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[[ Wikipedia 101 ]] ...Or, how I learned to stop worrying and trust the Internet [[en:user:Phoebe_Ayers]] [[February 21]], [[2007]] Plan of action: Introductions What is Wikipedia? Wikipedia and librarians: why should you care? How to participate Where to find out more

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wikipedia 101
[[Wikipedia 101]]

...Or, how I learned to stop worrying and trust the Internet

[[en:user:Phoebe_Ayers]]

[[February 21]], [[2007]]

plan of action
Plan of action:
  • Introductions
  • What is Wikipedia?
  • Wikipedia and librarians: why should you care?
  • How to participate
  • Where to find out more
a quick introduction
A quick introduction…
  • About me:
    • Reference librarian at the University of California, Davis, in the Physical Sciences & Engineering Library
    • Recent MLIS graduate (2005)
    • Wikipedian since 2003
    • Editor, and involved with Foundation-level projects
  • Why?
    • Librarians should understand the site: it’s not going away
    • Revolutionary, important new part of information landscape
what is it the free encyclopedia
What is it?“The free encyclopedia”

But also:

  • Related to wiki-dictionaries, wiki-textbooks and citizen journalism projects
  • A place to find freely licensed images
  • A reference desk
  • A huge community
  • One of the world’s most popular websites
  • A project with a mission
wikipedia basics
Wikipedia basics
  • GNU/GFDL licensed content: free as in beer and free as in speech
  • Based on wiki technology
  • Open to all and editable by anyone
  • Edit anonymously or with an account
  • Funded mostly (>80%) by small

individual donations

    • Small budget and 10 paid employees
    • Vast majority of work from volunteers
    • Hosting alone costs: $75,000/month
    • This is why we need money!
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Currently:

~ 1,627,000 articles in English

~ 7,470,260 pages in English

~ 44,000 contributors to English (with more than 5 edits)

200+ languages

~ 5.5 million+ articles in all languages

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:English-language-wikipedia-.png

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wikipedia.org

britannica.com

Alexa rank:

Britannica.com daily traffic rank (Feb 2007): 4,240

Wikipedia.org daily traffic rank (Feb 2007): 11

wikipedia is more popular than
Wikipedia is “more popular” than…
  • Ask Jeeves
  • Altavista
  • Google.uk, .ca, .it, .es, .de, etc (but not google.com)
  • NY Times
  • BBC
  • craigslist.org
  • Britannica.com (400x more popular)
  • AOL (passed Jan. 2006)
  • eBay (passed Nov. 2006)

Feb 2007: # 11 site worldwide

why wikipedia
Why Wikipedia?

“Imagine a world in which every single person is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge…

That’s what we’re doing.”

-- Jimmy Wales

why is wikipedia special
Why is Wikipedia special?
  • Multilingualism/multiculturalism
  • People are using it
  • Astonishing size
  • It’s remarkably good
  • Fundamental change to information production, dissemination, and authority:
  • You’ve never seen anything like this before, ever
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Social definition:A wiki is a tool forcollaboration, information sharingandknowledge/content managementTechnical definition:A wiki is a type of software to run a website thatanyone can editLots of different wiki packages available: MediaWiki (which runs Wikipedia) is just one

What is a Wiki?

the wiki was invented in 1995 by ward cunningham
The “wiki” was invented in 1995by Ward Cunningham

Today:

  • Dozens of wiki engines & companies on the market, including:
  • “Enterprise wikis” – software for company intranets
    • (Socialtext, Confluence)
  • Free wiki hosting services –
    • Jotspot, Wikia, Wetpaint
  • Or, install your own:
    • Mediawiki, PhpWiki, Kwiki, etc. etc.
  • And dozens of communities and projects….
    • Including Wikipedia – famous and enormous
how does it work
How does it work?
  • A wiki page starts more or less empty
  • Anyone can edit
  • Wiki pages are connected by internal hyperlinks,
  • And every page should be connected
  • No ownership of wiki content – anyone can work

on any piece

6 main editing features
6 main editing features:

Most wikis (incld. Wikipedia) have:

  • Edit this page - open editing of pages (sometimes with permission layers)
  • Distinct syntax – simple, non-html
  • Discussion – comment on a page or the site
  • Versioning or “diffs” – you can see every change that’s been made to a page
  • Recent changes - can (usually) see all changes made to the site
  • Revert – can always change a page back to what it was before
reading an article
Reading an article

Article title

Log in or create an account

Permanent link & citation for this article

In other languages

edit this page
Edit this page!

