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IA Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

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April 25, 2015 1:30 PM

Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis, MN

Become an IA Wikipedian and help discover and promote the people, events and history of Information Architecture. Wikipedia is more than just a global, multi-language, linked encyclopedia. It is a community of people committed to accurate and deep discovery of a world of topics. Case studies on recent Wikipedia edit-a-thons, outcomes and controversies will inform the process for participants as they help to improve the accuracy and discoverability of Information Architecture topics on Wikipedia.

What will you learn?

  • What really happens behind the scenes of a Wikipedia page.
  • How Wikipedia is fulfilling Tim Berners-Lee’s vision of a linked, open collection of human knowledge.
  • How to create an account and start editing Wikipedia pages.
  • How to appropriately link and cite content within a Wikipedia document.
  • How to avoid conflicts of interest, so your hard work doesn’t disappear.
  • How to find information about Information Architecture and fill in gaps, correct errors, suggest new content.
  • How to run your own Wikipedia edit-a-thon back home.

Session Takeaways

  • Appreciation of Wikipedia as a knowledge resource
  • Appreciation of Wikipedia as a community
  • How and why to set up a Wikipedia Account
  • Understanding of Wikipedia Conflict of Interest rules
  • Understanding of proper citation and linking
  • Satisfaction of giving back to one's industry
  • Tools and knowledge to host a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon back home

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