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  • Getting to grips with Wikipedia - Brian Kelly & Nancy Graham

    1. 1. Wikipedia Editing: Training the Trainer Brian Kelly Innovation Advocate Cetis University of Bolton Bolton, UK Contact Details Email: ukwebfocus@gmail.com Twitter: @briankelly Cetis Web site: http://www.cetis.ac.uk/ Blog: http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/ 1 Slides and further information available at http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/ events/lilac-2014-information-literacy-wikipedia-edit-a-thon/ Slides prepared as a contingency for an Wikipedia edit-a-thon session to be held at LILAC 2014
    2. 2. Abstract Abstract You know about editing Wikipedia articles, including the technical aspects and the Wikipedia culture. This session will describe approaches for developing and delivering a Wikipedia training session for new Wikipedia users. The session will provide a case study based on the approaches taken for the Wikipedia workshop sessions at the LILAC 2014 conference. 2
    3. 3. Topics Approaches to the following aspects: • Registration • Creating a Wikipedia profile • Editing existing articles • Creating new articles • What can go wrong? • Conforming with Wikipedia principles • Running a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon • Useful resources • Question time and discussion 3 The Wikipedia Editing session The Wikipedia Edit-a-thon session
    4. 4. Case Study 1 Based on one-hour workshop at • Wikipedia Editing Workshop at SpotOn 2013 conference • Abstract and resources available at http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/events/ spoton-2013-wikipedia-editing-workshop/ • Report at http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/2013/11/ 11/facilitating-a-wikipedia-editing-session-the-solo13- experience/ • Storify summary at http://storify.com/briankelly/wikipedia-editing- workshop-at-spoton-2013 Formed the basis of the session at the LILAC 2014 conference 4 BasicEditing
    5. 5. About the SpotOn Session Aims: To ensure that science researchers (with own devices) created a Wikipedia account & user profile and could discuss use of Wikipedia for scientific researchers in an hour Numbers: About 15-20 researchers/science communicators Concerns and Solutions: Room not conducive to collaboration! Chairs moved into circles before session started. Would the WiFi work (firewalls, bandwidth, …)? Screenshots and discussions planned. Would session aims be achievable in time? Try it and see! Would participants find the session useful? Realtime evaluation by encouraging use of Twitter 5 BasicEditing
    6. 6. Structure of Workshop Structure of hour-long session: • About the session including Why Wikipedia is important; About the facilitators & participants: 4 slides 6 BasicEditing Some had edited articles; some had created an account in advance but others hadn‟t
    7. 7. Structure of Workshop Structure of hour-long session: • About the session • Creating an account: 1 slide. Now login and do it! (not needed for some, so some moved on to next part, creating or editing user profile based on existing profiles) 7 BasicEditing
    8. 8. Structure of Workshop Structure of hour-long session: • About the session • Creating an account • Creating a user profile: 4 slides Now create a profile using plain text 8 BasicEditing
    9. 9. Structure of Workshop Structure of hour-long session • About the session • Creating an account • Creating a user profile • Wikimedia syntax (formatting, headings and links): 1 slide Now improve your profile; feel free to reuse ideas for profiles we‟ve shown. Slide left on screen during exercise. 9 BasicEditing
    10. 10. Structure of Workshop Structure of hour-long session • About the session • Creating an account • Creating a user profile • Wikimedia syntax (formatting, headings and links) • Next steps (adding metadata and finding pages to be improved): 4 slides 10 BasicEditing
    11. 11. Structure of Workshop Structure of hour-long session • About the session • Creating an account • Creating a user profile • Basic Wikimedia syntax (formatting, headings and links) • Next steps (adding metadata and finding pages to be improved) • Further information (relevant to context): 5 slides 11 BasicEditing
    12. 12. Structure of Workshop Structure of hour-long session • About the session • Creating an account • Creating a user profile • Basic Wikimedia syntax (formatting, headings and links) • Next steps (adding metadata and finding pages to be improved) • Further information (relevant to context) • Creating new articles and Wikipedia principles: 5 slides By now participants should have created content. Can now discuss the theory. 12 BasicEditing
    13. 13. Structure of Workshop Structure of hour-long session • About the session • Creating an account • Creating a user profile • Wikimedia syntax (formatting, headings and links) • Next steps (adding metadata and finding pages to be improved) • Further information (relevant to context) • Creating new articles and Wikipedia principles • About the Wikimedia Foundation and other Wikimedia projects: 4 slides Slides prepared in case of technical problems or if time and interest 13 BasicEditing
    14. 14. Structure of Workshop Structure of hour-long session • About the session • Creating an account • Creating a user profile • Wikimedia syntax (formatting, headings and links) • Next steps (adding metadata and finding pages to be improved) • Further information (relevant to context) • Creating new articles and Wikipedia principles • About the Wikimedia Foundation and other Wikimedia projects • Important but confusions syntax (references) and conclusions: 2 slides 14 BasicEditing
    15. 15. Feedback Approaches: • Live tweeting encouraged • Photos welcomed • Storify summary of tweets • Helped to gain feedback and monitor timings 15 Timings of tweets: 14.30-15.30 Workshop 14.30-14.58 Interests described 14.49- User profiles published BasicEditing
    16. 16. Behind The Scenes What we did to minimise risks: • Asked people to create Wikipedia account in advance (as only six new accounts can be created from same IP address in a 24 hour period) • Included annotated screenshots of key pages • Support of experienced Wikipedia expert • Focus on editing, with discussions at end and when relevant issues raised 16 BasicEditing Questions: • What other possible problems might be (or have been) encountered? • How would you respond to such problems?
