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Getting to Grips with Wikipedia:
a Practical Session
Brian Kelly
Innovation Advocate
Cetis
University of Bolton
Bolton, UK...
Abstract
Abstract
Wikipedia provides an ideal tool for making information
more readily accessible to a wide community, ran...
Keeping a Record of the Session
To help future sessions
(which you may run):
• Live tweeting encouraged
• Use #lilac14 #wp...
Motivation
Let’s accept these
arguments and the
important role of
librarians in supporting
use of Wikipedia and
focus on h...
About the Facilitators
Brian Kelly:
• Innovation Advocate at Cetis, Bolton University
• Was UK Web Focus at UKOLN from 199...
About You
Who has:
• Little or no experience of Wikipedia?
• Created or made significant edits to Wikipedia
articles?
• No...
Creating an Account
You will:
• Create a Wikipedia
account
• Go to
https://en.wikipedia.org/
and click on Create Account
•...
Creating an Account
You will:
• Create a Wikipedia account
• Create a user profile & add personal details (e.g. name,
orga...
Today’s Goal : Create a User Profile
Nancy Graham’s user profile
9
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Msnancygraham
Today’s Goal : Create a User Profile
http://en.wikipedia.org/
wiki/User:Lawsonstu
10
Heading
Body text
Links to Web site
Links to Wikipedia articles
Templated content
Formatted
text
Automatically-generated
t...
Metadata (based on
controlled vocabulary) …
References displayed
using {{<reflist>}}
can be processed
References defined u...
Creating Your User Profile
Getting started:
• Go to home page at
wikipedia.org and
click on Create
account link
• Complete...
Click on your username
Creating Your User Profile
The user profile page doesn’t exist
so create it
14
==Brief Intro==
I am the '''Innovation Advocate''' at [[CETIS]], the ''Centre for
Educational Technology, Interoperability...
Userbox {{userboxtop|}}
{{Template:User time zone|UTC+1|watch}}
{{User United Kingdom}}
{{User Wikipedian For|year=2013|mo...
Ukwebfocus profile Page
17
Improving Pages (1 of 2)
For novice users:
• Go to
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Special:GettingStarted
• Select option t...
Improving pages
Click here to edit page
Improving Pages (2 of 2)
B: Novice
users
19
Creating (Stub) Articles
C:
Experienced
users
First ensure page doesn’t exist
Then:
• Make at least 10 edits to pages
• Cr...
Life of the Microattributions Article
I created after the
SOLO 2011 conference
21
Life of the Microattributions Article
The article on 6 Nov 2013 22
Life of the Microattribution Article
The article:
• Created after Microattribution
panel session at SOLO 2011
in Sept 2011...
Further Information
You should now have a Wikipedia account and user
profile page
Feel free to continue editing
Some optio...
Strategies for Creating New Articles (1)
When creating or editing Wikipedia articles you can:
• Engage with this new commu...
Strategies for Creating New Articles (2)
Alternatively when creating or editing Wikipedia articles
you can:
• Be bold!
• M...
Key Principles for Content (1)
No original research
All research must come from published sources e.g.
• Peer-reviewed jou...
Key Principles for Content (2)
Neutral Point of View
Content should be provided from a neutral point of view:
• If your vi...
The Five Pillars
Fundamental principles by which the Wikimedia
community operates...
Wikipedia:
1. is an encyclopedia
2. i...
About the Wikimedia Foundation
The Wikimedia Foundation:
• Is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to
encouraging...
About Wikipedia
Wikipedia is:
• Available in 140 languages.
• Attracting 470 million unique visitors monthly as of
Februar...
About Wikimedia Projects (1)
Wikimedia projects include:
• Wikipedia, a project to build free encyclopedias in all
languag...
About Wikimedia Projects (2)
Wikimedia projects include:
• Wikinews project has the mission to report the news
on a wide v...
References in Wikipedia Articles
References for the Microattribution Article
<ref>{{cite web|title=On microattribution|
ur...
Questions
Any questions, comments, …?
