Tag 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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Sep 18 2013

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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Aug 23 2013

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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Jul 01 2013

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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May 03 2013

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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Feb 20 2013

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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Nov 16 2012

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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Nov 12 2012

Too many people who do PR still do not understand Wikipedia

Another “Wikipedia edited by PRs” scandal… this time affecting PR folk at RLM Finsbury (a subsidiary of WPP plc).* Today’s Times newspaper reports that Finsbury staff were anonymously editing the English Wikipedia article about billionaire Russian oligarch (and Arsenal FC shareholder) Alisher Usmanov, breaking Wikipedia’s conflict of interest policy (the same story is also reported …

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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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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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