WikiProjects: Improving Wikipedia by organising and assessing articles

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WikiProjects: Improving Wikipedia by organising and assessing articles

Presenters Martin Alec Walker (State University of New York, Potsdam), Nigel Wheatley
Themes Communities
About the presenters
Martin A. Walker is associate professor of chemistry at the State University of New York at Potsdam.  He is an organic chemist with an interest in green chemistry and cheminformatics.  On the English Wikipedia, he serves as the coordinator of the Wikipedia 1.0 Editorial Team, which organises offline releases of the English Wikipedia.  In that regard, he has worked on developing a bot-assisted article assessment scheme for WikiProjects, and bot-assisted article selection based on importance and quality.  He also works with the French 1.0 team.  He is active in the Chemistry and Chemicals WikiProjects, where in recent years he has mainly worked on chemistry style issues and content validation.  He is 49 years old, and lives in Potsdam, New York, with his wife and two daughters.
Nigel Wheatley graduated in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 1992, and received his doctorate in inorganic chemistry from the University of Essex. He has worked at the Universities of Toulouse, Leiden, Zürich and Paris (VI and XI), and has taught physics and chemistry at junior high school and high school level. A Wikipedia editor since May 2005, he edits a wide variety of pages, but has been especially active in the Chemistry and Measurement WikiProjects on Anglophone Wikipedia. He lives near Barcelona and, when not editing Wikipedia, earns his living as a professional writer, translator and literary agent.
Abstract

WikiProjects represent many of the active content producers on Wikipedia. Given suitable tools for assessment and organisation of that content, WikiProjects can make a real difference in raising the quality of important articles. Such efforts complement traditional schemes such as "Featured Articles", by focusing attention on content rather than style, and by raising standards in a large number of medium-quality articles.

Language English
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