Tag: Wikipedia

Jun 22 2012

Wikipedia 101: The basics

At the London office of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations yesterday, I did a talk on Wikipedia, as part of the CIPR’s Social Summer season. As previously described, the relationship between Wikipedia and PR has been a bit tense of late, and I was invited to do this presentation to help PRs understand a …

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Jun 19 2012

Wikipedia: take an interest, but be disinterested

What do the following have in common? Crewe Alexandra midfielder Nick Powell Sir John Liddell, director-general of the Medical Department of the Royal Navy (1855-1864) building services engineer Max Fordham On the face of it: nothing. However, they are all the subjects of Wikipedia articles which I have recently edited. I have no personal connection with any …

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May 13 2012

Straddling the Wikipedia-PR divide

The recent debate about the difficult relationship between public relations professionals and Wikipedia (see Wikipedia, PR and CSR) has taken a step forward this weekend. My fellow CIPR members and social media enthusiasts Phil Sheldrake and Neville Hobson met yesterday with Wikipedians at Wikimedia UK‘s 2012 annual conference in London. This is not the first …

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Apr 23 2012

From dead pigeons and a statue of King Kong to civil engineering

With attendees including three Expert Panel Chairs, staff from the ICE Library and an ICE past President (logging in online from Scotland), the Institution of Civil Engineers’ Wikipedia workshop (post), which took place on Friday, certainly captured some influential eyes and ears. And presenter Andy Mabbett opened attendees’ eyes to far more than just the online “encyclopaedia …

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Apr 11 2012

Wikipedia and the ICE

Feel your discipline isn’t covered well on Wikipedia? Not sure how to improve matters? Follow the ICE’s lead and start a campaign to deepen Wikipedia’s coverage of your profession, its people and projects. Building on my own interests in civil engineering, during the mid 2000s I wrote and edited many Wikipedia articles about tunnels, dams, …

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Feb 15 2012

Off the cuff QR code

I have written several times before about QR (quick response) codes. I first used them on my business cards in 2010, and I “walk the talk” by including my contact details as a QR code on the final slide of my conference presentations – which sometimes means that people don’t even need my business card: …

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Jan 10 2012

Wikipedia, PR and CSR

The thorny issue of whether public relations professionals should edit Wikipedia is being keenly debated again, making me think hard about my position – both as a PR professional and as a long-standing Wikipedian. December’s revelations that London-based Bell Pottinger staff had been “massaging” the content of Wikipedia articles about the consultancy’s clients (BBC news), …

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Jun 13 2011

Wikipedia ‘fixing’

The latest UK issue of PR Week features a front page story (with more depth online), titled ‘Fixer’ cleans Wiki entries, describing how: “A string of senior business figures have had their Wikipedia entries burnished by an anonymous ‘reputation cleanser,’ believed to be a senior figure in the PR industry.” David Singleton describes how 42 …

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Nov 24 2010

On changes at The Construction Index, and trolls

Almost exactly a year ago, the construction weekly magazine Contract Journal ceased publication (post) with several journalists and commercial staff made redundant. Some soon got involved with new ventures; Aaron Morby and Grant Prior, for example, now run the online news service Construction Enquirer, while one-time CJ community manager Will Mann joined The Construction Index (post). …

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Jul 05 2010

The un-networked Network

Last week, during two-and-a-half days in Spain (with a client) focused on a conference event run by the European BIC Network (EBN), it became clear that not all organisations that profess to be concerned with information-sharing and collaboration yet actually practice what they preach. Moreover, potential PR and marketing opportunities were also being missed before, …

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