To
Wikipedia…and
Beyond!
Monique K. Clark, MLS Samara E. Carter
Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus
mkcl...
Statistics on Wikipedia
• 4.3 million articles in English
• Almost 300 languages
30 MILLION
ARTICLES
• 30,978 English-spea...
Wikimedia Foundation
Wikimedia
Wikipedia Wikicommons Wikisource Wikidata
Wikimedia: The Mission
“The mission of the
Wikimedia Foundation is
to empower and engage
people around the
world to collec...
Wikimedia values….
Wikimedia
 Freedom
 Accessibility
 Quality
 Independence
 Commitment to openness and
diversity
 T...
Wikimania Conference
 Yearly global
conference
 Extension of
mission and values
 Ignited interest in
Wiki
Group picture...
Reliable and Relevant
 2005, the journal Nature discovered that Wikipedia was
nearly as accurate as the Encyclopedia Brit...
Global Collaboration
Articles in 287 Languages
Wikipedia: An Overview
 Original Wiki Site
 English Wikipedia:
>4m articles
 Anyone can add or
edit content
 Supports ...
Wikipedia (cont’d)
5 Pillars
 Encyclopedia
 Neutral
 Free content
 Respect and
Civility
 No firm rules
Credit: Pillar...
Wikipedia: Applications
 Research
 ESL
 Writing
Credit: Flickr user orangejack
Wikimedia Commons
 Public domain, freely licensed provided
by users and used in other Wikimedia
projects (ex. Wikipedia a...
Wikisource
 “Library of free text”
 Contains novels, documents, and other public
domain or license-free materials
 >250...
Additional Wiki Sites
Wikidata
 Data in structure
form, not articles.
 Secondary database so
users can access
informatio...
CONTRIBUTING TO
WIKIMEDIA
Credit: WikicommonsCredit: shawsa.wordpress.com
Getting Started
 Make an account, poke around. Edit
something! (Fixing other people’s
mistakes feels good.)
 Engage in d...
Other Ways to Contribute
Transcribing
 Scanning and
uploading documents
 Editing and formatting
Adding Content
 Creatin...
Other Ways to Contribute
Editing
 Removing
spelling/grammatical
errors
 Adding/reviewing
citations
 Removing
inconsiste...
Wiki Loves Libraries
• 2011 – present
• Wiki edit-a-thons hosted in
libraries
• Encourages collaboration
between libraries...
Wrapping Up
 Wikimedia is a
growing, dynamic
organization
 Wikipedia quality
depends on YOU!
 Librarians CAN get
involv...
QUESTIONS?
Monique K. Clark, MLS Samara E. Carter
Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus
mkclark@nvcc.edu s...
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Learn about the Wikimedia foundation, how to take advantage of Wikipedia as a tool for research, ESL, and writing, and how to contribute to Wikimedia as a librarian. Presented by Monique Clark and Samara Carter at the Virginia Library Association Annual Conference on September 27.

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  • Wikipedia and libraries share a lot of similarities. Like libraries, Wikipedia strives to connect people to information in an efficient and effective manner. Wikipedia focuses on providing information that is free, open-licensed, and in the public domain. On the other hand, libraries provide access to both public-domain materials as well as copyrighted and licensed materials. As we all know, both organizations face challenges by trying to make these materials accessible to the public.BudgetStaff/volunteer levelsAccessing materials Making the materials availableDefending their mission
  • Wikimedia share much in common with libraries in terms of their values. Both hold ideals such as freedom of access, diversity, and the wider community of users and supporters in high regard. Wikimedia’s sites and communities strive to reflect these values.
  • Wikimania is one reflection of Wikimedia’s commitment to openness,diversity, and community. Wikimania is a yearly international gathering of Wikimedia users, editors, and other volunteers who come together to discuss topics such as current and future Wiki projects, technology, cultural impact, and so forth. Each year, Wikimania is set in a different city on a different continent; in 2012, it was held at Georgetown University.
