On Tuesday 13th December, I organised a Wikipedia editor session at the Black Country Living Museum (thanks for hosting and providing great Wi-Fi and lovely biscuits).
Andy Mabbett was our highly experienced and knowledgeable trainer. 9 delegates learnt about Wikipedia, and all the elements that make up this unique resource.
After some general instructions, everyone then set about creating their own Wikipedia articles. At first, they got to work on a secure behind the scenes page, named aptly named their “sandbox” by Andy. After some practice, everyone then went on to creat their own Wikipedia articles.
One of the delegates Marcus, has written a short blog post about the session. Read it at http://bit.ly/tWus2L During the session worldwide Wiki editors were on patrol, correcting the new editors, and we even had a case of Geohacking.
The session has now given the delegates the skills to become Wiki editors. Enabling them to support their colleagues and volunteers in ultilising Wikipedia to increase access and knowledge about their organisations and collections.
You can read another review of the session at http://bit.ly/uTqcov, which has been written by Monica Stewart, from the Pen Room Museum.