I’m proud to be able to announce that we’ve got something slightly different in mind for the May installment of the Portland WikiWednesday.
In little less than a week, we’ll be serving up a short presentation and panel on the research techniques journalists and bloggers (or anyone really) can use to get the most out of Wikipedia.
Often maligned and misunderstood, Wikipedia is nonetheless a body of knowledge that can be a rich resource if used properly. I’ll be giving the introductory presentation myself, with a half hour to answer such questions as…
- Can journalists avoid compromising standards and still use Wikipedia?
- How can you find exactly what you’re looking for out of 2.8 million articles?
- What clues can you look for to assess the veracity of articles and individual facts?
Afterwords, a panel of both Wikipedians and journalists will delve in to their experience with the site, and answer your questions about the nitty-gritty of working with Wikipedia in your research. On this panel will be:
- Myself (Steven Walling), a Wikipedia adminstrator with years of experience and over 30,000 edits.
- Pete Forsyth, a Wikipedia administrator with a special expertise concerning Oregon articles in particular, and a key instigator of WikiProject Oregon’s organizing and outreach.
- Abraham Hyatt, former managing editor at Oregon Business magazine.
- Dan Cook, former editor of the Portland Business Journal.
This is a little more structured than most WikiWednesdays, but the spirit remains the same. Whether you’re familiar with wikis or just one of the billions of people who use Wikipedia regularly, this should be an interesting and information look at research with the largest encyclopedia in history.