Christine, thank you so much for the kind words! I joined GenderGap right before the
webinar when I was looking for resources, but am only getting around to looking at
archives and new messages today.
Folks seemed really excited after the webinar, from the messages I got, and the messages
WAM! got. Katha Pollitt, a well-known US poet and political writer, was especially jazzed,
and that made me pretty happy. There were about 25 women on Wed, and we expect another 25
As Christine mentioned, we're also going to arrange a day for women work together on
editing Wikipedia. There's definitely comfort in numbers. And I *love* the idea of
having mentors! We would welcome any and all volunteers to help out that way.
We'll definitely be posting the video of the webinar online-- ReadyTalk gave it to me
as a native Flash file, so I can't upload it to Vimeo, etc., but I believe we'll
be hosting it on Women Action & The Media's site. I'll post it to this list
after Sunday, depending on which version comes out better.
PS-- By way of intros: I'm a media technologist and author based in Brooklyn, NY. I
work with progressive media and advocacy organizations to help them figure just what the
heck they should be doing online. I'm also the WAM!Bassador of Technology for Women,
Action & the Media, which is fun to say. More info in my sig.
Author: Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking, Berrett-Koehler,
"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." -- Oscar Wilde
On Mar 24, 2011, at 3:29 PM, Christine Moellenberndt wrote:
I hoped to write this yesterday, just didn't get
there. I attended this webinar, and I have to say I thought it was very well done.
Deanna spent the first half of the session talking about some of the culture of Wikipedia;
things like neutral point of view, collaboration, the dangers of edit warring, and the
like. She also touched on the various roles you can fill on Wikipedia, not just article
creation but "wikignome"-ing, copyediting, mediating, fomatting, etc. out of the
Welcome to Wikipedia booklet available on the Bookshelf
). She did caution us, though, about spending all
of our efforts in wikignoming and copyediting, "We don't want to be the
secretaries of Wikipedia!"
(that being said, my Not-WMF-opinion is that copyediting and the like are GREAT ways to
get one's feet wet on Wikipedia. It allows you to learn how Wiki-markup works, start
learning how articles are formulated, and can help introduce all the concepts that make a
good article that can prepare you for writing your own first article.)
The second half was a real how-to, showing how to create an account and then taking us
into her sandbox on the English Wikipedia and showing how to use the text editor there on
basic things like italic and bold text, creating links (both links to other WP articles,
and to outside sites), and references. There were lots of spots for questions along the
way, and I got to help Deanna out a bit with questions.
I can't give a good estimate on how many attendees there were; the platform they used
didn't give a full participants list, but I'd wager it was around the 20-25 person
range which seemed about right. Deanna hopes that once everyone who attends the seminars
gets a chance to create an account and play around a bit that all the participants can get
together and start working together on women related Wikipedia articles. I think that
would be a really great activity and a great way to get more women involved in Wikipedia.
I'd say if you're looking to do something similar, Deanna's webinar would be
a good template to follow, especially the idea of a reconvening at a later date to begin
working together on an article that needs some extra help. Again, my Not-Official-Opinion
is that having a mentor would be a big help to learning one's way around the projects,
and what better way than to do it with a bunch of like-minded folks?
The session was recorded, and once I find out where it is being housed, I'll let
everyone know so you can see how it worked out.
Thank you, Frances for telling us about the webinar, and thanks to Deanna and the folks
at WAM! for putting it on!
(fyi, there's another one on Sunday; I'm not sure if there's space left but
there may be if you're interested in attending! I'll be at that one as well.)
On 3/21/11 9:05 AM, Frances Kissling wrote:
Thought you’d all like o see this effort
Women Write Wikipedia: A How-To Webinar
Have you ever looked something up in the Wikipedia? Obviously, right? But: have you ever
edited anything in the Wikipedia? Bet the answer is “no,” and that’s a crying shame!
Wikipedia, as you know, is quickly becoming the go-to reference point for our collective
history. But, over 80% of Wikipedia’s editors are men–which means that women’s
opportunities to document history and knowledge are passing us by.
In this hour-long online workshop, WAM!Bassador of Technology Deanna Zandt will teach you
the basics of editing a Wikipedia page, as well as the cultural norms that you’ll need to
know to be a good Wikipedian. It’s time to make sure that all genders are represented in
our brave new history!
FREE. Choose from either
Wednesday, March 23 at 2PM ET
Sunday, March 27 at 2PM ET
To register, email Rachel.
Frances Kissling, visiting scholar
Center for Bioethics, UPenn
202 368 3954
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