SuSanA Wikipedia Edit-a-thon (19-21 March) - please continue to #edit4impact

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Re: SuSanA Wikipedia Edit-a-thon (19-21 March) - please continue to #edit4impact

Hi Everyone,

As a result of this Edit-a-thon, the Cranfield team worked on editing both English and French articles.
For English articles, editing on Draft: Self-supply, Behaviour change Communication, Sanitation Systems, container based Sanitation etc

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draft:Self-supply
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behavior_change_communication
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanitation
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanitation#Container-based_sanitation


For French articles, we have created mainly two pages about Open defecation (Défécation en plein air) and Behaviour Change (Changement de comportement) using Wikipedia translation tool.

fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%A9f%C3%A9cation_en_plein_air
fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Changement_de_comportement


In addition to this, the team was also engaged in drafting of a reminder message about the start of the event which was emailled to editors that did not show-up on the first session of the event. The team was also engaged on uploading images on Wikimédia and Wikipédia article and send emails on the same.

The feedbacks of the team for this event are below:

- It was really nice to work with people from WASH sector from everywhere in the world
- The Adobe room was useful to speak sponteanously with people and discuss technical topics
- It was also interesting to see how Wikipedia people are reacting so quickly on what is published
- It was a pleasure to work as a team with all SuSanA members


But do not stop now, while you have moment keep editing Wikipedia the 5th most visited website !


Cranfield Team
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Re: SuSanA Wikipedia Edit-a-thon (19-21 March) - continue to make your edits count until 31 March #edit4impact

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Exceeds Expectation
That’s the headline. Our “Dashboard” confirms the truth of it, too. Click below to see how many changes were made and how many Wikipedia articles SuSanA volunteers (51 and counting) improved or created. It’s impressive and the numbers are still going up. Take a look: outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Su..._Day_March_2017/home

New Wikipedia enthusiasts objected to ending after just 48 hours. World Water Day will increase “reads” and “clicks” for the rest of the month. We’re keeping the Dashboard and the edit-a-thon open through the rest of the month of March. Wikipedia’s Dashboard measures impact for us, and we all know how important measuring impact is.

Despite my own early skepticism, I came to appreciate how “fact-oriented” Wikipedia is. If you can’t provide a citation for an assertion, it won’t stay on Wikipedia for long. Your changes get seen ASAP by the people who care about facts on that topic. It’s called a Watchlist. I’ve had to swallow my academic pride, and recognize how valuable Wikipedia is as an educational tool for the planet. I put the World Toilet Day page on my “watchlist.”

Fun Fact: a bunch of people took on the World Water Day page and improved it so much that Wikipedia upgraded its quality ranking on Day 1. By Day 2 (today) they had listed it on the Main Page. The click rate skyrocketed between yesterday and today. Imagine how many people will be reading about World Water Day on World Water Day. Go to Wikipedia.org and take a look:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Water_Day

Even more Fun Fact: You can still register and you can still get your two cents in to improve the pages you care about. Start at the Meetup Page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/S...A_Platform_Worldwide

Fun, in general: The 48 hours in the adobe connect workroom turned out to “exceed expectations,” too. Talking, chatting, putting webcams on and off. When Carol was staffing the room from Seattle, also present were Dean from New Zealand, Chris from Ecuador, Jeremy from Singapore and a person checking in from Mexico. That was cool.

Need help: I’m such a convert that I’m ready to answers questions and talk you through adding content or images on sanitation pages you care about. Email me or the real resident expert on all things Wikipedia, Elisabeth.

BTW: If you find yourself missing meals because you’re having so much fun adding sanitation content to Wikipedia? Blame Esther Shaylor. I do. This was all her idea.

Diane

together with Ruth Miskelly, Elisabeth von Muench, Carol McCreary, Esther Shaylor (members of the Grant Consortium of the SEI grant by BMGF on “Supporting SuSanA and the broader Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Community of Practice through an online platform”)
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Re: Sleepless in Sh*t? We are here for you - check out the Wikipedia Edit-a-thon room for company and conversation

Cant sleep? Loanly? Too much Sh*t on your mind? We are here for you.

We are heading in to the last few ours of the SuSAnA World Water Day Wikipedia Edit-a-thon and our live support room is still open. Come and talk to us here - seint.adobeconnect.com/wpeditathon/

We will be here for the next few hours, until 1300 GMT. Come and find out what an Edit-a-thon is, why we are doing this and how you can help. If that dosent interest you just come and say hi!

