Managing sources during highvolume news eventshford@ushahidi.com@hfordsahttp://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Understand...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Aude/Egypt
Research questionsHow are Wikipedians managingsocial media sources?What verification challenges werethey facing?How can hel...
Ranking                Variable 1                Variable 2                Variable 3vote       Source
1. Defining concepts
Sources play 2 important roles• Verify facts          • Directly represented (sometimes)• Verify importance     • Summarie...
sources‘on the books’                   source=1. Use only reliable sources2. Use predominantly secondarysources3. Ensure ...
Social media sourcesare allowed!- Policy doesn’t specify mediabut warns to be careful- WP:Twitter sources can be usedas so...
Primary sources areallowed!- and in fact, are the only sourcesavailable near an event- but policy states that themajority ...
2011 Egyptian revolution article                                   http://sonetlab.fbk.eu/wikitrip/#|en|2011_Egyptian_Revo...
How did editors verify?• Avoiding single sources• “Wait and see”• Reading/watching the source to see whether  it has been ...
Suez Jan 26/27Reports of Army involvements are refuted on Twitter, sometimes quitestrongly; all reliable tweets seem to me...
contextRanking                      independent                               variable 1                Variable 1        ...
Indep. variablesAre the majority of sourcessecondary?What is the article about?How recent is the event beingdiscussed?
hford@ushahidi.com@hfordsahttp://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Understanding_sources
Wikimania presentation on the "Understanding Sources" project
Wikimania presentation on the "Understanding Sources" project
Wikimania presentation on the "Understanding Sources" project
Wikimania presentation on the "Understanding Sources" project
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My presentation about the Ushahidi "Understanding Sources" project covering how Wikipedians verified information during the first days of the 2011 Egyptian revolution article.

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  • Wikimania presentation on the "Understanding Sources" project

    1. 1. Managing sources during highvolume news eventshford@ushahidi.com@hfordsahttp://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Understanding_sources
    2. 2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Aude/Egypt
    3. 3. Research questionsHow are Wikipedians managingsocial media sources?What verification challenges werethey facing?How can help editors managesources better during highvolume news events?
    4. 4. Ranking Variable 1 Variable 2 Variable 3vote Source
    5. 5. 1. Defining concepts
    6. 6. Sources play 2 important roles• Verify facts • Directly represented (sometimes)• Verify importance • Summaries require interpretation (and in rapidly evolving news events that interpretation often hasn’t arrived) xkcd
    7. 7. sources‘on the books’ source=1. Use only reliable sources2. Use predominantly secondarysources3. Ensure verifiability
    8. 8. Social media sourcesare allowed!- Policy doesn’t specify mediabut warns to be careful- WP:Twitter sources can be usedas sources on themselves- Self-published expert sourcesmay be considered reliablesources
    9. 9. Primary sources areallowed!- and in fact, are the only sourcesavailable near an event- but policy states that themajority of sources should besecondary
    10. 10. 2011 Egyptian revolution article http://sonetlab.fbk.eu/wikitrip/#|en|2011_Egyptian_Revolution
    11. 11. How did editors verify?• Avoiding single sources• “Wait and see”• Reading/watching the source to see whether it has been accurately reflected• Counting
    12. 12. Suez Jan 26/27Reports of Army involvements are refuted on Twitter, sometimes quitestrongly; all reliable tweets seem to mention paramilitary riot police only(using Fahd (armored personnel carrier) which the Army also uses, hencethe apparent confusion).Suez city center apparently cordoned off, curfew in effect, internet andphone (mobile and landlines) capped or intermittent at best, possiblyblackout. Watercannons, dozens injured. Best source so far: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIfGGo6G-4Q (Arabic) possibly useful(mainstream media blog) http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2011/jan/26/egypt-protests —Preceding unsigned comment added by 213.196.206.14 (talk)01:29, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
    13. 13. contextRanking independent variable 1 Variable 1 independent Variable 2 variable 2 Variable 3vote Source
    14. 14. Indep. variablesAre the majority of sourcessecondary?What is the article about?How recent is the event beingdiscussed?
    15. 15. hford@ushahidi.com@hfordsahttp://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Understanding_sources
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