Category Archive: wikis

Dec 02 2016

Watching a news story unfold on Wikipedia

The English football sexual abuse scandal is being extensively covered in newspapers and on TV and radio. It is also being captured in Wikipedia articles; articles about organisations or individuals involved are being widely read. Wikipedia statistics can help indicate interest in a subject, but care is needed in editing articles relating to an ongoing …

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Feb 19 2016

Passing a Wikipedia milestone

Wikipedia - Crewe Alex article

Sometime earlier this month, I passed a Wikipedia milestone of sorts: I submitted my 20,000th edit. I started editing the English Wikipedia 12 years, four months and 16 days ago (there is a handy counter on my user page that tells me this). As I noted on my 10th anniversary, my first edit was a …

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Sep 23 2015

ICE joins DBwiki supporters

Designing Buildings infographic

The Institution of Civil Engineers has become the latest supporter of the Designing Buildings Wiki.* Launched in 2012 (see my November 2012 post and February 2013 follow-up), Designing Buildings Wiki is an industry-wide endeavor to share best practice, promote innovation and break down single-discipline barriers. Just like Wikipedia, anyone can access, create and edit articles, …

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Jun 22 2015

City-Insights: hyper-local story-telling

As a construction technology blogger, I sometimes encounter tools that have wider potential including use by communications professionals. City-Insights helps ‘tell stories about places’ via mobile devices, and could be used for a host of hyper-local internal and external communication purposes. At a recent¬†COMIT* community day, I met Tim Gardom, the founder of City-Insights, a …

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Jun 21 2015

PR use of public images under FOP threat

Photographs including modern buildings and other creative works may fall foul of new European Parliament copyright proposals. New constraints on ‘freedom of panoroma’ may stop PR businesses using photos and videos taken in public places for professional purposes, including reuse on social media. Do you take photographs on your foreign holidays? Perhaps share some of …

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Jan 05 2015

The ghost of Stephen “Roy” Sherlock

An unsubstantiated addition to a little-watched Wikipedia article can quickly become accepted as ‘fact’. Having neglected Wikipedia for a while, I got down to some serious editing yesterday, starting an article on a firm of consulting engineers, Sir M MacDonald & Partners (since 1989 part of the Mott MacDonald international multidisciplinary consultancy). While searching for …

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Aug 28 2014

Vote for me in CIPR elections

CIPR logo

Voting for elections to the Council of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) opens on 1 September, and I am standing for election (read my personal statement here), having been nominated by the CIPR’s Construction and Property special interest group (CAPSIG) to stand in the groups section. The CIPR has revised its constitution …

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Jul 22 2014

CIPR updates Wikipedia guidance (twice)

CIPR Wikipedia guidance 2.1 cover

At the start of the year, I joined the Chartered Institute of Public Relations’ Social Media Panel, and one of the first tasks I undertook was to help update the CIPR’s guidance on Wikipedia (the first edition was produced in June 2012). The new edition (version 2.0) of the CIPR’s Best Practice Guidance for Public …

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Dec 18 2013

Engaging with Wikipedia

Last week I delivered another webinar for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations on the subject of Wikipedia (following one I’d done in September). As usual, I updated my slides but not just to update the statistics I quote – I also included an example of best practice engagement with Wikipedians. Chime The CIPR Wikipedia …

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Oct 08 2013

A Wikipedian for 10 years (and 5 days)

Greenwich Park article on Wikipedia, 3 October 2003

A small typographical error meant I missed marking the 10th anniversary of me becoming a Wikipedian last week. I had inadvertently written the date as 13 October, but it was actually on 3 October 2003 that I registered as Wikipedia user Paul W (thanks to fellow Londoner and Wikipedian Scott Martin for inviting me to …

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