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Presentation by Brian Kelly, UKOLN on 25 October 2012
for an Open Access Week event at the University of Exeter
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Talk by ...
Editing Wikipedia: Why You Should and
How You Can Support Your Users
Brian Kelly
Innovation Advocate
Cetis
University of B...
About Me
Brian Kelly:
• Innovation Advocate at Cetis, University of
Bolton
• Was UK Web Focus at UKOLN, University of
Bath...
4 4
You are free to:
copy, share, adapt, or re-mix;
photograph, film, or broadcast;
blog, live-blog, or post video of
this...
About You
Who has:
• Has a Wikipedia account?
• Has edited Wikipedia
articles?
Who would:
• Like to create an account?
• C...
About You
Who has:
• Has a Wikipedia account?
• Has edited Wikipedia
articles?
Who would:
• Like to create an account?
• C...
Is Wikipedia Relevant?
Who has:
• Used Wikipedia?
• Spotted errors in Wikipedia?
• Updated Wikipedia?
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Wikipedia in the l...
Is Wikipedia Relevant?
Who has:
• Used Wikipedia?
• Spotted errors in Wikipedia?
• Updated Wikipedia?
8
Wikipedia in the l...
Why Wikipedia is Important
From Wikimedia UK
https://wiki.wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Expert_outreach
Top Tips
No. 1: Understand why Wikipedia is important to librarians
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Eduwiki (UK) 2013
Eduwiki conference:
• Held in Cardiff on 1-2 Dec
2013
• Second EduWiki UK
conference
Covered:
• Welsh la...
Two Case Studies
Summary of two case studies presented at EduWiki 2013:
• Safe Use of Wikipedia in the Transition from Sch...
Outreach work by University
of Birmingham Library
• Demonstrate information
literacy approaches to
school pupils
• Student...
Introducing Students to Independent Research
through Editing Wikipedia Articles on English Villages
This was the assignmen...
Introducing Students to Independent Research
through Editing Wikipedia Articles on English Villages
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Notice how:
• Neutr...
Introducing Students to Independent Research
through Editing Wikipedia Articles on English Villages
Example of article cho...
Introducing Students to Independent Research
through Editing Wikipedia Articles on English Villages
Article after updating...
Introducing Students to Independent Research
through Editing Wikipedia Articles on English Villages
Students learn about r...
Wikimania 2014
Wikimania 2014 will be held in London in August 2014
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Wikimania 2014, annual international
conference, Lo...
Top Tips
No. 2: Understand how Wikipedia is being used in education
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Wikipedia Behind the Article
Who has looked at the information about
a Wikipedia article? 21
Wikipedia Behind the Article
We can see the history of the development of an
article (contributors, update dates; …) 22
Top Tips
No. 3: Gain a better understanding of the Wikipedia service
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Beyond Consumption of Wikipedia
You:
• Spot an error in a
Wikipedia article
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Be Willing to Update Wikipedia Articles
You:
• Spot an error in a
Wikipedia article
• Identify an area for
improvement
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...
Top Tips
No. 4: Be willing to update Wikipedia articles
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Why You Should Have a Wikipedia
Account
Using a Wikipedia
account to edit
articles is
recommended:
• Openness
• Record of
...
Creating an Account
Feel feel to:
• Go to a Wikipedia page
and click Create
Account
• Then complete the form
A: New
users
...
Top Tips
No. 5: Create a Wikipedia account
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Create a User Profile
Nancy Graham’s user profile
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Msnancygraham
User: msnancygraham
U...
Create a User Profile
Nancy Graham’s user profile
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Msnancygraham
User: msnancygraham
Today’s Goal : Create a User Profile
http://en.wikipedia.org/
wiki/User:Lawsonstu
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Categories
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[[Category:Wikipedian librarians]]
Add this to bottom of your user
profile to be included
{{Userboxtop}}
{{t...
Top Tips
No. 6: Create a Wikipedia profile
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Be Ethical!
Quality of
Wikipedia
articles is
provided by
volunteer effort
Please do not:
• Introduce
errors to see
how soo...
Outreach work by Uni of
Birmingham Library
• Demonstrate information
literacy approaches to
school pupils
• Surprise that ...
Top Tips
No. 7: Be ethical
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Content Can Change!
Changes to the Jalalpur, Bihar arty=icle
38Minor edit made (to check processes for new editors)
Content Can Change!
Changes to the Jalalpur, Bihar arty=icle
39
This article was proposed for deletion by
Lfstevens on 2 M...
Top Tips
No. 8: Be prepared for your contributions to be changed
(but be willing to get involved in discussions on Talk pa...
The Five Pillars
Fundamental principles by which the Wikimedia
community operates...
Wikipedia:
1. is an encyclopedia
2. i...
