Institute of Physics Workshop
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As part of a working relationship between Wikimedia UK and the Institute of Physics, a Wikipedia workshop for IoP members took place in the Guthrie room at the IoP premises in central London on Thursday 1 September 2011. This was a small-scale event to try out the idea of a science-themed Wikipedia workshop in future. The contact for this event in IoP was Lena Weber. The contact in Wikimedia UK was Martin Poulter, firstname.lastname@example.org .
The workshop tool place a day before the Science Online London 2011 conference at the British Library, which "explored the ways in which the Web has transformed scientific research and communication". The conference included a session on "How are wikis being used to carry out and communicate science?" led by Henry Scowcroft of Cancer Research UK and Mike Peel of Wikimedia UK.
Before the day: attendees were asked to register an account and were given links to some introductory videos and text
- Start at 10am
- Overview presentation (15 mins)
- Physics on Wikipedia (15 mins)
- Hands-on training
- Break for lunch 12.30-1.15
- Attendees work on articles of interest, with in-person help from Wikimedians
- Afternoon coffee break + informal quick presentation of some other things that are useful to know (Wikimedians)
- Close at 4pm
- Wikimedia UK volunteers
- Institute of Physics members
- The workshop aimed to show you the context of Wikimedia projects and what they are trying to do. How well did it achieve this? (1=poorly; 5=very well)
Mean score: 4.7 (six votes)
- The workshop aimed to give you confidence to edit Wikipedia. How well did it achieve this? (1=poorly; 5=very well)
Mean score: 4.3 (six votes)
- What will you do as a result of today's session?
- Improve or create Wikipedia articles (6)
- Keep an eye on Wikipedia pages and correct errors (5)
- Encourage colleagues to contribute in some way (2)
- Submit photos or diagrams to Wikimedia Commons ("I may try")
- Arrange an event in your workplace ("I work from home")
These were optional and not answered by all attendees.
- Identify something surprising you learned today (about Wikipedia or anything else)
- How easy it is to edit text
- Talking to other editors
- Only 1/8 of Wikipedia editors are female. The term 20/20 vision is based on the fact that it is a test of your vision at a distance of 20 feet away.
- Identify one thing that would have improved this workshop for you
- Written step-by-step instructions i.e. too much data to remember by rote
- Not sure. It was very good! Perhaps a bit too much sidetracking because of in-depth questions from the audience
- (verbally) Title slides in the initial presentation to separate out the different topics
- Identify one thing that would make Wikipedia better
- More professors setting the protocol standards for writing Wikipedia articles
- A better help menu