Submissions/Methods to enhance the production of Wikipedia articles on specific topics. A presentation of the methodologies tested in the production of articles related to the South African primary school curriculum

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Submission no. 6028
Title of the submission

Methods to enhance the production of Wikipedia articles on specific topics. A presentation of the methodologies tested in the production of articles related to the South African primary school curriculum

Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)

Lecture

Author of the submission

Iolanda Pensa
This presentation is based on the research work related to the project Wikipedia Primary School implemented by the Laboratory of visual culture at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) in collaboration with the University of Cape Town. The research team involves Florence Devouard, Giovanni Profeta, Tobias Schoenwetter, Isla Haddow-Flood, Heather Ford, Serena Cangiano, Fabian Frei, Marco Lurati, Giancarlo Gianocca, Douglas Scott, Theresa Hume, Erica Litrenta, Wikimedia ZA, Wikimedia CH, the Africa Centre with the financial support of FNS and the South African research agency. The project is conceived by Iolanda Pensa (principal investigator).

type of submission

Lecture

Language of presentation

English (the presentation can also be made in French is useful)

E-mail address

io@pensa.it

Username

iopensa

Country of origin

Italy and Switzerland

Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

Wikimedia Italia and Wikimedia CH
Laboratory of visual culture at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI)

Personal homepage or blog

http://iopensa.it

Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

How can we produce or improve a selection of articles on Wikipedia? How do we know what we need to improve? Once identified, how do we trigger that improvement? Are there ways to trigger the involvement of scholars? Within the project Wikipedia Primary School we selected 100 articles related to the South African curriculum and we tested methodologies to produce, review and improve them. What emerged from our experience is that contests, the involvement of scholars and edit-a-thons with advanced wikipedians appear to be the most efficient ways to trigger the production, the review and the improvement of articles. According to our three-year experience, general edit-a-thons, the involvement of journals and the existing Wikipedia tools designed for triggering collaborations (such as wiki-projects, wiki-portals and quality assessments) appear inefficient. Furthermore the involvement of scholars appears much more efficient when is developed outside Wikipedia and then brought to Wikipedia and general articles appears particularly difficult to be improved.

The evaluation of the methods tested to enhance the production of Wikipedia articles about the South African primary school curriculum is based on qualitative analysis and on the use of visual information based on Wikipedia to trace changes

What will attendees take away from this session?

The presentation aims at providing wikimedians a review of tools which can contribute to trigger the improvement of specific content on Wikipedia. This review can be particularly relevant for the implementation and further development of thematic projects, i.e. projects focusing in increasing and improving on Wikipedia medical content, articles related to women, archeology or topics specifically related to GLAMs.

Theme of presentation
WikiCulture & Community
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?

Advanced

Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
25 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?

No

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Special requests


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  1. Anne Delong (talk) 12:40, 15 February 2017 (UTC)
  2. Jamie Tubers (talk) 14:38, 18 February 2017 (UTC)
  3. I find the proposed topic to be very interesting and valuable for all education projects across the Wikimedia Movement VMasrour (WMF) (talk) 19:52, 1 March 2017 (UTC)
  4. Anthere (talk)
  5. Naval Scene (talk) 10:50, 15 March 2017 (UTC)
  6. Frhdkazan (talk) 14:18, 22 March 2017 (UTC) - active around m:Wikipedias in the languages of Russia
  7. Rhododendrites (talk) 13:34, 30 March 2017 (UTC)
  8. Daniel Mietchen (talk) 03:21, 9 April 2017 (UTC)
  9. Amir É. Aharoni (talk) 06:29, 10 April 2017 (UTC)
  10. LZia (WMF) (talk) 18:11, 22 May 2017 (UTC)
  11. Ovedc (talk) 07:30, 4 June 2017 (UTC)
  12. Rachel Helps (BYU) (talk) 19:10, 7 August 2017 (UTC)
  13. #Michaelgraaf (talk) 23:45, 12 August 2017 (UTC)