Key Principles for Content (1)
No original research
All research must come from published sources e.g.
• Peer-reviewed jou...
Key Principles for Content (2)
Neutral Point of View
Content should be provided from a neutral point of view:
• If your vi...
Top Tips
No. 9: Understand the Wikipedia principles
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Supporting Others
About a training course – see
http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/events/lilac-2014-getting-to-grips-with-wi...
Supporting Others
Approaches to the following aspects:
• Registration
• Creating a Wikipedia profile
• Editing existing ar...
Structure of Workshop
Structure of hour-long session:
• About the session
• Creating an account: 1 slide.
Now login and do...
Structure of Workshop
Structure of hour-long session:
• About the session
• Creating an account
• Creating a user profile:...
Structure of Workshop
Structure of hour-long session
• About the session
• Creating an account
• Creating a user profile
•...
Structure of Workshop
Structure of hour-long session
• About the session
• Creating an account
• Creating a user profile
•...
Top Tips
No. 10: Support others (and feel free to reuse existing
materials)
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Don’t Forget Wicipedia
Don’t Forget Wicipedia Cymraeg (the Welsh Wicipedia):
http://cy.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defnyddiwr:Llywe...
Learning from Others
Example of contributors to Wikipedia Wales
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Top Tips
No. 11: Don’t forget Wicipedia!
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The Top 10 (+ 1 bonus) Tips
1. Understand why Wikipedia is important to librarians
2. Understand how Wikipedia is being us...
ANY QUESTIONS?
Cartoon
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Continue the discussion: see the blog post about this presentation:
http://ukwebfocus.wordpress....
Questions?
Any questions, comments, …?
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Continue the discussion: see the blog post about this presentation:
http://ukweb...
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  1. 1. Presentation by Brian Kelly, UKOLN on 25 October 2012 for an Open Access Week event at the University of Exeter 1 Talk by Brian Kelly, Cetis on 15 May 2014 at the CILIP Wales 2014 conference: Making a Difference: Libraries and Their Communities Editing Wikipedia: Why You Should and How You Can Support Your Users Event hashtag: #cilipw14
  2. 2. Editing Wikipedia: Why You Should and How You Can Support Your Users Brian Kelly Innovation Advocate Cetis University of Bolton Bolton, UK Contact Details Email: ukwebfocus@gmail.com Twitter: @briankelly Cetis Web site: http://www.cetis.ac.uk/ Blog: http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/ Slides and further information available at http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/events/cilip-wales-2014-editing-wikipedia/ Event hashtag: #cilipw14
  3. 3. About Me Brian Kelly: • Innovation Advocate at Cetis, University of Bolton • Was UK Web Focus at UKOLN, University of Bath (1996-2013) • Prolific blogger (1,290+ posts since Nov 2006) Involvement in Wikipedia and Wikimedia UK: • Created first article in 2004 • Involved in Wikipedia training and Edit-a-thons since 2013 • Accredited Wikipedia trainer Introduction 3
  4. 4. 4 4 You are free to: copy, share, adapt, or re-mix; photograph, film, or broadcast; blog, live-blog, or post video of this presentation provided that: You attribute the work to its author and respect the rights and licences associated with its components. Idea from Cameron Neylon Slide Concept by Cameron Neylon, who has waived all copyright and related or neighbouring rights. This slide only CCZero. Social Media Icons adapted with permission from originals by Christopher Ross. Original images are available under GPL at: http://www.thisismyurl.com/free-downloads/15-free-speech-bubble-icons-for-popular-websites Source cited!
  5. 5. About You Who has: • Has a Wikipedia account? • Has edited Wikipedia articles? Who would: • Like to create an account? • Create a user profile? • Perhaps even update an article? Feel free to do this during this talk! 5 Can this figure be updated?