  • Mention library instruction
  • Wikipedia reached 4 million articles at Wikimania 2012.
  • Again, the mission statement is (realized) in the five pillars upon which Wikipedia is based. Again, incorporating ideas of freedom, community, accessibility, and even adaptability. Wikipedia has to be able to adapt, not only in terms of content (with new information being added every minute), but in its relationship with users, its means of content delivery, and an ever-changing society as a whole. Provide brief explanation of pillars
  • Wikipedia can be incorporated into the learning environment in many ways and the foundation has a “campus ambassador” program that exists to help teachers utilize Wikipedia and other Wiki tools effectively. For example, some classrooms use Wikipedia as a tool to better understand how research happens. They may work to expand a Wikipedia article stub or add additional information and sources to articles that lack these details. The references listed after the main article often be to find other sources of information about a topic. At Wikimania, we learned how one classroom translated Wikipedia from their native language into English and vice-versa. Oftentimes, articles written in different languages may contain information that’s not present in the English Wikipedia, and there are many foreign language wikis which don’t have as many entries or as much information as the English Wikipedia. Wikipedia is also useful as a tool to develop and strengthen writing. For example, Wikipedia articles have to meet a certain standard of writing and information must be correctly cited. For students learning how to write research papers, this is especially important since it reinforces ideas that they learn in the classroom, such as using credible and properly-sourced information, the fine points of academic writing, and so forth.
  • Again, Wikisource can be a valuable tool for students or the general public to gain easy access to books and other public-domain or freely-licensed documents. Wikisource is accessible on a variety of platforms and contains a lot of materials that students can use as reference materials for an assignment or even use as a digital copy of a classic text that they need for class. In many cases, the materials found on Wikisource would be difficult to access or unavailable if not for the volunteers who transcribe the texts.
  • Texts, especially for projects such as Wikisource, often need to be transcribed so that they’re in a readable format (human or machines). Volunteers can help with this by scanning documents, and following Wikisource’s editorial rules. Volunteers can also add photos to various Wikimedia pages, such as Wikimedia Commons or Wikipedia itself. This provides a visual element to the page (and also help add more materials to the public domain).
  • Wikipedia offers other ways that you can contribute to their efforts without scanning a book or writing an entire Wikipedia. Oftentimes, Wikipedia articles need a bit of editorial cleaning. Under the “Community Portal” there’s a page which lists articles that need to be improved in some way. They have lists of projects that need extra volunteer help or need some editorial attention. You’ve probably come across Wikipedia entries that need additional sources or need to be retooled altogether. Even if you don’t have an eye for editing, you ARE a librarian, and librarians are some of the best people to go to for help. Wikipedia has a virtual reference desk where site users can go to ask questions on a variety of topics. Librarians can help manage the desk and respond to reference questions at any time. If there are any folks here still in library school, the Wikipedia reference desk would be a unique way to get some reference experience.
