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Wikipedia Workshop - SMCR 2013
Transcript of Wikipedia Workshop - SMCR 2013
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.
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