Wikipedia:Meetup/Aotearoa New Zealand Online

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Attend an Aotearoa New Zealand Online Wikipedia, Wikidata, Wikimedia Meetup
All are welcome.


Upcoming meetups[edit]

Event page: Online Meetup for Sunday 3 March 2024
When: Online Meetup for Sunday 3 March 2024, Noon – 2:00PM
Where: Virtual Meeting at this link

Note this video conferencing software link will ask permission to use your computer camera and microphone. You will need to agree to get full functionality. Google Chrome or Chromium is recommended for the best experience (not all aspects work correctly with other browsers). The jitsi meet video conferencing platform is 100% open source and fully encrypted. No account is needed and it's free.

Chat for sharing pastes, URLs and so on[edit]

The Jitisi video conferencing platform has a chat functionality. This is used to share urls and other commentary while the discussions are occurring. The facilitators may take a copy to help with writing up outcomes from the meeting on the meeting Wikipedia page. Any copies will be deleted once outcomes and notes are completed.

Wikipedians in Aotearoa New Zealand Meetups[edit]

Wikipedians in Aotearoa New Zealand hold regular, informal meetups online. At the meetup we usually have some experienced users available to provide advice with joining the Wikipedia platforms, learning editing and uploading new content to Wikipedia, Wikidata, and Wikimedia Commons, and generally improving skills.

This is an informal and social online meetup where the goal is to be accessible and friendly to all and to talk about what you are doing or want to do. Ask questions, get some help, or just get editing. The group is committed to providing a safe space. This meetup grew out of the Wikipedia:Meetup/Wellington group which began meeting online during the New Zealand COVID19 lockdown in 2020. Attendees from around New Zealand and Australia joined the group. As alert levels descended and it became more likely that the Wellington members were soon to resume their physical meetings, it was decided to continue the online meeting monthly and reduce the Wellington meetup from fortnightly to monthly.

Complete beginners are welcome. If you are a complete beginner and you need some help on how to sign up and set up your account on Wikipedia before you get to the meetup, check out the first five minutes of this YouTube video. If you want to find out more about the meetup before attending check out the agenda for the next meet up page or leave messages on the talk pages of the Meet Up facilitators Einebillion (talk) or Ambrosia10 (talk) and we'll be happy to chat with you and answer your questions.

Meetup Code of Conduct and Anonymity when Meeting Via Video Conference[edit]

All attendees are expected to understand and abide by the Universal Code of Conduct.

This video conferencing meetup is a replacement for an in-person meetup. While attending and remaining anonymous is supported by the group, lurking is not supported and will be actively discouraged. All attendees are expected to use their User name as an identifier on the video conference call and to introduce themselves and their interest in joining the call on the chat channel of the call as a minimum. Participation using video and / or voice in addition to Chat is encouraged but not required.

Some members of the group have been the target of cyber bullying in the past and these measures are intended to support creating a safe space for collaboration.

If a new attendee joins the group with video and voice disabled, they will be encouraged to participate by the facilitator, using this script:

Welcome new attendee. This group respects your right to remain anonymous. This group has a policy of discouraging lurking as it makes some of us uncomfortable. If you are happy to introduce yourself over voice, please let us know what you've been working on and if you need help with any editing issues.
If you're not comfortable updating the group by voice, then that's okay. You have the option of introducing yourself and adding your user page link into the chat feature. The chat is deleted once the video conference finishes.
If you want to remain completely anonymous and not chat, then this meetup is not for you. We make comprehensive and extensive notes of the meetup that will be included in the meetup page afterwards. That's the best way to catch up with what this meetup has been doing if you don't want to contribute during the video call.
If you're not sure how to use the chat feature you can access it by clicking on the icon that looks like a speech bubble in the bottom left corner.

If, after an appropriate length of time, the new attendee does not participate by video, voice, or chat, the facilitator of the group will remove the attendee from the video call.

If the new attendee persists in logging in, the group will discuss abandoning the meet up.

