Final Project: WikiProject Dance Videos

Dance is one of those things that’s hard to explain with just words. You need a guide.  Dance is learned by doing.

I know this from experience. I began dancing at the age of six. Ballet was my favorite class. I can remember taking a field trip to see the Nutcracker in third grade. It was one of my most fond memories growing up. Now a twenty-something graduate student, I take dance classes at a local studio.

The WikiProject:Dance covers all genres of dance, not just ballet. Dance relies heavily on instruction. You must be taught to learn the positions of your feet in ballet or how to master a piourette turn. As a young dancer, I learned these things from my instructor, Mrs. Nina.

WikiProject dance also offers a glossary of ballet techniques. When I read the descriptions on the page, I didn’t really understand what technique was being explained. That’s coming from someone with more than 15 years of experience. I can only imagine what it would be like for someone who does not have an extensive background in dance or who doesn’t speak French.

For this reason, I focused on adding short video tutorials to the WikiProject to add a visual element to the laundry list of techniques. It will make the words come alive. Wikipedians will be able to read the description and watch it at the same time.

I’m pursuing a master’s degree in journalism. Most of my class work involves shooting and editing video. When reporting in the field, it’s just me out there. I’m the writer, editor, photographer and reporter. These skills came in handy when I recorded myself dancing for the short videos.

If someone would like to continue with the project, they could post videos of other dance techniques. It would be ideal to have a video or picture for each of the glossary terms. It would also be good to shoot short videos or pictures of dance performances (with the permission of the dance company, of course.) I saw a few gifs on dance pages. I’m not sure if the uploading part is different for gifs, but it would be cool to add more.

My goal for the project was to contribute to the Wikipedia glossary of ballet page and help others learn dance and allow them to develop a better understanding of what the technique is and how to perform it. My mission was accomplished. It was a small portion, but it’s a great start.

It’s very interesting to know that the seven videos that I uploaded to the Wikipedia Commons can be used by anyone with access to a computer. To know that I played a part in making Wikipedia the community that it is, is rewarding.

I’m really proud of what I learned in this course. The skills that I learned about researching, the role Wikipedia plays in media and mark-up language, will better prepare me for my career.

Links to videos in Creative Commons:

Assemblé

Balancé

Chassé

 Pas de bourrée

Plié

Relevé

Tendu

Turn out

 

I also uploaded videos into Creative Commons to post on the Wikipedia pages about the Barry Farm community in southeast D.C. and the Russell School in Durham, N.C.

Final Project of Biblical Manuscripts Summary

 

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For my final project I decided to work with the Biblical manuscripts collection at the Freer Gallery of Art. My goal was to add as much additional media to the Biblical Manuscripts in the Freer Collection wiki page as possible. I wanted to do this because I noticed that this particular page had very little content and it also had almost no editing for the past few years.  To accomplish my goal, I started out looking for images on Wikicommons to find out weather or not their were any images related to the Freer Biblical manuscripts collection.After search the Wikicommons database I found some biblical manuscripts but I didn’t find any images that were specifically from the Freer Gallery. I then went to the Freer Gallery Biblical manuscripts website to use images that they had of the collection. Originally I wanted to go to the physical museum to take pictures of the collection but I found out that the manuscript were not currently on display so their was no way to produce my own media on the collection. I found that there were 26 images of various biblical manuscripts on the web site, so I decided that I would upload them to Wikicommons. To upload the images to the Wikipedia commons, my first step was to download each image and individually convert each one into a High resolution jpg file in Photoshop. At first I had some difficulty with this since I hadn’t used Photoshop before, but I was able to get help from New Media center at the university library. After I converted the images into high-resolution files, I uploaded 25 images to wiki commons. During this process I Added description to each image detailing information such as the, date, location, and type of materials used. Also while I was categorizing the images I added a category on commons for biblical manuscripts since there was not such category in existence.

After I add the images to wiki commons I started editing the Wikipedia page for Biblical manuscripts in the Freer Collection. I decided to add an images section to the page and I named it Gallery for Biblical Manuscripts. In this section I decided to add 16 of the highest quality images in the collection. This process was particularly enlightening for me because I learned a better way to display multiple images on Wikipedia without them all being on the far right hand side of the page. I discovered how to place images in a gallery format on Wikipedia, by simply placing all the image file names between a <gallery> opening tag and a </gallery> ending tag.

In the future someone could continue my project if the manuscripts are one display again. Someone could get his or her own high quality images or video of the collection. They could also get video of one of the museum curators talking about the background of the collection.

