Understanding Wikipedia

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Understanding Wikipedia

  1. 1. Understanding Wikipedia: What it does well, what it does poorly & what we can learn from it Glenbrook Institute Day Mini-Conference, 2009 Kris Jacobson, GBS Library
  2. 3. Wikis in Plain English
  3. 4. “ Wikipedia is first and foremost an effort to create and distribute a free encyclopedia of the highest possible quality to every single person on the planet in their own language.” Jimmy Wales
  4. 5. Wikipedia’s Success <ul><li>Open </li></ul><ul><li>Organic </li></ul><ul><li>G o o g l e </li></ul><ul><li>Not an “encyclopedia” </li></ul>
  5. 6. What’s it good for? <ul><li>“ Our goal has always been Britannica or better quality. We don't always achieve that.” </li></ul><ul><li>Jimmy Wales </li></ul>
  6. 7. What’s it good for? <ul><li>Preliminary research on non-controversial topics </li></ul><ul><li>Current events* </li></ul><ul><li>Things that young men tend to care about </li></ul><ul><li>Popular culture* </li></ul><ul><li>Going beyond the “party line” with politics </li></ul>* with caveats 
  7. 8. Current Events
  8. 9. Featured Content
  9. 10. Featured Content
  10. 11. Featured Content
  11. 12. Assessing Article Quality <ul><li>Generally avoid articles with these symbols </li></ul>
  12. 14. Utilize the discussion tab
  13. 15. Understand the Assessment Criteria
  14. 16. Understand the limits of “neutrality”
  15. 17. Understand the limits of “neutrality”
  16. 18. Understand Costs & Benefits of Anonymous Editing
  17. 19. Building on the Wikipedia Model
  18. 20. Building on the Wikipedia Model
  19. 21. The End Thanks to David Jakes for his help.

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