  6. 6. About You Who has: • Has a Wikipedia account? • Has edited Wikipedia articles? Who would: • Like to create an account? • Create a user profile? • Perhaps even update an article? Feel free to do this during this talk! 6 Click here from any Wikipedia page
  7. 7. Is Wikipedia Relevant? Who has: • Used Wikipedia? • Spotted errors in Wikipedia? • Updated Wikipedia? 7 Wikipedia in the library - the elephant in the (reading) room? Nancy Graham and Andrew Gray, LILAC 2014
  8. 8. Is Wikipedia Relevant? Who has: • Used Wikipedia? • Spotted errors in Wikipedia? • Updated Wikipedia? 8 Wikipedia in the library - the elephant in the (reading) room? Nancy Graham and Andrew Gray, LILAC 2014
  9. 9. Why Wikipedia is Important From Wikimedia UK https://wiki.wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Expert_outreach
  10. 10. Top Tips No. 1: Understand why Wikipedia is important to librarians 10
  11. 11. Eduwiki (UK) 2013 Eduwiki conference: • Held in Cardiff on 1-2 Dec 2013 • Second EduWiki UK conference Covered: • Welsh language issues • Case studies from higher education and schools • Broader considerations 11
  12. 12. Two Case Studies Summary of two case studies presented at EduWiki 2013: • Safe Use of Wikipedia in the Transition from School to University, Lisa Anderson and Nancy Graham, University of Birmingham (now Roehampton) • Introducing Students to Independent Research through Editing Wikipedia Articles on English Villages, Humphrey Southall, University of Portsmouth 12 EduWiki2013
  13. 13. Outreach work by University of Birmingham Library • Demonstrate information literacy approaches to school pupils • Students surprised that Wikipedia was shown 13
  14. 14. Introducing Students to Independent Research through Editing Wikipedia Articles on English Villages This was the assignment (see “Telling the stories of rural England with Wikipedia” ) 14 Humphrey Southall at EduWiki conference EduWiki2013
  15. 15. Introducing Students to Independent Research through Editing Wikipedia Articles on English Villages 15 Notice how: • Neutral Point of View principle was addressed • Students introduced to concept of citations EduWiki2013
  16. 16. Introducing Students to Independent Research through Editing Wikipedia Articles on English Villages Example of article chosen for updating by student 16 EduWiki2013
  17. 17. Introducing Students to Independent Research through Editing Wikipedia Articles on English Villages Article after updating 17 EduWiki2013
  18. 18. Introducing Students to Independent Research through Editing Wikipedia Articles on English Villages Students learn about researching and citations 18 EduWiki2013
  19. 19. Wikimania 2014 Wikimania 2014 will be held in London in August 2014 19 Wikimania 2014, annual international conference, London 8-10 August 2014.
  20. 20. Top Tips No. 2: Understand how Wikipedia is being used in education 20
  21. 21. Wikipedia Behind the Article Who has looked at the information about a Wikipedia article? 21
  22. 22. Wikipedia Behind the Article We can see the history of the development of an article (contributors, update dates; …) 22
  23. 23. Top Tips No. 3: Gain a better understanding of the Wikipedia service 23
  24. 24. Beyond Consumption of Wikipedia You: • Spot an error in a Wikipedia article 24
  25. 25. Be Willing to Update Wikipedia Articles You: • Spot an error in a Wikipedia article • Identify an area for improvement 25 As an information professional wouldn’t you wish to ensure that such information is accurate? (Especially if this can be done in minutes!) Will need updating in 2014
  26. 26. Top Tips No. 4: Be willing to update Wikipedia articles 26
  27. 27. Why You Should Have a Wikipedia Account Using a Wikipedia account to edit articles is recommended: • Openness • Record of contributions Ability to: • Create new articles • Join in discussions • Have customised preferences • … 27
  28. 28. Creating an Account Feel feel to: • Go to a Wikipedia page and click Create Account • Then complete the form A: New users 28 Did you do it in less than a minute?
  29. 29. Top Tips No. 5: Create a Wikipedia account 29
  30. 30. Create a User Profile Nancy Graham’s user profile 30 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Msnancygraham User: msnancygraham Use search box as a quick way to find user profiles
  31. 31. Create a User Profile Nancy Graham’s user profile 31 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Msnancygraham User: msnancygraham
  32. 32. Today’s Goal : Create a User Profile http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/User:Lawsonstu 32
  33. 33. Categories 33 [[Category:Wikipedian librarians]] Add this to bottom of your user profile to be included {{Userboxtop}} {{template:User librarian}} {{Userboxbottom}} Add this to top of your user profile to display a badge
  34. 34. Top Tips No. 6: Create a Wikipedia profile 34
  35. 35. Be Ethical! Quality of Wikipedia articles is provided by volunteer effort Please do not: • Introduce errors to see how soon they are corrected 35 [[Swansea city centre|central Swansea]]
  36. 36. Outreach work by Uni of Birmingham Library • Demonstrate information literacy approaches to school pupils • Surprise that Wikipedia was shown 36 Discussion: “Live edit a Wikipedia entry – highlight how quickly edits are corrected” But should pages be ‘vandalised’ in order to demonstrate how the community fixes such vandalism? Highlighted need to address best practices for those who teach use of Wikipedia.
