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How Wikipedia Works (2013)

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Overview of Wikimedia projects and Wikipedia; library/librarian-focused examples. No background knowledge needed; new editor focused. Numbers current as of March 2013.

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How Wikipedia Works (2013)

  1. 1. How Wikipedia Works Phoebe Ayers Wikimedia UC Davis Libraries
  2. 2. Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.
  3. 3. What is Wikimedia? 12 projects 280 languages 100,000 active individual editors 100s of local meetup groups 38 local/national level chapters 150 employees at the Wikimedia Foundation, San Francisco 1,130,000 individual financial donors (in 2011-12) 500,000,000 readers
  4. 4. The cultivated person’s first duty is to always be prepared to rewrite the encyclopedia. -Umberto Eco
  5. 5. Wikimania 2005
  6. 6. [[user:Walkerma]]
  7. 7. Bangalore, 2010
  8. 8. Wikimania, Buenos Aires 2009
  9. 9. David Ferrieio, Wikimania 2012
  10. 10. Wikimania, Haifa 2011
  11. 11. assume shared goals, shared principles and good faith – but diversity: in interest, background, nationalities, senses of humor, political opinions
  12. 12. Values• Free [to use and reuse]• Volunteer-written• Supported by readers• Everyone can participate• Neutral, encyclopedic, factual• No top down editorial control:• Community curated work
  13. 13. WikiProjects and to-do lists Or: what is there to do today?
  14. 14. History of an article
  15. 15. Edit summarycompare username Date of edit Their other contributions Revision of an article – one “edit”
  16. 16. Evaluating an article
  17. 17. Becoming an editor
  18. 18. Adding a reference
  19. 19. How to cite

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