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  1. To Wikipedia…and Beyond!

  2. Don’t forget: You can copy-paste this slide into other presentations, and move or resize the poll.

  3. Don’t forget: You can copy-paste this slide into other presentations, and move or resize the poll.

  4. Statistics on Wikipedia Source : http://stats.wikimedia.org/

  5. Wikimedia Foundation

  6. “The mission of the Wikimedia Foundation is to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally.” Source: http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Mission_statement Wikimedia: The Mission

  7. Wikimedia ALA Access Diversity Role of community Intellectual Freedom Source: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/librarybill • Freedom • Accessibility • Quality • Independence • Commitment to openness and diversity • Transparency • Community as asset • Source: http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Values Wikimediavalues….

  8. Yearly global conference • Extension of mission and values • Ignited interest in Wiki Group picture @ Wikimania 2012 at GWU in D.C. Credit: Wikipedia Wikimania Conference

  9. 2005, the journal Nature discovered that Wikipedia was nearly as accurate as the Encyclopedia Britannica. • http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4530930.stm • 2007 peer-review study found 42% of damage is repaired almost immediately. • http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=1316624.1316663 • 2008 study by PC Plus indicated that accuracy was on par with World Book Encyclopedia. • http://www.techradar.com/news/internet/web/wikipedia-vs-encyclopaedia-a-question-of-trust-316163 • Wikipedia has a Protection Policy for pages that are often vandalized (i.e. religions, political figures) Reliable and Relevant

  10. Articles in 287 Languages Global Collaboration

  11. Original Wiki Site • English Wikipedia: >4m articles • Anyone can add or edit content • Supports 287 languages • 5th most popular site • 500 million/month Credit: Wikipedia Wikipedia: An Overview

  12. 5 Pillars • Encyclopedia • Neutral • Free content • Respect and Civility • No firm rules Credit: Pillars of Creation, NASA Wikipedia (cont’d)

  13. Research • ESL • Writing Credit: Flickr user orangejack Wikipedia: Applications

  14. Public domain, freely licensed provided by users and used in other Wikimedia projects (ex. Wikipedia articles). • Global repository : All images, sound and video files are available in the user’s language. • Wikipedia Loves Monuments : Events aimed at making more freely licensed photos available. • Great way to contribute if you prefer media to writing! Wikimedia Commons

  15. “Library of free text” • Contains novels, documents, and other public domain or license-free materials • >250K texts as of Nov 2011 Wikisource Credit: Wikisource

  16. Wikidata Wikibooks Open content to be used by anyone, edited by anyone. Textbooks + two sub-projects: Wikijunior and Cookbooks Sort by subject, completion status or reading level. • Data in structure form, not articles. • Secondary database so users can access information in any language. • Useful for economics, social statistics, etc. • Launched 2012 by Wikimedia Deutschland Additional Wiki Sites

  17. Contributing to Wikimedia Credit: shawsa.wordpress.com Credit: Wikicommons

  18. Make an account, poke around. Edit something! (Fixing other people’s mistakes feels good.) • Engage in discussion with other users • Wikimedia’s role in free information • Policy changes and influence in online market of information • Check out WikimediaDC.org! • Includes D.C., Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and Delaware • Attend editing parties, tours of local museums, or participate in Wiki Loves Monuments/Libraries events. Getting Started

  19. Transcribing Adding Content Creating articles Expanding article stubs Digitizing physical materials • Scanning and uploading documents • Editing and formatting Credit: Flickr user PugnoM Other Ways to Contribute

  20. Editing Virtual Reference Like a library reference desk Covers a variety of subjects Gain new skills! • Removing spelling/grammatical errors • Adding/reviewing citations • Removing inconsistencies, etc. Other Ways to Contribute

  21. 2011 – present • Wiki edit-a-thons hosted in libraries • Encourages collaboration between libraries, Wikipedia community, and general public • Promotes open access • Other activities – meetups, workshops • http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Loves_Libraries Credit: Wikicommons Wiki Loves Libraries

  22. Wikimedia is a growing, dynamic organization • Wikipedia quality depends on YOU! • Librarians CAN get involved Wrapping Up Credit: Wikicommons

  23. Questions?