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)[edit | edit source]
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)[edit | edit source]
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 coverage[edit | edit source]
- 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
Follow up[edit | edit source]
- Patient information boxes proposal on Village Pump Tom Morris 12:30, 6 April 2011 (UTC)