Around the clock. Around the world. Together. #edit4impact

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Re: SuSanA Wikipedia Edit-a-thon - Virtual Workroom is open to all NOW until Tuesday noon GMT

Our edit-a-thon has now reached its half way mark.

See here what we achieved so far:
outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Su..._Day_March_2017/home

The statistics that the Outreach Dashboard collects for us include:

1
Articles Created

23
Articles Edited

538
Total Edits

46
Editors

5.93K
Words Added

49.6K
Article Views

1
Commons Uploads

While I was in the virtual workroom last night I met Dean from New Zealand, Jeremy from Singapore, Chris from Ecuador, Carol and Diane from the US, Kojo and Yafeti from the UK (Cranfield Uni). We exchanged tips on using Wikipedia and gave each other moral support. It was a lot of fun!
Want to see for yourself?

Just come to the workroom here:
seint.adobeconnect.com/wpeditathon/

(no password required, just enter as guest with your name; I usually have my webcam on, so you can meet me if you don't know me yet :-) )

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Re: SuSanA Wikipedia Edit-a-thon - Virtual Workroom is open to all NOW until Tuesday noon GMT

So, the edit-a-thon has officially started!
Myself and a few others from the organizing team are sitting in our virtual workroom waiting for you to drop in, say hi, ask your questions about Wikipedia editing.
We'll be here in principle for 48 hours, i.e. until Tuesday 21 March at noon GMT.

Just click on this link:
seint.adobeconnect.com/wpeditathon/

Click on "enter as guest" and add your name (no login required)

I've already had a good chat with Abby about the Wikipedia article on "right to water" and with Carol about the Wikipedia article on "public toilet".
Come and join us, even just for a few minutes, and support this knowledge management effort!

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Re: SuSanA Wikipedia Edit-a-thon for World Water Day 2017 - let's get started: time to get your Wikipedia account.

Hi everyone,
//Bonjour pour les francophones !
We are a team of Cranfield University MSc students supporting with SuSanA Wikipedia Edit-a-thon event. Because SuSanA wants to improve cooperation with francophones and sanitation related articles quality in French. The team has defined a list of 13 top articles to create or edit in French during the Edit-a-thon !

If you are interested on sharing sanitation knowledge in french you can follow this link to get the full list of key articles to create.

The Cranfield Team.
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Re: SuSanA Wikipedia Edit-a-thon for World Water Day 2017 - let's get started: time to get your Wikipedia account.

The time in nearly upon us to start to #edit4impact so please make sure you are registered with Wikipedia and sign up to the Edit-a-thon:
outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Su...2017?enroll=xjwmpagf

We will be running a live support room for the 48 hour period (starting this Sunday at 12 noon GMT) so if you need help or just companionship drop by and chat with our dedicated support crew:
seint.adobeconnect.com/wpeditathon/

Tell your friends, spread the word use Facebook, Twitter even smoke signals join us for the SuSanA Wikipedia Edit-a-thon in aid of World Water Day. Around the World. Around the Clock. Together #edit4impact

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Re: SuSanA Wikipedia Edit-a-thon for World Water Day 2017 - let's get started: time to get your Wikipedia account.

Hi everyone,

The main event is getting close, but dont let that stop you editing pages now, feel free to experiment and work away as time allows. PLEASE make sure you register your details on the Dashboard here: outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Su...2017?enroll=xjwmpagf so we can track the impact of the event.

For those of you who are like me and less confident editing the main text there are other ways to get involved by adding references and images you can see a brief overview video of how to do this:


We have created a playlist of videos to help you with different ways to contribute, feel free to take a look and watch as you have time:
www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0gMdVBup...-hIwDT1oeZd4mn-syMLm

As you can see we have a core team of Wikipedians working on this and we are available to support you if you get stuck. So dont be scared jump right in and #edit4impact this World Water Day!

Good luck and happy editing
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Re: Edit-a-thon on 19-20 March (and before) to improve Wikipedia for Public Awareness, Advocacy and Civil Society Engagement - next steps

Dear Nat (lividlili),

Great to have you on board with this! You were already a participant in our SuSanA Wikipedia webinar in November last year. In fact you first raised this idea, see transcript of the chat here: forum.susana.org/component/kunena/198-wi...-now-available#19698

Natalie: (09:42) Do you host regular edit-a-thons?