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Getting to Grips with Wikipedia: a Practical Session

  1. 1. Getting to Grips with Wikipedia: a Practical Session 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-getting-to-grips-with-wikipedia/ Event hashtag: #lilac14 Session hashtag: #wp Co-facilitator: Nancy Graham, University of Roehampton 14.25-14.55 on Wednesday 23 April 2014
  2. 2. Abstract Abstract Wikipedia provides an ideal tool for making information more readily accessible to a wide community, ranging from school children, students, researchers, policy makers and the general public. This session will provide an opportunity for those who may be new to Wikipedia to create a Wikipedia profile and even update existing Wikipedia articles. In this workshop participants will edit and perhaps even create Wikipedia pages. The session will take place in a PC cluster or you can use your own laptop or WiFi-enabled device. 2
  3. 3. Keeping a Record of the Session To help future sessions (which you may run): • Live tweeting encouraged • Use #lilac14 #wp hashtags • Photos welcomed • Storify summary of tweets • Helped to gain feedback and monitor timings 3 Timings of tweets: 14.30-15.30 Workshop 14.30-14.58 Interests described 14.49- User profiles published
  4. 4. Motivation Let’s accept these arguments and the important role of librarians in supporting use of Wikipedia and focus on how to create or edit Wikipedia articles https://wiki.wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Expert_outreach Note see also on Wikipedia: it’s not the evil elephant in the library reading room
  5. 5. About the Facilitators Brian Kelly: • Innovation Advocate at Cetis, Bolton University • Was UK Web Focus at UKOLN from 1996-2013 • Accredited Wikipedia trainer • Contact details:  Email: ukwebfocus@gmail.com  Twitter: @briankelly  Wikipedia: User:Lisbk Nancy Graham: • Library Academic Liaison Manager, University of Roehampton • Chair of the CILIP Information Literacy Group • Contact details:  Email: Nancy.Graham@roehampton.ac.uk  Twitter: @msnancygraham  Wikipedia: User:Msnancygraham 5
  6. 6. About You Who has: • Little or no experience of Wikipedia? • Created or made significant edits to Wikipedia articles? • Not yet registered for a Wikipedia account? In less than 30 minutes you will attempt to: A. Create a Wikipedia account and add information about yourself and your interests B. Identify pages to improve and make improvements C. Possibly identify gaps and create stub articles Let’s multitask – login and begin tasks while we talk 6
  7. 7. Creating an Account You will: • Create a Wikipedia account • Go to https://en.wikipedia.org/ and click on Create Account • Then complete the form A: New users 7
  8. 8. Creating an Account You will: • Create a Wikipedia account • Create a user profile & add personal details (e.g. name, organisation, interests, …) • Add hyperlinks to:  (a) external Web sites (e.g. your organisation)  (b) Wikipedia articles (e.g. areas of interest) • Add simple formatting See the following user profile examples: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Ukwebfocus http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Andrew_Gray http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:msnancygraham http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:ToniSant http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Lawsonstu 8 A: New users
  9. 9. Today’s Goal : Create a User Profile Nancy Graham’s user profile 9 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Msnancygraham
  10. 10. Today’s Goal : Create a User Profile http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/User:Lawsonstu 10
  11. 11. Heading Body text Links to Web site Links to Wikipedia articles Templated content Formatted text Automatically-generated table of contents http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:ToniSant 11
  12. 12. Metadata (based on controlled vocabulary) … References displayed using {{<reflist>}} can be processed References defined using <ref>citation info</ref> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Ukwebfocus Bulleted list 12
  13. 13. Creating Your User Profile Getting started: • Go to home page at wikipedia.org and click on Create account link • Complete registration details You then have the option to: • Fix spelling mistakes & grammatical errors • Improve the clarity of a page • Add links to pages • Other tasks, such as create your user profile NB: You’ll need to make > 9 edits before you can create a new article. 13
  14. 14. Click on your username Creating Your User Profile The user profile page doesn’t exist so create it 14
  15. 15. ==Brief Intro== I am the '''Innovation Advocate''' at [[CETIS]], the ''Centre for Educational Technology, Interoperability and Standards'' based at the [[University of Bolton]]. I started this new role on 28 October 2013. ===About The UKWebFocus Username=== From 1996-July 2013 I worked at UKOLN and my job title was '''UK Web Focus'''. I have used that name for a number of social media accounts. ==Engaging with the Wikimedia community== I created my first [[Wikipedia]] article, on [[Rapper Sword]] dancing, in 2004. I have created and edited a number of other articles since then including articles on [[Amplified conference]]s and [[Microattribution]]. I have written a number of [http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/category/wikipedia-2/ blog posts about Wikipedia] on my [http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/ UK Web Focus blog]. Heading Formatted text (italicised) Sub-heading Link to Web site Formatted text (bold) Basic Wikipedia Edit Syntax https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Ukwebfocus NB: There is also a WYSIWYG interface for editing Link to Wikipedia article 15
  16. 16. Userbox {{userboxtop|}} {{Template:User time zone|UTC+1|watch}} {{User United Kingdom}} {{User Wikipedian For|year=2013|month=11|day=06}} {{userboxbottom}} ==Brief Intro== I am the '''Innovation Advocate''' at [[CETIS]], the ''Centre for Educational Technology, Interoperability and Standards'' based at the [[University of Bolton]]. I started this new role on 28 October 2013. ===About The UKWebFocus Username=== From 1996-July 2013 I worked at UKOLN and my job title was '''UK Web Focus'''. I have used that name for a number of social media accounts. User’s timezone User’s country Date joined Wikipedia Further Wikipedia Edit Syntax https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Ukwebfocus 16
