I do want to introduce Wikidata. These are information architects after all and they will be really interested in what one can do with the data behind wikipedia, especially linked open data.

But the challenge will be to keep it less lecture-y and more interactive, while respecting the fact that many in the audience will have little to no experience editing Wikipedia. My thought was to start with an intro to setting up an account and creating a public user profile with a quick overview of existing pages covering Information Architecture topics. I like the way the Art+Feminism editathon set things up with a page linking to current and proposed pages, because it allowed people to create a set of proposed edits to current pages and possible references for new pages.


When I was at the Art+Feminism editathon, I focused on locating references for the proposed Enei Begaye article. It looks like someone went ahead and created the page, so that is very satisfying. I took a different tack with the BlackLifeMatters editathon. I went with my daughter who did the research for a new article on costume designer Judy Dearing, and we ended up creating a page together.

I will be in Minneapolis from Friday early afternoon through Sunday so if you want to suggest a place to meet before then either Friday or Saturday morning, please let me know.

Thanks for your help!

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   1. Re: Fwd: Information Architecture edit-a-thon in  April (Nwhysel)
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      (Mark Holmquist)


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Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:01:38 -0400
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Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-US-MN] Fwd: Information Architecture
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Hi MN Wikipedians!

I am writing to follow up on Mark's post last month about a Wikipedia editathon I am hosting at the ASIS&T Information Architecture Summit (http://iasummit.org). Thanks, Mark! And thanks to Veronica Erb, who is one of the event producers who connected me with your group. I am based in New York City and am User:nwhysel on Wikipedia. I have been editing Wikipedia and attending Wikimedia NYC editathons for about two years and have many years of private wiki editing experience.

The IA Summit will be held on April 22-26 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. I am inviting Minneapolis area Wikipedians to help facilitate a session on Information Architecture on Saturday April 25. For the editathon, I have a 110 minute session Saturday afternoon, 1:30-3:15pm, which I plan to use to as both an informal introduction to editing and an editathon, similar to how Wikipedia editathons are run. I am repurposing a deck from the Art+Feminism event for the session and am hoping to get some local Wikipedians to help out as facilitators. I have confirmed that volunteer facilitators for the session will receive entry passes for the event.

The Information Architecture page is currently listed under WikiProject Human Computer Interaction. I created a WikiProject proposal for Information Architecture at https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Council/Proposals/Information_Architecture. I created the proposal to expand the scope beyond computing to the foundation of information architecture practice in library science, cognitive science, design, and physical architecture. I have 17 supporters so far but not many with editing experience so the session will help to bring people up to speed with wikipedia editing culture. I may also propose a task under the HCI project.

If this sounds like interesting way to spend a Saturday afternoon, please let me know.

Noreen Whysel

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>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: Mark Holmquist <mtraceur@member.fsf.org>
>> Date: Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 9:48 AM
>> Subject: Fwd: Information Architecture edit-a-thon in April
>> To: wikimedia-us-mn@lists.wikimedia.org
>> Cc: Veronica Erb <veronicaerb@gmail.com>
>> Hello, wikimedia-us-mn! I got an email last night from our esteemed friend
>> James Hare from WMDC, who introduced me to Veronica, who is looking for
>> some experienced Wikipedia editors to help out at an event she's helping
>> to plan in April.
>> See the details below - I figured some of you would be interested and
>> able to help.
>> See: http://www.iasummit.org/node/51
>> See also: http://www.iasummit.org/events/ias2015
>> Venue: http://minneapolis.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html
>> ----- Forwarded message from Veronica Erb <veronicaerb@gmail.com> -----
>> IA Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
>> April 25, 2015 from 1:30 pm - 3:15 pm
>> Presented by Noreen Whysel
>> Become an IA Wikipedian and help discover and promote the people, events
>> and history of Information Architecture. Wikipedia is more than just a
>> global, multi-language, linked encyclopedia. It is a community of people
>> committed to accurate and deep discovery of a world of topics. Case studies
>> on recent Wikipedia edit-a-thons, outcomes and controversies will inform
>> the process for participants as they help to improve the accuracy and
>> discoverability of Information Architecture topics on Wikipedia.
>> What will you learn?
>>    - What really happens behind the scenes of a Wikipedia page.
>>    - How Wikipedia is fulfilling Tim Berners-Lee’s vision of a linked, open
>>    collection of human knowledge.
>>    - How to create an account and start editing Wikipedia pages.
>>    - How to appropriately link and cite content within a Wikipedia document.
>>    - How to avoid conflicts of interest, so your hard work doesn’t
>>    disappear.
>>    - How to find information about Information Architecture and fill in
>>    gaps, correct errors, suggest new content.
>>    - How to run your own Wikipedia edit-a-thon back home.
>> Session Takeaways
>>    - Appreciation of Wikipedia as a knowledge resource
>>    - Appreciation of Wikipedia as a community
>>    - How and why to set up a Wikipedia Account
>>    - Understanding of Wikipedia Conflict of Interest rules
>>    - Understanding of proper citation and linking
>>    - Satisfaction of giving back to one's industry
>>    - Tools and knowledge to host a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon back home
>> ----- End forwarded message -----
>> --
>> Mark Holmquist
>> Software Engineer, Multimedia
>> Wikimedia Foundation
>> mtraceur@member.fsf.org
>> https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/User:MHolmquist
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Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:30:07 -0500
From: Mark Holmquist <mtraceur@member.fsf.org>
To: Minnesota Wikimedians <wikimedia-us-mn@lists.wikimedia.org>
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-US-MN] Fwd: Information Architecture
        edit-a-thon in April
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On Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 11:01:38AM -0400, Nwhysel wrote:
> If this sounds like interesting way to spend a Saturday afternoon, please let me know.

I'm game! I can even be there a *tiny* bit early to help with preparations
or just chat about strategy.

For my money, I'd suggest the following:

* Have everyone turn on VisualEditor (it's *easier*)
** As a result, I'll attempt to be hyper-aware of issues people have.
* Be proactive about mentoring especially w/r/t our silly policies
* Possibly worthwhile to introduce Wikidata to this crowd (?)

I'll see y'all there, it should be a great event!

Mark Holmquist
Software Engineer, Multimedia
Wikimedia Foundation
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