Training aids and resources[edit]


This includes
  • How to create and set up your account (00:00)
  • Looking at an example page (04:07) including the Talk page (10:50) and View History (11:25)
  • Drafting an article and using your Sandbox (13:00) including having a minimum of 50 to 100 words with three high quality, reliable, secondary sources (13:50), drafting content and editing tools in visual editor (16:25), adding citations (19:02), adding images from Wikimedia Commons (26:10), adding an info box (28:24), categories (30:35)
  • Your own talk page (33:25) including adding a new editor badge
  • Moving drafted content to Wikipedia's livespace (39:23)
  • A timelapse of drafting and publishing a new article on Wikipedia (44:23)
Learn to edit Wikipedia in under an hour!
  • Tools

The Objective Revision Evaluation Service (ORES) tool predicts the quality of a wikipedia article and adds a indicator to each wikipedia page you view.[1] It is a way of monitoring the quality of the Wikipedia articles you are starting and editing. To install this tool add the following line to your Special:MyPage/common.js page. Adding this little snippet of code enables the display the ORES article quality score and class (stub, start, C, B, etc.) at the top of each Wikipedia article you view. Add this line of code: importScript("User:EpochFail/ArticleQuality-loader.js");


Here are a number of useful introductory videos on Wikidata and why it's great. They are ranked by complexity and depth of information.

  1. Learn Wikidata: a course for information professionals
  2. YouTube video – Wikidata and Why You Should Care. (7 min 37 sec)
  3. YouTube video – How to manually edit Wikidata. (2 min 15 sec)
  4. YouTube video – An Introduction to Wikidata. (22 min 34 sec) and the slide deck from this presentation.
  5. YouTube video – A Gentle Introduction to Wikidata for Absolute Beginners [including non-techies! (3 hrs 4 min 32 sec)
This last video is three hours long so use these time markers to skip to the sections you are interested in.
  • What is Wikidata? (00:00)
  • How to contribute new data to Wikidata (1:09:34)
  • How to create an entirely new item on Wikidata (1:27:07)
  • How to embed Wikidata into pages on other wikis (1:52:54)
  • Tools like the Wikidata Game (1:39:20)
  • Article Placeholder (2:01:01)
  • Reasonator (2:54:15)
  • Mix'n'Match (2:57:05)
  • How to Query Wikidata (including SPARQL examples) (2:05:05)

Videos and other content useful for experienced editors of Wikidata

  1. Mass edits on Wikidata – how to use Google spreadsheets and Quickstatements (9:42)
  2. Asaf Bartov's Beyond the Basics presentation to New Zealand wikidata editors
  3. Open Refine for beginners
  4. The Wikibook on SPARQL helps with learning how to query Wikidata via the Wikidata Query Service.

Videos on Wikidata gadgets

  1. - Wikidata gadgets (11min onwards)

Wikidata Tools[edit]

List of Wikipedia Weekly Youtube episodes featuring different tools & workflows[edit]

Get That Picture in the Wiki-Verse. Designed by Christina Blust CC BY-SA 4.0 (


Here's a useful video demonstrating how to use the Mix'n'Match tool.

There's also a piece of code you can use to make all the other possible mix'n'match authority control id suggestions appear at the top of a Wikidata record within Wikidata.

importScript( 'User:Magnus_Manske/mixnmatch_gadget.js' );

  • then Save.
  • Then refresh the page or clear the cache of your browser.

The Wikidata Game[edit]


Author disambiguator[edit]

See this youtube video at 31m25s for a "how to" use.

Quick statements[edit]

Open Refine[edit]

Open Refine is a powerful tool for working with and cleaning up messy data.

Open Refine Tips and Tricks


Scholia is a service that creates visual scholarly profiles for topic, people, organizations, species, chemicals, etc using bibliographic and other information in Wikidata. You can add the scholia template to Wikipedia articles.

Wikimedia Commons[edit]

Structured Data on Commons[edit]

Ninja tips, useful shortcuts etc.[edit]

  • For articles about people with post-nominals (ONZM, QC etc.) there is a Template:post-nominals. For instance, Sir John Buck CNZM OBE is produced with
    {{post-nominals | country = NZL | CNZM | OBE | size = 85%}}
  • Wikidata properties for works
  • If you enjoy improving the writing in articles, join the Wikipedia:WikiProject Guild of Copy Editors. There's a newsletter, IRC chatroom and a nifty copy-edit template to send in the cavalry: just add {{copy-edit}} to the top of the article.
  • For New Zealand suburb articles it is recommended that you use this template as a guide on how to structure your article.

Previous meetups[edit]


  1. ^ Jowitt, Tom. "Wikipedia Brings In AI Editor". NetMediaEurope. Retrieved 9 May 2020.