Wikipedia:GLAM/State Library of New South Wales/Broken Hill

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Broken Hill 29 May[edit]


10:00am - 4:00pm


Robinson College

Course leader[edit]

Workshop objectives[edit]

This introductory workshop aims to help participants to learn Wikipedia editing skills by giving them as much opportunity as possible to practise. It is not a presentation and its focus is editing, rather than creating text. By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to:

  • edit the text and format of Wikipedia articles to improve them;
  • link articles to others;
  • add appropriate references and images;
  • engage with the Wikipedia community in discussions about article quality and content;
  • find supporting pages about policy and style.


Before the workshop, participants should:

  • Choose a user name and create a user account
  • Consider articles and topics to work on and suggest them below
  • Prepare a few paragraphs (on paper or an electronic notepad) about an article or topic to work with during the workshop
  • Add user name to the participant list.

Session plan[edit]

Time Topic Activities and objectives
10 - 11.00 Welcome to Wikipedia What, why, getting around; notability; choosing an article for creation and improvement; sandbox
11.00 - 11.15 MORNING TEA
11.15 - 11.45 Editing Creating and improving articles, summary style
11.45 - 12.30 References Adding your sources
12.30 - 1.00 Layout and organisation Structure; Content; Categories
1.00 - 1.45 LUNCH
1.45 - 2.15 Images Copyright; Uploading images to Commons; Categories
2.15 - 3.00 Fixing things Publishing; disambiguation, redirects, broken links, pipes
3.00 - 3.15 The Community Help and discussions - talk pages, Wikiprojects; the Teahouse
3.15 - 3.30 AFTERNOON TEA
3.30 - 4.00 Questions Answers to questions arising; what to do next?
4.00 CLOSE

Topics (target articles for creation or improvement)[edit]


Put the topics you are interested in working on here


checkY article created or substantially updated by a trainee participant.
Wikipedia progress icon.svg in progress
Article Username Work needed/Comment
Wentworth Hotels User:Wenthist2
Captain John Egge User:Wenthist3 connections with Wentworth NSW
Burning of the PS Rodney in 1894 User: wenthist1 Should be a component of a new article on the PS Rodney
Abbotsford Bridge, Curlwaa NSW User:Leannewat Improvements to Curlwaa, New South Wales made by Leannewat
Wentworth Gaol
Curlwaa Irrigation Scheme
St Ignatius School
Wentworth Pioneers
Wentworth Customs House
Punts on the rivers near Wentworth
Morna Station
Broken Hill Hospital User:Fal Lawn Created by Fal Lawn
Irene Drummond User:Martinaschindler
Broken Hill City Library User:Wscaster Created by Wscaster
Argent Street Fire 1888 User:Chezzalibrary
Sturt Park User:Tonk303

Participating libraries[edit]

  • Broken Hill City Library
  • Wentworth Shire Library
  • Wentworth Historical Society


Martina; Lyn; Leanne; Ann; Sherry; Fallon; Fiona; Brian; Cheryl


  • Continue to improve your article/s and discuss it/them on the article talk pages
  • Discuss articles with other Wikipedians via their user pages


Exploring Wikipedia: Content Creation Training Manual
User Name Nice people Edit button Nice feeling
This video shows some of Wikipedia's contributors, explaining their user names. This video focuses on the motivations and passion of Wikipedians, and ends with a comment by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales about what makes the project special. This video is a direct invitation by Wikipedians to "click that [edit] button and see what happens". In this video, Wikipedians talk about the joy of being part of a global community of editors.
  • The Impact of Wikipedia A series of powerful videos of people from around the world explaining how Wikipedia has impacted them
  • Why Wikipedians are the Weirdest People on the Internet (YouTube) – a humorous presentation by Wikipedian Steven Walling about the culture of Wikipedia and its editors.
  • Wikipedia Vision – an animated map that highlights live edits from users around the world as they happen, demonstrating the global nature of the project.
  • wikistream – a visualization showing a stream of edits to the most popular Wikipedia projects.
  • Wikipedia article traffic statistics – a tool for charting how many hits any given article gets, great for comparing different kinds of articles at different times, e.g., Genetics (in the school year) vs. (in the summer), or YouTube (with weekend spikes) and Simpsons (with spikes when new episodes come out). See how many people are reading your articles.
  • Manypedia – a tool for comparing a specific Wikipedia page from a language edition Wikipedia (for example, English) with its equivalent page on another language edition Wikipedia (for example, Arabic), exploiting automatic translation and additional statistics about both pages such as number of edits and editors.
  • WikiTrip – a tool for visualizing the animated evolution in time of two kinds of information about the Wikipedians who edited the selected page: their location in the world and their gender.
Welcome to Wikipedia Ten Simple Rules Introduction to free licenses Evaluating Wikipedia article quality The Wikipedia Cheatsheet
Editing Wikipedia brochure EN.pdf
Ten Simple Rules for Editing Wikipedia.pdf
Introduction to free licenses 2010-11-27 (web).pdf
Evaluating Wikipedia brochure.pdf
Wiki markup cheatsheet EN.pdf
This 17-page guide covers creating a user account, editing basics, communication, and how articles evolve and are evaluated, and includes a quick reference to help you to remember frequently used wiki markup. This editorial from PLoS Computation Biology focuses on how to contribute effectively as an expert. This brochure helps you understand the basic concepts of free licenses, as well as terms like "CC-by-SA" and "public domain". This reference guide covers specific steps you can take to get the most out of Wikipedia, as well as a look at how its quality system works. This one-page quick reference helps you to remember the most frequently used wiki markup commands.

Useful related projects[edit]