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Intergenerational support at the 2014 Wikipedia Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon at Eyebeam in New York City
Intergenerational support at the 2014 Wikipedia Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon at Eyebeam in New York City

Before you arrive: register your username

  • Decide if you want to have an anonymous identity on Wikipedia, or something more traceable. There are benefits to both, but this is up to you.
  • Usernames are case sensitive
  • Register.
  • Confirm that you are signed in. Your Username should appear in the upper right hand corner.
  • If you have not done this beforehand, you will do this immediately upon arrival at the workshop

Introductory Lesson Plan: Train-the-Trainers October 27, 2014

Introduction: The Gender Gap: Review of the stats and theory

  • What is the Gender bias on Wikipedia?
  • What are the current statistics? Surveys have indicated that a distinct minority—depending on which study you look at, between approximately 8.5 and 16 percent—of Wikipedia editors are women.[1][2]
  • What is Wikipedia 'culture' and how do we confront systematic bias on Wikipedia while being sensitive to the current, active, communities on Wikipedia?

"Anatomy of a Wikipedia Page: "Talk", "Read", "Edit", and "View History"

  • Every page edit is publicly visible.
  • Every page edit you make is traceable to your user account.
  • Talk pages are Wikipedia's version of peer review.
  • A lot of extra information is available in the "Show History" tab.

Demo: Making a simple edit to a Live Page

  • We will use a demo article: artist Cynthia Maughan, to make a simple edit. Please follow along.


  • Click on the "Edit" tab of the article.
  • Write your name and a little bit about yourself.
  • Press "save" at the bottom of the page --> the first time you press save you will 'create' this page.
  • Try out making text bold, creating interwiki links, and external links and pressing save. Use the Cheatsheet for reference.

Put your name down as a participant of today's event

Working in the Sandbox

  • The sandbox is located in the top right corner of Wikipedia when you are signed in. This is a draft page that is "live" but not indexed by Wikipedia's search. It is a good place for you to learn and practice editing.
  • Titles/ section headings--> Use the Cheatsheet for reference.

Putting in Citations

  1. Insert a reference for the book Tom Sawyer using the Worldcat entry for this book: Twain, Mark, and Paul Geiger. 1985. The adventures of Tom Sawyer. Pleasantville, N.Y.: Reader's Digest Association.
  2. Insert a reference using a citation template for this magazine article: Li, Shirley. "Roger Ebert's Wikipedia [Citation Needed]." The Atlantic. October 9, 2014. article link,

Putting in Citations: Next Steps

  • Demo: Instructor uses an article for the artist Cynthia Maughan, to demo adding in a reference to a live article.
  • Your turn: Find a page in your area of expertise that needs a citation and find a source text which will be added as a reference.

Additional Ways to contribute

Adding to existing pages:

  • References
  • Content
  • External links
  • Categories
  • And so many more!

Copyright and Wikipedia

Basic Rules

See also: A reference guide for today.

  1. Wikipedia:Neutral point of view---> conflicts of interest—if you think you have a COI, don’t create the article, post that someone else should create it on a related talk page.
  2. Wikipedia:Verifiability and WP:No original research
  3. Wikipedia:Notability
  • What constitutes an authoritative source?

Asking for Help and Resolving Disputes

Intermediate Lesson Plan: Train-the-Trainers

  • Images and Wikipedia, Image licenses and options
  • Creating a page, naming, list articles and other article formats, labelling it as a stub
  • What to do when an article is nominated for deletion
  • What happens if the page is flagged, responding to flags, removing flags once changes made
  • Talk pages / signatures
  • Wikiprojects and locating communities on Wikipedia
  • Infoboxes
  • Categories and other librarian fetishes
  • Creating an event page for your event


  1. ^ Statistics based on Wikimedia Foundation Wikipedia editor surveys 2011 (Nov. 2010-April 2011) and November 2011 (April - October 2011)
  2. ^ Hill, Benjamin Mako; Shaw, Aaron; Sánchez, Angel (26 June 2013). "The Wikipedia Gender Gap Revisited: Characterizing Survey Response Bias with Propensity Score Estimation". PLOS ONE. 8 (6): e65782. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0065782. PMID 23840366.