Cancer Research UK Workshop
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Cancer Research UK requested a Wikipedia Workshop, following from the success of the Wikimedia Foundation's National Institutes of Health Wikipedia Academy in 2009. The workshop was run in two parts. First, a presentation-format introduction to Wikipedia lasting around 2 hours was run on 31 January 2011. Second, a hands-on workshop lasting for a full day was run on 28 March 2011. Both parts took place at CRUK's Angel office.
Presentation (31 January 2011)
The presentation should be broad enough to interest both those wanting to edit themselves, and those wanting general background information on Wikipedia and how it works.
- What is Wikipedia/Wikimedia?
- What makes a Wikipedia article?
- Current coverage of cancer research / other related topics on Wikipedia
- Some hit rates from enwiki: 9k hits per day (3 million a year!) for Cancer, 3.5k for Chemotherapy, 2.5k per day for Oncology
- Statistics of the articles; skimming through some examples (audience-selected perhaps?); introducing relevant Wikiprojects; etc. – Medicine (incl. Hematology-oncology task force), Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Pharmacology
- Should also cover Rfam etc.
- Presentation given by Darren Logan: slides. Also see wikipedia:User:Skysmith/Missing_topics_about_Medicine#Tumors_and_cancers and wikipedia:User:Rockpocket/Training.
- The basics of adding information to articles, and other ways to help improve articles
- using the 'edit' button, referencing material (WP:MEDRS), WP:MEDICAL, adding material, etc. In enough depth to show what's involved and how to make a start, but not too detailed
- Also: keeping a watchlist, reviewing, suggesting refs/improvements via Talk, sharing sources/images
- Presentation given by Paul Gardner: slides.
- How to avoid common pitfalls and interact with others
Workshop (28 March 2011)
This session is aimed at those wanting to directly edit Wikipedia, and focuses on helping attendees edit Wikipedia.
- Advanced planning of which articles could be worked on during the session, and preparation of materials by participants, would be useful.
- Experience suggests getting participants to create an account in advance is helpful.
- A modified form of these training pages could perhaps be used during in the workshop.
- History of a Wikipedia article: Heavy Metal Umlaut (featuring the Metal umlaut article from creation until 2005)
The session run between 10.00am-4.30pm. Lunch took place in CRUK's canteen.
Participants / Wikipedia Guides:
- Mike Peel
- Martin Poulter
- Magnus Manske
- Alex Bateman
- Chris Keating
- Tom Morris
- Darren Logan (remotely)
- User:Matt wickenden
Planned articles to work on:
Other stuff we did:
- Press releases/Cancer Research UK
- BBC News, 4 April 2011 Cancer charity to tidy up Wikipedia
- The Times, 4 April 2011 Cancer Research UK to edit information on Wikipedia with sidebar 'The web is a source of knowledge that will save lives' (NB behind a paywall)
- The Times, 4 April 2011 Knowledge and Hope (opinion) (NB behind a paywall)
- New Scientist, 9 April 2011 Cancer charity tidies up Wikipedia
- Patient information boxes proposal on Village Pump Tom Morris 12:30, 6 April 2011 (UTC)