Overall I think that my started efforts will benefit both the museum and Wikipedia in the future. As we have discussed the idea of Wikipedia being both a place for depth and speed, I think that the continual integration of media from of GLAM institutions will help Wikipedia become a more well round and respected source of knowledge.  This will also help GLAM institution display there resources to a wider audience; and from that audience create a greater base of people who value their institution.

Final Project: Inclusionism vs. Deletionism

Throughout this class, we have discussed what sets Wikipedia apart from other information sources. Its free, anyone can edit the articles, and it’s meant to be an inclusive source to spread information that may not otherwise be readily accessed. The nature of Wikipedia is to be inclusive, something that may be obscure or undeveloped can still have value to someone and they should be able to view it on Wikipedia. Infinite space allows any topic, person, or event to be covered in great detail that far outreaches ordinary encyclopedias. However, there is a bigger debate taking place on Wikipedia between the Wikiprojects Articles for Inclusion and Articles for Deletion. The makers of Wikipedia developed a set of rules for editors to comply to which can but heads with inclusionary vision of encyclopedia. Editors become either inclusionists who believe in keeping and adding articles despite their obscurity, and deletionists who uphold the notability rule of Wikipedia and want to get these articles deleted. The two philosophies frequently clash as editors try to add new articles and as other users try to eliminate articles they think are unnecessary.

I participated in both Articles for Inclusion and Articles for Deletion.  Both processes are pretty straightforward and I found myself focusing more heavily on the Articles for Deletion. The deletion process starts with any editor nominating an article for deletion. The article’s merits are then discussed amongst the Wikipedia community for at least seven days. Users review its value to readers and whether it violates an Wikipedia rules. After much discussion, experienced Wikipedians and administrators impartially look at the arguments for and against an article in order to come to a consensus. The consensus is not a counted vote for keeping or deleting an article, but deciding which side has better arguments.

After speaking with other editors involved in the deletion process and looking at the articles currently up for deletion, the largest problem contributing to more deleted articles is self-promotion. For example, rising actors and political figures who are only known on a local level create Wikipedia articles to seem more legitimate and spread their agenda. Editors try to delete these articles to eliminate Wikipedia as a means for self-promotion. Notability is the biggest rule violated- other editors agree these figures are not well known enough to warrant their own article. The notability rule is tricky because it can be so subjective. I believe that if an article is read by anyone other than the creator, it should stay. What is irrelevant to some will be important to others. I understand the issue with someone trying to promote themselves, but if editors can find valid sources even for obscure people and other topics, they should remain on Wikipedia. Other reasons things were deleted include not enough reliable sources, level of importance, and inserting too much point of view. All of these can be remedied through editing and not simply deleted.

The Articles for Inclusion project works to counteract article deletion. After briefly discussing the debate in class, I decided that I was an inclusionist. The beauty of Wikipedia is its inclusive nature- anyone can read it or edit so it’s a groundbreaking, bottomless way to spread knowledge. The Articles for Inclusion project’s main goal is to allow Wikipedia to become the sum of all human knowledge. Members of their association sit on the “front lines” of article deletion, to help articles remain on Wikipedia. Some members join the Article Rescue Squadron to help edit articles up for deletion. I think this is the best way to handle articles nominated for deletion. Articles nominated for deletion are typically undetailed, lack credible sources, or have a strong point of view. Weak articles can be fixed and can be improved in order to stay on Wikipedia. I joined this project to see how things work on either side of the debate. I am still an inclusionist and think the best practice is to fix the article, not eliminate it completely.

I tried to communicate with several different editors on either side of the debate. For this project I primarily used the talk function on Wikipedia to be able to understand the different arguments for and against both inclusionism and deletionism. Several users including Valoem and Mz7 discussed why they work on deleting articles they don’t think should be on Wikipedia.

I think the consensus system to determine whether an article should be deleted or not could be improved. I like that it doesn’t just count heads of who is on which side of the debate- I think this could lead to sock puppets taking over the decision. However, it seems exclusive to allow long-time editors to make the decisions- this could lead to biased answers as the same pool of editors decide what stays and goes. A huge goal of other Wikipedians is to bridge the gender gap on Wikipedia as most editors are male. I think the editors in charge of assessing the arguments need to work with the creator more and give the article a longer chance to be improved.

My achievements were most significant to myself as an editor, on a more personal scale. In class we primarily edited preexisting articles. This project allowed me to learn about the process of creating articles and learn more how the Wikipedia community works. I like that the process tries to get as many editors involved as possible – however I think the consensus aspect could be improved. I got very comfortable with talk page to be able to communicate with other editors. I also joined the Wikiproject: Articles for Inclusion. Wikipedia seems to have a strong sense of community. However, it grew difficult to hear back from the top leaders of the different philosophies. I expected more communication than I received- it was tougher to engage with people than I thought.

