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World oceansday wiki-snyder2015


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World oceansday wiki-snyder2015

  1. 1. Sara Snyder User:Sarasays @sosarasays
  2. 2. 1. Your name, affiliation 2. Have you ever edited Wikipedia before? 3. What are you hoping to get out of today’s event? Introductions
  3. 3. We all use Wikipedia, but what do we really know about it?
  4. 4. Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia • Freely licensed without restrictions • All content created & maintained by volunteers • Non-profit educational project, supported by Wikimedia Foundation • All edits/versions are recorded indefinitely • Software: MediaWiki
  5. 5. Biggest. Encyclopedia. Ever. • 4,887,197+ articles in English (see size of Wikipedia) • 35 million articles in 288 different languages
  6. 6. “A Wikipedia article is a process, not a product.” -Clay Shirky Global community site: A Hybrid of Tool & Community
  7. 7. 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 Or type in search shortcut WP:N
  8. 8. Wikipedia Content Standards • Neutral Point of View • Verifiability reliable sources, cited correctly • No “original research” i.e. unpublished data, opinions, speculation • Assume good faith towards other editors • Avoid conflict of interest (i.e. creating a page about yourself) See Wikipedia: Policies and guidelines
  9. 9. 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 allowed.
  10. 10. Can I edit the Wikipedia article about my workplace? My boss? My grandma? 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.
  11. 11. Avoid Conflict of Interest Editing • Register a unique user account • Disclose your affiliations (see sample CoI Statement) • Cite authoritative sources • Don’t remove “controversies” • Recognize that no one person can “own” a Wikipedia article or control its content
  14. 14. Step 1 - Register a user account 1. Go to, click “Create Account” 2. Choose a username and password
  15. 15. Step 2 –Turn on “Visual Editor” 1. Click the Preferences link at the top of the page 2. Visit the Beta features tab, scroll down and check the box “VisualEditor”
  16. 16. 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.
  17. 17. Step 3 - Create a user page or sandbox 1. Click the red link at the top with your username on it, or “sandbox” 2. Write something and click Show Preview. 3. Save. It is good to get in the habit of leaving a comment too!
  18. 18. Citing Sources
  19. 19. A process for creating new articles 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” button is not required for registered editors.
  20. 20. Images: Wikimedia Commons vs. “Non-free Use” rationale Wikimedia Commons image Example: Teton Range Non-free image Example: Look Mickey
  21. 21. Thank others for their work! Ways to bring a positive & collaborative spirit to the community
  22. 22. To stay in touch and attend future events in the D.C. area: