JISC DI team training workshop
Where: JISC headquarters, Brettenham House near the Strand, WC2E 7AE. Entrance is opposite Waterloo Bridge. Nearest tube stations are Charing Cross and Embankment.
When: 10am-4pm, Monday 8th October 2012
(travel expenses and lunch covered)
This session involved hands-on editing and improvement of Wikipedia, but, given the interests of the audience, a large proportion of the day focused on how Wikimedia functions as a set of communities, how the projects work behind the scenes and how they relate to each other.
Event began with coffee at 10.00 for a 10.30 start.
- Wikimedia's mission and the Five Pillars of Wikipedia (Martin)
- The Wikimedia projects and how they work together, especially how Commons and MediaWiki (and soon Wikidata) provide an infrastructure for the other projects. (Martin and Charles)
- Exercise: quality on Wikipedia. FAs and GAs. (Martin)
- Topics for group discussion (All)
- Using Wikimedia as an outlet for suitable open educational resources created by other projects, in accordance with Wikimedia's mission
- Making links to open-access versions of cited research papers
- Bots and human-bot collaboration
- The book tool
- Handling disagreements: Bold, Revert, Discuss. Consensus and why Wikipedia isn't a democracy.
- Basic editing and interaction with other users
- Look at article histories, user contribution lists and watchlists
- Article improvement (on an article related to each user's personal interest, or a random article)
- Getting help
- Finish at 4pm
New users registered on the day
Out of 3 submitted.
- What will you do as a result of today's session?
- Keep an eye on Wikipedia pages and correct errors (3)
- Improve or create Wikipedia articles (3)
- Encourage friends to contribute in some way (2)
- Arrange an event in your workplace (1)
- Submit images or other media to Wikimedia Commons (1)
- The workshop aimed to give you an overview of the Wikimedia projects and how they work. How well did it achieve this? (1 = poorly; 5 = very well)
5, 4, 3 (mean: 4)
- The workshop aimed to give you the confidence to edit Wikipedia. How well did it achieve this? (1 = poorly; 5 = very well)
5, 5, 4 (mean 4.7)
- Tell us one surprising thing you've learned about Wikipedia or Wikimedia today.
- The different task forces you can join.
- Statistics about most read articles (e.g. Aspergers syndrome). Editing pages actually more difficult than I thought it would be (I guess it's good to have training sessions).
- The breadth of the projects that are taking place - it makes me want to find something relevant to my interests.
- Tell us at least one thing that would have improved this workshop for you.
- Advanced templates (doubt time to in one day)
- Maybe more time to reflect on how I could use Wikipedia in my work & with the communities I deal with.
- Tell us one thing that would make Wikipedia better.
- More non-English speaking people engaging with it.
- Encourage experts in topics to improve specific pages.