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Understanding Wikipedia: What is it, and how to join in

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Daria Cybulska

on 30 September 2013

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Introduction to Wikipedia
- We can [EDIT] !

Online Encyclopedia
Improve the coverage of key topics
What is Wikipedia?
Who writes on Wikipedia?
What’s in it for you?
What do we write in Wikipedia?
the largest and most popular general reference work on the Internet. 12 years old!
280+ languages
500 million unique monthly readers worldwide
7% of the world’s population
reads Wikipedia each month
20% of Internet users use Wikipedia each month
6th most visited
website in the world
Everything on Wikipedia has been written by people like
You & Me!
Improve your critical thinking
Provides you a global audience
Experience online collaboration
- Wikipedia is not a dictionary.
- Wikipedia is not a publisher of original thought.
- Wikipedia is not a soapbox or means of promotion.
- Wikipedia is not a mirror or a repository of links,
images, or media files.
- Wikipedia is not a blog, webspace provider, social network, or memorial site.
What Wikipedia is not!
This Prezi by Daria Cybulska
based on a Prezi by Piotr Konieczny
licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0
“Imagine a world in which every
single human being can freely
share in the sum of all
the vision of Wikipedia
about 130,000 active editors (5+ edits / month)
Don't just read, give back "good karma"

To validate what you’re writing

To identify reliable sources based on which article is written
Reliable Sources Unreliable Sources
- Academic Publications - Social networking sites
- Books & Magazines - User generated sites – Craigslist
- Newspaper - Personal or Group Blogs, & Journal articles

www.oxforddnb.com - Personal websites
- Research papers
- Self published books
Information on Wikipedia should have citations, also known as references or sources
For a topic to have its own Wikipedia article it should be notable - that has gained significant attention by the world at large
Significant coverage
Secondary sources - no original research
Multiple reliable and verifiable sources
9500 articles added each day
Wikipedia is freely available licensed content that anyone can edit, use, modify, and distribute
Wikipedia is free
as in free beer
as in free speech
Wikipedia content is published under a liberal copyright license
nobody has to pay to use Wikipedia
Since all your contributions are freely licensed to the public, no editor owns any article; all of your contributions can and will be edited and redistributed...
How do you feel about that?
Wikipedia has a neutral point of view.
Wikipedia is an encyclopedia
Wikipedia is free content that anyone can use, modify and distribute
Wikipedia does not have firm rules besides the 5 general principles presented here.
Editors should interact in a respectful and civil manner.
1000s of changes per hour - over 10 million each month
35 million registered accounts
So how about women??
Wikipedia lacks coverage of topics that women may have interest in
Biographical articles about women are severely lacking!
Discussions about certain topics (feminism amongs others) can be dominated by males
So where do I start???
Please take the leaflet!


WikiWomen collaborative

Guide to creating an article:
Space for women to interact and support each other while taking on Wikipedia.
Social media helps to connect!
for Women History Month!
Register an account
You will now have a user page!
What you see is not what you will get
- the joys of wiki mark-up
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