Talk:Wikipedia Takes UCL

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This is fantastic - I am not a trained trainer per se but would be happy to help in a volunteer capacity. Jon Davies (WMUK) (talk) 15:14, 20 December 2013 (UTC)

Thanks, Jon! You're on my list. :-) I would suggest you make sure you're available for the final day, if you can, but we should probably discuss your availability closer to the event dates, or at least as soon as we have a clear picture of what's happening exactly when and who else is involved. --Toni Sant (WMUK) (talk) 15:25, 20 December 2013 (UTC)
Also not "in house" trained but happy to help out... LZ (talk) 12:33, 1 January 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, LZ! I'll add you to my list.  :-) Could you tell me a little more about your availability for that week? Right now we only have approximate times for sessions, but we'd need to see approximately who's available before setting up an actual schedule for the week etc. Happy New Year! --Toni Sant (WMUK) (talk) 19:30, 2 January 2014 (UTC)
I am available all week. LZ (talk) 22:41, 5 January 2014 (UTC)


  • Apologies, but as all of these events take place during the working week I can't help. Please let me know if you organise anything around this at the weekends. Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 20:50, 20 December 2013 (UTC)

Conflict of interest?

Hi Toni/all. As the focus of this project is based on UCL, how are you planning on avoiding the risks of conflicts of interest arising where UCL staff/students write about the organisation that they're affiliated with? Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 20:54, 20 December 2013 (UTC)

The short answer is delicately and appropriately, following long-established Wikipedia guidelines/policies. However, if you have any specific suggestions, I'd be very glad to take them on board, particularly since you have lots of experience with this sort of thing, Mike. In early January, we'll be putting together a list of possible pages to create/edit during this week of events, so that may be an excellent opportunity for you to chip in directly, even if you're unable to be physically present during the sessions themselves. Specific recommendations from other experienced trainers are also very welcome, especially after the Christmas holidays. Thanks. --Toni Sant (WMUK) (talk) 09:45, 21 December 2013 (UTC)
I suggest explaining policy early on, but also giving real problematic examples from other institutions. My experience is that UK academics quickly understand the issue, though related questions such as whether University published web profiles may be a bit too promotional are worth exploring (as I did last month with King's). Writing about your head of department, your academic colleagues or your projects will remain problematic and if participants intend to do this, then it is worth talking through the possible issues and solutions; such as actively seeking support from related wikiprojects. BTW, for the most part this is an English Wikipedia issue, Commons or other language Wikipedias have different norms. -- (talk) 11:10, 21 December 2013 (UTC)
Thanks, Fae, that's very useful. We are in the process of explaining policy and should have this sorted at least a month before the actual event. It would probably be settled sooner if it wasn't for the Christmas holidays. I've also noted your request on the page for this event with regards to the UCL museum; a suggestion about this has already been made to this event's main contact person at UCL. --Toni Sant (WMUK) (talk) 14:28, 21 December 2013 (UTC)
By the way, I have a COI with UCL. Not being a trustee, there seems no need to declare it publicly any more, but it gives me a perspective on this. -- (talk) 08:28, 22 December 2013 (UTC)
+1 on what Fæ says. I'd add that contributors that are from UCL should be encouraged to clearly say that on their user pages, and I'd encourage a focus more on the history side of things rather than e.g. biographies of current staff members. Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 15:24, 12 January 2014 (UTC)

Equiano Centre

Editathon at the Equiano Centre, UCL, October 2012

Good to see we are building on our previous event at UCL: Black History Month, 2012. I have sent the Equiano Centre an e-mail to see iof they are interested in being involved.Leutha (talk) 17:39, 1 January 2014 (UTC)

Yes, I couldn't agree more! It's essential that we build on previous events for a number of good reasons. Thanks, Leutha. --Toni Sant (WMUK) (talk) 14:14, 2 January 2014 (UTC)

Support roster

The initial trainer sign-up was originally captured on the event page but has been moved here for better planning:

A number of WMUK trainers are needed for this series of activities. You're welcome to join the team of trainers needed for Wikipedia Takes UCL even if you're only available for just one session. Please sign-up here and include dates/times you're available.

  1. Toni Sant (WMUK) (talk) 14:43, 20 December 2013 (UTC) : flexible availability depending on what's needed
  2. Due to a provisional booking the same week, I may only be available on the 17th & 18th. BTW, I previously approached the Petrie Museum who happen to use QR codes to help guide visitors to the collection, I would appreciate an event related to the museum as a part of the week; though the building is under refurbishment, it may be possible to have a behind the scenes in preparation for its re-opening. (talk)
  3. Provisionally available any time that week; will need travel expenses. Andy Mabbett (User:Pigsonthewing); Andy's talk; Andy's edits 15:31, 21 December 2013 (UTC)
  4. Could be available any time if needed. --RexxS (talk) 01:31, 22 December 2013 (UTC)
  5. Provisionally available any time. I'm not accredited yet but am booked on the training course 1-2 February. Thryduulf (talk: local | en.wp | en.wikt) 14:23, 22 December 2013 (UTC)
  6. Leutha (talk): flexible availability depending on what's needed
  7. Also available if needed. Sorry, I thought I had signed here before, but apparently not. Johnbod / 15:45, 18 February 2014 (UTC)

This table will help us know who is doing what and when.
Date/Time Activity Lead Coordinator Trainer Trainer Other support
Mon 17/2: 2pm–4pm Introduction to Wikipedia Thryduulf Fae RexxS
Tue 18/2: 3pm–5pm Wiki workshop Thryduulf Fae Andy Mabbett
Wed 19/2: 5pm–7pm Wiki workshop Thryduulf Leutha RexxS
Thu 20/2: 1pm-3pm Wiki workshop Thryduulf Leutha Andy Mabbett
Fri 21/2: 5pm–7pm Closing session Thryduulf

Please sign your name below to acknowledge that you're ok with the slots I've assigned for you. If you are unable to attend any of the sessions indicated simply strike through your name. Do not alter the table beyond that, please. I will update the table again with a final version once everyone has acknowledged. Thank you! --Toni Sant (WMUK) (talk) 10:33, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

Able to attend as indicated above
  1. Andy Mabbett (User:Pigsonthewing); Andy's talk; Andy's edits 13:05, 16 January 2014 (UTC)
  2. Apologies, cannot make Friday LZ (talk) 11:06, 20 February 2014 (UTC)
  3. Should be okay for me, barring the unforeseen. Being reading week I assume these events might make a good break for students with writer's block. For those that might have forgotten, I am a trainer. (talk)
  4. I'll be there. RexxS (talk) 02:25, 25 January 2014 (UTC)

Wifi access instructions

Oli has arranged for guest accounts for the trainers at this event. Instructions are in the file below but can be summarised as connect to the guest network, open a browser, follow the link to the self service page and enter your details with the event code w1kathon. Thryduulf (talk: local | en.wp | en.wikt) 16:31, 14 February 2014 (UTC)

File:Wiki Takes UCL - log on information for trainers.docx


In agreement with Oli, we have decided that we will not be running the Friday event. Thank you to everyone who has been part of the week's events. Thryduulf (talk: local | en.wp | en.wikt) 18:01, 20 February 2014 (UTC)