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Getting started-wikipedia-april2014


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Introduction to Wikipedia for Library of Congress editathon on April 11, 2014

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Getting started-wikipedia-april2014

  1. 1. Welcome to Wikipedia: New Editor Orientation Africa Collection Edit-a-thon Library of Congress April 11, 2014
  2. 2. Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia • Free as in beer & free as in speech • Content created entirely by volunteers, anyone can edit! • Non-profit educational project supported by the Wikimedia Foundation • All changes/versions recorded indefinitely • 4,489,877+ articles in English Wikipedia alone; encyclopedias in 287 languages (see size of Wikipedia)
  3. 3. A Hybrid of Tool & Community A Wiki is software, but also a group of people who care. The content of the site as well as the rules governing the community are eternal works in progress.
  4. 4. Who or what merits an article in Wikipedia? If a person or topic has received significant coverage in reliable sources that are independent of the subject, then it is deemed “notable.” See
  5. 5. Wikipedia Content Standards  It is an encyclopedia (duh)  Neutral point of view  All facts must be verified by reliable sources  Assume good faith towards other editors  Avoid conflict of interest (i.e. writing about self, boss) See Wikipedia: Policies and guidelines
  8. 8. Step 1 - Register a user account Advantages of registering an account: – A record of your work builds credibility – More privacy, since anonymous contributors’ IP address is recorded – Ability to create/rename articles, upload images, edit preferences – Signals membership in the community 1. Go to, click “Create Account” 2. Choose a username and password There should be a 1:1 ratio between editors and accounts on Wikipedia. Sharing an account is not allowed, so you should not create an account in the name of your organization.
  9. 9. Step 2 – Turn on “Visual Editor” 1. Click the Preferences link at the top of the page 2. Visit the Editing tab, scroll down to Usability Features, and check the box “Enable Visual Editor”
  10. 10. Step 3 - Create a user page 1. Click the link at the top with your username on it. 2. Write something (i.e. “Hello world”) and click Show Preview. 3. Leave a comment under Edit Summary explaining what you did. Now you have a user page! This user page can be personalized—or not—as you want. You may wish to post a conflict of interest statement if close to subject:
  11. 11. Edit Source Edit beta MediaWiki software markup language Type WP:CHEAT in the search box for more information a.k.a. “Visual Editor,” what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG) Type WP:VE/UG in the search box for more information Relatively simple to learn, especially if you have any experience with HTML Familiar symbols for formatting, similar to word processing programs Best for ultimate control and ability to customize the page; working with wiki “templates” {{ }} Best for making straightforward textual edits, adding links, headings, etc. Not very good for people who dislike or get confused by markup languages! Also it is easy to lose your place, or make a typo. Always click “Show Preview” before saving! Not very good for the more complex wiki markup, such as “templates” {{ }}, still a work in progress, so it can be buggy and/or confusing at times.
  12. 12. Citing references in “Edit Source” Use Cite > Templates (or Named references) OR, paste in reference (inside <ref></ref> tags) directly. Check out reference generators:
  13. 13. Creating a new article 1. Do some searching around to confirm the article doesn’t exist under a different name. 2. Draft the article stub in your user Sandbox. 3. Search (unsuccessfully) for the exact name of the article you want to create. 4. Click on the resulting redlink to create the page, paste in code from your Sandbox, Save. NOTE: “Submit for review” is not required for registered editors. Be bold!
  14. 14. Images: Wikimedia Commons vs. “Non-free Use” rationale • Wikimedia Commons image – –Example: Teton Range (Ansel Adams photo) • Non-free image – –Example: Look Mickey
  15. 15. Thank others for their work! Ways to bring a positive & collaborative spirit to the community
  16. 16. Share the WikiLove!
  17. 17. Keep in touch! • Twitter: follow #GLAMwiki • Email lists: • Come out for more events! In Washington, D.C.,