Wikipedia:Meetup/San Francisco/Prelinger Library Wiki-a-thon
|When and Where|
|Time||12:00 pm – 5:00 pm|
|Address||Prelinger Library 301 8th Street|
|City, State||San Francisco, CA 94103|
|Directions||Google Map view|
|Entry info||At the street entrance to 301 8th street use the intercom to reach “Prelinger” by scrolling left/right through the arrow keys, then press the CALL button to be buzzed up|
|Organizer||Nikikana, Bay Area Wiki Salon|
|Hashtag||#prelingerwiki -- Please include this hashtag in your edit summary so we can track outcomes with the Wikimedia hashtag tool!|
Join us for a wiki-a-thon that brings together curious knowledge and cultural workers to create and improve Wikipedia articles and enrich other Wikimedia projects using the unique, largely image-rich and public domain, holdings of the Prelinger Library, a collection 19th and 20th century historical ephemera, periodicals, maps, and books not commonly found in other public libraries.
- 1 Event information
- 2 What to expect
- 3 The Prelinger Library's Holdings
- 4 RSVP
- 5 Tracking Outcomes: Tagging your edits
- 6 Pageview perspective: The impact of your edits
- 7 Lists of articles/projects to work on
- 8 Resources for editing
- 9 Notes
- 10 External links
- Date: Sunday, February 17, 2019
- Time: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
- Location: Prelinger Library, 301 8th Street, San Francisco
- Registration: This event is open to all! But please do register below
- Host: This event is hosted by the Prelinger Library and organized by the Bay Area Wiki Salon.
- Please bring a laptop and power cord with you!
What to expect
This will be a relaxed afternoon of exploring and working together freely with no set agenda except a wrap-up discussion at the end where we discuss what we worked on, discovered, and contemplated. There will be experienced Wikipedians present to help Wiki newcomers to get started and answer questions. We will also have printed editing reference materials (in addition to the editing reference materials listed below). Bring your laptop, power cord, curiosity, and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. Stop by for a short while or stay for the whole afternoon. No Wikipedia editing experience necessary!
If you are unfamiliar with Wikipedia, check out this training module which helps explain many dimensions of the Wikipedia universe.
There will be snacks and refreshments!
The Prelinger Library's Holdings
The library holds approximately 30,000 bound objects, 60,000 loose sheets and 10,000 zines. Read more about the "library’s unique geospatial taxonomy" here, or explore the lists and virtual shelves below!
If you are planning to come, please register below! If you do not have a Wikipedia account, please write your name or alias; if you have a Wikipedia account, you can sign your user name by typing four tildes (
~~~~). We look forward to seeing/working with you!
- Nikikana (talk) 02:00, 23 January 2019 (UTC)
- Barte (talk) 02:58, 23 January 2019 (UTC)
- Dreamyshade (talk) 20:47, 2 February 2019 (UTC)
- Hmswaffles (talk) 02:25, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
- Mewestin (talk) 02:45, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
- Devinplatt (talk) 05:12, 14 February 2019 (UTC)
- Mathglot (talk) 12:06, 14 February 2019 (UTC)
- art.gagliardi (talk) 12:16, 14 February 2019 (UTC)
- Rickprelinger (talk) 14:36, 15 February 2019 (UTC)
- HaeB (talk) 17:01, 16 February 2019 (UTC)
Tracking Outcomes: Tagging your edits
Please make sure to tag your edits with the hashtag #prelingerwiki so that we can track the outcomes of the day using the Wikimedia Hashtag tool
Pageview perspective: The impact of your edits
You can easily find out the number of pageviews on a specific article, or compare pageviews between several articles, using the Wikipedia pageview analysis tool. This analysis may help give you perspective on the impact of your contributions, and the number of people each day who will encounter the improved content you help to bring to the public. For example, the Media (Communication) article, which needs major cleanup and expansion, gets an average of 1,211 page views per day! Imagine the impact of your thoughtful edits, supported by the Library's rich sources on Media, on those 1,211 readers every day...
Lists of articles/projects to work on
Feel free, of course, to come with no plan and work on whatever inspires you in this library of serendipity! Meanwhile, for those who like to plan and congregate on tasks, below is space to list articles or other Wikimedia projects or categories that would benefit from edits and expansion during the event, supported or inspired by the unique holdings of the library.
List of Wikimedia project areas that could be enriched through material in the library and/or projects to work on related to material in the library:
- Ephemera in Wikimedia Commons
- Wikimedia Atlas of the world - contribute something from the library's vast map collection to this "collection of geographical, political and historical maps available at Wikimedia Commons"
- WikiProject Spaceflight
- WikiProject Birds
- Assist with the merge of Portal:Human_spaceflight and Portal:Spaceflight that has been ongoing since the 2010 merge decision
- Category:Typography stubs
List of articles to improve:
- Media (communication) - needs major clean up and expansion, has no images
- Nature - already a good article, expand it to featured article quality
- Influence of mass media - expand, add images, make more accessible, current?
- Content (media) - expand, add images
- Ebony (magazine) - expand, add images (the library holds a long run of this magazine)
- Utopia - expand, refine
- Intergalactic travel - expand, fix original research issue (verify claims, add citations)
- Interstellar communication - expand
- Bell Labs - add citations to discoveries and developments section
- Datamation - expand, add images (the library has a long run of this magazine)
- Space colonization - fix original research issue (verify claims, add citations)
- Peace - work on NPOV
- Internalized oppression - propose a better restructure, expand, cite more examples.
- Commune - expand, add citations and history, work of NPOV
- Water in California - improve factual accuracy in Groundwater and Predicted need for increased water supplies sections; verify and add citations to Uses of Water
- Doomsday Clock - expand, add images
- Franck Report - expand
- United States Life-Saving Service - expand (the library holds copies of the annual reports of this predecessor of the US Coast Guard)
- Tennessee Valley Authority - add citations, verify
- Typography - verify, add citations
- Space advocacy - diversify examples to present more global view, add citations
- Space law - propose reorganization, expand Ethics section
List of articles to create:
- Alice Mary Hilton - (1919 - 2011) mathematician, technologist, author of "An Ethos for the Age of Cyberculture" (1964); wrote monthly column "Hilton on Cyberculture" in Datamation. (obituary)
Resources for editing
- Beginners' Guide to Wikipedia (account creation, article editing)
- Five Pillars of Wikipedia (philosophical guidelines and best practices for Wikipedia editing)
- How to Edit a Page
Citations and style guidelines
- Editing brochure
- Cheatsheet for editing Wikipedia Commonly-used Wiki markup language, including how to sign your username and add links
- PDF cheatsheet for editing Wikipedia (PDF version of printed handout of commonly-used Wiki markup language)
- Full list of Wiki markup All of the Wiki markup language
- Text formatting
- Section headers, indents, and lists
Images and photos
- Uploading images – tutorial, general overview
- Image use policy – rights, licenses, is it okay to use the image
- Picture Tutorial – technical details of getting image uploaded and displaying in a way that looks good
- Free image resources – where to find free images for use in Wikipedia (in addition to holdings of the library that you could photograph and upload to Wikimedia Commons)
- "Prelinger Library: Collection". Prelinger Library. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
- Kost, Ryan. "An idiosyncratic library squirreled away in SoMa". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 23 January 2019.