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Wikipedia Workshop - SMCR 2013

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Elizabeth Kissling

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What is Wikipedia? Wikipedia is the largest encyclopedia in the world. It is created and maintained by more than 80,000 contributors from around the world. Every month Wikipedia receives more than 450 million unique visitors. Wikipedia features more than 23 million articles in 280 languages. It is free to use, free to edit, and free of advertisements. Brief history of Wikipedia Wikipedia How to become
a Wikipedian Why Should SMCR
Contribute to Wikipedia? More than half of all college students "frequently or always" consult Wikipedia for course-related research
#1 of ten most-cited web sites by students
Majority of Wikipedians are young, white, child-free, and male.
Need for accurate articles about the menstrual cycle and its role in women's health Register and create and create an account. [Anonymous editing v. signed editing]
Many ways to contribute — wikignome, mediator, copyeditor, formatter, author, and more
Life cycle of a page
Parts of a page
Collaboration and controversy — avoiding edit wars
Wikipedia's editorial principles: NPOV, verifiability, no original research Consistently in top ten most visited web sites, in U.S. and globally
8,111,246,860 page views per month (March, 2013)
33,243 active editors
Currently 4,255,364 articles; 864 new articles per day
Accuracy comparable to other encyclopedias Making Menstruation Matter at Wikipedia Elizabeth A. Kissling, Ph.D.
Eastern Washington University
Women's & Gender Studies Program Current articles on menstrual cycle are limited
Sourced with popular press and commercial sites, not SMCR scholarship 80% of Wikipedia editors are young, white, childfree, and male — not that there's anything wrong with that. Life Cycle of Wikipedia Page Pages often start out as a STUB; placeholder page with very short definition. [example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gynocentrism

EXPANSION — standard format for different types of pages. [example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metaformic_Theory]

PEER REVIEW — WP system of receiving feedback on articles to improve them, improve grade class; recommend for featured article status.
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Reviewers]

FEATURED PAGES — every day, one article is featured on Wikipedia's main page [see main page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page ] Collaboration & Controversy Wikimediators can resolve disputes; it's best to avoid edit wars. Use the talk page, or go to user's page and start a conversation (but don't start up with a troll). http://en.wikipedia.org/ extended example - The Heavy Metal Umlaut
http://jonudell.net/udell/2005-01-22-heavy-metal-umlaut-the-movie.html Take advantages of resources for beginners, like the Teahouse
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Teahouse
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