Stamford Project Wikipedia training

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Stamford, Corner by The George Hotel

Basic information

  • Date: 17 December, time 12:30pm - flexible finish
  • Venue: New College Stamford, Drift Road, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 1XA map
  • Cost: Free
  • Twitter details: @wikimediauk
  • Participants: Anyone interested in Stamford and Wikipedia, particularly those with historical knowledge of the town and its buildings
  • Registration: Now closed, but was captured here
  • Any questions: Dave Sones on dsonesathuntsbrewery.co.uk, 07939 333135; Stevie Benton on stevie.bentonatwikimedia.org.uk; Daria Cybulska on daria.cybulskaatwikimedia.org.uk, 0207 065 0990

Trainee information

The Stamford project was envisaged to be using Wikipedia as the repository for the historical archive. In order that contributors could fully understand the way in which Wikipedia works and how entries should be constructed, we provided this free training. This was seen as essential because the information that is being gathered and recorded must be of the highest quality and must conform to the Wikipedia rules on things such as structure, style and referencing.

This was an interesting and entertaining workshop, which gave participants greater insight and new skills for working with Wikipedia. At the end of the course, attendees had all the basic skills necessary to get started creating content for the Stamford Project, or Wikipedia in general.

The course was run by experienced Wikipedians who provided all the necessary instruction to get you going. The workshop agenda followed the outline below:

  • Basics of Editing
  • User space: user page; talk page; sandbox; edit summaries
  • Practical work - 1-on-1 and small group work (beginners: sandbox // advanced: Historical articles)
  • Plenary discussion - making and editing articles
  • Sources, referencing, WP:V
  • Wikipedia, Commons, WikiProjects
  • WikiProject Stamford
  • Practical work - 1-on-1 and small group work (improving and creating Historical buildings articles)
  • Plenary discussion - What's next; Help!

Trainer information

Trainers

Logistics

  • Trainers were encouraged to attend 11:30am for a meal and discussion with the organisers before the event
  • Venue: an IT suite with - Wifi, computers, projector and screen, flip chart and pens
  • Parking, lunch, refreshments available; expenses for trainers covered