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.
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- Look through some of the Whanganui-related pages on Wikipedia and note those that are very short, out of date, or missing completely.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!
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.