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- 1 What is Wikipedia?
- 2 St James' Church, Sydney
- 3 How does Wikipedia work?
- 3.1 Users (editors)
- 3.2 Editing
- 3.3 Wikipedia sub-projects
- 3.4 Policies
- 3.5 Article Quality
- 4 Why does it matter?
- 5 References
What is Wikipedia?
Wikipedia is an encyclopaedia - a free, not-for profit, tertiary source of information, built collaboratively by volunteers. The text of the English Wikipedia is currently equivalent to 2,032.7 volumes of the Encyclopædia Britannica.
- The Five Pillars of Wikipedia
- Wikipedia articles must :
- be about something that is Notable;
- contain information that is Verifiable;
- be written with a Neutral Point of View;
- present No Original Research. That is, article contents and claims must be attributable.
- Sister projects, such as the central image repository Wikimedia Commons, are listed at the bottom of the main page of Wikipedia.
St James' Church, Sydney
An introduction to Wikipedia: its purpose, mechanisms and context using the Featured Article St James' Church, Sydney as a case study and jumping off point. The article appeared on the main page of the encyclopaedia on St James' Day (25 July) 2014 when it was received 8580 page views. There are usually about 1500 page views per month.
- Children's Chapel, St James' Church, Sydney
- Richard Hill (clergyman)
- William Carr Smith
- Wedding of Nora Robinson and Alexander Kirkman Finlay
- The Australian and New Zealand Association of Bellringers
- Article traffic (graph)
- Language versions : the German version; the French version; the Italian and Dutch versions, which need work; and the brief Russian version. In preparation is one in this Asian language, presumably to go in its parent Wikipedia's language version. There are 287 language versions.
The encyclopaedia is full of blue and red links to other articles. Click on a blue link if you want to find out about something you do not know.
A red link is to an article that does not yet exist but probably should.
- We should create an article List of memorials in St James' Church, Sydney, like the article List of Governors-General of Australia.
- Type in Phillip Micklem and you will automatically be redirected to Philip Micklem
- Type in Floury baker and you will automatically be redirected to Aleeta curvicosta
- Type in Passionfruit and you will automatically be redirected to Passiflora edulis
Many things have the same name and articles about them need to be disambiguated.
The references are the jewels of the encyclopaedia. They enable you to verify any claims and often to read the entire source in context of its original publication.
- The article with the most references is List of Australian diarists of World War I was written by a librarian at SLNSW.
How does Wikipedia work?
Users' pages will introduce you to them and their motivations. Here are a few of the many.
- User:Wittylama, who created this wide variety of articles and was the first Wikipedian-in-Residence
- User: Amandajm, who is responsible for raising the standard of art and architecture articles such as Wells Cathedral and Leonardo da Vinci
- User:99of9, who wrote St John's, Ashfield and is responsible for this oft-used image of the Good Shepherd
- User:Casliber, works on the Banksia project which aims to produce Featured Articles on Banksia (such as Banksia dentata)
- User:StAnselm and User:Anglicanus, who are very helpful with things ecclesiastical and theological
- User:JJ Harrison, who takes wonderful photos of birds and plants
- User:Smuconlaw, who guides student groups to develop articles on Singaporean constitutional law
- User:Ealdgyth, who loves mediaeval history and User:Hchc2009, who likes castles.
- A video of some editors speaking about their involvement in Wikipedia. (run time 4 minutes)
- xkcd comic "Duty calls" (the cartoon in context)
The article's lead section is written in summary style. The articles in Wikipedia develop incrementally and collaboratively.
Look at the history of the article Windburn, which started as a redirect; developed a little in an early edit that distinguished windburn from sunburn; before being taken up by User:Jjron who clarified and referenced it and explained that windburn and sunburn were the same thing.
- We could add the St James' choir's CD of the Brahms German Requiem to the List article A German Requiem discography
Collaboration, debate, disagreement, improvement
- The list of gifts in the Finlay-Robinson wedding article was deemed excessive and had to be summarised. See Earlier version with the list of gifts
- Matters of fact and accuracy are routinely debated. See a small part of the discussions about the church's dedication
- Additions that are not compliant with policy are reverted. The medical project has stringent policies and so this visualisation about ongoing research was removed from the references in the article on Dietary supplements
Global collaboration quickly develops into an article on Wikipedia that gives the event a history with references.