    17. 17. Case Study 2 Based on plans for three hour workshop at • Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Workshop at LILAC 2014 conference • Abstract and resources available shortly We don‟t know if the plans worked! 17
    18. 18. Case Study 2: Plans Options for an edit-a-thon session at LILAC 2014: • Participants to improve existing random articles • Create new articles based on participant‟s personal interests • Create new article(s) based on participant‟s shared interests • Edit an existing article 18 What we felt: • Wikipedia is about collaborative work • LILAC participants will have shared interests in information literacy • We should seek to collaboratively edit a relevant Wikipedia article Edit-a-thon
    19. 19. Information Literacy Wikipedia article The Information Literacy Wikipedia article at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_literacy 19 Encouragement to improve article Article has a US bias Edit-a-thon
    20. 20. Information Literacy Talk Page Plans to inform the community of intentions to update IL article to be shared on talk page 20
    21. 21. Using the Talk Page 21 Existing suggestions (in Jan 2014): • Info about LILAC conferences • Significant overhaul of article
    22. 22. Using The Talk Page 22 My signature Announcing intention to add (significant) new content / section. Edit-a-thon
    23. 23. Dangers of Edit Conflicts Human protocols to minimise edit conflicts at edit-a- thons? 23
    24. 24. Possible Options Aim: To update the IL Wikipedia article with information about UK perspectives on IL Approaches: • Create new section in article • Inform IL community of plans on Talk page • Agree on sub-sections and core text with IL community • Create as a draft article • Publish at LILAC 2014 • Update (including new sub-sections) at Wikipedia session 24
    25. 25. Monitoring the Talk Page Set up a Watch list for the „Talk‟ page (rather than Article page 25
    26. 26. Further Plans We have described approaches for collaborative editing of an article of shared interest But what if some participants : • Prefer to work on their own • Prefer to master editing basics before editing a live article • Don‟t have an interest in the topic Or something goes wrong with access to the article e.g. • Article is locked (cf. Margaret Thatcher article) • Access to page is not available • Community disagrees with update plans; …) • No network access available! 26 Edit-a-thon Additional approaches taken: • Additional related articles identified • Links provided to pages which have been flagged for updating • Discussion group exercises planned What else could be done?
    27. 27. Basic Wikipedia Training (1) https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/ Basic_Wikipedia_training 27 AdditionalResources
    28. 28. Basic Wikipedia Training (2) https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/ Basic_Wikipedia_training 28 AdditionalResources
    29. 29. Basic Wikipedia Training (3) Useful to ensure examples and context is relevant to participants interests (e.g. science researchers; librarians; …) 29 AdditionalResources
    30. 30. Advanced Approaches to Training Further areas which could be covered (in a longer session) Content: • References • Templates: how to use; how to create • WikiMedia Commons: how to upload; how to use • … Training environment: • SysAdmin privileges • Templates: templates for training courses e.g. used in Queen Victoria Diaries edit-a-thon: {{QueenVic}} 30 AdditionalResources
    31. 31. Questions Any questions, comments, …?
    32. 32. This presentation, “Wikipedia Editing: Training the Trainer” by Brian Kelly, Cetis is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence Note the licence covers most of the text in this presentation. Images may have other licence conditions. Where possible links are provided to the source of images so that licence conditions can be found. 32 Slides and further information available at http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/events/lilac-2014-information-literacy- wikipedia-edit-a-thon/ Licence and Additional Resources

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