Stephane Coillet-Matillon: (09:42) Yes. Depends where you are located though. Edit-a-thons are usually organized through chapters

Carol McCreary: (09:44) Oh, I like the idea of an edit-a-thon. Good event to bring people into a co-working space for a day or even half a day. And then mix, drink beer, celebrate.


Then 2 months ago, independently Esther had the same idea (and proposed to connect it to World Water Day which was very strategic), so here we are now, with one week to go until the big event! (except that we do the edit-a-thon in virtual space in the Adobe Connect room)

As you are a journalist, I am attaching a press release we prepared for this event to this post. Do you see any avenues to get some attention of other journalists for this?

There is also a blog post (geared more towards people who already know about the sanitation crisis):
sanitationupdates.wordpress.com/2017/03/...-cet-stockholm-time/

And SEI put out a nice news story on their website here:
www.sei-international.org/-news-archive/3642

But the best advertising comes from "one on one" e-mails with potentially interested friends & colleagues. :-)

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Re: SuSanA Wikipedia Edit-a-thon for World Water Day 2017 - let's get started: time to get your Wikipedia account.

Hi Ruth,

Yep, that's exactly right about the talk page. Rule of thumb: if in doubt whether you should say something on the talk page or not: Do say something on the talk page. Wikipedia is all about consensus building and the talk pages helps immensely for that.

Example: If you make an edit, it may happen that someone else clicks "undo". Before getting angry and thinking "what? They dared to undo what I did??" and clicking "redo", rather take it to the talk page and ask for an explanation. (the person who did "undo" should have also indicated in the summary field why they clicked undo, or they could have also taken it to the talk page in the first place).

Secondly about the watchlist:

Yes, you can sign into your Wikipedia account and check your watchlist at the top right. This is actually something I have made a habit of so I do that daily. In that case you may not need the e-mail notifications at all. I have 500 articles on my watchlist and on an average day, about 10 of them have had a change made to them.

But most of the SuSanA members don't edit Wikipedia all that much. So having an e-mail come into your inbox to indicate that a change has been made to an article that you watch is useful for most people. I have those e-mails going into a special folder in my e-mail system so that they don't annoy me.

But careful: Wikipedia is not perfect! Strangely and sadly, the e-mail notifications don't seem to cover all changes, so if in doubt do check on your watchlist. Another annoying thing: the watchlist only goes back 30 days, not further.
Kai and I spoke about this issue here on the Forum in December:
forum.susana.org/component/kunena/198-wi...-now-available#19703

Putting articles on your Watchlist is super important, I cannot stress that enough. Especially as a novice it may well be the case that a change you made will be undone or modified by another user. Surely you would want to know about it? Hence the e-mail notification (or pro-actively checking on your watchlist). This is not because that other person is mean. It's just that novices sometimes are not used to the rules yet. Therefore always click on "watch this page" when you are saving an edit you have made.

To everyone: keep on asking, don't be shy or worried! :-)

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Re: SuSanA Wikipedia Edit-a-thon for World Water Day 2017 - let's get started: time to get your Wikipedia account.

Thank you Elisabeth for clarifying on the use of the Talk page, which each Wikipedia article has. It was good that you highlighted we should use this when considering making larger changes to a page. If we discuss the change with other editors first, then we are less likely to get in a situation where our work will be deleted or changed back by another editor! :cheer:

A quick question on the Watchlist. You mentioned that editors can set up email notifications to follow the changes made to a page they have edited. Is email the only way to get the notifications, or can I receive the notifications once I sign in to Wikipedia instead?

Thank you :)
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Re: SuSanA Wikipedia Edit-a-thon for World Water Day 2017 - let's get started: time to get your Wikipedia account.

For anyone contemplating whether or not to get involved in our Wikipedia editing on the occasion of this year's World Water Day I have created this little 5-minute overview video: First steps in Wikipedia

It gives you an overview of what the different tabs and buttons in Wikipedia can do for you, like:
  • Using the talk pages to discuss articles
  • Using the watchlist to watch articles
  • Setting up your preferences to receive e-mails for changes to articles on your watchlist
  • Using the visual editor or the source editor
  • Looking at the history of an article
  • Looking at other language versions of the article
The screen preview below doesn't show it but the video includes my movements on my screen and my webcam while I demonstrate the different buttons of Wikipedia.

I hope you enjoy my little 5-minute video:



Let me know if anything is unclear and if you'd like further videos on specific topics. They are fairly easy to create (like Ruth in her video above, I've used screencast-o-matic.com which is free for basic recording functionalities)

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