Oxford Internet Institute editathon for Wikipedia 15

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On 15 January 2016, the Oxford Internet Institute hosted a Wikipedia-themed event for Wikipedia's 15th birthday, including a training session and editathon. Some researchers and students at the OII took part, editing on the theme of "the Social Internet". The event was free to the public, so there were also attendees from outside Oxford, including from other universities, editing about a variety of topics.

Training was led by Martin Poulter in his capacity at the Bodleian Libraries' Wikimedian In Residence. The training and editing session was bookended by six short presentations by OII researchers about the strengths and weaknesses of Wikipedia.

New users and outcomes

See the project page on Wikipedia.

Press release and coverage

Participant comments

The following comes from David Sutcliffe's write-up of the day shared on Medium.com:

[O]ne of the participants commented that she “came away with more respect for Wikipedia as well as more awareness of its problems worldwide. The day was a mix of introspection, thoughtful and informed discussion, and practical help, without any hype. I’ve gained a greater sense of responsibility towards keeping it useful, honest and well used in every sense.”

One of the participants commented that she “came to the editathon as a novice editor and slight skeptic about some of the content on Wikipedia. Now I have better understanding of the strengths, and some weaknesses, of its community authorship model and feel more confident to use Wikipedia than I have in the past.”

Evaluation

There were 30 attendees for the lunchtime presentations and discussion. 19 people took part in editing, including two supporting trainers. 11 evaluation forms were collected. When handing out evaluation forms, I emphasised that it was the Wikipedia training/editathon being evaluated, not the whole day.

Please rate the quality of the following.

1= Not satisfying/ useful. 5= Very satisfying/useful.

The workshop in general

5 5 4 5 5 4 4 5 5 3 5 Mean: 4.7

Content

5 5 4 5 5 4 5 4 4 4 5 Mean: 4.5

Trainers

5 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 5 5 5 Mean: 4.8

Materials available

5 5 4 5 5 5 4 3 5 3 5 Mean: 4.6

Your confidence to edit Wikipedia

5 4 5 5 5 3 3 3 4 4 3 Mean: 4.0

Your understanding of Wikipedia

5 4 4 5 5 4 4 3 4 4 5 Mean: 4.3

Comments
  • Finding it more difficult to work with tablet- should have brought laptop!
  • Still seems a bit tricky in some ways (A "manual" or "for dummies" would help)

How likely are you to continue editing?

5 5 5 5 5 3 4 3 5 4 5 Mean: 4.5

Comments
  • Will stay engaged
  • Time needed to include useful/appropriate material

Please write three words/expressions which describe this workshop for you

One comment by someone who "would prefer [their] comments not to be used in future Wikimedia UK publicity" is marked with a +.

  • Professional, Approachable trainer, Complete
  • Hands-on, Show and tell, Encouraging
  • Lucid, Clear, Helpful
  • Practical, Correct/appropriate pace, Enabling
  • Timely, Interactive
  • Interesting + useful, Eye opening at the potential, Under utilised resource
  • Informative, Supportive, Useful
  • Helpful, Interesting, Fine
  • Clear, Interesting, Inspiring+
  • [2 blank]

Tell us at least one thing that would have improved this workshop for you

  • If I'd brought a laptop, not a tablet.
  • Non technical - please do provide chairs with desks
  • Worksheet with tasks to do (+ hints on completion)
  • Desktop. I borrowed a tablet to come + it was tricky & new to me.
  • More of an overview of Wikipedia.
  • More rapid
  • [rest blank]

Further comments - anything positive or negative that you would like to share!

  • Nothing negative
  • You motivated me to believe & make contributions to Wikipedia.
  • Thank you!
  • Several times I typed in what I thought was the URL or other address + it didn't show. May have been Internet issue?
  • This was a very practical, targeted session. I needed a little more help with process.
  • [rest blank]