Editing Expeditions & Explorers on Wikipedia: Tips & Tricks


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Tips, Tools, and Considerations for editing as we begin work on the Field Book Project material in our Expeditions & Editors Wikipedia Edit-a-thon; also best ways we can build a resilient relationship between GLAMs and Wikipedia. Visit
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/DC/Field_Notes for more details.

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Editing Expeditions & Explorers on Wikipedia: Tips & Tricks

  1. 1. Expeditions & Explorers:An Edit-a-thonDiscovering Wikipedia withTips, Tactics, and ToolsMeghan Ferriter, PhDResearch AssociateSmithsonian Institution Archives21 June 2013
  2. 2. Edit-a-thon: An OverviewWelcome!Thank you for being here to help us create andimprove articles relating to Expeditions and Explorersof the Field Book Project. Learn more about the jointproject from Smithsonian Institution Archives andNational Museum of Natural History.
  3. 3. RoadmapOur Roadmap today:o Brief Introduction to editing on Wikipediao Excellent and more detailed resources• Here: http://www.slideshare.net/sosarasays/women-inthearts2013wikipediaslideshare• Here: http://editathon.org• Here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:A_Primer_for_newcomerso Principleso Building Webs of Knowledge withGLAMs & Wikipediao Let’s Start: Smithsonian-RooseveltAfrican Expedition (1909-1910)
  4. 4. Principles• Wikipedia is an encyclopedia…but so muchmore• 5 Pillars: Encyclopedia, NPOV, Free content, BePolite, No Firm Rules• 6 Values: Freedom, Accessibility and Quality,Independence, Commitment to openness anddiversity, Transparency, Community• Communication, Candor, Consistency…• If you’re not sure, ASK!• We are working together – Be Polite 
  5. 5. Building Webs of Knowledge• GLAMs & Wikipedia: Mutually Beneficial Relationship• Opportunities to improve quality of resources andmaterial on Wikipedia with GLAM collections &materials• Opportunities for GLAMs to share content with wideraudience• Literally navigable: cross-linked, easy to access, &move between• How about a non-GLAM look at thesame building process?
  6. 6. What you can do to an article onWikipedia*• Create wikilinks, or links between articles• Identify and find citations + resources• Edit grammar, structure, and “flow”• Format and template articles, categories, sections• Add media content: images, videos, podcasts, etc• Create an article• For our purposes: Help people learn,make decisions, and become moreinvolved with GLAMs & Wikipedia*not even close to an exhaustive list!!
  7. 7. Getting Started• User pageo Conflict of Interest Statement• Sandbox• User Talk• For today:o Expeditions & Explorers Edit-a-thon & To-Do Listo Etherpad: http://beta.etherpad.org/p/fbpwikio (search:) WP:CHEAT• Community resources like the TeaHouse
  8. 8. Articles & Projects• The ideal Wikipedia article is well-written, balanced,neutral, and encyclopedic, containingcomprehensive, notable, verifiable knowledge.• What’s the difference between an article and aWikiProject?o WikiProjects are places on Wikipedia in which editors cancoordinate coverage around particular subject area• Remember there are many happeningsbeyond articles & projects in the Wikiverse– explore and get involved!
  9. 9. Editing:The Space & Layout• PAGE: The page layout consists of tabs along thebeginning. These are:o Article – Discussion – Edit - View History – Star (“Watch”)• ARTICLEo Lead section: summary para, Table of Contents, Infobox, Imageo Main body: up to 4 levels of sub-sectionso Closing sections:• See also, References, Notes• Bibliography, Further reading, External links• Categories, interwiki links• STYLE: It’s up to you/the first editoro Some parts of a great article – Image, Killer Intro,o Clearly stating argument for notability
  10. 10. Editing Steps• Sign in!• Gather materials and/or find article you’d like toedit• Copy and Paste the part you’d like to edit in yourSandbox (make it non-google-able!) or in Word, etc• Make edits or create article• Provide Edit Summary• “Watch” article• Preview Changes – Save Changes• Questions: Talk pages
  11. 11. Best Practice Tips*• Start by reading over similar subject articleso For formattingo To see what is most useful information to gathero Where to improve or create relatedness through wikilinkingo EX:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Exploring_Expedition• Cite and provide two or three resources + image• Triangulate resources – from different institutions andtypes if possible• When creating an article: Format, addcategories, call to action by starting sections,call to action by creating redlinks*Meghan’s suggestions – please suggest MORE
  12. 12. Under Construction• Planningo Review existingo Think about “story we’re trying to tell”• Resources we gathered:o Collections recordso Existing articles – to create a robust “web of knowledge” & wikilinko websiteso original books written by subjects• Consider: What’s the best way to tell thestory with these resources?… Let’s SANDBOX it
  13. 13. The Smithsonian-Roosevelt AfricanExpedition• As a part of our learning process, we converted aredlink into an active article – we chose to buildone for:The Smithsonian-Roosevelt African Expedition• We started by citing and naming the Expeditionand, therefore, building a link off Teddy Roosevelt’sarticle• From there, we gathered information,maps, and used the electronic resourcesfrom the to-do list to build an account ofthe Expedition, its members like Heller, Loring,and Mearns, and the results of the trip.
  14. 14. The Result: A New Article!
  15. 15. Additional Resources
  16. 16. 10 “Rules” for Editing• Register for an account (but you don’t HAVE to)• Learn the Five Pillars• Be Bold, but Not Reckless• Know your Audience• Do Not Infringe Copyright (free, open, public domain)• Cite, Cite, Cite• Avoid Shameless Self-promotion• Share your expertise, but don’t arguefrom authority• Write Neutrally and with due weight• Ask for help – {{helpme}}• http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2947980/
  17. 17. Core Wikipedia Policies• Neutral Point of View• Verifiability – reliable and correctly cited sources*• No “original research”• Assume good faith toward other editors• Avoid conflict of interest(s)• In-built process of review, discussion,consensus-seeking PLUS disputeresolution, voting, collective editing
  18. 18. Useful Templates• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Infobox_scientist
  19. 19. Thank You for Editing!Meghan Ferriter, PhDResearch AssociateSmithsonian Institution Archivesferriterm@si.edu(tw) @MeghaninMotion(wiki) MeghaninmotionGet in touch if you have tips for buildingwebs of knowledge & improvingGLAM-wiki relationships!