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Getting started-wikipedia-wiki apa2014

  1. 1. Schedule 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Welcome 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM - About the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM – Introductions and New Editor Tutorial 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM - Lunch, courtesy of Wikimedia DC 1:30 PM - 4:45 PM - Editing Wikipedia 4:45 PM - 5:00 - Document your outcomes/results
  2. 2. A Beginner’s Guide to Contributing to Wikipedia Wikipedia APA Editathon Washington, D.C. May 10, 2014 #WikiAPA
  3. 3. 1. Name 2. Level of experience contributing to Wikipedia 3. What are you hoping to get out of your participation today? Introductions
  4. 4. Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia • Freely licensed without restrictions • All content created & maintained by volunteers • Non-profit education project, one of many supported by the Wikimedia Foundation • All edits/versions are recorded indefinitely • 4,510,785+ articles, 287 languages (see size of Wikipedia)
  5. 5. Who or what merits an article in Wikipedia? If a person or topic has received significant coverage in reliable sources that are independent of the subject, then it is deemed “notable.” See
  6. 6. Wikipedia Content Standards  Neutral Point of View  Verifiability reliable sources, cited correctly  No “original research” i.e. unpublished data, opinions, speculation  Assume good faith towards other editors  Avoid conflict of interest (i.e. editing page about self, boss) See Wikipedia: Policies and guidelines
  7. 7. WikiProjects WikiProjects = venues on Wikipedia where editors coordinate coverage around a particular field or topic Real examples: WikiProject Architecture WikiProject Fungi WikiProject Visual Arts WikiProject Martial Arts WikiProject Feminism WikiProject District of Columbia Lactarius indigo, Dan Molter [CC-BY-SA-3.0]
  8. 8. #GLAMWiki Project: A Global Network and Community
  9. 9. Wikipedia & GLAMs: a relationship of mutual benefit Wikipedia benefits from GLAM resources, resulting in better articles and higher quality of sources cited GLAMs benefit from having information about their collections available to a larger audience, and from the experience of working with volunteers Online researchers & students benefit from consulting better quality, authoritative Wikipedia articles Volunteer editors benefit from the learning experience of researching, writing and collaborating on articles
  12. 12. Step 1 - Register a user account 1. Go to, click “Create Account” 2. Choose a username and password  There should be a 1:1 ratio between editors and accounts on Wikipedia. Sharing an account is not allowed, so you should not create an account in the name of your organization. Advantages of registering an account: – A record of your work builds credibility – More privacy, since anonymous contributors’ IP address is recorded – Ability to create/rename articles, upload images, edit preferences – Signals membership in the community
  13. 13. Step 2 – Turn on “Visual Editor” 1. Click the Preferences link at the top of the page 2. Visit the Beta features tab, scroll down and check the box “VisualEditor”
  14. 14. Step 3 - Create a user page 1. Click the link at the top with your username on it. 2. Write something (i.e. “Hello world”) and click Show Preview. 3. Leave a comment under Edit Summary explaining what you did. Now you have a user page! This user page can be personalized—or not—as you want. Some GLAM employees may wish to post a conflict of interest statement:
  15. 15. Edit Source Edit beta MediaWiki software markup language Type WP:CHEAT in the search box for more information a.k.a. “Visual Editor,” what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG) Type WP:VE/UG in the search box for more information Relatively simple to learn, especially if you have any experience with HTML Familiar symbols for formatting, similar to word processing programs Best for ultimate control and ability to customize the page; working with wiki “templates” {{ }} Best for making straightforward textual edits, adding links, headings, etc. Not very good for people who dislike or get confused by markup languages! Also it is easy to lose your place, or make a typo. Always click “Show Preview” before saving! Not very good for the more complex wiki markup, such as “templates” {{ }}, still a work in progress, so it can be buggy and/or confusing at times.
  16. 16. Citing Sources Editbeta 1. Click on More > Reference 2. Type or paste in a new citation, or click the Existing reference button to cite the same source again Edit Source • Paste in reference (inside <ref></ref> tags) directly Check out reference generators: • Or, use Cite > Templates or Cite > Named references in the editing toolbar
  17. 17. Adding Categories Categories appear at the bottom of the page Warning: they are hierarchical, not like tags! (example: women novelists issue) Learn more: Wikipedia:CAT
  18. 18. Creating a new article 1. Do some searching around to confirm the article doesn’t exist under a different name. 2. Draft the article stub in your user Sandbox. 3. Search (unsuccessfully) for the exact name of the article you want to create. 4. Click on the resulting redlink to create the page, paste in code from your Sandbox, Save. NOTE: “Submit for review” is not required for registered editors. Be bold!
  19. 19. Images: Wikimedia Commons vs. “Non-free Use” rationale • Wikimedia Commons image – –Example: Teton Range (Ansel Adams photo) • Non-free image – –Example: Look Mickey
  20. 20. Thank others for their work! Ways to bring a positive & collaborative spirit to the community
  21. 21. Share the WikiLove!