Transparency Camp 2009 William Beutler    Government + Wikipedia: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Innovation Manager, Public ...
What Wikipedia really is <ul><li>The happy go-lucky PR speak: </li></ul><ul><li>“ the free online encyclopedia that anyone...
Wikipedia is the most important reference site in the world Intro  > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tool...
Oh noes! You’ve been caught! Intro  > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion
WikiScanner: An important tool, but offers no conclusions Intro  > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools ...
The dogma vs. the guidelines <ul><li>“ A dogma has developed … that suggests it is inappropriate for anyone to write about...
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Intro >  Good, Bad, Ugly  > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion
Going about it the wrong way <ul><li>Former Rep. Gil Gutknecht gets off on the right foot… </li></ul>Intro >  Good, Bad, U...
Going about it the wrong way <ul><li>… but somewhere along the line, it all goes wrong big-time. </li></ul>Intro >  Good, ...
Or the  really  wrong way <ul><li>Virginia Delegate Dave Albo won’t take “stop” for an answer… </li></ul>Intro >  Good, Ba...
On the bubble <ul><li>Former Rep. Marty Meehan was pretty close: </li></ul>Intro >  Good, Bad, Ugly  > Getting Started > T...
A better way to go about it <ul><li>Written by campaign volunteer, with relationship disclosed </li></ul>Intro >  Good, Ba...
Getting Started Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly >  Getting Started  > Transparency Tools > Conclusion
Create a [[WP:ACCOUNT]] for crying out loud <ul><li>“ If you are not logged in, all your edits are publicly associated wit...
Mixed signals in the [[WP:COI]] guideline? <ul><li>“ Editing in the interests of public relations is particularly  frowned...
Learn the [[WP:COI]] facts <ul><li>“ Where advancing outside interests is more important  to an editor than advancing  the...
Learn the policies and guidelines Approx. 50 mandatory policies, 150 pretty mandatory guidelines  Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly ...
<ul><li>No Original Research:   Have citations for everything – or it probably won’t stick. </li></ul><ul><li>Verifiabilit...
Non-controversial edits you can always make <ul><li>Removing  spam  and reverting  vandalism .  </li></ul><ul><li>Deleting...
But you can  encourage  controversial edits <ul><li>“ Those who feel the need to make controversial edits, in spite of a r...
Transparency Tools Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started >  Transparency Tools  > Conclusion
WikiRage and Popular Pages shows most edits, page views <ul><li>http://www.wikirage.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikip...
WikiDashboard shows an article’s top editors and patterns  <ul><li>http://tinyurl.com/wikidashboard   </li></ul>Intro > Go...
Edit Counter analyzes history of a single account <ul><li>http://tinyurl.com/soxrededitcounter   </li></ul><ul><li>Also tr...
WikiBlame tells who added – or removed – a given phrase <ul><li>http://tinyurl.com/wikiblame   </li></ul>Intro > Good, Bad...
The Future: Wikitrust, APIs, and who knows what else? <ul><li>http://tinyurl.com/wikitrust   </li></ul>Intro > Good, Bad, ...
Guess who’s still editing Wikipedia? <ul><li>IP “user” 143.231.249.141 – aka the U.S. House of Representatives -- is more ...
Thank You! Questions? <ul><li>Contact info: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wikipedia: User:WWB & User:NMS_Bill </li></ul></ul><...
