Wikipedia workshop, SpotOn 2013 Conference


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Slides for an hour-long workshop on Wikipedia Editing facilitated by Brian Kelly, Innovation Advocate at Cetis, University of Bolton and Toni Sant at the SpotOn 2013 conference from 14.30-15.30 on Saturday 9 November 2013.

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Wikipedia workshop, SpotOn 2013 Conference

  1. 1. Wikipedia Editing : A Hands-on Workshop at SpotOn 2013 A hands-on session at Spoton 2013 facilitated by Brian Kelly, Cetis and Toni Sant, Wikimedia UK / Hull University Twitter hashtag: #solo13wiki Slides available under a Creative Commons (CC-BY) licence Slides, etc. available at SpotOn 2013
  2. 2. About This Session Abstract Wikipedia provides an ideal tool for making information about science more readily accessible to a wide community, ranging from school children, the general public with an interest in science and policy makers as well as other scientists. 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. Please bring a laptop or wifi enabled device. Session hashtag: #solo13wiki 2
  3. 3. Motivation Let’s accept these arguments and focus on how to create or edit Wikipedia articles Session hashtag: #solo13wiki 3
  4. 4. About the Facilitators Brian Kelly: • Innovation Advocate at Cetis, Bolton University • Was UK Web Focus at UKOLN from 1996-2013 • Contact details: • Email: • Twitter: @briankelly Wikipedia: User:Lisbk Toni Sant: • Director of Research, University of Hull's School of Arts and New Media in Scarborough • Education Organiser for Wikimedia UK • Contact details: • Email: • Twitter: @tonisant Wikipedia: User:ToniSant Session hashtag: #solo13wiki 4
  5. 5. About You Who has: • Little or no experience of Wikipedia? • Created or made significant edits to Wikipedia articles? • Not yet registered for a Wikipedia Let’s multitask – login and begin tasks account? while we talk In less than one hour you will attempt to: A. Create a Wikipedia account and create inform about yourself and your interests B. Identify pages to improve and make improvements C. Identify gaps and create stub articles Session hashtag: #solo13wiki 5
  6. 6. Creating an Account A: New users You will: • Create a Wikipedia account (go to and register!) • Create a user profile & add personal details (e.g. name, organisation, interests, …) • Add hyperlinks to (a) external Web sites (e.g. your organisation) and (b) Wikipedia articles (e.g. areas of interest) • Add simple formatting See the following user profile examples: Session hashtag: #solo13wiki 6
  7. 7. Templated content Formatted text Automatically-generated table of contents Links to Web site Heading Body text Links to Wikipedia articles Session hashtag: #solo13wiki 7
  8. 8. Metadata (based on controlled vocabulary) … Bulleted list References defined using <ref>citation info</ref> References displayed using {{<reflist>}} can be processed Session hashtag: #solo13wiki 8
  9. 9. Creating Your User Profile Getting started: NB: You’ll need to make > 9 edits before you can create a new article. • Go to home page at (or SpotOnWiki) and click on Register 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 Session hashtag: #solo13wiki 9
  10. 10. Creating Your User Profile Click on your username The user profile page doesn’t exist so create it Session hashtag: #solo13wiki 10
  11. 11. Basic Wikipedia Edit Syntax Heading Sub-heading Formatted text (bold) Formatted text (italicised) ==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. NB: There is also a WYSIWYG interface for editing ===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. Link to Wikipedia article ==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 [ blog posts about Wikipedia] on my [ UK Web Focus blog]. Session hashtag: #solo13wiki Link to Web site 11
  12. 12. Further Wikipedia Edit Syntax User’s timezone Userbox User’s country {{userboxtop|}} {{Template:User time zone|UTC+1|watch}} Date joined Wikipedia {{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. Session hashtag: #solo13wiki 12
  13. 13. Ukwebfocus profile Page Session hashtag: #solo13wiki 13
  14. 14. Improving Pages (1 of 2) B: Novice users For novice users: • Go to /Special:GettingStarted • Select option to fix typos or improve clarity Session hashtag: #solo13wiki 14
  15. 15. Improving Pages (2 of 2) B: Novice users Click here to edit page Improving pages Session hashtag: #solo13wiki 15
  16. 16. 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 Session hashtag: #solo13wiki 16
  17. 17. Life of the Microattributions Article I created after the SOLO 2011 conference Session hashtag: #solo13wiki 17
  18. 18. Life of the Microattributions Article Session hashtag: #solo13wiki The article on 6 Nov 2013 18
  19. 19. Life of the Microattribution Article The article: • Created after Microattribution panel session at SOLO 2011 on 2 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 • Significant content from Jan Velterop and Jodi.a.schneider • 460 views in past 90 days Session hashtag: #solo13wiki 19
  20. 20. 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 Session hashtag: #solo13wiki 20
  21. 21. 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 Session hashtag: #solo13wiki 21
  22. 22. 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 nonconfrontational manner) Such approaches are welcomed by the Wikipedia community Session hashtag: #solo13wiki 22
  23. 23. 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 Session hashtag: #solo13wiki 23
  24. 24. 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. Session hashtag: #solo13wiki 24
  25. 25. 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 Session hashtag: #solo13wiki 25
  26. 26. 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 wikibased 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 Session hashtag: #solo13wiki 26
  27. 27. 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 5 Nov 2013): • A total of 4,368,077 content articles and 31,452,622 pages. • Seen 661,985,355 edits by 20,034,424 registered users. Session hashtag: #solo13wiki 27
  28. 28. 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. Session hashtag: #solo13wiki 28
  29. 29. 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. Session hashtag: #solo13wiki 29
  30. 30. About Wikimedia Projects (3) Wikimedia projects include: • Wikispecies, an open, wiki-based project to provide a central, more extensive species database for taxonomy. • Wikidata, launched in October 2012, aims to create a free knowledge base about the world that can be read and edited by humans and machines alike. Session hashtag: #solo13wiki 30
  31. 31. References in Wikipedia Articles References for the Microattribution Article <ref>{{cite web|title=On microattribution| url= |publisher=[[Gobbledygook]]|accessdate=3 October 2011}}</ref> <ref>{{cite web|title=What is the Human Variome Project?| url=| publisher=[[Nature Genetics]]|accessdate=26 October 2011}}</ref> See on how to create references Session hashtag: #solo13wiki 31
  32. 32. Questions Any questions, comments, …? Session hashtag: #solo13wiki 32