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An overview of Wikipedia and its potential for libraries, also covering cataloguing issues. Part of the Cataloguing and Indexing Group in Scotland (CIGS) seminar "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not …

An overview of Wikipedia and its potential for libraries, also covering cataloguing issues. Part of the Cataloguing and Indexing Group in Scotland (CIGS) seminar "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore": metadata issues and Web2.0 services.

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  • 1. An Introduction to Wikipedia
      • and Cataloguing Issues
      • [email_address]
  • 2. The Glasgow Digital Library and Wikipedia
    • In 2003, the CDLR established
    • 'The Maxton Papers’ as part of the
    • Glasgow Digital Library.
    • Alan Dawson and Jane Barton decided
    • to monitor how highly ‘The Maxton
    • Papers’ were ranked on Google.
  • 3.  
  • 4. A Usurper!
    • For several months, they were in 1 st
    • position
    • Spartacus’ page on Maxton pushed
    • them down into 2 nd position
    • Pushed into 3 rd by Wikipedia
  • 5.  
  • 6. Wikipedia was clearly important...
  • 7. Potential Benefits
    • Increased interest in information retrieval
    • Participatory relationship between
    • users/producers
    • Increase visibility of your collection
    • Ensure users provided with accurate information
    • Encourage drive toward standardisation
    • Engage with local/global communities
    • Mutually beneficial arrangement
  • 8. A Call for Participation
    • “ We do not believe that any resource tool can be reliable
    • without scholarly input; this is why we so warmly
    • welcome and invite the contributions of experts. It is a
    • longstanding mistake to think of Wikipedia as being
    • anti-elitist. Virtually every top Wikipedian I know is an
    • elitist of the best sort:
    • We love people who know what they are talking about.”
    • - Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia
  • 9. PAC 2.0!
    • Users’ experience of information seeking
    • and retrieval is changing…
    • Wikipedia creates a hypertext/browsing model
    • of searching
    • The model may be different but…
    • Underlying purposes and goals are the same as
    • traditional catalogues
  • 10. Entry points to knowledge
    • Wikipedia is a good starting point for information
    • seeking
    • I believe it may actually CREATE a potential
    • user group for libraries
    • There is lots of overlap between Library and
    • Web 2.0 philosophies
    • Provided that libraries engage with/understand
    • the phenomenon, they can benefit from it
  • 11. Complementary Philosophies? http://search.wikia.com/wiki/Search_Wikia
    • Wikia’s Four Organizing Principles (TCQP) – state that
    • the future of Internet Search must be based on:
    • Transparency - Openness in how the systems operate
    • Community - Everyone is able to contribute in
    • some way
    • Quality - Significantly improve the relevancy and
    • accuracy of search results
    • Privacy - Must be protected
  • 12. Some Familiar Categorisations
    • Overviews of Wikipedia
    • Featured content
    • Lists
    • Including - Topics and Basic Topics
    • Glossaries
    • Categorical Indices
    • Alphabetical Indices
    • And some Innovative ones…
    • Portals
    • Timelines
  • 13.  
  • 14. A Nod to traditional schemes
    • Wikipedia's other broad categorical indices are:
    • List of Dewey Decimal classes — lists the top
    • two classes of each subject
    • Library of Congress Classification
    • Outline of Roget's Thesaurus — articles organised
    • into a system based on six classes, with thousands
    • of branches, following Roget's system
  • 15. A Wikipedian explains:
    • “ From 2003, it became clear that listing articles in a topic area was an important activity, and I did a lot of that for mathematics. When categories appeared, they seemed like lists, but with different, overlapping functionality. So WP moved to lists+categories.
    • Of course you could have a list of any kind. Some lists get removed as frivolous and not helpful. But in general both lists and categories have a navigational role.
    • Any particular addition of a category is fallible.”
    • - Charles R. Matthews, Editor, Wikipedia
  • 16. Entry points for Libraries
    • Entry points into the subject of Libraries/Librarians on Wikipedia:
    • Library and Information Science Portal:
    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Library_and_information_science
    • This portal is a ‘featured portal’ meaning it is “regarded as
    • being particularly useful, attractive, and well-maintained.”
    • Topic list:
    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_basic_library_and_information_science_topics
    • Project to introduce Librarians to Wikipedia and
    • the world of Wikipedians, and vice versa!
    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Librarians
  • 17. Exposing your collection!
    • Create an entry for your organisation on Wikipedia, as the
    • California Digital Library and Bodleian Library have done
    • Allow users to find your collection by creating external links
    • on relevant pages for example:
    • Create a link to Maxton Papers on I.L.P article
    • Becoming involved in improving and updating the Library
    • and Information Science portal: LIS Portal
  • 18.  
  • 19.  
  • 20. Forthcoming Book
    • ‘ How Wikipedia Works ’ by Matthews et al.
    • Publication date: May/June 2008
    • No Starch Press Ltd.
    • By Charles R. Matthews and Phoebe Ayers,
    • both Librarians, who sit on Wikipedia’s
    • Arbitration Board.
    • ISBN 10: 1-59327-176-X
    • ISBN 13:9781593271763
  • 21. For the really pro-active…
    • Use the free Wikimedia software to create
    • a Wiki for your own collection, independent
    • of the main Wikipedia site
    • Get involved in the WikiLibrary Project
    • run by Michael Sauers and others
    • Add learning materials on Cataloguing to
    • Wikiversity to encourage awareness of the
    • profession
    • Upload some text/images to Wikipedia Commons
  • 22. No way to ignore it…
    • Even if you do not wish to become an active
    • proponent of Wikipedia, it is still a good
    • idea to check from time to time, that links to
    • your site, mentions of your institution
    • or images/text taken from your collection
    • and added to Wikipedia comply with
    • copyright regulations.
  • 23.