Use the edit summary!

discuss the article
Discuss the article

Edit this page to leave a comment about an article.

page history
Page history

Record of all the changes occurring to an article

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How to read a Wikipedia (MediaWiki) article history

Click to compare two versions

Edit summary

IP address of “anonymous edit”

Reversion of most recent edits to old version (poss. vandalism)

Date and time of edit

Compare to current version of article

Minor edit

Or most recent preceding version

Links to user page, user talk page, and user contribution history

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Wikipedia culture: Or, yes, there are a few rules Or, why would anyone spend their free time on this? Or, is anyone in charge around here?!?

wikipedia culture and principles
Wikipedia culture and principles

Most policies based on

The 5 pillars of Wikipedia:

  • Wikipedia is an encyclopedia
  • Neutral-Point-Of-View (NPOV)
  • Free content
  • Be bold, but stay cool
  • No firm rules!
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Five_pillars
wikipedia culture cont
Wikipedia culture, cont.
  • Anyone can edit: openness is important
  • Assume good faith
  • Policies determined by consensus
  • Dispute resolution is key
  • Hacker and open source culture
  • {{sofixit}}

“We make the Internet not suck” – Jimmy Wales

who s in charge
Who’s in charge?
  • A confusing (but working) mix of
    • Anarchy
    • Consensus and precedent
    • Meritocracy
    • Monarchy
    • Technocracy
    • Democracy
    • Republic

“Wikipedians are flexible about social methodology: results over process”

Meta:Power structure

Quote: Florence Devourd, current WMF board chair

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Wikimedia Foundation

Governed by Board of Directors

Foundation coordinates official (volunteer) positions:

Fundraising, legal, technical development, press, etc

MediaWiki (software)

And the projects:

Wiktionary Wikinews Wikipedia Wikiversity Wikiquote Wikisource Commons

Languages: English (en); German (de); Italian (it); etc.: 250 languages in total

slide33

Foundation

board

Arbcom

Developers, stewards, bureaucrats

Admins

English-language

Wikipedia

Meritocracy

(who’s respected)

Long-term users, lots of contribs, heavy community participation

Logged-in users with some contributions

less community participation

Anonymous IP edits

Vandals, trolls, sockpuppets

how does it all get done
How does it all get done?
  • Collaboration
  • Individual initiative
  • No external or

top-down direction:

volunteers take charge

of and start projects,

write policy in

response to needs

  • Strong social

community

Meetup in Sydney, February 2006

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< Austin, TX

^ St. Petersburg, FL – board of directors and Foundation officers

^ Three developers in Germany, Wikimania

conference

2005

^ Taipei, Taiwan

^ Seattle, WA

< Reykjavik, Iceland

wikipedia as a reference work
Wikipedia as a reference work
  • Scope: everything
  • Three major inclusion guidelines:
    • Verifiability, Neutral Point of View, No Original Research
  • Audience: General
    • Specialized information or treatment ok, especially for specialty subjects
    • Not censored for “adult” topics
  • Authorship: may be anonymous or not
    • Exact authors recorded for every article
what wikipedia is
What Wikipedia is:
  • Neutral and unbiased
  • Inclusive – covers any topic considered “encyclopedic”
  • Built on peer review – collaborative writing and lots of editors means many people to correct mistakes
  • Big – much bigger than any printed encyclopedia
  • International
what wikipedia isn t
What Wikipedia isn’t:
  • Uniform
    • (many) topics are incomplete, unclear, and possibly wrong
    • (many other) topics are well explained, illustrated, referenced
  • Uniformly reviewed
    • some articles get more attention than others
  • Finished
    • Wikipedia articles can always change
  • Complete
    • There’s always something else to add!
what s it good for anyway
What’s it good for, anyway?
  • “Gateway source”
  • When you know nothing about a topic
  • Casual information needs

Topics:

  • Current topics – events in the news
  • Popular culture
  • Computers, math and (some) science
  • Anything at all?
wikipedia and librarians
Wikipedia and Librarians
  • Talk to your patrons
    • Gateway source
    • Not uniformly reviewed
    • May be inaccurate
  • Check cataloging and descriptions
  • Just another source…
  • And your patrons will use it
teaching and wikipedia
Teaching and Wikipedia
  • Wikipedia as a source
    • Good starting source, poor ending source
  • Wikipedia and information literacy
    • Think about what you read: how is it produced?
  • Wikipedia as an easy answer:
    • Easier to get to than traditional sources
  • Wikipedia on the Internet:
    • Other Net sources may copy Wikipedia: fact-checking should mean going to outside print sources
  • School policies: many possible variations
article evaluation criteria
Article evaluation criteria
  • Edit history
    • how many edits, who, content
  • Discussion page
    • Article evaluated by a wikiproject? Arguments?
  • References
    • Do they exist? What do they reference? Are there in-text citations?
  • Text style
    • Wikified? Follows formatting conventions? Reads well?
  • Verifiable?
    • Check in other sources
what can an info pro do
What can an info pro do?
  • Edit
  • Add sources!
  • Categorize
  • Teach
  • Provide input …

How?

  • Create an account
  • Dive in…
    • Start with topics you love
    • Participate in fact-check projects
    • Tap into the community
    • Be bold!
questions thoughts phoebe ayers psayers@ucdavis edu

Questions? Thoughts? Phoebe Ayers [email protected]

Slides and various handouts available at: http://people.lib.ucdavis.edu/psa/FSUclass.html

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