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Engaging with Wikipedia
Engaging with Wikipedia
Engaging with Wikipedia
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Engaging with Wikipedia
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This webinar provides an overview (prepared for Swiss universities) of how Wikipedia functions, and how to go about engaging with it effectively. Audio/video recording available here: …

This webinar provides an overview (prepared for Swiss universities) of how Wikipedia functions, and how to go about engaging with it effectively. Audio/video recording available here: https://socialmediaswitzerland.webex.com/socialmediaswitzerland/lsr.php?AT=pb&SP=EC&rID=4360582&rKey=622c352a94e73c07

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  • 1. Engaging with Wikipedia Pete Forsyth Wiki Strategies Web: www.wikistrategies.net Twitter: @wikistrategies
  • 2. Wikipedia Matters
  • 3. Wikipedia Matters
    • #5 most-read web site
    • 4. #1 most-read content-focused web site
    • 5. Available in hundreds of languages (English, French, Italian, German…)
  • 6.
    • Draws traffic from Google, Bing, blogs…
    • 7. Provides content that is used on Facebook
    • 8. Increasingly trusted by academics, journalists
    Wikipedia Matters
  • 9. … …
  • 10. Wikipedia content on Facebook
  • 11. Wikipedia performs on Google
  • 12. Wikipedia is Different
      …than every other major publication ever produced!
  • 13. Wikipedia is Different
    • No centralized editorial control
    • 14. Different language editions are largely independent
  • 15. Wikipedia is Different
    • Detailed principles, policies, guidelines
    • 16. Inconsistent interpretation, application, enforcement of policies
    • 17. Many contributors are proud to be anonymous
  • 18. Wikipedia is Different
    • It may be better to think of Wikipedia as a platform for publishing, than as a distinct publication
  • 19. Wikipedia is Endless
  • 20. Wikipedia is Endless
    • There are many articles that relate to your university:
    • 21. History of…
    • 22. Biographies of founders, presidents, professors
    • 23. Famous discoveries
    • 24.
  • 25. Wikipedia is Endless
  • 26. Wikipedia is Endless
    • Your students, professors, administrators are already editing Wikipedia
  • 27. Wikipedia is Endless
    • There are many language editions
  • 28. Wikipedia is Endless
    • There are numerous possible controversies and debates within each article, in each language edition.
  • 29.
    • You want to accomplish some changes
  • 30.
    • You want to accomplish some changes
    • 31. You don’t want to become full-time Wikipedians
  • 32.
    • You want to accomplish some changes
    • 33. You don’t want to become full-time Wikipedians
    You need a strategy.
  • 34. Wikipedia’s Main Buttons
  • 35.  
  • 36.  
  • 37.  
  • 38.  
  • 39. Warning Banners
  • 40. Featured Article comparison
  • 41. Featured Article comparison See this page for links to the 20 best university articles, and links to all articles about Swiss universities: http://enwp.org/User:Peteforsyth/Universities
  • 42. Strategic Goals Two suggestions: 1. Article reflects a “serious” institution 2. Build internal capacity
  • 43. Strategic Goals
      1. Your institution is “serious.”
  • 44. Strategic Goals
      1. Your institution is “serious.”
    • No warning banners on the top?
    • 45. A helpful lead section?
    • 46. A logo and/or useful infobox?
    • 47. No typos?
  • 48. Strategic Goals
      2. You build internal capacity for handling unexpected situations
  • 49. Strategic Goals
      2. You build internal capacity for handling unexpected situations
    • Your university president is arrested
    • 50. A professor is caught editing Wikipedia inappropriately
    • 51. Your Wikipedia article is deleted
  • 52. Tips
    • Use “discussion” or “talk” page early & often
    • 53. Clearly disclose your connection to university
    • 54. Be familiar with core policies: [[ WP:5P ]]
    • 55. Be familiar with Featured Article criteria: [[ WP:FACR ]]
  • 56. Tips
    • Avoid “marketing speak”
    • 57. Use citations
    • 58. Ask other editors for help!
  • 59. Resources
    • Wiki Strategies : www.wikistrategies.net
    • 60. Wikimedia Switzerland : www.wikimedia.ch
    • 61. Online resources : bookshelf.wikimedia.org
    • 62. WikiProjects : [[ WP:UNIVERSITIES ]]
    • 63. Ambassadors : [[ WP:AMBASSADOR ]]
  • 64. Image credits
    • Wikimedia Commons: Vector skin
    • 65. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mouse-cursor-hand-pointer.svg
    • 66. Lane Hartwell: http://enwp.org/commons:File:Wikimedia_Foundation_Pete_Forsyth.jpg

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