Category Archives: Wikipedia and education

Panel: How can you write an open access encyclopedia in a closed access world?

Video archive part 1 and part 2 Much knowledge has always been locked away, throughout history. It’s inaccessible — or expensive to access — for all but a privileged few. Two Internet-era social movements have sought to change that: Wikipedia, which … Continue reading

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If Wikipedia required Open Access sources, it would be a lot less useful

Starting in 2008 I wrote a Wikipedia article on a proposed casino, to be built in the Columbia River Gorge. I wrote the article because I believed it was an important topic (and an Oregonian reporter and a Harvard scholar agreed); but … 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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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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Wikipedia program for Oregon universities

I left Oregon in 2009 to design a university outreach program for the Wikimedia Foundation. It was my first opportunity to put my knowledge of the inner workings of English language Wikipedia to use on a large scale. A couple … 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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Where is the real report on the Belfer Center’s Wikipedia program?

For those seeking more context for this blog post, I recommend this summary by William Beutler. Last week, Sue Gardner of the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) reported on WMF’s role in placing a paid Wikipedia writer (“Wikipedian in Residence” or “WIR”) … Continue reading

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Wikipedia: tying together formal & informal education

Earlier this month I attended the launch event for Open Educational Resources university, a consortium that is tying together the best of formal and informal education. I’m really excited about what this means for the future of higher ed, and … Continue reading

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