WikipediaT and WikipediaQ

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Welcome to WikipediaT (Wikipedia for Colleges) and WikipediaQ (Wikipedia for Universities)! This project aims to create a series of static/semi dynamic selections of articles, materials and courses from Wikipedia; Wikibooks; Commons; and Wikiversity, produced by Wikimedia staff and volunteers in partnership with world leading institutions. The idea is that it can be used by universities and other tertiary teaching establishments and by students across the globe, in particular in geographies that suffer from poor internet connections or limited IT resources, supplement traditional hard copy materials.

The origins of this idea was first lead by SOS Children ( www.soschildrensvillages.org.uk), a charity which works around the world to help children in need. They put together a selection of topics and articles aimed at school children and is currently used around the world in 125 countries with millions of users. (www.sos-schools.org/wikipedia-for-schools & www.schools-wikipedia.org.)

These static selections are aimed at providing 7-16 years with materials suitable and aimed and that particular age groups. Not all material on wikipedia is suitable for that age group and this selection reflects that.

This work will build, utilise and compliment the work currently be done by the Wikipedia: Version 1.0 team but is designed to be targeted towards tertiary students and undergraduates in a number of core subject areas.

Project Stage[edit | edit source]

The stages involved in this will be:

  • Identification of Subject Areas - This will involve the identification of core topic areas that will have the broadest impact in universities globally. Likely areas may include Natural Sciences, Medical Sciences, Mathematics, English, History and Languages.
  • Identify core articles - Within each subject area, we will populate each with the key articles that are considered vital to providing the foundations of undergraduate studies and covering common topics within undergraduate courses.
  • Assess core articles - Articles will be assessed and reviewed by volunteers and professionals to assess their level of completion and identify concepts, ideas and theories that are incomplete or missing entirely.
  • Improve core articles - Articles will be improved upon by volunteers, students and professionals so that articles reach a minimum level of quality across the board.
  • Publishing and maintenance - Static and semi-dynamic copies of topic sets will be released to tertiary and quarternary education establishments across the globe.