Wikipedia at the National Digital Forum

In November, Mike ran a one-day workshop in Wellington for the National Digital Forum, a group of curators, archivists, and librarians who do digital projects. They learned about Wikipedia and how it works, five things to think about before editing, and got a chance to create and modify pages in two hands-on sessions (PDF of programme). Whanganui’s Wiki Wednesday group was mentioned as a model to emulate. It was a great success, and we’ll be doing it again elsewhere.

Second Meeting

We had a bigger turnout on the second meeting, and went through the basics of editing Wikipedia again. Recommended for newcomers:

  • Reading some of the How Do I Edit Wikipedia info on this site, and maybe do a tutorial.
  • Create a user account for yourself, which will give you a user page and sandbox to practise editing. Try leaving a note on Mike’s Talk page to say hi.
  • Look through some of the Whanganui-related pages on Wikipedia and note those that are very short, out of date, or missing completely. Practise any fixing simple typos you see. Take a look at their Talk pages, and leave suggestions for edits.

Drop us a line if you have any questions. See you in October!

First Meeting

A small group met for the first Wiki Wednesday at the Davis Library, where we went through how Wikipedia works and learned how to create a user account and edit pages.

  • Corrections and reference added to Pakaitore.
  • Former mayor Charles Mackay needs his own page, disambiguated from two other Charles Mackays.
  • Loren Horsley could do with more info.
  • WikiProject New Zealand has a table of past Featured Articles (The Catlins is a good example), and a goal for the group would be to get Whanganui to Featured Article status.