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  • This is the standard About Wikimedia presentation. We use it as-is, or customize it for particular needs. It is kept updated by Sue and Erik.
  • More than 20 times larger than Britannica
  • Wikimedia Foundation - Wikipedia and journalism

    1. 1. Embracing Wikipedia: More than a research tool Sept 2009 Jay Walsh, Head of Communications
    2. 2. Ahead <ul><li>A little about Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>The five pillars of Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness and reality </li></ul><ul><li>Is Wikipedia news? </li></ul><ul><li>Find the story </li></ul><ul><li>Best practices </li></ul>/28
    3. 3. your presenter Me /28
    4. 4. <ul><li>The Wikimedia Foundation is the 501(c)(3) non-profit that runs Wikipedia. </li></ul>/28
    5. 5. <ul><li>Wikipedia is the largest encyclopedia in history: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2 billion+ words </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>14 million+ articles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4 million+ images </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>250+ languages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5 th most visited website (comScore June 2009) </li></ul></ul>The Free Encyclopedia /28 La enciclopedia libre Die freie Enzyklopädie Wolna encyklopedia De vrije encyclopedie الموسوعة الحرة L'encyclopédie libre Свободная энциклопедия 维基百科 フリー百科事典 L’enciclopedia libera
    6. 6. Wikipedia Global Traffic /28 Source: comScore Select information sites, monthly unique visitors
    7. 7. Wikipedia as platform <ul><li>Five Pillars </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia is an encyclopedia </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia has a neutral point of view </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia is free content </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia has a code of conduct </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia does not have firm rules </li></ul>/28
    8. 8. Wikipedia as platform <ul><li>&quot;Wikipedia's present power structure is a mix of anarchic, despotic, democratic, republican, meritocratic, plutocratic, and technocratic elements.&quot; </li></ul>/28
    9. 9. Common questions <ul><li>Do we control search (google) prominence? </li></ul><ul><li>Is anyone paid to edit? </li></ul><ul><li>Who takes responsibility? Who is in charge? </li></ul><ul><li>Who pays for this? </li></ul>/28
    10. 10. Wikipedia as the journalist’s friend real-time knowledge free resources dramatic depth stories within the stories /28
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    13. 14. [Citation needed] If you use content from Wikipedia, you may need to cite it. All text, CC-BY-SA creative commons BY (cite author/s) Share alike Images, may be CC-BY-SA Public domain (PD) GFDL Copyright / fair use Click the image, read carefully /28
    14. 15. Wikipedia as platform <ul><li>Caveats </li></ul><ul><li>Eternal memory </li></ul><ul><li>Ultimate transparency </li></ul><ul><li>Active and defensive editors who are linked by common principles and beliefs. </li></ul>/28
    15. 16. /28 Finding story in WP
    16. 17. Start in the ‘talk’ or ‘discussion’ page /28
    17. 18. ‘ history’ is where the real story happens /28
    18. 19. ‘ history’ is where the real story happens /28
    19. 20. Wikipedia and best practices No one is ‘excluded’ from editing in Wikipedia. No one is excluded from being banned or reverted. No one is truly in total control of the platform. /24
    20. 21. /24 Is Wikipedia news?
    21. 22. /22
    22. 23. Jay Walsh, Head of Communications [email_address]