  17. 17. Ukwebfocus profile Page 17
  18. 18. Improving Pages (1 of 2) For novice users: • Go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Special:GettingStarted • Select option to fix typos or improve clarity B: Novice users 18
  19. 19. Improving pages Click here to edit page Improving Pages (2 of 2) B: Novice users 19
  20. 20. Creating (Stub) Articles C: Experienced users First ensure page doesn’t exist Then: • Make at least 10 edits to pages • Create it (live or in sandbox) • Provide links to it • See if it persists • See if it develops 20
  21. 21. Life of the Microattributions Article I created after the SOLO 2011 conference 21
  22. 22. Life of the Microattributions Article The article on 6 Nov 2013 22
  23. 23. Life of the Microattribution Article The article: • Created after Microattribution panel session at SOLO 2011 in Sept 2011 • Mike Peel encouraged creation of article and gave some suggestions • Initial page created on 6 Sept • Has changed significantly since launch • ~10 contributors • 460 views in past 90 days 23
  24. 24. Further Information You should now have a Wikipedia account and user profile page Feel free to continue editing Some optional topics which can be addressed: • Strategies for creating a new article • Key principles for content • The five pillars of Wikipedia • About Wikipedia • About the Wikimedia Foundation • About Wikimedia Projects • References in Wikipedia Articles 24
  25. 25. Strategies for Creating New Articles (1) When creating or editing Wikipedia articles you can: • Engage with this new community with care • Check proposed changes carefully with your peers & Wikipedia experts 25
  26. 26. Strategies for Creating New Articles (2) Alternatively when creating or editing Wikipedia articles you can: • Be bold! • Make changes – and see if they stick • Engage in discussions with others, but be prepared to argue your corner (though in a graceful and non-confrontational manner) 26 Such approaches are welcomed by the Wikipedia community
  27. 27. Key Principles for Content (1) No original research All research must come from published sources e.g. • Peer-reviewed journals • Peer-reviewed books • University-level textbooks • Magazines, journals and books published by respected publishing houses • Mainstream newspapers 27
  28. 28. Key Principles for Content (2) Neutral Point of View Content should be provided from a neutral point of view: • If your viewpoint is in the majority, then it should be easy to substantiate it with reference to commonly accepted reference texts; • If your viewpoint is held by a significant minority, then it should be easy to name prominent adherents; • If your viewpoint is held by an extremely small minority, then — whether it's true or not, whether you can prove it or not — it doesn't belong in Wikipedia, except perhaps in some ancillary article. 28
  29. 29. The Five Pillars Fundamental principles by which the Wikimedia community operates... Wikipedia: 1. is an encyclopedia 2. is written from a neutral point of view 3. is free content that anyone can edit / use/ modify / share 4. editors should respect each other 5. does not have any firm rules 29
  30. 30. About the Wikimedia Foundation The Wikimedia Foundation: • Is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual, educational content, and to providing the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge. • Operates some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia, a top-ten internet property. See http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Main_Page 30
  31. 31. About Wikipedia Wikipedia is: • Available in 140 languages. • Attracting 470 million unique visitors monthly as of February 2012. • Based on five pillars which describe its fundamental principles. Wikipedia had (on 21 April 2014): • A total of 4,497,538 content articles and 2,714,227 pages. • Seen 711,415,506 edits by 21,187,675 registered users. 31
  32. 32. About Wikimedia Projects (1) Wikimedia projects include: • Wikipedia, a project to build free encyclopedias in all languages. • Wiktionary, a project to create a multilingual free content dictionary in every language. • Wikiquote, a repository of quotations from famous people, books, speeches, films, … • Wikibooks, which aims to build a collection of free e- book resources, including textbooks, language courses, manuals, … • Wikisource, a multilingual project to archive a collection of free and open content texts. 32
  33. 33. About Wikimedia Projects (2) Wikimedia projects include: • Wikinews project has the mission to report the news on a wide variety of subjects. • Wikiversity is a project dedicated to learning materials and learning communities, as well as research. • Wikimedia Commons provides a central repository for free photographs, diagrams, maps, videos, animations, music, sounds, spoken texts, and other free media. It serves as a central repository for all Wikimedia projects. • MediaWiki is an open source community which maintains several software projects including the MediWiki engine used by all Wikimedia projects. • … 33
  34. 34. References in Wikipedia Articles References for the Microattribution Article <ref>{{cite web|title=On microattribution| url=http://blogs.plos.org/mfenner/2011/08/28/on-microattribution/ |publisher=[[Gobbledygook]]|accessdate=3 October 2011}}</ref> <ref>{{cite web|title=What is the Human Variome Project?| url=http://www.nature.com/ng/journal/v39/n4/full/ng0407-423.html| publisher=[[Nature Genetics]]|accessdate=26 October 2011}}</ref> See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Footnotes on how to create references
  35. 35. Questions Any questions, comments, …? 35
  36. 36. This presentation, ―Getting to grips with Wikipedia: a practical session‖ was facilitated by Brian Kelly, Cetis at the LILAC 2014 conference. The presentation 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. 36 Slides and further information available at http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/events/lilac-2014-getting-to-grips-with- wikipedia/ Licence and Additional Resources

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