On this page is a collection of handy resources for anyone wanting to know more about Wikimedia projects, especially Wikipedia. Like information and knowledge itself, some of these guides change as they are updated from time to time but this page should always list the most recent versions.
Introduction to Wikimedia and Wikipedia
Editing help and guidance
This is a selection of some of the most notable guides on contributing to Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects.
Wiki Markup Cheatsheet (A single-page guide to the most commonly used formatting. A guide to all Wiki markup code is here: Help:Wiki markup)
Wikipedia in the community
More and more communities around the world are seeing the benefit of having a good presence on Wikimedia projects such as Wikpedia and Wikivoyage. In Wales, Monmouth became the world's first Wikipedia Town in 2012. In 2014, the Llwybrau Byw! Living Paths! project is training people in communities all along the Wales Coast Path to edit Wikipedia.
Put your Area on the Map! - A Llwybrau Byw! Living Paths! leaflet promoting free training sessions in Wales.
How to create a Wikipedia Town: The story of Monmouthpedia
Wikimedia UK Annual Report 2012 - Includes a feature on Monmouthpedia (page 10).
Wikipedia in GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museums)
An increasing number of galleries, libraries, archives and museums are hiring Wikiepdians in Residence, who work to make large amounts of information more freely available and form collaborative relationships between Wikimedia and instutions of knowledge.
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia Loves Libraries - A portal for librarians and library users
- Wikipedia:GLAM - Home of Wikimedia's GLAM initiative
- A whole network of public libraries begins Wikipedia collaboration in Catalonia - An article about 150 librarians in Catalonia having Wikipedia training to spread it among library users.
Museums Collaborating with Wikipedia - A leaflet with examples of collaboration, including the British Museum.
Wikipedia in higher education
More and more academics and academic institutions are realising the value of Wikipedia not only as a resource but also as a place where students can develop their academic study skills by writing articles.
Wikivoyage (http://wikivoyage.org) was launched in 2012 and is a travel guide which anyone can contribute to. If you know of businesses that might interest visitors to your area, go ahead and add them! Shops, restaurants, museums, pubs, hotels and more are all welcome.
Wikimedia Commons (http://commons.wikimedia.org) is the media file repository for Wikimedia projects. The image, audio, video and document files of projects such as Wikipedia are all uploaded to and stored in Wikimedia Commons. Like the text of Wikipedia, re-use and sharing of the files is permitted, but licenses differ slightly.