To further work on helping articles stay on Wikipedia, future editors can join the Wikiproject and get involved with the debate to keep articles. More experienced editors’ opinions are more respected during the debate. Getting seasoned Wikipedians involved will help keep content there.

I feel like most articles are added in good faith. What is obscure or irrelevant to one person is probably important to another. Therefore I maintain my stance as an inclusionist after putting my feet in both camps over the past two weeks. Notability is too subjective as a rule and seems to be the most confusing for biographical articles. If a person has contributed something to his or her community and someone wants to add an article with good sources and has enough information to write a complete article, they should be allowed to. I think other editors are too quick to judge new articles and try to get them removed, when they could be helping improving the articles to make a stronger, more comprehensive encyclopedia.

Final Project: Art of Ancient Egypt

For the first portion of my final project I collaborated with the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.  My original plan was to create a video for the Peacock Room, but due to bad lighting I figured that it wouldn’t make for a great video. I then decided on creating high quality b-roll video of key artifacts during my visit to the Edit-a-thon and assisted in adding a video to the article Art of Ancient Egypt that needed some help.Screen Shot 2014-05-06 at 5.05.22 PM

My final project consisted of making a video for “The Nile and Ancient Egypt,” a indefinite exhibit displayed in the hallway of the Freer Gallery.  This exhibition presents interesting artifacts from the acquired collection illuminating glass, wood and stone.  Professor Lih’s help and guide on how to shoot videos in a museum aided in helping me to shoot b-roll.  I learned quickly that a tripod might not be the best option when trying to shoot video especially when you need to get up close and personal with an artifact.  The skills I’ve gained through my graduate program were a big held when trying to make a video in a non traditional way.  At a museum artifacts aren’t moving and you have to find a way to make them interesting and engaging.  I would recommend a steady hand to anyone who is going to shoot any type of video without a tripod.

For this particular assignment I didn’t really get any direct help from the GLAM institution I attend to gain access to my material.  This assignment was more of a solo mission that i figured would be best to try and adventure out own my own to achieve.  I have achieved so much from doing this assignment.  I found that not everything is easy on the first try, and if you don’t succeed try and try again until you get it right.  If someone was interested in continuing some of my work regarding the Art of Ancient Egypt I would first recommend that they have interest in the material.  If you have interest it makes it easier to work with and also makes it easier for you to try and make it better.  I would also ask that they would spend some ting going to other museums to take photos of other Egyptian art more specifically coffins or even mummies if that is at all possible.  I don’t think that the person after me would face any major challenges.  But they should know what the polices are regarding videos and images at museums.

As far as the knowledge gap I would say that my project falls between speed and depth.  The video allows for you to be able to access the material quickly while not having to physically go down to the museums, and it also allows for you to see the object while also learning more about it by seeing it from the comfort of your won home.

For the graduate special requirement I contributed to two original new videos for the Wiki Makes Video Project.  The videos are roughly 30-45 seconds in length and were attached to appropriate articles.  These videos were originally shot, narrated stories that are high in quality.  The First article I added a video to was International Pillow Fight DayScreen Shot 2014-05-06 at 5.04.54 PM and the second video was for the Raw Milk Wikipedia page.Screen Shot 2014-05-06 at 5.04.33 PM

Final Project: Wiki Makes Video – Baking

Final Project
For my final project, my main goal was to create high-quality video content and release it under a creative commons license so that the video could be put onto Wikimedia Commons and shared freely. I was inspired to do this after learning about the Wikiproject Wiki Makes Video. English Wikipedia has over four million articles, and only 0.1 percent of those articles have video content. I like that Wikiproject Wiki Makes Video is working to make videos for more and more articles.

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For topic area, I wanted to chose something I was interested in but also something suggested on the Wiki Makes Video suggestions page. The topic area “cooking” is listed on that page, so I decided to focus on baking, specifically. The technique I utilized was video, as I made four videos related to baking for this project. As far as innovation, I think the innovation lies not in necessarily doing something new, but bringing something more obscure into Wikipedia – meaning, making videos isn’t exactly innovative, but adding this element to Wikipedia and releasing those videos under CC by SA licenses is.