Yes, it happens, and is sometimes briefly persistent, but is usually quickly fixed.
- Genieve Blackwell - the current version of the article.
- Another version created on 8 November 2013 by ISP (188.8.131.52) The location of the editor is Wahroonga
- A further attempt at the same edit created on 27 April 2014 by ISP 184.108.40.206 The location of this editor is Castle Hill
- Biographies of living persons policy
- Conflict of interest policy
- Medicine-related articles policy
- Notability (music) policy
The quality is determined by the referencing in particular, but also by the writing (conciseness, clarity, tone, accuracy) and the layout (images, structure).
Stubs and Start class
Images in Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons is the central media repository for the encyclopaedia. It is not to be confused with Creative Commons, which is an organisation that "provides copyright licences to facilitate sharing and reuse of creative content".
Why does it matter?
Wikipedia is part of the Free Culture Movement. The content of the encyclopaedia is free to use and re-use. That is, it is both gratis and libre. As "the world’s largest repository of human knowledge", it defends the "right to speak, share and create freely".
- Wikipedia:The answer to life, the universe, and everything
- Copyright licences including Creative Commons
- St James’ book
- ChoralWiki (Choral Public Domain Library)
- CSIRO releases images for free re-use
- Europeana The internet portal for digitised European cultural heritage, which, among other things, is helping institutions "make their digital content visible in Wikipedia articles"
- Gallery of images from the Bundesarchive (German Federal Archive) excerpted from Commons Category of donated images.
- Graphics created by User: 99of9 using freely released data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
- Creative remix of Archibald Prize Winners (not freely licenced)
- Google Translate provides an unexpected and surprising re-use of data. From Wikipedia's freely licensed natural language corpus Google Translate creates an average word length histogram for automatic language detection in order to “guess” what language is required by the user. It uses Wikipedia as its “natural language” reference.
There are many Wikipedians-in-Residence helping organisations such as Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums to develop a productive relationship with the Wikimedia community and enhance the mission of both organisations.
Examples of relationship between Australian libraries and Wikipedia.
Ways of knowing - words, pictures, music, engagement - Wikipedia.
Free access for the developing world and children
Wikipedia helping to break down the digital divide.
"...it is more important than ever for higher education to teach students to apply metacognitive skills — searching, retrieving, authenticating, critically evaluating and attributing material ..." 
Utilising the results of student work and making it available.
Knowledge production versus consumption
Wikipedia is one of many endeavours dedicated to producing and sharing knowledge rather than consuming it or locking it away.
Highly intelligent, thoughtful, insightful and caring young Jewish idealist clashes with a powerful, punitive and rather paranoid State. After having his intentions and motivations misunderstood by the administration, he is persecuted for “taking too many books out of the library”, threatened with 35 years jail, dies at age 26.
- Free-licence documentary video about Aaron Swartz: The Internet's Own Boy (Run time: 120 minutes) 
- See: Wikipedia:Size in volumes
- Traffic statistics for St James' Church, Sydney
- List of Wikipedias
- Official website of Creative Commons Australia
- Paulson, Michelle (22 July 2014). "Victory in Italy: Court rules Wikipedia "a service based on the freedom of the users"". Global blog. Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
- Wyatt, Liam (22 July 2014). "Sharing multimedia on Wikipedia now easier with new tool". http://pro.europeana.eu/. Europeana. Retrieved 24 July 2014. External link in
- The role, characteristics and list of Wikipedians-in-residence
- Video about the origins and development of Wikipedians-in-Residence and the GLAM programme in the UK
- Image of Afripedia USB on Commons
- Antonio, Amy (27 March 2014). "Navigating the online information maze: should students trust Wikipedia?". The Conversation (Australia). Retrieved 13 July 2014.
- Academic profile of Stuart Fraser (University of Sydney)
- Buhr, Sarah (27 June 2014). "Watch This Film About Why Aaron Swartz Matters More Than Ever". TechCrunch.com. TechCrunch. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
- "Movie Review: The Internet's Own Boy - The Story of Aaron Swartz". The Hacker News. 29 June 2014. Retrieved 20 July 2014.