World Water Day 22 March 2018: let's improve these 10 Wikipedia articles - do you have photos of World Water Day activities to share quickly?

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Contributing to World Water Day 22 March 2018: help us to improve these 10 Wikipedia articles

World Water Day on 22 March is about one month away. To contribute to the World Water Day (WWD) celebrations as SuSanA members, a few of us are aging going to work on selected Wikipedia articles. The aim is to help with public education on key water and sanitation topics. Wikipedia is used by lay persons, journalists, students, researchers, "normal people" etc. all over the world to inform themselves about current topics. Let's ensure they get good and easy to read information when they go to "our" water/sanitation topics!

We've learnt from our last Wikipedia drive (see here for World Toilet Day in November: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Sanitation_Wikipedia/2 ) and are this time making our efforts more focused, just looking at 10 articles instead of 70 last time.

Here are the 10 Wikipedia articles we are proposing for the drive between now and 22 March (more could be added but only if you are willing to volunteer your time, and if we swap it for one on the list):

1. Water pollution en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_pollution - high views (5600 per day) and related to WWD theme of 2018
2. Gastroenteritis en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gastroenteritis - high views (5300 per day), good entry point; likely to only need readability improvements mainly
3. Ecosystem en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecosystem – high views (3000 per day) and related to WWD theme
4. Nature-based solutions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nature_Based_Solutions - as this is the focus of 2018 World Water Development Report (but has only low views)
5. Fresh water en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fresh_water - about 1000 views per day; topic is related to WWD theme
6. Sustainable Development Goals en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_Development_Goals – medium to high views (2600 per day)
7. Sustainable Development Goal 6 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_Development_Goal_6 – does not have high views but we need to push this one
8. World Water Day en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Water_Day - needs some improvements
9. Antimicrobial resistance en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antimicrobial_resistance - important topic; we made a start on it and could now focus on readability mainly
10. Resource recovery en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resource_recovery – we started on that one in the last round

Maybes (but only to be added if we removed one from the list above):
- Wastewater en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wastewater - 700 views per day; important general topic
- Drinking water en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drinking_water – 1000 views per day; important general topic
- WASH en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WASH – does not have high views but we need to push this one
- Wetland en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wetland - related to the theme of World Water Day this year

What are the next steps?
- Finalise the list of 10 we want to work on (please give us your feedback)
- If you want to join the initiative, e-mail us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or reply in this thread
- We will record the baseline quality score for these 10 articles (using our existing scoring system) and decide on a target value for improvements by 22 March. It could be that we mainly focus on improving the lead and the readability score only.
- Get to work (we might used a closed LinkedIn Group to collaborate)
- Celebrate our achievements on 22 March, knowing that we have contributed to public education on water and sanitation topics!

Any questions or comments? Please don't be shy, just put them into this thread.
This initiative is open to anyone, whether novice or expert. If you don't want to edit directly in Wikipedia you could also go via the tracked-changes route in Word. We are particularly inviting early career people and students to join us! *

Regards,
Elisabeth

* as well as females please (I still find it mind boggling that the ratio of male to female editors in Wikipedia is 9:1 (source: medium.com/freely-sharing-the-sum-of-all...commons-44b20d0a9618 )! Even here on the forum we have far more males than females making posts (scroll down to the bottom of this page and see the ten people who have been most active in the last week; it's usually 8:2 males to females). So speak up, please, ladies, don't be shy but make yourself heard! B)

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Re: Contributing to World Water Day 22 March 2018: help us to improve these 10 Wikipedia articles

Thanks for keeping us thinking about water and sanitation information on Wikipedia. Elisabeth. Refereed journals have their place, but the readership is no where near the thousands of readers Wikipedia attracts each day. Well worth the time.

Esther Shaylor is working on the SDG6 article to update the references using JMP 2017. I'm going to work on the Resource Recovery article to see if I can make it more readable. It's getting a 21 out of 100 on the readability index: not good. I'll keep asking around to find people who might have an hour or two to work on one of the topics.

To All:
Can you suggest any PhD programs related to Water Pollution or Ecosystems? We'd like to reach out to thesis advisers for help in identifying Ph.D candidates who might spend an hour or two on one of these articles. The number of views will surge on World Water Day and it would be good to improve those in the next couple of weeks.

