Wikimedia District of Columbia/Local outreach
District of Columbia Wikipedia editors want to do outreach within the DC area. We hope to reach out through existing projects to university students, women and galleries, libraries, archives and museums. We also want to reach out to local individuals and neighborhood organizations to improve the ethnic, racial and age diversity of editors. And we want to approach national organizations based in DC, to teach their employees and volunteers - many already editing Wikipeida - about how to edit Wikipedia with greater skill and help them deal with neutral point of view and dispute issues that inevitably arise. We also can encourage them to print articles to encourage their thousands of members to look into becoming Wikipedia editors on the subjects that are of greatest interest to them.
Below are some existing Wikipedia outreach projects and training resources to help us organize our own efforts in the District of Columbia.
Wikimedia outreach projects
- Wikimedia's main outreach page is at Outreach.Wikimedia. For a category overview see Category:Projects and Programs.
- The Global Education Program which currently focuses on India, Brazil, Canada, Macedonia and the United States and has a number of sub-programs and projects which could be helpful to outreach in DC.
- The Campus Ambassador training is geared to outreach for students and is active in DC.
- The variety of Wikipedia Wikiprojects can be used to help steer new editors to communities of individuals worldwide with common mutual interests.
- The "Gender Gap" project has been doing outreach to attract more women editors; we have an unusually high number in DC already!
- The Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums ("GLAM") project is very active in DC. Also see English Wikipedia GLAM.
- The Bookshelf Project helps collect and create high-quality information materials in many languages. An example was a January 2012 DC scanning project at the National Archives.
- Meetups around the nation and the world listed at English Wikipedia and slightly different list at Wikimedia Meetup.
- List and map of colleges and universities that have clubs in U.S. and worldwide.
- Regional mailing lists for communication and outreach.
Wikimedia training resources
- Wikipedia Workshop
- Wikipedia training pages like Help Getting Started, Wikipedia Tutorial, Researching with Wikipedia, Academic Use of Wikipedia, Wikipedia Mentorship, essay on Advocacy on Wikipedia and essay on Advocacy-related articles.
- Wikipedia Wikiprojects with training resources like Public Art Beginners information.
- Wikimedia Outreach: Best practices in organizing a Wikipedia workshop.
- Wikimedia Education Materials for Teaching
- Wikipedia Videos. Also search YouTube for relevant videos.