Submissions:2018/Wikipedia Organizations on Campus: A Review

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This submission has been accepted for WikiConference North America 2018.



Title
Wikipedia Organizations on Campus: A Review
Theme (optional)
Relationship Building & Support / Editor Recruitment & Retention
Academic Peer Review option
No
Type of submission
Presentation
Author
Kevin Payravi (subject to change based on presenter)
E-mail address
kevinpayravi@gmail.com
Wikimedia username
User:SuperHamster
Affiliation(s) (optional)
Ohio Wikimedians User Group
Abstract

Wikipedia student organizations at colleges and universities present a unique opportunity for student Wikipedians to engage their higher-education setting and perform effective Wikimedia outreach. A student organization can reach students and faculty alike, and oftentimes has access to resources and a network that a conventional independent Wikimedia organization does not have.

Wikipedia Connection, a student organization at the Ohio State University, is about to celebrate its third anniversary. The student-run organization, with the support of library faculty, has hosted edit-a-thons, weekly workshops, a photo event, and more on-campus. The 2017-18 school year was the first year where the founders of the club passed on leadership to new members, who learned how to edit Wikipedia after joining the organization. This presentation will cover the organizations history, and provide insights into running the organization, such as:

  • What are the necessary ingredients to run a successful Wikipedia student club?
  • What are the key challenges to running a Wikipedia student organization, compared to other Wikimedia groups and affiliates?
  • How does a student organization attract and retain student editors?
  • What sort of resources does a university student organization have that other Wikimedia affiliates may not have access to?
  • What are the differences between running an edit-a-thon for students vs. running a general public edit-a-thon?

The presentation will also allow the current student leaders to provide insights into what it is like to learn how to edit Wikipedia through a student organization, the challenges of turnover, and the future of the club.

Length of presentation
20 minutes
Special requests
None
Preferred room size
~25
Have you presented on this topic previously? If yes, where/when?
Similar presentations were made at both WikiConference North America 2016 (San Diego) and 2017 (Montreal); here is the 2016 slidedeck.
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Yes
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Yes

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