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Re: Contributing to World Water Day 22 March 2018: help us to improve these 10 Wikipedia articles

Thanks for your support, Diane!

For those interested in joining us, I have now set up a little LinkedIn group so that we can communicate more directly with each other. You can join the group here: www.linkedin.com/groups/10371678

Having the new LinkedIn group just means there is another option to collaborate and ask questions. You can continue to use this thread here on the forum or move across to the group (if you are a LinkedIn user) and communicate there. Whatever you prefer is fine by me!

If you are keen to get started but don't know how, you could also read this Wikipedia Meetup page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Sanitation_Wikipedia/2
We had set up that page for World Toilet Day last year. I haven't updated it yet but the information given there is still very applicable to our new drive (only that we had selected 70 articles that time, and now we have selected only 10 to make it more manageable).

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Re: Contributing to World Water Day 22 March 2018: help us to improve these 10 Wikipedia articles

And here are the two things that I recommend focusing on when improving Wikipedia articles:

(1)

Improve the readability of the article, which means: making it easier to understand for a lay person. Aim for someone at the end of highschool as your reader. You can use this wonderful website (the Hemmingway App) to find the flawed or difficult parts of the article (just copy the text that you want to improve into the middle section of this page:

www.hemingwayapp.com/

The website will then point out to you where the weak points are, e.g. very long words, long sentences, passive voice etc.


(2)

Improve the lead section of the article. The lead is the bit that comes before the table of contents. It is meant to be around 4 paragraphs long and it is meant to be a summary of the article. Often it is too short and not actually a good summary of the entire article. I suggest that the lead should be at least 500 words long. The lead is like the abstract in a scientific paper, or like the executive summary of a report.

Getting the lead into good shape is so important as it's the first thing (and often the only thing) that people read. It may also be used by digital assistants like Alexa and Siri. Of the lead, the first paragraph is most important. And of the first paragraph it is the first sentence that is super important.

Wikipedia describes what a good lead is meant to be like here:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style/Lead_section

Happy editing!
And if you don't want to edit in Wikipedia directly, the second best choice is to mark up the text in a Word document and ask someone else in the team to make the edits in Wikipedia.

Thanks for your time!

Elisabeth

P.S. If you want to go even further than the third thing to work on is the references: check that all references are still up to date, and insert new ones that are missing. Even if they are your own publications don't be shy to add them too if they are appropriate to be cited.

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Hello, thank you for accepting my request!

My name is Samuela and I am PhD student. My work topics are wastewater treatment and nutrient recovery so I would be happy to work on articles related to water pollution, wastewater, resource recovery or wetland. I'll try to increase the readability of those articles as well as the lead.

This is the first time as an editor but I'll try to do my best! :cheer:
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Re: Contributing to World Water Day 22 March 2018: help us to improve these 10 Wikipedia articles

Dear Samuela,
Welcome to the team! What is your Wikipedia user name?


Dear all,

I have done some further analysis on the current quality of the ten Wikipedia articles that we have chosen - in order to point you to the current shortcomings.

This list shows articles ranked by total score (from lowest/worst to highest/best) where the maximum achievable score would be 13 *:

- Nature-based solutions 6.6
- Antimicrobial resistance 6.9
- Ecosystem 6.9
- SDG 6 7.0
- Sustainable Development Goals 7.0
- Water pollution 7.7
- Fresh water 8.2
- World Water Day 9.2
- Gastroenteritis 10.5

* The total of 13 is made up like this: a maximum of 4 points for readability, 2 points for illustrations, 3 points for comprehensiveness, 3 points for sourcing and 1 point for formatting.

When I order the articles by quality of their leads, the ordering looks like this (8 is the maximum number of points for the lead; this is composed of 4 for readability, 1 for illustrations, 3 for comprehensiveness):

- Nature-based solutions 1.0
- Water pollution 1.7
- Resource recovery 2.0
- SDG 6 3.0
- Fresh water 3.5
- Antimicrobial resistance 3.7
- Ecosystem 4.0
- World Water Day 4.7
- Sustainable Development Goals 5.0
- Gastroenteritis 6.7

Finally, this is how it looks when ordered by number of views per day:

- SDG 6 20
- Nature-based solutions 21
- Resource recovery 78
- World Water Day 398
- Antimicrobial resistance 590
- Fresh water 789
- Sustainable Development Goals 2983
- Ecosystem 3121
- Gastroenteritis 3570
- Water pollution 5003

Are you now itching to get going to improve these? Please feel free to get started. We'll re-assess these scores again one month from now. Let's see how far we get together.