For this project, I initially wanted to do something more collaborative. When working on Wikiproject California earlier this semester, I had my first experience communicating with other Wikipedia editors via talk pages. I really enjoyed getting their feedback and was exciting to contribute to a larger project with other users interested in the same topic area. I was able to find Wikiproject Baking, and wanted to collaborate with contributors of that project to attempt to create a bigger push for making baking videos. Unfortunately, activity on that particular Wikiproject has become pretty stagnant in the last few months. With that said, I was not able to collaborate with the contributors to this project. As for people who are potentially interested in carrying on this project, or similar projects, I would recommend contacting contributors of a related Wikiproject to help out. This way, more video content can be created in the short period of time. If nine other contributors to a Wikiproject had also make four videos, 40 videos total would have been created and released under a CC by SA license.

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For this particular project, there were a few new skills I had to learn. Over the last semester, I’ve become more comfortable with editing Wikipedia articles and uploading content to Wikimedia Commons. Further, as a student studying broadcast journalism, I already felt comfortable making and editing videos. However, I had no idea what the process was of actually getting those videos up on to Wikimedia Commons and subsequently corresponding Wikipedia pages. I learned that Wikimedia Commons only allows OGG video files, which I had never heard of. Apparently, OGG files are in an open source format which is important for creative commons materials. Under the instruction of Professor Andrew Lih, I exported my files from Final Cut Pro X and then uploaded them to the Internet Archive.
I never really used this site before this semester, but really love this site and all the creative commons content it provides. After I uploaded my files here, the automatically provided an OGG file download option.
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So, I had to download those files in the .ogv format and then upload them to Wikimedia Commons. Then, I used the code provided by Wikimedia Commons after upload and inserted the videos into Wikipedia pages they were relevant to. In the end, it worked out just fine but I think the process of getting videos into Wikipedia pages is a little excessive. I feel like all the extra steps may discourage people from actually uploading videos. It would be great if the process could be simplified in the future.

Two of the videos I made were recipe how-to videos, and the other two were tutorials/tips. I made the recipe video for a basic yellow cake, which I uploaded to the pages ‘Cake’. I also made an icing recipe video, and added that video to the ‘Icing (food)’ page. Then, I made a tutorial for kneading dough, and added that video to the Wikipedia page ‘Kneading’. Lastly, I made a video with a few baking tips. Two of those tips related to eggs and the other about cakes. So, I added the video to the ‘Eggs (food)’ page in the ‘Cooking’ section and the ‘Cake’ page as well.

Additional Videos
Since I’m a graduate student, I was also required to make two additional 30-45 second videos in a “news” style. So, I made two videos with voiceover narration. One video is about Buckroe Beach, a beach in my hometown. Earlier this semester, we were assigned to work on pages about our hometown, and I realized this page was pretty lacking in substance. So I had some b-roll footage of the beach at sunset I filmed earlier this year and never used, so I decided to write narration that corresponded with information provided on the Wikipedia page. The second video is about new studies saying the meditation has psychological benefits. This footage includes an interview along with voiceover track. Both videos were uploaded in the same process as the baking videos. One video is now on the ‘Buckroe Beach’ page and the other is on the ‘Meditation’ page. Since meditation means different things for different cultures, I was careful about where I placed the video on the page. I put it in the section ‘Western Context’, since the video is not talking about religious aspects but only health benefits.

Additional Notes
I had a minor freak out about my videos, because I could not get them to work on Wikipedia. Professor Andrew Lih pointed out that videos on Wikipedia will not play when using Safari. That was my issue and obviously easy to solve (just change browsers), but I still think this is a bit annoying and not really intuitive. People viewing that page on Safari who want to look at the video likely won’t know that the reason they cannot view it is because of their browser.

Quick Links
Yellow Cake Recipe Video
Chocolate Icing Video
Kneading Tutorial
Buckroe Beach Video
Meditation Video

Final Project: Wikipedia Report Card for NMAI

For my final project, I evaluated 15 articles associated with the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and formed a Wikipedia report card that graded each individual article as well as the overall set of articles. Of the 15 articles, 9 were part of the NMAI Wikipedia category, including the actual NMAI Wikipedia article, and I chose the other 6 articles based off of one of NMAI’s ongoing exhibits called “Our Universes: Traditional Knowledge Shapes Our World.”

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The exhibit features interpretations of worldviews and philosophies from eight different Native American tribes. I decided to look through the Wikipedia articles for each of the tribes and assess their quality, given that they were the main subjects of a fairly large exhibit. I discovered that 2 of the tribes listed, the Pueblo of Santa Clara and Q’eq’chi’ Maya, did not even have Wikipedia articles, and the rest of the articles were in need of major improvements. As for the articles within the NMAI category, they were even more scant in terms of content and debate.

