The resources for this session are available at: https://ammienoot.com/mozfest17
Wikipedia is the 5th most popular website in the word, but the number of people who actually edit Wikipedia is much smaller. There are acknowledged areas of ommission and bias, and learning to write for and edit Wikipedia requires an understanding of community norms.
Participants will be (gently) introduced to editing and exploring where bias might exist in Wikipedia through a series of short fun games / activities.
You will need a laptop or tablet for this session. You could do some of the activities on a smart phone, but it might be a bit slow and painful :-)
If you can, please also create a Wikipedia user account at http://bit.ly/2aH5nRk
In the session you will:
(1) Learn about the structure of different types of Wikipedia articles: Wikirace challenges players to get from one article to another in the shortest time using only links within pages. How fast can you get from Trump to Armageddon?
(2) Learn about the reliability of Wikipedia: Citation Hunt helps to find and fix missing citations on Wikipedia. How many can you do in 10 minutes?
(3) Learn about adding structure to the world's largest encyclopaedia: Histropedia builds interactive timelines from Wikipedia categories. Explore and combine timelines to see how Categories can work, and look for what might be missing.
(4) Learn about what other kinds of data can be added to articles: Wikipedia Text Adventure is an old school style text based adventure game. The inclusion of places in the game relies on geographical coordinates being included on Wikipedia articles. Can you add new locations to the game?
(5) Have Fun!