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Ehime University — Local Culture and the Internet — Spring 2010

Course description[edit]

Students will study how local cultures are represented and promoted on the Internet. Students will look at on the ways Matsuyama and Ehime local culture are represented in English-language web sites, with a particular focus on Wikipedia. Students will learn about the history of Wikipedia, the ideas behind it, and how to use it, and they will learn how to contribute to and create Wikipedia pages.

Pages created[edit]

Project organizer[edit]

  • The course is organized by user Icuc2.


Introduction to Wikipedia[edit]

Getting started[edit]

  • Although you can contribute to Wikipedia anonymously, it is better to create an account. (Why?)
    • Log in with your user name and a password before editing so you and others can keep track of your contributions.
  • You now have your own user page which can be used for various purposes. (Your user page is here).
  • From your user page, you can create a watchlist to track changes to pages you choose.

Editing pages[edit]

  • Wikipedia:Tutorial gives a brief description of basic techniques.
  • links are extremely important.
    • Links within Wikipedia are created using double square brackets.
      • You must be very exact about the link name or it will not work. Changing the link text is possible after a vertical bar (|).
      • Don't forget to check "what links here" in the left column. Links to your article are as important as links in your article.
    • Links out of Wikipedia are usually given in footnotes or a list of external links.


  • Citing sources is also extremely important. Material is often removed due to inadequate citations.
    • It's easy to add citations:
      • Most pages currently use the template {{Reflist}} which automatically numbers and formats a list of reference notes.
      • You can add references simply by putting information about the source between a pair of <ref></ref> tags.
        • For example <Ref>Ken Kyusha, "A Study of Some Topic," ''Journal of Reliable Information'' 1:1 (Feb. 2010): 1.</ref> will produce this note.[1]
        • To repeat the same reference, give it a name: <ref name="name"></ref>. Next time you can use <ref name="name" />.
      • Citation templates can be used for many types of sources.


Wikipedia image
Wikimedia commons image
  • Wikipedia can also include images. For information on how to add them, see the picture tutorial. You'll need to consider copyright: see the section on copyright below.
    • It's better to upload images to Wikimedia Commons instead of Wikipedia, so that they can be used for other Wikimedia projects. (You'll need to create a separate Wikimedia Commons account.)


  • To avoid legal problems Wikipedia is quite strict about following international copyright laws.
    • Uploaded images need a copyright tag to show that the image is legally used.
    • Historical photographs created before 1946 or published before 1957 are in the public domain according to Japanese copyright law. You can use this template when uploading to Wikimedia commons.

Creating new pages[edit]

Creating a new page is not particularly difficult, but careful planning will help make your page successful.

  • Make sure your page meets basic requirements for Wikipedia pages, such as notability. (See also the Five pillars of Wikipedia).
  • Check possible alternative names to make sure you are not duplicating a page that already exists.
    • You may need to use a redirect in the case of multiple names.
  • Every page needs to belong to at least one category.
  • You may wish to use templates such as infobox to improve formatting.

Some Wikipedia pages about Ehime local culture[edit]


  1. ^ Ken Kyusha, "A Study of Some Topic," Journal of Reliable Information 1:1 (Feb. 2010): 1.