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For all 15 articles, I used the same rubric to evaluate their quality, and the factors I assessed included:

  • Wikiprojects associated with the article
  • Ratings designated to each article by the Wikiproject
  • The Top 3 contributors to the articles and a description of their Wikipedia credentials
  • Any Talk Page debates or controversies
  • Multimedia included and the quality/relevance of the multimedia to the article
  • References, as a measure of how well researched the article is
  • Content and organization, determining quality content based off of Wikipedia’s policies of NPOV, V, N and NOR

In compiling all of this information, I formed a spreadsheet that simply and easily lays out the results of my evaluation. In looking over the results, I found several trends that applied to many of the 15 articles.

In preparing my project, the greatest difficulty I faced was deciding which articles to focus on for the report card. I emailed Holly Stewart and Elayne Silversmith for some direction/feedback on what they would like to know about their presence on Wikipedia and also to have more experience collaborating with staff from the NMAI. However, I was unable to get a response from them; I received an automated email saying they were away for a conference and then I didn’t receive another email after that. As a result, I felt a little lost at first in picking out articles, especially since I was performing this project alone, but I figured that the NMAI Wikipedia category was a good place to start and identify which articles are associated with the NMAI. When I shockingly discovered that only nine articles were listed in the NMAI category, I decided to also review articles that related to current exhibits at the NMAI.

Despite this setback, I enjoyed the process of evaluating the articles, discovering lots of similarities as to how Native American articles are created and developed on Wikipedia. Based off of my findings, I was able to identify particular areas of Native American articles that need improvement and offered suggestions as to how that could be done. I find this to be a significant accomplishment, even if this process was conducted for only 15 articles. Wikipedia is becoming significantly more important for GLAM institutions, and it is important for museums like the NMAI to know how the museum itself as well as information related to curator’s work on exhibits is represented on Wikipedia, especially because Wikipedia is usually Internet users’ first stop in finding information about any topic.

If someone wished to continue the work I have started, he/she could look at other exhibits featured at the NMAI, find articles relating to the exhibits and then evaluate those articles based off of the factors provided above. Furthermore, someone could use those findings to then start improving the articles. Wikipedia volunteers could add more Native American articles to the NMAI category, use resources from the NMAI to add more valuable, reliable content to these articles, revive the importance of certain articles in Wikiprojects like the Indigenous Peoples of North America and, lastly, visit the exhibits at the NMAI, take pictures/record video of artifacts and upload these to Wikimedia Commons.

Finally, my project relates to the “knowledge gap” that Wikipedia fills by pointing out that Wikipedia is currently not doing a good job of filling this gap between news and history for Native American-related articles. Museums like the NMAI provide a rich history of the Native American culture, and news organizations might feature reports about Native American culture in terms of celebrating holidays or events. Wikiprojects, particularly the Indigenous Peoples of North America project, need to inspire members and gather support from the Wikipedia community in order to start using GLAM resources and create Native American articles that are less biased and filled with more quality content. This way, not only will more information about Native Americans be available, but that information will also represent an accurate, honest portrayal of the human history and human knowledge of this group of people.

Overall, with more motivation and collaboration with GLAM institutions like the NMAI, Wikipedia can further fill the “knowledge gap” and increase the quality of articles about unique, diverse topics related to Native American tribes.

Final Project: Comparing English and Spanish Wikipedia

For the complete report press here.

With this research I tried to look at some important categories that would help me further understand the differences between the articles in the two Wikipedia. In it I learned that while there are some differences to how articles are written and the information they include, for the most part both seemed to have mostly complete information and both serve their purpose of informing the reader interested on the subject. One of the most important things I wanted to see was whether or not certain topics that involve the region the Wikipedia represent were tainted by the interpretation of the events from the certain region. I did see that in the case of important historical events where information about the Panama Invasion seemed to be different than in both Wikipedia.

