/stm-digest/ (almost all rights taken, almost none granted?)
- source: closed source?
The initiative is a collaboration between Elsevier's STM Journals group and Mendeley. We will continue to expand our journal networks by signing up interested early career researchers who, under the title of Research Ambassador, will write lay summaries of recently accepted journal articles with the approval of the original author.
Three Sentence Science
- http://tss.nautil.us/ (no terms specified)
- source: https://github.com/pbailis/tinytocs-site
- About: ?
- http://tinytocs.org/ (CC-BY-NC-SA-3.0)
- source: https://github.com/pbailis/tinytocs-site/ (HTML, CC-BY-NC-SA-3.0)
the premier venue for computer science research of 140 characters or less