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Vlora free software in the Balkans

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Presentation - 12 September 2010 at the Free Software in the Balkans conference - Given at the Vlora university Albania.

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Vlora free software in the Balkans

  1. 1. Gerard Meijssen Stichting Open Progress How to make a great Wikipedia
  2. 2. Wikipedia is fun, and informative
  3. 3. What articles are MOST informative <ul><li>The articles that people actually read </li><ul><li>Background information to the news
  4. 4. Background information to sport events
  5. 5. Information about sex </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Select a local paper
  7. 7. Select subjects from all sections
  8. 8. Start with small articles, with many links </li><ul><li>Red links are good
  9. 9. Interwiki links are important </li></ul><li>Google is your friend </li><ul><li>Articles can be found in a couple of hours
  10. 10. Remember this is the News so it is of interest </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Your pictures, your illustrations, your articles <ul><li>Use your own pictures as much as possible </li><ul><li>Share them on Commons
  12. 13. In this way you share your culture world wide </li></ul><li>Children in schools will copy your articles and use your pictures
  13. 14. Translate articles about your country or culture in English </li></ul>
  14. 16. Fun is serious business, seriously <ul><li>Fun is the greatest motivator
  15. 17. Fun builds a community
  16. 18. Shared fun and satisfaction will make you come back
  17. 19. Share tips and tricks with newbies </li><ul><li>Give them time to be stupid and to grow up </li></ul></ul>
  18. 21. Seriously, what to do <ul><li>Localise MediaWiki and other software
  19. 22. Being well read is a strategic choice
  20. 23. Collaborate widely, share skills widely
  21. 24. Use IRC, Skype, Mailing lists
  22. 25. Consider the benefits of a chapter
  23. 26. WRITE GREAT ARTICLES
  24. 27. ILLUSTRATE THEM
  25. 28. USE BOTS, TM's but use them cleverly </li></ul>
  26. 29. Most importantly..

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