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The question this example leaves is, is it the editor’s fault or does it have more to do with the fact that that was the information he received on the subject due to his specific geographical region? This raises then another question, is EW more focused on the American or English –speaking regions’ point of view of things or is it truly impartial?
It is obvious that EW does have more articles and more edits in most articles but I did see that in some cases where the topic was more relevant to the Spanish-speaking region they would overcome those of EW. I think that the main reason why English Wikipedia keeps on growing like it does and SW does not at the same pace is that EW is more aware of current events and make it a point of making it part of their day to day creations. During my time in the class studying Wikipedia and how it worked I did become a fan of its commitment to include NPOV in its articles to truly serve as an encyclopedia however I do feel that after this small study I conducted I did find that regions do interpret events or even people differently and that in turn affects the way articles are created. I do still believe that there should be more guidelines for translation between Wikipedia so they can all complement each other and in turn give a truly worldly definition of all topics. For example, people editing English Wikipedia for topics not involving the region should consider finding other sources outside of their native region that way we can have a more complete and truly impartial Wikipedia that includes all sides to a story. As for articles that transcend their region like the entertainment example of my project, we can see that there is a way to have all the information needed regardless of what the origin of the article comes from. Both Wikipedia seem to be similar but intrinsically  different. One of the things that also called my attention was that when looking at the details of pages and page view statistics and such, even in SW, it was routed to a page that had the information but was in english. If you don’t speak English it seems you might have some trouble moving around Wikipedia.

Final Project: Islamic Art at the Freer Gallery of Art

For my final project, I focused on Islamic art at the Freer Gallery of Art. There were many artifacts at the exhibition but I did not want to focus on just one thing. So, I made a video with voiceover about ceramics, wood carvings of Islamic calligraphy and Quran folios. I was presented a few challenges because so many of the artifacts were enclosed and cases and of course, lighting was a bit of an issue as well. The Wikipedia page on Islamic Art is very in-depth and informative. However, there was no video to go along with images of artifacts.  I also think because the page is so in-depth it can be a bit overwhelming. I thought a video with voiceover about each artifact would be an easy and interactive way for readers to instead listen about the significance of artifacts. A viewer can also get a sampling of the different types of Islamic artifacts featured at the Freer. By filming, I was also able to get a closer look into details of the artifacts that a photography may not otherwise show.

Islamic Art Wikipedia page

 

GRADUATE REQUIREMENTS

To my surprise, I did not find any videos on Washington D.C.’s Cherry Blossom Festival. I thought the Wikipedia page on the festival gave nice detail as to what goes on during the Cherry Blossom weeks. I did something similar with video and voiceover like I did with Islamic art. However, this video is a bit shorter in length than the Islamic art video. I’ve always been a fan of video with voiceover to demonstrate something or show an event. It’s just more convenient to me. That is what I want to bring to people who visit this Wikipedia page.

National Cherry Blossom Festival

 

This next video is probably my favorite video because the event was so much fun to film. It is called the mp3 experiment tour. It is hosted by Improv Everywhere, and I posted this video on Improv Everywhere’s Wikipedia page. This organization hosts public participatory events mainly in New York but their events are gaining popularity all over the country. The event I filmed, the mp3 experiment, is essentially a game of Simon Says. The video I uploaded gives more detail about the mp3 experiment. Oddly, the Improv Everywhere page did NOT have a section on the mp3 experiment but had a section on their other events. I went ahead and added a section on the Mp3 Experiment and added a video to go along with it.

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I think this project was a great way to become even more involved in the world of Wikipedia. It’s a great feeling knowing someone will be able to learn from my work. Hopefully it will encourage others, especially women, to become Wikipedians, edit more and even upload videos. Uploading video is a fairly simple process and it even looks great on a resume to say that I’ve uploaded video content on to Wikipedia. I know a lot of employers in the Journalism/ Communications field are turning towards Wikipedia as a way to build brands and get their message out there. I’m sure my Wikipedia skills will be useful.

Final Project Evaluation: A Report on Freer Gallery of Art’s Wikipedia Presence

Chelsea and Joyce's Report How GLAM Institutions Thrive on Wikipedia: A Report on Freer Gallery of Art’s Wikipedia Presence


by Joyce Lu and Chelsea Tufarolo

For the final project we, Joyce and Chelsea, worked together to create a report which addresses the Freer Gallery of Art’s presence on Wikipedia and position in comparison to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and other art museums in Washington, D.C. Specifically, we looked at the National Gallery of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and National Museum of African Art.

We chose the Freer|Sackler specifically because of our ability to communicate directly with those working at the museum. Through our class edit-a-thon and Chelsea’s internship at the galleries, we were able to reach out to the museum staff, namely the Chief Digital Officer Courtney O’Callaghan, to address what the staff felt were the most immediate issues with the Freer|Sackler Wikipedia pages. Additionally, our connection and partnership with the galleries will allow us to share our finished product with the institution, in hopes that our recommended changes will be implemented.

For our analysis, we initially planned to rely on the BaGLAMa tool to analyze the position of the Freer|Sackler and draw comparisons between these galleries and other art museums in the Washington, D.C. area. Prior to using this tool, Joyce reached out to Dylan Kinnett, the Web and Social Media Manager at the Walters Art Museum.