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Government and Wikipedia: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

  1. 1. Transparency Camp 2009 William Beutler Government + Wikipedia: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Innovation Manager, Public Affairs
  2. 2. What Wikipedia really is <ul><li>The happy go-lucky PR speak: </li></ul><ul><li>“ the free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit.” </li></ul><ul><li>The behind-the-scenes description: </li></ul><ul><li>“ a neutral and unbiased compilation of </li></ul><ul><li>previously written, verifiable facts.” </li></ul><ul><li>A more realistic view: </li></ul><ul><li>an often useful but frequently </li></ul><ul><li>complicated and sometimes </li></ul><ul><li>unreliable place to start </li></ul><ul><li>doing research. </li></ul>Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion
  3. 3. Wikipedia is the most important reference site in the world Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion
  4. 4. Oh noes! You’ve been caught! Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion
  5. 5. WikiScanner: An important tool, but offers no conclusions Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion
  6. 6. The dogma vs. the guidelines <ul><li>“ A dogma has developed … that suggests it is inappropriate for anyone to write about themselves or anything they are personally involved with … the presumption seems to be that if an original source adds something to a Wikipedia entry, it must be false or spun or have some hidden agenda.” </li></ul><ul><li>– Blogger and consultant Rex Hammock, January 2007 </li></ul>“ [F]or every dodgy [edit] there are many, many more uncontroversial edits where people at the BBC have added information or changed a detail in good faith. The scanner also shows the same kind of results for a wide variety of other media organisations.“ – BBC's Head of Interactive News, Pete Clifton, August 2007 Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion
  7. 7. The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion
  8. 8. Going about it the wrong way <ul><li>Former Rep. Gil Gutknecht gets off on the right foot… </li></ul>Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion
  9. 9. Going about it the wrong way <ul><li>… but somewhere along the line, it all goes wrong big-time. </li></ul>Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion
  10. 10. Or the really wrong way <ul><li>Virginia Delegate Dave Albo won’t take “stop” for an answer… </li></ul>Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion
  11. 11. On the bubble <ul><li>Former Rep. Marty Meehan was pretty close: </li></ul>Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion
  12. 12. A better way to go about it <ul><li>Written by campaign volunteer, with relationship disclosed </li></ul>Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion
  13. 13. Getting Started Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion
  14. 14. Create a [[WP:ACCOUNT]] for crying out loud <ul><li>“ If you are not logged in, all your edits are publicly associated with your IP address at the time of that edit.” </li></ul>According to WikiScanner creator Virgil Griffith, 21% of Wikipedia edits are anonymous Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion
  15. 15. Mixed signals in the [[WP:COI]] guideline? <ul><li>“ Editing in the interests of public relations is particularly frowned upon. This includes, but is not limited to, edits made by public relations departments of corporations or governmental entities … with the sole intent of improving that organization's image.” </li></ul><ul><li>Compare To </li></ul><ul><li>“ Who has written the material should be irrelevant so long as these policies are closely adhered to.” </li></ul>Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion
  16. 16. Learn the [[WP:COI]] facts <ul><li>“ Where advancing outside interests is more important to an editor than advancing the aims of Wikipedia, that editor stands in a conflict of interest.” </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Conflict_of_interest </li></ul>Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion
  17. 17. Learn the policies and guidelines Approx. 50 mandatory policies, 150 pretty mandatory guidelines Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion
  18. 18. <ul><li>No Original Research: Have citations for everything – or it probably won’t stick. </li></ul><ul><li>Verifiability: Those citations must be high quality – no blogs (usually). </li></ul><ul><li>Neutral Point of View: No press release language or marketing-speak allowed. </li></ul>Start with the three primary content rules Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion
  19. 19. Non-controversial edits you can always make <ul><li>Removing spam and reverting vandalism . </li></ul><ul><li>Deleting content that violates Wikipedia's biography of living persons policy. </li></ul><ul><li>Fixing spelling and grammar errors. </li></ul><ul><li>Reverting or removing their own COI edits. Cleaning up your own mess is allowed and encouraged. </li></ul><ul><li>Making edits that have been agreed to on the talk page . </li></ul>Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion
  20. 20. But you can encourage controversial edits <ul><li>“ Those who feel the need to make controversial edits, in spite of a real or perceived conflict of interest, are strongly encouraged to submit proposed edits for review on the article's talk page along with a {{Request edit}} tag to attract users to review the edit.” </li></ul>{{Request edit}} (should get you the attention you need) Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion
  21. 21. Transparency Tools Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion
  22. 22. WikiRage and Popular Pages shows most edits, page views <ul><li>http://www.wikirage.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Popular_pages </li></ul>Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion
  23. 23. WikiDashboard shows an article’s top editors and patterns <ul><li>http://tinyurl.com/wikidashboard </li></ul>Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion
  24. 24. Edit Counter analyzes history of a single account <ul><li>http://tinyurl.com/soxrededitcounter </li></ul><ul><li>Also try: Interiot’s “Wannabe Kate” </li></ul>Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion
  25. 25. WikiBlame tells who added – or removed – a given phrase <ul><li>http://tinyurl.com/wikiblame </li></ul>Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion
  26. 26. The Future: Wikitrust, APIs, and who knows what else? <ul><li>http://tinyurl.com/wikitrust </li></ul>Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion
  27. 27. Guess who’s still editing Wikipedia? <ul><li>IP “user” 143.231.249.141 – aka the U.S. House of Representatives -- is more active than most Wikipedians: </li></ul>Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion
  28. 28. Thank You! Questions? <ul><li>Contact info: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wikipedia: User:WWB & User:NMS_Bill </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter: @williambeutler </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Blog P.I.: http://blogpi.net </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Wikipedian: http:// thewikipedian.net </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E-mail: [email_address] </li></ul></ul></ul>Intro > Good, Bad, Ugly > Getting Started > Transparency Tools > Conclusion

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