Improving Wikipedia’s Accuracy
Hosting a Wiki Edit-A-Thon
Today’s technology makes information retrieval virtually limitless. One of the most popular ways to find out about something or someone is to go to Wikipedia. While some of the information on Wikipedia is accurate, there are many instances where users have posted erroneous information in need of correction. Thus the need to host Wiki Edit-A-Thon events.
That’s where you come in!
Many organizations have taken on the challenge of updating and entering information into Wikipedia to provide accurate information. Are you up for the challenge? Maybe you have a cause you want others to know about or found some inaccuracies; you may want to host your own Wiki Edit-a-Thon.
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You host a Wiki Edit-A-Thon to bring people together to make new entries or correct inaccurate ones. Whether you assemble colleagues, friends, classmates, or acquaintances, together, you’ll get a lot accomplished.
Your event could help in a variety of ways, such as:
- Helping when searching for accurate information on a particular subject or topic
- Increasing information in the encyclopedia
- Allowing people to see how easy they can contribute and become Wikipedians
- Assisting the current Wikipedians in their quest to provide accurate information
- Expanding awareness through a fun and enlightening experience
Do you plan to host an Edit-a-Thon at your school?
Here are a few things you need to do:
- Get your agenda together – what is your focus? And be prepared to explain it
- Get permission from the people in charge; solicit help from educators, archivists, and professors who have an interest in your project
- Target your audience – is this just for individuals at your school or your organization? Or will it be open to the public?
- Create a project page on Wikipedia: Meetup to get the word out to interested parties
- Get your date and time together for publication
- Start marketing your event by using Meetup.com, Facebook, Twitter or other venues that will allow people to become aware and sign up for your event
- Solicit help from others to get the word out – consider putting a post in Wikipedia’s newsletter, the Signpost
Once complete, you; ll then want to prepare for the event with the list below:
- Have refreshments or a scheduled break time in place
- Have someone at the door ready to welcome everyone and check their names off the list
- For online participants, be sure to Skype them in
- Have an agenda with the items you will be working on
- Have a quick training session; try pairing new editors with old ones for collaboration.
- Delegate by section
- Have prizes or incentives to make it fun
- Take photos
After the event, upload your content to Wikimedia Commons and write a blog post. Doing so is an excellent way to foster collaboration, meet new people, and get things done. Make sure to give credit to the participants highlighting the largest contributors!
For additional information on how to run an edit-a-thon, click here, to read Wikipedia’s instructions.