Once readily dismissed by scholars, Wikipedia is a widely used information source today. Anyone can be a Wikipedia editor. The site provides:
- Information to assist with creating content, tips & tricks for editing
- Contact information
- Information about projects & events on campus
Editing and creating articles
Help: Introduction (Wikipedia)
Learn to Edit series of Wikipedia editing videos (Art+ Feminism)
Wikipedia Cheat Sheet (University of Melbourne)
Wikipedia: A guide on using Wikipedia for study and research for staff and students (University of Melbourne)
Wikipedia content policies and guidelines
If a topic has received significant coverage in reliable sources that are independent of the subject, it is presumed to be suitable for a stand-alone article.
Conflicts of interest (WP:COI)
A conflict of interest arises if you’re editing Wikipedia content about yourself or your family, friends, clients, employer, etc. Any external relationship can trigger a conflict of interest.
Verifiable content (WP:VER)
Any material challenged or likely to be challenged, and all quotations, must be attributed to a reliable published source. In Wikipedia, verifiability means that people reading and editing the encyclopedia can check that information comes from a reliable source.
Reliability of sources (WP:RS)
Reliable sources include books published by respected publishing houses, Journals, mainstream newspaper and magazines as well as reputable online or print encylopediae and archives. Unreliable sources that shouldn't be used include the subjects personal website, marketing material, social media posts and press releases.
Material for content mustn't be copied/pasted from other sources directly into wikipedia. Instead, paraphrase your sources and be sure to cite them.
Wikipedia: creating articles on living people
More care is given to biographies of living people, they must be written conservatively, and with regard to the subject's privacy. Any comments must be referenced, and the references must be good quality.
Wikipedia does not publish original thought: all material in Wikipedia must be attributable to a reliable, published source. Articles may not contain any new analysis or synthesis of published material that serves to advance a position not clearly advanced by the sources.
Neutral point of view (WP:NPOV)
Content must be written from a neutral perspective, and not be overly biased by pushing one view over another. This includes not giving undue weight (WP:Weight) to any one topic, and making sure all opinions are represented (WP:Bal)
Image use policy (WP:IUP)
Wikipedia has strict guidelines on image use and copyright. Images must either be your own images, that you have uploaded to wikimedia, public domain, or in some cases, fair use under US law.
What Wikipedia is not (WP:NOT)
When writing content, it must be noted Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, so the normal restrictions on encyclopedia content apply.
Wikipedia is not a repository for links, a dictionary, a newspaper, a blog, a textbook or a publisher of original thought. Any content that resembles any of these things will be deleted
Article titles (WP:TITLE)
Wikipedia has naming conventions for article titles, and incorrectly naming a title will generally result in it being changed. The title will need to distinguish it from other titles, but also indicate what it is about. Sometimes articles will need distinguishing information in parentheses. Generally titles will reflect what the concept is called in reliable sources.
Most of Wikipedia’s text and many of its images are co-licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC BY-SA) and the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL)
UoM Wiki Agenda (UMWA) Community of Practice - "UoM Wikipedians addressing the diversity gap"
A regular meetup for University of Melbourne Wikipedians to address the Wikipedia diversity gap. The UMWA Community of Practice (CoP) builds on the successful ResearcHERs Wikipedia Edit-a-thon held in August 2017.
The format of each UMWA CoP will vary but may include discussions, how-to workshops, and opportunities for independent Wiki editing in good company.
Who is this group open to?
The group is open to all University of Melbourne staff and students.
UMWA forthcoming meetings
June the Wikipedia meet-up
Friday 29 June 2018, 12.00-1.30pm. Baillieu Library
At our upcoming June meetup, we will have short presentations on useful Wikipedia statistics, and on the Wikipedia representation of women on who have received Australian Honours. There also will be time for your own Wikipedia work, with helpful Wikipedians on hand to show newcomers how to make edits and create articles. UoM Wiki Agenda (UMWA) is a regular meetup for new and experienced University of Melbourne Wikipedians interested in addressing the Wikipedia diversity gap. A great opportunity for independent Wikipedia article editing in good company. All welcome. BYO lunch. Tea and coffee provided.
Registration (preferred but not essential): http://go.unimelb.edu.au/aws6
Friday 10am - 4pmWikipedia Edit-a-thon "I Made the Internet Smarter Today"Event
UoM Wiki Agenda Community of Practice #4Event
Friday 12pm - 1:30pmMini - edit a thonEvent
Friday 12pm - 1:30pmUoM Wiki Agenda Community of Practice #3Event
Friday 12pm - 1:30pmUoM Wiki Agenda Community of Practice #2Event
Friday 12pm - 1:30pmUoM Wiki Agenda Community of Practice #1Event
Friday 9:45am - 5pmresearcHERs @ UoM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon (Parkville)Workshop
Friday 10am - 4pmresearcHERs @ UoM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon (Southbank)Workshop
Questions, suggestion, or would like to get in touch, please send an email to email@example.com
ResearcHERs Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
This event was held on the 25th August 2017 simultaneously at Parkville and Southbank campuses. Opened by the Provost, Professor Margaret Sheil, the day featured a range of sessions on different aspects of Wikipedia, training and informing on content creation, Wikipedia protocols and guidelines, and Wikidata. View the event's Wikipedia page here.
Overall, as part of this event, 38 pages were created, 17 new users made accounts, and 74 revisions were made. A number of articles were created on the day for a variety of notable women working in many fields, including pages for:
- Mildred Barnard
- Kathleen Funder
- Jean Laby
- Diane Lemaire
- Philippa Maddern
- Lorna McConchie
- Dulcie Hollyock
- Constance (Connie) Frazer
- Alice Hoy
- Kiffy Rubbo
- Hilda Bastian
- Jocelyn Hyslop.
As part of the exercise, a new category was created for the University of Melbourne, and 112 pages were added to it https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:University_of_Melbourne_women.
3CR Radio interviewed Dr. Hannah McCann, Lecturer in Gender Studies at the University, one of the organisers: http://www.3cr.org.au/tuesday-breakfast
Read Pursuit article Balancing the history books, one Wikipedia entry a time written by Dr. Mary Tomsic (ARC Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne) and Deborah Thomas (Senior Policy & Strategy Advisor, University of Melbourne) published 11 December 2017.
For more information about the UOM Wikipedia Community, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org