The Wiki-GLAMR Training Program

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There are so many opportunities for galleries, libraries, archives, museums and record management (GLAMR) to grow their impact through Wikipedia and other Wikimedia platforms.

Wikimedia Australia has developed a special four-part training program for GLAMR organisations in our region. We can either offer this training to your staff or your can download the following resources and either undertake the training yourself or guide your team.

Module 1 - An introduction to the Wikimedia Movement

Wikipedia is a ubiquitous part of the Internet, but where did it come from, and why do we rely on it so heavily? Run by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation, Wikipedia is maintained not by an editorial board but by hundreds of thousands of self-organising volunteers. Along with its sister projects Commons and Wikidata it now underpins the world’s knowledge ecosystem, but has significant biases and gaps – and, famously, anyone can edit it.

This module includes:

  • The origins of Wikipedia
  • Growth and reliability
  • Wikimedia Commons
  • Wikidata
  • Wikisource
  • Wikivoyage
  • The Wikimedia projects today
  • Volunteering
  • Gender bias and Women in Red
  • Geographical bias
  • Wikimedia collaborations
  • The future of Wikimedia

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Module 2 - How Wikipedia Works

Since so many of us rely on Wikipedia, it’s important to know how it works. We’ll lift the hood and look at how edits are made, how vandalism is detected and removed, and how Wikipedia tries to stay neutral and reliable while avoiding “edit wars”. You’ll learn how to assess the trustworthiness of an article by who’s edited it, and how to make changes yourself. Anyone who clicks the edit button and improves the encyclopaedia is a Wikipedian, and at the end you will be too.

This module includes:

  • Creating an account
  • Wikipedia is everywhere
  • Origin of Wikipedia (recap)
  • Wikipedia today (recap)
  • Structure of a Wikipedia article
  • Talk page
  • User page
  • Editing in visual editor and source
  • Edit history and how to navigate it
  • Page statistics
  • Vandalism and how it’s corrected
  • Conflict of interest
  • Help and tutorials

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Module 3 - Organisational Wikipeda Strategy

Anyone can edit Wikipedia, but should they? Attempts to use it for marketing or spin can end in disaster; but used well, Wikipedia is a powerful tool for disseminating information. Learn how your organisation can reach an enormous audience by being part of the Wikimedia community: the different strategies range from simply using an open licence for your images to working with a Wikipedian in Residence.

This module includes:

  • Wikipedia is everywhere
  • Conflict of interest
  • PR disasters
  • Developing a Wikimedia strategy
  • Sharing open images
  • Copyright: a brief guide
  • Creative Commons licences
  • Image views
  • Blogging
  • Digitisation
  • Citing publications
  • Supporting local editors
  • Hosting events
  • Wikipedian in Residence
  • Developing a Wikimedia strategy

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Module 4 - An introduction to Wikidata

Wikidata is a free and open knowledge base that can be read and edited by both humans and machines. Launched in 2012, Wikidata acts as central storage for the structured data of its Wikimedia sister projects including Wikipedia, Wikivoyage, Wiktionary, Wikisource, and others. Learn what Wikidata is, explore key concepts and vocabulary, how it relates to other Wikimedia projects and see what makes it so powerful.

  • What is Wikidata?
  • Origins
  • Linked open data
  • QIDs
  • Triples
  • Descriptions and aliases • Statements and qualifiers
  • Referencing
  • Instance vs subclass
  • Creating a Wikidata item
  • Mix-n-Match
  • Simple queries
  • OpenRefine
  • Some Wikidata projects

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To book this training program please email: contact@wikimedia.org.au

To access editable version of the presentation notes and slides please email: contact@wikimedia.org.au

This program was developed in 2022 by Mike Dickison and Wikimedia Australia.

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The Big Prawn, cn2480.com.au

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