We all use Wikipedia, but what
do we really know about it?
Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia
• Freely licensed without restrictions
• All content created & maintained by
• Non-profit educational project,
supported by Wikimedia Foundation
• All edits/versions are recorded
• Software: MediaWiki
Biggest. Encyclopedia. Ever.
5,377,555+ articles in English alone
44 million+ articles in 295 different
article is a
process, not a
Global community site:
A Hybrid of Tool & Community
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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
Or type in search shortcut WP:N
Wikipedia Content Standards
• Neutral Point of View
reliable sources, cited correctly
• No “original research”
i.e. unpublished data, opinions,
• Assume good faith towards
• Avoid conflict of interest (i.e.
creating a page about yourself) See Wikipedia: Policies
Do I have to register an account?
No, but there are lots of advantages to doing so.
• A record of your work builds credibility & signals
membership in the community
• More privacy, since anonymous contributors’ IP
address is recorded
• More editing privileges: ability to create/rename
articles, upload images, edit preferences
NOTE: There should be a 1:1 ratio between editors
and accounts on Wikipedia. Shared accounts are not
Can I edit the Wikipedia article
about my workplace? My boss?
Possibly, but ONLY under the right conditions.
“When advancing outside interests is more important
to an editor than advancing the aims of Wikipedia,
that editor stands in a conflict of interest (CoI).”
Your #1 priority must be: making a
better, more useful encyclopedia article.
Avoid Conflict of Interest Editing
• Register a unique user account
• Disclose your affiliations (see sample CoI
• Cite authoritative sources
• Don’t remove “controversies”
• Recognize that no one person can
“own” a Wikipedia article or control
Step 1 - Register a user account
1. Go to en.wikipedia.org, click “Create
2. Choose a username and password
Step 2 – Check for Visual Editor
1.Go to Preferences (top) and the Editing tab
2.Scroll down to Editor section
3.Uncheck Temporarily disable the visual editor
4.Change Editing mode to Show me both editor tabs
5.Hit the SAVE button
Step 3 - Create a user page, and/or a
1. Click the red link at the top with your
Username on it, OR the “Sandbox”
2. Write something on the new page (Hello
world!) and click Show Preview.
3. Leave a comment about what you did in
the “Edit Summary” box, and then click