Wikipedia training for new editors

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By Pamela Ofori-Boateng

Well, June hasn’t been a month of activities but our Wikipedia training for new editors at the tail end of the month brought us to an exciting end.

As part of strategic efforts to recruit more editors for the Wikipedia movement and ensure that Africa doesn’t lag behind, Open foundation West Africa organized training for new editors on how to edit and put content on Wikipedia.

This training comes against the backdrop of a startling revelation on analysis news site, that pointed out Africa’s involvement on Wikipedia is at a standstill  and in comparison trailing behind other continents.

The training led by Felix Nartey, co founder of  Open Foundation West Africa (OFWA) and the team introduced participants to the Wikimedia Foundation, Wikipedia, Creative Commons and the practical aspect of editing Wikipedia using the visual editor.

The training touched on the essence of referencing credible sources for articles and the need for articles to carry the Neutral Point of View (NPOV) mantra and the Wikipedia voice.

Participants who were mostly newbies had their perception about Wikipedia altered which led them throwing in a lot of intelligent questions at the end of the training.

Questions revolved around, “who and what determines a credible source?” “How do you create an article where two personalities bear the same name?” And whether you can edit an article for a company you work for.

It wasn’t an all serious affair as the trainer laced the presentation with humour and personal stories of existing editors. This upped participants’ interested to join the movement as they subtly pledged their commitment to become regular contributors.

A writing contest was launched at the end of the training. Participants with the highest number of articles and the best article will win awards. The contest is running for three weeks and we’re just wondering, who will be our Wikipedia champ?

Well, time will tell!


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