I am following this thread with interest. A lot of libraries are doing interesting things
around Get Online week, and I think it’s worth thinking less in terms of people editing
Wikipedia and more in terms of using it.
Obviously, edits is a metric, but I note in Martha Lane Fox’s dot.everyone initiative that
they talk as much about giving people reasons to go online as they do giving them the
skills to create web content.
I think that it would be worth thinking about partnering up with the library network on
‘Introduction to Wikipedia’ sessions telling people about the scope, how to search etc.
Ideally this would serve as an on-ramp for people wanting to become editors further down
All best, and happy to discuss further.
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I think the target group is significant here. My suspicion is that editing Wikipedia is
not an entry level computer task. I have twice trained non computer users at editathons I
was helping at, on one occasion I spent an inordinate amount of time teaching someone how
to use a mouse. My preference is that we leave "introducing people to the
internet" to people who are experienced at that sort of training, and we focus more
on cross training existing wikimedians and on those who are willing to help Wikipedia or
at least want to fill one of our gaps.
On 12 October 2015 at 18:39, Michael Peel
I've just discovered that this week is 'Get Online Week', see:
It's too late for this week, but for next year perhaps we should think about offering
some sort of 'intro to Wikipedia' courses? Probably more 'how to read'
rather than 'how to edit', given the target group here.
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