Any questions? Put them into this thread or into our LinkedIn group: www.linkedin.com/groups/10371678

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Re: Contributing to World Water Day 22 March 2018: help us to improve these 10 Wikipedia articles

Hi Elisabeth,

thank you! My Wikipedia user name is Sam3091 :) I have also sent the request to join the Linkedin group.

Happy editing to everyone! :lol:

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Hi all,

I'm currently working on improving the Wikipedia articles on ecosystems and nature-based solutions:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecosystem
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nature-based_solutions

Both are OK but not yet great. E.g. they are difficult to understand for laypersons (low readability).
I'm feeling a bit lonely with this work though - anyone out there who feels like helping me? Even just by pointing out what the main weaknesses of the articles are?

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Re: Contributing to World Water Day 22 March 2018: help us to improve these 10 Wikipedia articles

A quick littly request: do you have any photos of World Water Day activities from last year which you could share? I'd quickly like to add some newer photos to the Wikipedia article on World Water Day which will see a spike in views tomorrow on 22 March, on World Water Day (hence the urgency).

The current four photos are OK but are a bit old now and haven't been changed since last year, so I would like to add some new ones. See here:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Water_Day

This is the current image in the lead - I think we could do better:



If you have any photos that are either your own or are available under an open access licence, and you'd like to see them included in the Wikipedia article, please do send them to me ASAP (e-mail address below). The photos should should activities or events that took place to mark World Water Day, anywhere in the world.

Thanks,
Elisabeth

P.S. Diane and I are currently busy improving the text of the article as well. If you have suggestions or comments, do let us know. Last year, the view rates spiked at over 25,000 for this article. Who knows whom we might reach and inspire by this....

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Dear Elisabeth,

may be this link will help
thewaternetwork.com/article-FfV/nature-b...at1kokuRvkvRAnfCcdDw

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No, sorry that doesn't help (but thanks anyway), as I was looking for photos about World Water Day celebrations for the World Water Day article (and they have to be under an open access licence).

For the Wikipedia article on Nature-based solutions, I already found some good photos within Wikimedia Commons. I have used them now to illustrate the article on Nature-based solutions:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nature-based_solutions

There was plenty of photos to choose from which is great. E.g. this one:


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Re: Contributing to World Water Day 22 March 2018: help us to improve these 10 Wikipedia articles

Dear all,

World Water Day came and went - and left its mark on the view rate statistics of the associated Wikipedia article about World Water Day ( tools.wmflabs.org/pageviews/?project=en....ages=World_Water_Day ). See screenshot - the data is for three years of view rates and the red arrow points to World Water Day of last week:



The day does generate lots of additional attention: 27,000 people went to Wikipedia on 22 March to find out more about World Water Day. This is slightly more than last year. The graph also shows that the attention is short-lived, hence the very pronounced peak.

Thanks to everyone who followed my call to help with the ten Wikipedia articles before World Water Day. We didn't have a massive turn-out this time * but I'd like to thank in particular Roumiana Hranova who gave several very targeted inputs and Marcos von Sperling who has provided expert content on other articles lately, too (and of course Diane Kellogg, my buddy on this ongoing mission).

If you ran events for World Water Day and have nice photos to share, please still send them to me, as I could include them in the Wikipedia article - ready for the next spike of viewers next year!

Kind regards,
Elisabeth

* I wonder why the lower turn-out, any particular reason? The LinkedIn group that we started for this purpose ( www.linkedin.com/groups/10371678 ) had 14 members but no activity apart from posts by myself and Diane. Perhaps we didn't advertise enough. Perhaps people here on the forum don't get so excited about World Water Day. Perhaps people simply have no time or motivation to contribute to Wikipedia. Perhaps limiting it to 10 articles put people off. Any thoughts?

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