  • To Wikipedia and Beyond

    1. 1. To Wikipedia…and Beyond! Monique K. Clark, MLS Samara E. Carter Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus mkclark@nvcc.edu secarter@nvcc.edu
    2. 2. Statistics on Wikipedia • 4.3 million articles in English • Almost 300 languages 30 MILLION ARTICLES • 30,978 English-speaking users • German (~6.3k) and Spanish (~4.2k) 69,859 ACTIVE USERS (as of June 2013) • English articles for June 2013 • Largest & most popular reference site 11 MILLION VIEWS PER HOUR Source : http://stats.wikimedia.org/
    3. 3. Wikimedia Foundation Wikimedia Wikipedia Wikicommons Wikisource Wikidata
    4. 4. Wikimedia: The Mission “The mission of the Wikimedia Foundation is to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally.” Source: http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Mission_statement
    5. 5. Wikimedia values…. Wikimedia  Freedom  Accessibility  Quality  Independence  Commitment to openness and diversity  Transparency  Community as asset • Source: http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Values ALA  Access  Diversity  Role of community  Intellectual Freedom • Source: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/librarybill
    6. 6. Wikimania Conference  Yearly global conference  Extension of mission and values  Ignited interest in Wiki Group picture @ Wikimania 2012 at GWU in D.C. Credit: Wikipedia
    7. 7. Reliable and Relevant  2005, the journal Nature discovered that Wikipedia was nearly as accurate as the Encyclopedia Britannica.  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4530930.stm  2007 peer-review study found 42% of damage is repaired almost immediately.  http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=1316624.1316663  2008 study by PC Plus indicated that accuracy was on par with World Book Encyclopedia.  http://www.techradar.com/news/internet/web/wikipedia-vs- encyclopaedia-a-question-of-trust-316163  Wikipedia has a Protection Policy for pages that are often vandalized (i.e. religions, political figures)
    8. 8. Global Collaboration Articles in 287 Languages
    9. 9. Wikipedia: An Overview  Original Wiki Site  English Wikipedia: >4m articles  Anyone can add or edit content  Supports 287 languages  5th most popular site  500 million/month Credit: Wikipedia
    10. 10. Wikipedia (cont’d) 5 Pillars  Encyclopedia  Neutral  Free content  Respect and Civility  No firm rules Credit: Pillars of Creation, NASA
    11. 11. Wikipedia: Applications  Research  ESL  Writing Credit: Flickr user orangejack
    12. 12. Wikimedia Commons  Public domain, freely licensed provided by users and used in other Wikimedia projects (ex. Wikipedia articles).  Global repository : All images, sound and video files are available in the user’s language.  Wikipedia Loves Monuments : Events aimed at making more freely licensed photos available.  Great way to contribute if you prefer media to writing!
    13. 13. Wikisource  “Library of free text”  Contains novels, documents, and other public domain or license-free materials  >250K texts as of Nov 2011 Credit: Wikisource
    14. 14. Additional Wiki Sites Wikidata  Data in structure form, not articles.  Secondary database so users can access information in any language.  Useful for economics, social statistics, etc.  Launched 2012 by Wikimedia Deutschland Wikibooks  Open content to be used by anyone, edited by anyone.  Textbooks + two sub- projects: Wikijunior and Cookbooks  Sort by subject, completion status or reading level.
    15. 15. CONTRIBUTING TO WIKIMEDIA Credit: WikicommonsCredit: shawsa.wordpress.com
    16. 16. Getting Started  Make an account, poke around. Edit something! (Fixing other people’s mistakes feels good.)  Engage in discussion with other users  Wikimedia’s role in free information  Policy changes and influence in online market of information  Check out WikimediaDC.org!  Includes D.C., Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and Delaware  Attend editing parties, tours of local museums, or participate in Wiki Loves Monuments/Libraries events.
    17. 17. Other Ways to Contribute Transcribing  Scanning and uploading documents  Editing and formatting Adding Content  Creating articles  Expanding article stubs  Digitizing physical materialsCredit: Flickr user PugnoM
    18. 18. Other Ways to Contribute Editing  Removing spelling/grammatical errors  Adding/reviewing citations  Removing inconsistencies, etc. Virtual Reference  Like a library reference desk  Covers a variety of subjects  Gain new skills!
    19. 19. Wiki Loves Libraries • 2011 – present • Wiki edit-a-thons hosted in libraries • Encourages collaboration between libraries, Wikipedia community, and general public • Promotes open access • Other activities – meetups, workshops • http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Loves_Libraries Credit: Wikicommons
    20. 20. Wrapping Up  Wikimedia is a growing, dynamic organization  Wikipedia quality depends on YOU!  Librarians CAN get involved Credit: Wikicommons
    21. 21. QUESTIONS? Monique K. Clark, MLS Samara E. Carter Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus mkclark@nvcc.edu secarter@nvcc.edu Twitter: mkclarkinva Twitter: maraisarchiving

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