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Developed by Meg Menke for a workshop at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick, "From Seneca Falls to Wikipedia"

Developed by Meg Menke for a workshop at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick, "From Seneca Falls to Wikipedia"

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  • 1. Wikis 101 ...Or, how to get from Seneca Falls to Wikipedia A Workshop sponsored by UUCF Social Action Committee
  • 2. Seneca Falls, NY
  • 3. The Wikipedia Logo “W” in many languages
  • 4. Workshop Overview:  A little Wiki history  Why the link to Seneca Falls?  What can we do?  How? Editing Creating  Questions and practice What next?
  • 5. A little Wiki history
  • 6. Social definition: A “wiki” is a tool for - collaboration, - information sharing - content management
  • 7. Technical definition: “wiki” is a type of software to run a website that anyone can edit
  • 8. Fun definition: “Wiki”: Hawaiian for “any idiot can edit”
  • 9. In the beginning  1995 - Ward Cunningham invented a new type of website software  It allowed anyone to modify the site’s content  Ward gave his software a catchy name: “WikiWikiWeb” …PS: “Wiki” actually does have something to do with Hawaiian buses
  • 10. http://www.flickr.com/photos/grenade/177953735/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/cogdog/19490596/
  • 11. Here’s how it was announced
  • 12. The Wiki Takes Off!  The wiki was invented “In order to make the exchange of ideas between programmers easier”*  … but was soon discovered as a way to easily share content as well as ideas  And very soon, Wiki communities began to grow  Creating new ways to use Wiki * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiWikiWeb
  • 13. Aha!  Wiki inspired the founders of the Nupedia encyclopedia project, Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger, to use it as a basis for an electronic encyclopedia.  Wikipedia launched in January 2001  Today, thousands of Wiki’s - Wikipedia the most famous and biggest of all * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki
  • 14. A recap:  A Wiki is a type of website that allows users to easily edit and change some available content  Two parts: “wiki engine” (software)  users – edit content and develop the wiki community  Tonight, we hope to make you Wiki users  Yes, you!
  • 15. Why the link to Seneca Falls? We’re honoring Women’s History month…
  • 16. Seneca Falls Convention, 1848 Elizabeth Cady Stanton, whose home was in Seneca Falls, NY; she was the “intellectual founder” of women’s rights movement Lucretia Mott – a Quaker minister and fellow organizer of the Convention; gave the moral basis for equal rights Susan B. Anthony, Quaker, turned Unitarian in Ellery Channing’s congregation; gave the movement its “organizational heft.”
  • 17. Birth of Fight for Women’s rights  Seneca Falls - the first public meeting ever for women’s rights  “Declaration of Sentiments”  Goals were Suffrage Economic rights Gender equality
  • 18. We’re the beneficiaries  Significant progress, but not worldwide  Uneven results everywhere
  • 19. In technology, for instance  Gender gap in tech jobs  More men than women are online Especially in poorer areas/countries  Sexist comments in social media “#thatwoman” - “revenge porn”  Even Wikipedia has a gender imbalance
  • 20. Wikimedia is the non-profit that “owns” Wikipedia and many other Wikis  Its own surveys say: ~ 13% of contributors are female Coverage of articles about women isn’t very good
  • 21. Why the “gender problem”?  Different communication styles, men versus women? Wikipedia rules insist on “NPOV”. Is “just the facts” more a male style?  Do women prefer more interaction? Wikipedia is “fully public”, compared to Facebook, with its privacy controls, dialogue … thoughts from an article by Susan Herring, Prof. of Liguistics at Indianna U, quoted in NYTimes, 2.4.2011
  • 22. Rev. Carl: “The stories we tell matter!”  …if we want to change how or what knowledge is on Wikipedia we can edit it ourselves and reach out to other communities who are not currently included there
  • 23. WikiWomen's Collaborative  Formed in 2012  Goal: get more women involved in editing Wikipedia each month  Method: small groups learn and do
  • 24. Wikipedia (in a nutshell)
  • 25. What is it?  “The free encyclopedia” But also:  Related to wiki-dictionaries, textbooks and citizen journalism  A reference desk
  • 26. Wikipedia basics  Content is GNU/GFDL licensed: free as in beer and free as in speech  Open to all and editable by anyone  Edit anonymously or with an account  Funded mostly (>80%) by individual donations to the Wikimedia Foundation Small budget, 4 paid employees
  • 27. Why is Wikipedia special?  People world-wide use it  Astonishing size  It’s remarkably good  Fundamental change to information production, dissemination, and authority:  You’ve never seen anything like this before, ever
  • 28. And did you know?  Wikipedia is multi-cultural  And multi-lingual
  • 29. English
  • 30. German
  • 31. Japanese
  • 32. The fun stuff: How to Edit a Wiki
  • 33. How does it work?  A wiki page starts more or less empty  Wiki pages are connected by internal hyperlinks  Every page should be connected  No ownership of wiki content – anyone can work on any piece
  • 34. To begin editing: Log in – or not
  • 35. Click to Edit a page
  • 36. You can see all edits, anytime
  • 37. You can even look at each edit
  • 38. Remember:  You can’t break it  You can always go back  Security levels can be set and tweaked  Many people contributing a small amount can get a lot done
  • 39. Questions? And thoughts… !