SuSanA members improve WASH content on Wikipedia: NOW to 19 Nov - honorariums of $ 500 to be awarded!

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SuSanA members to improve quality of WASH information on Wikipedia: 19 Sept to 19 Nov

World Toilet Day is two months from today. Between now and 19 November, a team of SuSanA members will be improving the quality of information available on Wikipedia about WASH (water, sanitation, hygiene) topics. Sanitation Wikipedia is an ongoing project* and we've selected 70 topics** to work on in this two-month period.

Why does Wikipedia matter? About 600 people go to Wikipedia each day to learn about "open defecation" and 900 view the Wikipedia article on “sanitation.” In total, more than 52,000 people access the 70 topics on water and sanitation in any given day. What they find needs to be well written for the general reader, include illustrations and images to support the text, and cite the most current references to assure accuracy. Healthcare professionals have made Wikipedia an excellent source of medical information. We are working towards that same high standard for sanitation information.

Here’s how you can contribute to the project:
1. Make sure your favorite topic is on the list of 70 pre-selected Wikipedia articles (scroll down). Post here or email us to make suggestions for other topics you'd like to see on the Sanitation Wikipedia list.

2. Become part of the Sanitation Wikipedia team by registering on the official “Meetup Page” here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Sanitation_Wikipedia/2 . The Meetup Page page gives suggestions for how to improve articles and promotes collaboration with other SuSanA members. One hour of your time can make a difference: all volunteers welcome.

3. Want to ask questions or make suggestions? Post in this thread or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Organizations are getting involved, too. Watch this space for more on what organizations like UN-Water, the Toilet Board Coalition, PHLUSH, WASH United, GATHER and Earthwatch are doing to improve the quality of WASH information on Wikipedia.

Regards,
Diane & Elisabeth

*This initiative is part of the BMGF grant to a consortium led by SEI that is developing SuSanA's global knowledge platform. Go here for more info about the grant: forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-ann...l-knowledge-platform .
Go here to find discussion threads of previous Wikipedia work: www.forum.susana.org/198-wikipedia

**Current list of 70 Sanitation Wikipedia articles:
Antimicrobial resistance
Ascariasis
Behavior change (public health)
Blackwater (waste)
Child mortality
Cholera
Community-led total sanitation
Compost
Composting toilet
Container-based sanitation
Decentralized wastewater system
Diarrhea
Drinking water
Dry toilet
Emergency management
Emergency sanitation
Fecal sludge management
Fecal–oral route
Feces
Gastroenteritis
Global Handwashing Day
Greywater
Groundwater pollution
Hand washing
Helminthiasis
Helminths
History of water supply and sanitation
Human feces
Human right to water and sanitation
Human waste
Hygiene
Improved sanitation
Malnutrition
Malnutrition in children
Manual scavenging
Mass deworming
Menstrual cup
Menstrual hygiene day
Neglected tropical diseases
Omni Processor
Open defecation
Pit latrine
Public health
Public toilet
Reclaimed water
Reuse of excreta
Sanitation
Schistosomiasis
Self-supply of water and sanitation
Septic tank
Sewage
Sewage treatment
Social marketing
Stunted growth
Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainable sanitation
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
Toilet
Urine
Urine-diverting dry toilet
Vacuum truck
Vermifilter
WASH
Wastewater
Wastewater treatment
Water pollution
Waterborne diseases
World Toilet Day
World Water Day

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Re: SuSanA members to improve quality of WASH information on Wikipedia: 19 Sept to 19 Nov

Hi Diane and Elisabeth,

I would suggest that many of those pages are in good shape. It might be worthwhile to make a shorter list of pages that need help and diagnose them (This one needs references, that one photos, these proofreading, those translations, that one creation from scratch, etc.).

Like I have mentioned before, I recommend any Forum members who are professors to assign Wikipedia editing as class assignments.

Remember that individual participants can specialize on these various tasks, if they like. For example, someone who has a lot of sanitation-related photos may enjoy adding these (plus all of the SuSanA Flickr photos are readily available).

Best wishes,
Chris Canaday

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Re: SuSanA members to improve quality of WASH information on Wikipedia: 19 Sept to 19 Nov

Thanks, Chris. I see your reasoning about a shorter list. In practical terms, people will be working on the ones that need the most work. The baseline study does include 70 because we thought it valuable to have those good examples in the mix with the ones that need more work. Our thinking was that it would help people see what "better" and "best" looks like.

There isn't a single one of the 70 that isn't deficient in some way, however small, given the high standard Wikipedia sets. Medical Wikipedia has set a high bar for Sanitation Wikipedia to reach. We intend to do just that, and see this as a long-term project. We want members of the Alliance to be proud of the information available to the public about their work.

Professor Alert: If you are already assigning specific Wikipedia pages to your students, or will consider doing this: please email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know which topics you've assigned. We will send you the baseline statistics for those topics, which will point them to areas that do and don't need attention, given our quality targets. Parameters include: number of citations, number of images, average sentence length, quality of the lead paragraphs, whether the JMP report is or should be referenced, and many more.

Action Requested: Please use "copy & paste" to email this request to professors who teach courses on water and sanitation.

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Re: $500. Honorarium Announcement on WorldToiletDay.org

SuSanA will award $500 honorariums for contribution to Sanitation Wikipedia

Public education is within the scope of activities supported by the BMGF grant that is improving the knowledge management (KM) capacity of SuSanA. We are therefore happy to announce to SuSanA members that the grant will award $500 honorariums for outstanding Wikipedia upgrade work done between now and November 19. Read on to learn more.

The announcement just went live on the World Toilet Day website. www.worldtoiletday.info/meet-up-on-wikipedia/

Here’s the message:

Interested in public education? On World Toilet Day each year, Wikipedia always sees an uptick in clicks on topics related to toilets and sanitation in general. The Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) could use your help in upgrading information all those curious readers will find when they go to Wikipedia on 19 November 2017.

You can help make water and sanitation articles more readable, comprehensive and accurate. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to express interest or ask questions. (We respond within 24 hours: test them !) You can also go directly to the Meetup Page on Wikipedia to read the list of recommended articles and register as a “Sanitation Wikipedia” editor. This means your contributions will be logged to the project’s “Outreach Dashboard.”

As a special incentive, SuSanA will use that dashboard to award a few $500 honorariums on World Toilet Day. We want to acknowledge especially strong contributions: both quality and quantity of edits matter. We have a special interest in recruiting editors who are from developing countries, women, MSc or PhD students.

Raising knowledge and awareness about sanitation topics is one step toward accomplishing Sustainable Development Goal Number 6: water and sanitation for all.

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Note by moderator: some examples of what people are working on as part of this drive are available in this thread:
forum.susana.org/198-wikipedia/21779-exa...orld-toilet-day-2017

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