Time allocated: 1 min Purpose: To give basic introduction about Wikipedia Facilitation Notes/Talking Points: Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia. It has over 3.8 million articles on English Wikipedia. It’s the 5th most visited website. Websites which rate higher are: Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Yahoo. Wikipedia has 500 crores of unique visitors visiting the website per month. Out of this 500 crores, 200 comes from India itself. So you can imagine the number of people from India making use of this website. There are about 11.7bn page requests per month. This one is a really interesting fact – How many of you know Wikipedia is available in Indian languages? Yes, Wikipedia is available in over 20 Indian languages like – Marathi, Kannada, Hindi, Sanskrit etc.
Time allocated: 1 min Purpose: To inform them who writes on Wikipedia Facilitation Notes/Talking Points: Anyone can edit Wikipedia! People like you and me edit Wikipedia on everyday basis. There is no editor in chief who is evaluating and approving the edits I make. It goes live as soon as I press the Save button. ~~Click – Show the pictures~~ Just to explain some simple definitions that we use in Wikipedia and I’ll be using it during the course of my presentation Edit – If I change or correct something in Wikipedia we call it an Edit. Editor – All the volunteers who edit Wikipedia on regular basis are called Editors. So here is a picture of some of the Wikipedia editors from different cities in India. ~~Click~~ There are about hundred thousand global editors on Wikipedia. Which includes no. of editors editing in English, German, Hebrew etc. Out of these hundred thousand, 60,000 edit English Wikipedia However there are only about 1500 Indian editors on english Wikipedia And what is even more sad is the number of people editing Indian language Wikipedia which is just 1000. Can anyone tell me why are the last two figures particularly saddening? (you might get one or two people give their reasons) If we have Bharatnatyam, Jalebi, Baba Ram Dev, dhoti, and so many other topics peculiar to India, we’ll need Indians to write about these topics. Some American, Brazilian or German might not be able to write about these topics as well as we Indians can. But we have only handful of them about 2000 or so writing on Wikipedia as of today.
Time allocated: 1 min Purpose: What do Wikipedians draw their inspiration from to edit? Facilitation Notes/Talking Points: I'm sure you must be wondering why people edit Wikipedia. It’s all for LOVE Love to share knowledge Love to preserve and celebrate their their language and culture Love of a topic Love to collaborate Love to think
Time allocated: 2 mn Purpose: To tell them how can they benefit from editing Wikipedia. Facilitation Notes/Talking Points: Improve your writing skills Improve your critical thinking Improve your research skills Provides you a global audience Lean how to collaborate Helps you find/switch jobs
Wikipedia Open content Repository
Largest Open Content Encyclopedia
Wikipedia is multi-lingual web-based open knowledge encyclopedia.
On which, everyone can write new article and edit on the existing.
Currently it has 30 millions articles.
Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger launched In Jan 15 2001
It is available in 287 languages across the world including 5 Nepali
languages i.e. Nepali, Nepal Bhasa, Bhojpuri, Pali, sanskrit.
Has given individual web address usually beginning with the 2/3
character ISO code of the language.
(e.g. ne.wikipedia.org(नेपाली); new.wikipedia.org(नेवारी)
In Pipeline Maithili, Tharu, Tamang, Gurung, Limbu, Sherpa, Awadhi,
Lepcha (These are in incubation)
Wikipedia is the world largest open content repository
According to Open Definition
“Any content is open if anyone is free to use, reuse and redistribute
it- Subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and/or sharealike” ”
What is Wikipedia?
~12 billion articles
read per month
6th most popular
website on earth
500 million unique visitors;
2 million come from Nepal
Who edits Wikipedia?
Everything on Wikipedia
has been written by
you & me!
Five Pillars of Wikipedia?
Wikipedia is Encyclopedia
Wikipedia is written by neutral point of view
Wikipedia is free/open content that anyone can edit, modify and distribute
Editors should treat each other with respect
Wikipedia doesn't have any firm rules.
How everybody can edit Wiki pages?
Every individual can edit Wikipedia articles or write new articles.
One can edit or write by logging in or without logging in.
If you log-in with your username and password, the record log of your
edit is maintained and the number of your edit goes increasing after
If you edit without logging in, Wikipedia maintains logs of your edits by
your IP address.
The Edit record can be viewed by clicking in View History (इतितिहास हेने)
What to Write about?
- In any language Wikipedia people can write about any
- You can write about Plants, Animals, Your place, Celebrities,
Your role model, History, Geography, Economics, Science,
Environment, Culture, food stuff etc.
The following are NOT allowed in Wikipedia
- Your autobiography, Opinion, Business promotion.
- While writing article in new topic, you should be sure that
there is no other article on the same or similar subject.
- Your topic has importance and worthy to read.
- Your article should tell about why the subject is important in
the first para after the introduction to the topic.
Take the following things into
• Write the subject clearly.
• Cite sources (Newspapers, magazine, books, journals
• Categorize the article
• Respect Copyright
• Most Materials published in books, newspapers or online
are copyrighted. You cannot copy Paste in Wikipedia.
You should re-write the paragraphs and should quote the
source where you’ve taken it.
Why do people edit Wikipedia?
Love to share
Love to preserve
& celebrate their
Love for a subject
Love to write
What’s in it for you?
Lean how to
language & culture
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