In addition to the shortcomings addressed by Dylan, we found that the tool is not readily used by the majority of art institutions in the Washington, D.C. area. In fact, out of the institutions we initially planned to investigate, we found the Freer Gallery of Art was the only museum to be featured on this site. So although we were able to compile a substantial amount of information specifically about this gallery, we were unable to find comparable data from the other institutions. This forced us to view the Freer Gallery of Art’s page as a separate entity from the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery page.  In the future, if someone were to explore this same topic, the addition of the missing museums to the BaGLAMa tool would be extraordinarily useful.

The comparisons we made between the museums were based on our own analysis of their respective Wikipedia articles. The culmination of our work can be seen in our report on the Freer Gallery of Art. Art museums’ use of Wikipedia is important because of the growing popularity of the site. Those looking up these institutions may turn to Wikipedia instead of the museums’ actual website. It is important for GLAM institutions to acknowledge this and respond accordingly.

In terms of the utilization of BaGLAMa tool, we looked at the ten most viewed Wikipedia sites, on which pages featuring items from Freer Gallery of Art are being viewed and examined. In addition, we also explored ten Wikipedia sites that have most pages containing items from the Freer Gallery of Art. Through these two aspects, we were able to compare the relationship between the view clicks and the number of related pages. These results are outline and discussed in our final report.

Further more, we were also able to retrieve those most-used collections from Freer Gallery of Art in Wikipedia and its representative topics. For example, on the English Wikipedia site, the most viewed page featuring items from Freer Gallery of Art is Krishna, while the featured item in the museum is Krishna with Flute. In the report, we listed both ten most viewed articles and the ten most most viewed Wikipedia sites. We think this a great resource for the museum’s staff to know what their most popular exhibition is and what people from other languages would know about them and their collections.

It addition to recognizing the needs of their visitors, it is also important for GLAM institutions, and public relations practitioners in general, to know about the guidelines of Wikipedia. In our discussions with public relations representatives, both inside and outside GLAM environments, we found that knowledge of Wikipedia conflict of interest policies played a role in how the individuals dealt with the site.

 

PR Practices on Wikipedia Editing Policy

In order to know PR practices on Wikipedia editing policy, we contacted one of our class guest speaker, Bill Beutler, the president of a boutique PR firm specialized in Wikipedia editing. Even though Wikipedia has been strongly adverse to paid editing, PR practitioners still plays their role on Wikipedia to improve clients’ online presence and search engine optimization. According to Bill, not many agencies and in-house communication teams have a clear Wikipedia editing policy. It is assumed it’s okay for their employees to edit topics of their own interest, and to follow best practices and stick to Talk pages when working on articles for clients or similar relationships. In the following, we will introduce our observations of organizations’ Wikipedia activities and also our own experience of being PR practitioners while dealing with Wikipedia policies:

In working with Allison Peck, the head of Public Relations and Marketing at the Freer|Sackler, Courtney O’Callaghan, the Chief Digital Officer, and the rest of the Social Media Taskforce, Chelsea found that the galleries’ current approach to dealing with Wikipedia came from a lack of experience. As noted in our report, the Freer Gallery of Art article had been labeled as being updated by “a major contributor.” This was evident by the use of external links and non-neutral language promoting specific exhibitions and activities related to the galleries. Although this aligns with the objectives of the Freer|Sackler’s internal departments, it is technically against Wikipedia’s policies. The Freer|Sackler’s future approach for dealing with the site will likely be to solicit help from outside sources, specifically in the form of future edit-a-thon partnerships, so as to ensure the pages are updated while also remaining as neutral as possible.

Joyce has been working with Wilderness50, a coalition of federal agencies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and other wilderness user groups whose purpose is to plan and eventually implement local, regional, and national events and projects, specifically designed to elevate the profile of wilderness during the 50th anniversary celebration. Joyce was involved with creating the Wikipedia page “National Wilderness Conference” and inserting “50th Anniversary of Wilderness Act” into the page “Wilderness Act.” Joyce also updated some external links on each pages related. Given the nature of the coalition and the celebrating events, it was notable enough to meet the Notability policy on Wikipedia. However, Joyce had a hard time to upload the coalition’s logo onto WikiCommons because she initially failed to categorize it into any optional licenses.  Tentatively Joyce categorized it as “work from federal government” and it works. When Joyce told the communication specialist in the coalition about the existence of the Wikipedia page, she suggested Joyce remove all external links irrelevant to the anniversary itself. However, on a second thought, Joyce felt it was a good supplement resource for viewers to understand what is wildness, why it is important and how we have been protecting it legally. After a couple of emails back and forth, the client understood Wikipedia page is not merely a social promote site, but a site to inform people about a specific topic and the editorial tone should stay in neutral.

