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Help Guard the Frontline; Find Out How to Edit Wikipedia at Annual Meeting

Thursday, September 24, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shannon K. Larson
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Chances are, you've at least skimmed a Wikipedia article for a quick introduction to an unfamiliar topic, or as a point of entry before looking elsewhere for more extensive or scholarly information. You've probably also encountered incomplete or incorrect articles on Wikipedia that ought to be updated.

Despite the warnings of professors in the classroom, the world often looks to Wikipedia content first when beginning basic Internet research.  Who better to monitor the quality of folklore articles than the membership of AFS itself?

In the spring of 2015, AFS announced the beginning stages of a project to increase the quantity and quality of Wikipedia pages on folklore topics. The first stage of the American Folklore Society’s Wikipedia initiative began with a basic survey of the articles currently available on folklore topics.  The survey may be accessed here:

We now invite the membership to join us in our second stage, adding to and improving the articles found in the survey.

To aid those with an interest in this initiative, the American Folklore Society’s Annual Meeting will offer a lunch-time workshop Friday, October 16, to introduce the project and address questions and concerns regarding Wikipedia page stewardship.  Editing a Wikipedia page may seem daunting, but with a little guidance, you will find it is simple (perhaps even alarmingly so).  The workshop, led by Virginia Siegel (Kentucky Folklife Program), will feature a basic tutorial on best practices for creating and editing Wikipedia pages, and will also serve as an opportunity for participants to make suggestions for the growth of this initiative.  

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