The Digital Campus

The Digital Campus

Wikipedia Matters

On Tuesday, October 18, Pete Forsyth will lead a webinar on the importance of wikipedia for your institution. Through examples, recommendations, and practical ideas, participants will learn how to improve their wikipedia presence.

In preparation for the webinar, Pete has designed a short exercise.

Preparation for wikipedia presentation

The assignment below will help you understand the range of quality in Wikipedia coverage of universities, and how articles grow on Wikipedia. Please email me your responses by the end of the day Monday, October 17.

  1. Name of your university
  2. Name of university whose Featured Article you chose
  3. Identify 3-5 areas in which your university’s article could use improvement.
  4. Write 1-3 sentences about the Featured Article discussion. Do you believe the concepts discussed were important components of an article on a university?
  5. Create a user account. This video will guide you through the process:
Read the detailed instructions here

Access the presentation and webinar recording

About Pete

Pete ForsythPete Forsyth is a longtime leader in the volunteer Wikipedia editorial community. As a consultant, he designs and implements partnerships that bring academics and professionals together with Wikipedians to build encyclopedia content together and learn from one another.

Pete began writing Wikipedia articles in 2006, focusing on the history of his home state of Oregon; his work covers topics like the Columbia River, political elections, and historical figures. He founded WikiProject Oregon, a dynamic group of Wikipedians which coordinates collaborative projects and engages with local institutions.

As the Wikimedia Foundation’s first Public Outreach Officer from 2009–2011, Pete was a key architect of the Wikipedia Public Policy Initiative. This broadly acclaimed project introduces the academic world to the Wikipedia production process; increasingly driven by volunteers, this model is now being replicated around the world. Smaller projects include helping small businesses effectively and ethically improve their coverage on Wikipedia.

To learn more about his practice visit or contact him directly.

Author: Florencia Prada

Florencia Prada is the Head of Digital Marketing at swissnex San Francisco. While she loves all things tech, she tries hard not to get carried away by shiny objects and new ideas that are all too pervasive in Silicon Valley.

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