Category Archives: Beginner how-to

Merry Christmas! Simple things anyone can do for improved digital hygiene

The holiday season is a great time to talk to loved ones about how we can all improve the ways we use technology and the Internet. There are many areas of concern around protecting your interests and information online. It … Continue reading

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A peek behind the scenes in the $289M Monsanto verdict

Both sides in a similar Monsanto lawsuit tried to bend Wikipedia to their will On August 10, a jury hit Monsanto with a $289 million verdict, the latest in a string of lawsuits linking the agrochemical giant’s products and byproducts to … Continue reading

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Baseball in a Wikidojo

When we started the monthly Bay Area WikiSalon meetups a few months back, I was eager to try out a newly-invented way for a group to build a wiki page together. The purpose of a Wikidojo, as the event is … Continue reading

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Public relations for Wikipedia

How to move the dial to “notable” Companies often want to put something on Wikipedia that has no independent, reliable sources to back it up. For Wikipedia, that’s a non-starter; no matter how many press releases or social media posts … Continue reading

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Read between the lines: Wikipedia’s inner workings revealed

Since it launched in 2001, Wikipedia has become the most widely-viewed source of original content in the world. But the way it’s built is utterly different from other publications: newspapers, books, traditional encyclopedias. Most of us have a basic understanding how a … Continue reading

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An author improves his Wikipedia bio

This spring, we worked with bestselling author Stephen Baker, who had a longstanding — but easily corrected — Wikipedia problem. We guided him in adding citations and making some updates to his biography, which had been flagged for insufficient citations … Continue reading

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Writing your first Wikipedia article

Back in 2008, I wrote up instructions on the WikiProject Oregon blog: Writing your first Wikipedia article I just looked it over and — amazingly — I see very little that I’d change in 2015. The only things I can … Continue reading

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Wikipedia and education: How to get started?

I am moderating a panel for the Hewlett Foundation’s Open Educational Resources grantees meeting (2015): The Power of Reuse: Wikipedia in Action Three panelists will join me as we explore the connections between Wikipedia and education: Jeannette Lee, a high … Continue reading

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Using Wikisource to make old photos more accessible

Wikipedia is mainly an effort to preserve existing knowledge. One thing Wikipedians like to do is to preserve old photos that have become part of the public domain. This can mean illustrating a Wikipedia article; but another goal is to give everybody direct … Continue reading

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Should you use Wikipedia when doing research?

The News Literacy Project, a U.S. organization devoted to middle-and high school students evaluate the various kinds of information they encounter,  just released a seven minute video about Wikipedia. It features two librarians, addressing whether and how to incorporate Wikipedia … Continue reading

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