Finally, we are able to secure the external links from different perspectives, and glad to see that following editors’ editing footprint. “Internet is written in edit-able ink.” This is especially applied to Wikipedia pages. As we talked with Bill Beutler, he pointed out the editing process for public relations people is like dancing with shackles. We all should notice the neutral point of view and refrain from violating it while we are cross-pollinating the message on Wikipedia.

Final Project: Early Chinese Buddhist Sculpture

For my final project I combined with a GLAM institution in order to focus on adding Buddhist Art to Wiki video. I worked with the Freer Sackler gallery of Asian art to film the Promise of Paradise: Early Chinese Buddhist Sculpture exhibit.

For my project I created a Wikipedia page for the Promise of Paradise: Early Chinese Buddhist Sculpture. I added video and photo to the page.  In addition, I added video to a existing related wiki page, Buddhist Art.

Initially for my project I wanted to do the Promise of Paradise: Early Chinese Buddhist Sculpture exhibit as well as the Silk Road Luxuries from China. I didn’t think Promise of Paradise would have enough material in order to do a entire project on. However, after visiting the museum for the first time I discovered the Promise of Paradise exhibit was very important, having a vast amount of artwork. A considerable amount of space was allocated to the exhibit as well. Prior to my visit I did not recognize that Buddhist art was so popular. I decided to focus my final project on the Promise of Paradise because the exhibit was very impressive and complex.

I created a Wikipedia Page for Promise of Paradise. I added content from the museum website, uploaded photos, and videos. One major problem I had was finding an “under construction” template for the page. I had issues with my newly created pages being nominated for speedy deletion in the past, so I wanted to include that message to try to prevent that from happening while I’m in the process of updating the page. So far my page is still standing without the “under construction” message so hopefully that will not be an issue that I do not have it on the page.

Promise of Paradise_ Early Chinese Buddhist Sculpture - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia-1This is a screenshot of the Wikipedia page I created.

 

Buddhist art_ Difference between revisions - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

 

The following photos show my revisions in Wikipedia for the Buddhist Art wiki page. This is the Wikipedia page revision history before and after I added my first video.Buddhist art - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

This is the Buddhist Art page before my edits.

Buddhist art - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia-1Buddhist art - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia-2

 

 

 

 

 

Theses are screenshots of the Buddhist Art Wikipedia page after I added both videos.

 

 

Conclusion:

For those who want to continue my work, the next step will be finding more outside sources and relates pages. There need to be more external links linking back to both articles in order to increase outside traffic. Also I think there should be more sources outside of the institution’s website http://www.asia.si.edu.

The work I have done for my final project relates to the “knowledge gap” because my work further adds to contributing news and history to Wikipedia. Although such of the history would have been available if someone went on the Freer Sackler website, making it available to Wikipedia and adding video allows people more access especially if they were not looking for the institution’s website. I think it allows people the opportunity to find more specific information without having to browse through a bunch of unrelated material. It is tailored to the person’s specific interest while also providing history, news, and the chance to connect to related material if they wish. This is another reason why I think having outside links and tags in Wikipedia articles is extremely important.

Finally, the most significant achievement I had was  finding out that I can upload video to Wikipedia. In the beginning of the course, the task seemed daunting, intimidating and nearly impossible. The fact that there is not much video on Wikipedia made me think it was because it was a very hard process that no one wanted to do. After uploading 5 videos to Wikipedia and Wiki  Makes Video, I don’t understand why there isn’t much more video on Wikipedia. Moving forward in the future I plan to contribute more video to Wikipedia because it is fun and easy to do!

Graduate Student special requirement:

For my graduate requirement, I added two original videos to Wikipedia. The first article I added video to was Undie Run. The article itself needs work. I have pictures from the Undie Run in DC that I plan to add to the Wiki page, as well as more content about the event. The Cupid Undie Run in particular is annual, occurring every year during Valentines’ weekend. That information is missing from the article with I will add because I think it puts the cause into perspective.

Undie Run - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Next, I added video to the article Keystone Pipeline. The Keystone Pipeline is a news story that has been ongoing for many years. Last weekend a protest was help on the National Mall because President Obama delayed a decision on the pipeline for the second time. The Keystone Pipeline is a important and continuous environmental issue. I was glad to see the Wikipedia page was detailed, current, and highly contributed to.

Keystone Pipeline - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia