OER14 homeApplication › Mr Simon Knight

Citation needed: Editing Wikipedia, a hands on fringe event

Tuesday 13:00-14:30 (1), Mezzanine Balcony

Type: Fringe

Theme: Open policy, research, scholarship and access

#oer14 #abs49


Mr Simon Knight, PhD Student, Knowledge Media Institute Open University, [email protected]
Dr Martin Poulter, Wikimedia UK, [email protected]


We propose to invite interested parties to a fringe space in which there will be scope to:
1) Guide people in the basics of editing Wikipedia including setting up accounts and the basics of markup and editing ettiquette
2) Run an edithathon in which articles such as those covered under Project:Open (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Open) are edited, and plans for moving forward developed
3) Discuss issues around editing, share (positive and negative) experiences, and develop ideas around engaging with this open resource in the future.
4) Work with notable attendees with existing Wikipedia articles about them to associate their ORCID, a (CC) photograph, and (CC) audio sample of their voice onto Wiki-Commons and the associated Wikipedia article.

The fringe event will be a continuation of Poulter and Knight's workshop and lightening talk (respectively), with hands on approach to delving into working with Wikipedia itself.

To give participants opportunity to attend for varying amounts of time, and to offer both individual and group support to the maximum number we would suggest having space for a full afternoon/morning session would be most productive.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:How_to_run_an_edit-a-thon. [Accessed 26 November 2013].
http://pigsonthewing.org.uk/open-licensed-format-recordings-voices-wikipedia-wikimedia-commons/. [Accessed 26 November 2013].

Funding acknowledgements

Both authors are funded by Wikimedia UK to attend this conference

Recap recording

A recording of this presentation is available to view at https://campus.recap.ncl.ac.uk/Panopto/Pages/Viewer/Default.aspx?id=064bd11b-93b5-5312-1376-6c65eddeb69e ┬ęThe Open University 2014 Simon Knight cc-by 4.0.

Further details

Keywords: wikipedia, editathon, learners as producers, open practice, wiki, open knowledge, free knowledge, open access publishing

Mr Simon Knight, PhD Student, The Open University

Twitter: @sjgknight

Twitter abstract: Citation needed: Editing Wikipedia, a hands on fringe event, come along, get practical on Wikipedia, & share your experi