Category: wikis

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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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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A Wikipedian for 10 years (and 5 days)

Wikipedia-DYK

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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Designing Buildings in running for a Be2Award

It has been a busy few weeks for Designing Buildings, the free construction-specific “expert wiki” which celebrated its first anniversary at the end of June. Earlier this month, the website announced new functionality which made it easier for people to create their user profile pages and to keep track of all their contributions to Designing Buildings. …

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Raising civil engineering awareness via Wikipedia

A Wikipedia ‘Editathon’ at the Insitution of Civil Engineers aimed to encourage use of Wikipedia to raise awareness of the art and science of civil engineering. Last month, I helped organise a Wikipedia Editathon at the Insitution of Civil Engineers in London. The event was the latest initiative of the ICE’s Information Systems Panel (of …

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DesigningBuildings marks one year with infographic

The UK construction-specific “expert wiki”, DesigningBuildings, launched in July 2012, has marked its first birthday with an infographic that tells readers how far the site has come in 12 months. I first looked at the site in November (post), and – as a Wikipedian and general wiki fan – have continued to watch its progress [and, …

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Content marketing, SEO and an expert wiki (again)

In a recent guest post (Two elements of BIM for manufacturers), I talked about the creation of BIM objects and about how content marketing could help construction product manufacturers and suppliers reach specifiers. Content marketing – according to its trade association, the CMA – is defined as: … the discipline of creating quality branded editorial content across all media channels and …

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RICS members: Twitter’s not about “what I had for breakfast”!

[Warning: rant] If RICS wants to help building surveyors use social media effectively, they should invite conference speakers who know what they are talking about. I attended the RICS Building Surveying conference in London yesterday* and sat through a couple of break-out sessions that took my fancy. The afternoon one was on BIM for building …

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DesigningBuildings: a content marketing and advertising opportunity

As regular readers of this blog will know, I have been interested in the potential use of wikis in the construction industry since the early 2000s, and have long regarded them as collaborative tools, with people collectively creating and improving content. Wikipedia is, of course, the most well-known wiki project (one of several from the …

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CIOB-backed Designing Buildings Wiki

Some coincidences…. First, the Chartered Institute of Building magazine, Construction Manager, recently published an article by me looking at some of the latest examples of construction-specific social media tools (see It’s Social, but it’s still media). Next, on Wednesday evening, I travelled to Chelmsford to talk to the Essex branch of the CIOB about social …

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