  37. 37. Top Tips No. 7: Be ethical 37
  38. 38. Content Can Change! Changes to the Jalalpur, Bihar arty=icle 38Minor edit made (to check processes for new editors)
  39. 39. Content Can Change! Changes to the Jalalpur, Bihar arty=icle 39 This article was proposed for deletion by Lfstevens on 2 May 2014 with the comment: unnotable, uncited stub It was contested by Necrothesp on 7 May 2014 with the comment: all settlements are considered to be notable; cleaned up
  40. 40. Top Tips No. 8: Be prepared for your contributions to be changed (but be willing to get involved in discussions on Talk page) 40
  41. 41. The Five Pillars Fundamental principles by which the Wikimedia community operates... Wikipedia: 1. is an encyclopedia 2. is written from a neutral point of view 3. is free content that anyone can edit / use/ modify / share 4. editors should respect each other 5. does not have any firm rules 41
  42. 42. Key Principles for Content (1) No original research All research must come from published sources e.g. • Peer-reviewed journals • Peer-reviewed books • University-level textbooks • Magazines, journals and books published by respected publishing houses • Mainstream newspapers 42
  43. 43. Key Principles for Content (2) Neutral Point of View Content should be provided from a neutral point of view: • If your viewpoint is in the majority, then it should be easy to substantiate it with reference to commonly accepted reference texts; • If your viewpoint is held by a significant minority, then it should be easy to name prominent adherents; • If your viewpoint is held by an extremely small minority, then — whether it's true or not, whether you can prove it or not — it doesn't belong in Wikipedia, except perhaps in some ancillary article. 43
  44. 44. Top Tips No. 9: Understand the Wikipedia principles 44
  45. 45. Supporting Others About a training course – see http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/events/lilac-2014-getting-to-grips-with-wikipedia/ 45
  46. 46. Supporting Others Approaches to the following aspects: • Registration • Creating a Wikipedia profile • Editing existing articles • Creating new articles • What can go wrong? • Conforming with Wikipedia principles • Useful resources • Question time and discussion 46 Structure of a one-hour hands-on session
  47. 47. Structure of Workshop Structure of hour-long session: • About the session • Creating an account: 1 slide. Now login and do it! (not needed for some, so some moved on to next part, creating or editing user profile based on existing profiles) 47 BasicEditing Case study 1: Basic editing Change examples to relevant profiles (e.g. for sessions for librarians) See http://www.slideshare.net/lisbk/wikipedia-training-the-trainer-34540111
  48. 48. Structure of Workshop Structure of hour-long session: • About the session • Creating an account • Creating a user profile: 4 slides Now create a profile using plain text 48 BasicEditing See http://www.slideshare.net/lisbk/wikipedia-training-the-trainer-34540111
  49. 49. Structure of Workshop Structure of hour-long session • About the session • Creating an account • Creating a user profile • Wikimedia syntax (formatting, headings and links): 1 slide Now improve your profile; feel free to reuse ideas for profiles we’ve shown. Slide left on screen during exercise. 49 BasicEditing See http://www.slideshare.net/lisbk/wikipedia-training-the-trainer-34540111
  50. 50. Structure of Workshop Structure of hour-long session • About the session • Creating an account • Creating a user profile • Wikimedia syntax (formatting, headings and links) • Next steps (adding metadata and finding pages to be improved): 4 slides 50 BasicEditing See http://www.slideshare.net/lisbk/wikipedia-training-the-trainer-34540111
  51. 51. Top Tips No. 10: Support others (and feel free to reuse existing materials) 51
  52. 52. Don’t Forget Wicipedia Don’t Forget Wicipedia Cymraeg (the Welsh Wicipedia): http://cy.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defnyddiwr:Llywelyn2000 52
  53. 53. Learning from Others Example of contributors to Wikipedia Wales 53
  54. 54. Top Tips No. 11: Don’t forget Wicipedia! 54
  55. 55. The Top 10 (+ 1 bonus) Tips 1. Understand why Wikipedia is important to librarians 2. Understand how Wikipedia is being used 3. Gain a better understanding of the Wikipedia service 4. Be willing to update Wikipedia articles 5. Create a Wikipedia account 6. Create a Wikipedia profile 7. Be ethical 8. Be prepared for your contributions to be changed 9. Understand the Wikipedia principles 10.Support others (and feel free to reuse existing materials) 11.Don’t forget Wicipedia!
  56. 56. ANY QUESTIONS? Cartoon 56 Continue the discussion: see the blog post about this presentation: http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/top-wikipedia-tips-for-librarians
  57. 57. Questions? Any questions, comments, …? 57 Continue the discussion: see the blog post about this presentation: http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/top-wikipedia-tips-for-librarians
  58. 58. This presentation, “Editing Wikipedia: Why You Should and How You Can Support Your Users” by Brian Kelly, Cetis is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Licence Note the licence covers most of the text in this presentation. Quotations may have other licence conditions. Images may have other licence conditions. Where possible links are provided to the source of images so that licence conditions can be found. 58 Slides and further information available at http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/events/cilip-wales-2014-editing-wikipedia/ Licence and Additional Resources
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